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Puerto Madero is the most modern and luxurious neighborhood of the city. The buildings and warehouses of the old port are nowadays luxurious apartments and offices. All the streets in this neighborhood are named after women and their main channel is divided into four dikes. Here are the bridge of women, one of the modern emblems of the city, in addition to the floating museums of the Uruguay corvette and the Sarmiento frigate.

To the east on the southern waterfront, there is the ecological reserve, a green lung of the city that has about 350 hectares with native fauna and flora. On the waterfront you will find dozens of gastronomic carts which offer us the classic choripanes and grilled meat sandwich.

Location:

To the east of the city, between downtown and the coast of the Rio de la Plata

How to get:

Metro lines: (Estación Plaza de Mayo) y Línea B (Estación Leandro N. Além)

Bus lines: 4, 20, 22, 28, 54, 61, 62, 93, 74, 91, 111, 130, 140, 143 y 152.

Places of interest:

The history of Puerto Madero

Due to the low depth of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires did not have a suitable port since its foundation so that ships could load and unload merchandise. Although it seems strange in those early years, the ships stopped a few kilometers from the coast and their cargo was being searched in ox-drawn carts, something that prevented the growth of the nascent city.

In 1882 the national government decided to launch a project to create a modern port that can give Buenos Aires a good commercial boost. Among the many projects presented, the winner turned out to be Eduardo Madero (hence the name of the current neighborhood), his idea was to fill the entire coast of the Río de la Plata from Córdoba Street to the mouth of the Riachuelo, generating a huge artificial island of approximately 350 hectares, separated from the city by four dikes and two access docks for boats. In order to arrive by land, four revolving bridges were also built, which allowed the ships to pass without problems from one dike to another.

The engineer Madero died before seeing his finished work and it was decided to put his name to the port in his honor. Despite the ambitious nature of the project, about ten years after completion, Puerto Madero had already become obsolete, due to the increase in size of transatlantic vessels. And that is why in 1919 another more northern port terminal was inaugurated, which is still active until today.

Little by little Puerto Madero fell into abandonment, and despite being only about 100 meters from the government house, for a few decades it was nothing more than a totally abandoned place full of rats and dirt. This decline ended in 1991 when, with the help of the Barcelona city council, work began to turn this old port into a neighborhood of offices and luxury homes. A second life for Puerto Madera, which seems to be much more prosperous and long-lived than the first.

The Women's Bridge:

Located in the middle of Dike 3, this 170 m pedestrian bridge was built in 2001 under the design of the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls. According to its creator, its design is a synthesis of the image of a couple dancing tango. The bridge is composed of two fixed parts on both margins of the dike and a mobile, which rotates on its own axis allowing in less than two minutes the passage of a boat and preserving the navigability of the port.

The ecological reserve:

With almost 350 hectares, the ecological reserve of Costanera Sur is undoubtedly the largest green space in the city of Buenos Aires. The reserve is the product of a large amount of land gained from the river thanks to the filling of the debris that was produced by the construction of the 25 de Mayo highway in the 70s. In the first few years, a modern skyscraper area was to be built on these lands, but due to the fluctuations of the Argentine economy, this project was truncated.

But after the first years he abandoned, these lands began to fill with life. Its lagoons and grasslands began to be populated with the local fauna and flora of the Río de la Plata at high speed. In the 1990s it was given the status of an ecological reserve, to protect the 298 species of birds that inhabit it and gives us an idea of these costs were before the foundation of Buenos Aires.

The Costanera carts:

Eating in the Costanera cartfoods is undoubtedly one of the foodies experiences that you cannot miss on your visit to Buenos Aires. Located on the avenue that separates the Ecological Reserve from the neighborhood of Puerto Madero, these carts offer their guests a tasty meal, ideal for a quick lunch, a succulent snack or dinner with friends. Some of these carts work even 24 hours a day and offer different meat sandwiches, hamburgers and the classic Argentine choripanes. Although the menu is the same in practically the same in all the carts, their barbecue chefs seek to differentiate themselves with the sauces and complements they offer to their customers.

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