Outdoor Activities in and Around Buenos Aires
Find places to go walking, running, cycling, canoeing or kayaking, plus details of clubs and associations that organise these activities in Buenos Aires…
Opportunities for exploring the great outdoors in Buenos Aires are mainly to be found in the Greater Buenos Aires area. However, Buenos Aires City has parks and other open air spaces suitable for outdoor activities and entertainment.
For those living or staying in the city, the Government of Buenos Aires City offers a variety of activities which are free of charge, such as free-style gym, dancing, and yoga. Additional activities include walks for elderly people, football and tennis for young people and adults, as well as female football tournaments.
- For further details: Click here (in Spanish)
Walking and Running
Buenos Aires Runs (Buenos Aires Corre - BAC): A free of charge programme aimed at educating and training runners with the necessary tools for running. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced runners.
Buenos Aires Walks (Buenos Aires Camina): A free of charge programme for those wishing to change to a healthier lifestyle at a gentle pace. Walking groups are organised in different spots of Buenos Aires city. The groups are led by physical education teachers.
Buenos Aires Circuitos is a comprehensive list of running paths and circuits.
Buenos Aires Bike Programme (Programa Bicicletas de Buenos Aires): The Buenos Aires Bike Programme, set up by the Government of Buenos Aires City, aims to promote cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly method of transport. It offers the use of bicycles free of charge, for one hour.
The service is available Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 20:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:00. There is no service on Sundays and holidays.
- For a map showing the location of the bike stations: Click here
The following documents are required to register for the bicycle scheme:
- Valid ID - DNI or passport
- Proof of address, either a recent utility bill or a Certificate of Residence (Certificado de Domicilio)
- For further information on the scheme: Click here (in Spanish)
Critical Mass (Masa Crítica) is a monthly cycling event held in cities throughout the world with the aim of increasing bicycle awareness and the rights of cyclists. Each Sunday in Buenos Aires, cyclists meet at 16:00 at the Obelisk (Obelisco) and ride together, and there can be literally hundreds of people participating on a sunny day.
- Amigos del Pedal (Friends of the Pedal) (in Spanish)
- Club Vélez Sarsfield: This cycling group organises weekly outings on Sundays to different places in the city
Buenos Aires City has a public golf course located in Palermo Woods.
- Campo de Golf
At: Av. Tornquist 6397, Buenos Aires City
Open: Tuesday to Sunday and holidays, from 07:30-17:00
Ecological Reserves (Reservas Ecológicas)
The Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur is a protected area covering 360 hectares, situated close to the financial and administrative centre of Buenos Aires City next to the Río de la Plata. The reserve has marshy land and is popular for hiking and cycling. It is home to around 250 bird species, as well as a wide variety of mammals, fish and butterfly species. Guided tours are available at the weekend or at fixed times during the week (generally at 10:30 and 15:30). It is also possible to rent bicycles in front of the northern or southern entrances. Entrance is free of charge.
- Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
At: Av.Tristán Achaval Rodríguez 1550, (1107) Buenos Aires City
Tel: 0800-444-5343 / (011) 4893-1588/1597
Open: Winter (April to October) daily from 08:00 to 18:00, summer (November to March), from 08:00 to 19:00
Other ecological reserves of interest in the region include (websites are in Spanish):
- Reserva Ecológica Ribera Norte
Tel: (011) 4747-6179
- Reserva Ecológica Vicente López
Tel: (011) 4513-9858
- Reserva Ecológica La Saladita Sur
Tel: (011) 4203-9518
- Parque Municipal Los Robles
Tel: (0237) 466 4352
Greater Buenos Aires
The Río de la Plata is ideal for all sorts of water sports and many of these are practiced in this area. Visitors can find sport clubs along the banks of the river where kitesurfing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, paragliding, water skiing and rowing can be carried out.
Water Sport Associations
The following watersports associations can provide information on where to practice, as well as details on competitions and related events. Note: websites are in Spanish.
- Argentinian Kite Surfing Association (Asociación Argentina de Kite)
- Argentinian Windsurf Association (Asociación Argentina de Windsurf de Travesía)
- Buenos Aires Canoeing and Kayaking Federation (Federación Bonaerense de Canoas y Kayaks)
- Argentinian Association of Paragliders (Asociación Argentina de Pilotos de Parapente)
- Argentinian Free Flight Federation (Federación Argentina de Vuelo Libre)
- Argentinian Federation of Water-skiing and Wakeboarding (Federación Argentina de Esquí Náutico y Wakeboard)
- Argentinian Association of Amateur Rowers (Asociación Argentina de Remeros Aficionados)
- Argentinian Canoeing Federation (Federación Argentina de Canoas)
- Argentinian Yachting Federation (Federación Argentina de Yachting)