TWO GREEN DAYS IN BUENOS AIRES
par HÉLÈNE

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unnamedWe are very happy to welcome guest contributors for this column!

Martina was born in Houston. She now lives and works in Buenos Aires. Self-taught artist, her work consists mainly of paintings, installations and objects of geometrical character. Epicurian vegan & authentic aesthete, she guides us through the spectacular landscapes of Argentina, the arty Buenos Aires and the vibrant Milonga Nightlife.
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SATURDAY MORNING

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home buenos aires

home buenos aires

The place to stay is Home Buenos Aires (http://www.homebuenosaires.com/). This boutique hotel is the first to embrace the sustainability trend. Plus it is lightful, cozy, the food and drinks are great, and you can enjoy a spa and a charming garden.

After savouring a freshly made breakfast, go rent a bike (http://www.labicicletanaranja.com.ar/). Then find your way to Retiro Station for the next train (Tren de la Costa) to Tigre, the « Argentinian Venice », only 30 minutes away from the city. This enchanting little town on water will charm you with its islands and canals.

delta del tigre

When you get there, a few meters away is San Fernando, the biggest organic Market in Buenos Aires. Every saturday from 10.00 to 6.00, along the Tren de la Costa, the station transforms itself into a colorful Organic Farmer’s Market called Sabe la Tierra (Know the Earth). http://www.sabelatierra.com/. Right next to it, you will find the traditional flea market surrounding the river.

Sabe La Tierra

Sabe La tierra

Then you can have a good organic lunch or enjoy a green picnic by the river Parana Delta. There the river splits into many interconnecting arms. It is also possible to catch a boat to one of its many islands.

Sarmiento Museo

Don’t wait until night to head your way back, you will need some rest for your dancing evening at La Catedral de Tango, a underground Milonga serving vegan food! Be sure to be early as it is not possible to make reservations. Don’t go for sophisticated dishes. I would suggest the simple tofu pizza or empanadas. There’s a good energy to dance till the end of the night.

www.lacatedralclub.com

Catedral de Tango

SUNDAY

Go out for some brunch at Farinelli. Pick a book and enjoy the good music and fresh homemade products.farinelli

Then take your bike to the Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the Green House with Tropical Plants! In its glass enclosed pavillions grow a lush foliage of 8 000 different species.

Botanical Gardens

After that, head to the Rosedal garden in Palermo Park. It recalls the Bois de Boulogne near Paris, with little lakes, bridges, paths and designed rose arches. Then continue your journey through these « green » roads all the way to MALBA (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts).

malba

El rosedal

On the 2d Floor you will find works by Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, one of Argentina’s greatest artists.  Garcia Uriburu aims at raising consciousness about environmental issues, such as water pollution. Here he takes action by dying Venice’s Grand Canal using fluorescein which turns the water into a neon green when synthesized by microorganisms. He also did this system in New York Hudson, Paris’ Seine and Buenos Aires’ Riachuelo.

Nicolas Garcia Uriburu

Finally  for a nice night time treat, you can spend your evening at Kensho, where Maximo Cabrera continues his organic alchemy with amazing raw and vegan creations. The five-course tasting menu is a must try!

Kensho

Kensho

ESCAPE

Argentina features many incredible landscapes. Among the best, I recommend la Estancia Colomé in Salta Desert. This bodega & old vineyard offers some of the greatest wines, all « biodynamics », and a rural « agriturismo » boutique. But the most surprising is the hidden James Turrell Contemporary Art Museum with incredible masterpieces.

Estancia Colomé

James Turrell

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

- Buenos Aires Verde (http://www.bsasverde.com/): organic vegan restaurant & boutique.

- Colectivo Felix (http://colectivofelix.com/casa-felix/): Clandestine Chef House organized in private houses with 15 dinner guests, a unique pescetarian menu experience.

- La Hierba Buenas (http://www.welcomesantelmo.com/san-telmo-guia/txn3hczjg7/) : a local color hippic chic very easy for lunches or casual dinners.

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And to discover Martina’s Work: http://martinaquesada.com/

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