Have you decided to venture up in Buenos Aires? You arrived in the Argentinian capital but you don’t have much money to spend? It’s not proper to sit and cry for yourself and envy those who throw their finances on expensive means of entertainment, because Buenos Aires – despite being a very exclusivist and expensive city - offers at least five interesting activities that are free and certainly very pleasant and memorable:
A walk in the park
Bosque de Palermo is a kind of Central Park of Buenos Aires, with 200 acres of trees, ponds plus good looking runners. Stop and smell the roses – literally! - in Rosedral, or take advantage of free outdoor aerobic classes that are held here every weekend. A fun fact that you should be aware of is that this place is the meeting place for some of the LGBT members, mostly transsexuals, who show off their "assets" during night strolls; however this activity is not free.
And if roses (or transsexuals) haven’t impressed you enough, move to the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the flowers and their intoxicating scents. Walk the winding alleys and admire the statues in various styles and the stray cats that bask in the sun.
Por la Calle – Fashion Bridge
Argentines take fashion in the most serious way. If you're a passionate of elegance, plan your trip to Buenos Aires in March, when Por la Calle takes place; this is actually an annual design circuit, during which fashion designers exhibit their creations in the shops throughout the city. Buyers, but also those who just want to watch, have access to the backstage of fashion design, jewelry or footwear and they are revealing the secrets of their activity. Famous DJs from around the world provide the fun at parties that are organized on this occasion or in fashion stores. If you just want to admire the beautiful creations or see the grandes of the industry in flesh and blood, it does not cost any money, and if you cannot resist the urge to buy, you will be glad to know that in this period of time, their works are sold at discounted prices.
Ciudad Emergente Music Festival
The creators of Ciudad Emergente Music Festival firmly believe that access to culture should be free. So, pour considerable amounts of espresso and mate down your throat, in order to not miss a moment of the four days of rock, pop and hip-hop concerts interspersed with a few avant-gardist fashion shows (just for variety). In the break between concerts watch a documentary or put yourself up to date with the latest art in the digital Latin or street art.
Feria de Mataderos
Feria de Mataderos is another piece of free Argentinian culture. This event takes place every weekend from April to December and is dedicated to the brave gauchos (Argentine cowboys). Look at them on how they and their families proudly display their habits inherited from generation to generation. And you will have live music, traditional dances and flirts that will keep you busy all day.
Costanera Sur Ecological Reservation
Are you tired of asphalt? Move to the Costanera Sur Ecological Reservation for a breath of fresh air. You will meet here flamingos and egrets, and if you are passionate about the study of birds you would better take your binoculars with you.
Have you imagined that, by going into the woods you will escape the dance? You were wrong: Sunday, the Reservation hosting outdoor parties filled with Latin rhythms, presented by DJ Omar.
Visit Buenos Aires in dance steps, without spending a dime and certainly after this experience you will think twice before paying for entertainment.
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