Studying Spanish in Argentina can keep you quite busy during the week! If you want to take a break from the bustling Buenos Aires streets, but don’t have much time and don’t want to break the bank, take a weekend day to visit the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, or Ecological Reserve, in Puerto Madero! The Ecological Reserve is the perfect place for busy students taking Spanish courses in Buenos Aires to relax, take a nature walk, or simply enjoy the quiet and scenery of the surrounding wildlife.

Just beyond the trendy Puerto Madero boardwalk, you will find the city opens up to an expansive nature reserve—the only one of its kind in Buenos Aires! Walking along the street leading to the two entrance are food vendors, artisans, games of pick up futbol, and street entertainment. You can enter the reserve on foot or on bike (6 pesos per hour), and it is free to enter!

The reserve itself is the product of construction debris that was discarded in the Rio de la Plata during the mid 1900s. Over time, this waste picked up sand and rock, and eventually became home to great deal of wildlife, both plants and animals! Despite a not so appealing beginning, the reserve today is an incredible place to spend an afternoon exercising, relaxing, or taking in the sweeping city or water views from one of the wooden decks built throughout the reserve.

Buenos Aires is filled with green spaces, however, the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve is unlike the others located in the heart of the city. There is simply no other place within the city of Buenos Aires for a student studying Spanish in Argentina to truly escape the fast pace of the city for an afternoon.