When you are taking a Spanish course in Buenos Aires, you will be pretty busy during the week days. Of course you have to attend the Spanish classes – mostly during the mornings from 9.00 till 13.00. After class you have lunch, do some Spanish homework and afterwards most students attend one of the free afternoon activities AMAUTA Buenos Aires offers you. The activities are a great way to learn about Argentine culture and to get to know interesting neighborhoods and musea in Buenos Aires. But what to do in the weekend when there are no Spanish classes? Go explore the opportunities that this beautiful big city has to offer! The following activities are budget friendly and offer a glimpse into the tiempo libre of the locals. What to do in Buenos Aires during the weekend.
Bosques de Palermo
In the northern part of the well known neighborhood of Palermo, close to Plaza Italia, there are multiple parks next to each other; together they form the Bosques de Palermo (Woods of Palermo). The parks are Parque 3 de febrero, Jardín de Rosas and Jardín Japonés. The great thing is that from Friday till Sunday the ring roads are closed for cars, busses etc. Therefore it is perfect for renting a bike or skates and make your way through the spacious green surroundings. When the temperatures are nice, you can also rent a water bike or rowing boat and discover the area from the water view.
If you like flowers then you definitely should stroll down the Rose garden since the lovely smell and scenery is enchanting and relaxing. There are many benches where you can sit down and enjoy the weather while sipping on some Argentine mate – a very famous herb tea, typical of Argentina. Still feeling rushed and maybe somewhat overwhelmed of the big city? Try out the Japanese garden (Note: small entrance fee). This park is totally Zen and will bring you peace and quit. If you really don’t want to spend a penny, just sit down and enjoy watching the porteños escape their busy and hectic city life.
Feria San Telmo
When you ask someone about an absolute must-do while studying Spanish in Argentina, you can expect to receive an answer that suggest you go and visit the San Telmo Market or Feria de San Pedro Telmo. This feria is one street (Calle Defensa) with numerous stalls and small booths where the people of Buenos Aires sell their goods. It starts at Av. Independencia and runs all the way up to Plaza Dorrego and Humberto. Expect to see hand-made crafts, shoes, touristic souvenirs such as magnets and many more. The Feria de San Telmo takes palce every Sunday from 10.00-17.00 however, during summer most of the sellers will stay a lot longer. When you arrive at Plaza Dorrego, you might be able to catch a free tango show as well. Plaza Dorrego is surrounded by small restaurants with cheap daily specials. Sit on a side table outside while enjoying your dinner and some more tango if you can’t get enough! Otherwise just enjoy the atmosphere and the people walking by.
And tomorrow? Back to Spanish lessons at AMAUTA, in the beautiful Barolo Palace at the famous Avenida de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires.