• 5 great places to shoot in Buenos Aires on a Sunday

    Buenos Aires holds a special value for its Sundays (domingos). Sundays in BA, unlike many other countries, are truly a day of rest, a day of slowing wayyyyyy down from the pace of the rest of your week. Work is socially frowned upon and very often prohibited. Most of all a city that is normally a bustle of movement, parties, and street life because an almost serene place for a city of 13 million. I kid you not, there are quiet pockets of solitude everywhere…oh, and it smells like meat. Of course

    And for this reason, we at Foto Ruta Buenos Aires think Sundays can be a rather favorable day to take a stroll and dedicate some time to photography while the rest of the city is catching up on sleep and brunching over futbol.

    1. Mercado de las Pulgas

     

    Mercado de las Pulas ( Literally, the market of many inches ) is located in the sleepy neighborhood of Colegiales on Dorrego and Cordoba, which has recently been designated the city’s audio-visual district and is one of the largest antique markets in South America. Here you’ll find ecentricities and old stuff that’s only been stuck in your memory ( or sometimes your mother’s closet ) for the past 50 years or more. You’ll see buyers from all over the world, especially Scandanavia, checking out the furniture and retro lamps at this place and with a camera it’s a feast for your lens.

    How to get there?
    Subway line D, station Ministerio Carrenza drops you about 7 blocks and you can walk down Dorrego from Avenida Santa Fe.
    Bus 151 will drop you almost outside the door.
    Just walk! It’s a stone’s throw from the popular neighborhood of Palermo Soho and Hollywood and is very easy to get to on foot.

    2. Parque Rivadavia 

    Parque Rivadavia is located in the lesser known neighborhood of Caballito and is off-the-beaten track to arrive at for most tourists. It’s a large open air market set up in a park that sells everything from old collectable stamps, back issues of your favorite national geographics, and almost every book you can imagine. It’s a tree-lined park that’s perfect for picnics and mate and a great area to get some seriously authentic shots of portenos in their sundays finest…usually a futbol shirt and sunglasses.

    How to get there?
    Buses 2 – 5 – 15 – 26 – 52 – 84 – 86 – 88 – 104 – 112 – 132 – 135 – 141 – 172 – 181
    Subte Línea A – Station Acoyte

    3. La Reserva Ecologica & Costenera Sur

    If you’re into a low-tempo bike ride or getting out to a place that really feels like a park, La Reserva Ecologica, just behind Puerto Madero is the place to go. Woodchip trails, hundreds of bird species, a glass backdrop of the tall towers of Puerto Madero all make it a picturesque area for a picnic or pictures. On the outside of the park the boardwalk is lined with small parilla stands that extend km’s into the distance.

    How to get there?
    Bus no. 2 or walk from Plaza de Mayo ( subway line D, station Cathedral ) over to Puerto Madero until you reach the entrance to the park ( about 20mins on foot )

    4. La Bosque de Palermo


    The forests of Palermo that run along over a 20km strip in the north of the city are a wonderful place to spend a lazy or athletic sunday afternoon and spend some time behind the lens people watching. You’ll find a series of lakes, running routes, families pinicking and enjoying mate, palm trees, peddle boats, meat stands, couples, and street performers all co-existing in and amongst Buenos Aires’s version of an urban forest. If you don’t find some interesting subjects to take pictures of in these parts, you won’t find them anywhere.

    How to get there?
    Getting to La Bosque de Palermo involves a little walking or bike riding. The D-line subway stops along Sante Fe are your best bet for accessing the parks on foot ( about a 10-20 min walk from Palermo and Plaza Italia stations ).

    5. Jardin Botanicos

    The botanical gardens in Buenos Aires are in an easy to access part of the city on the edge of Palermo and offer a relaxing repose from the city. With a jungle-like pathway of greenhouses and forested area this location is idea to take a book, sit on a park bench, shop for your next pet cat ( there are cats everywhere in the park and they’ve been known to disappear by people passing by wanting to adopt one ) and take stunning images of statues. You only need a couple hours in this location to really see what it’s all about but you could spend days on end doing some amazing fine art photography. The light is also softer due to all the greenery around it.

    How to get there?
    Bus. no. 152 or Line D subway, station Plaza Italia

1Comment
  • Posted by Ana O'Reilly on February 12, 2012 at 20:11

    You put together a great selection of places. May I just add that El Mercado de las Pulgas translates as Flea Market?
    Regards,
    Ana

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