Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires

Walking distance from San Telmo, you will find the area of Puerto Madero, one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the world.  The streets of Puerto Madero which pay homage to the outstanding women in Argentina’s history, has become an exclusive residential, gastronomic and business center of the city.  There are tons of cute restaurants (including Potrillo) that line the waters edge making it a great place to enjoy lunch and walk around on a nice day.Puerto Madero houses some of the biggest skyscrapers in Argentina and several monuments including the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge) by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and Frigate Presidente Sarmiento, Argentina’s first ship that is now used as museum.  As you can see from the picture above the Women’s Bridge is very unique, even when walking across it you are scratching your head trying to figure out how exactly boats are able to come and go, the secret, unlike a normal bridge that raises…this one swivels! Another fun fact: The plastic frame of the work is interpreted by the author as a figure of a couple dancing tango, where the mast represents the man and the curved silhouette of the bridge, the woman.After crossing the Women’s Bridge head over to the Bouquet (vessel) Museo Sarmiento Frigate (the giant boat taking up half the harbor area which was declared a National Monument in 1962).  It was built in England in the late nineteenth century commissioned by the Argentine government and it conducted 39 trips around the world ever peacekeeping mission. Have fun pretending to fire one of the canons or climbing around the deck, but it is what’s beneath that is really intriguing.  The Museum Frigate Sarmiento is full of the original furniture, photos of their crossings and maps (shown below).  Rich in history, beautiful parks and architecture and great restaurants, enjoy an afternoon at Puerto Madero.

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