Size (Sq Km): 2.1
Measured on a scale of 1-10 (1 = low, 10 = high)
|Safety Factor, Day: 9.5||Tourism: 9|
|Safety Factor, Night: 9.5||Traffic: 3|
|Average Prices: 9||Nightlife: 7|
Transportation: Subway: The B-line’s last stop (Avenida L.N. Alem) is about as close as you can get with the subway. Lines A, D and E leave you with an awkward cross of several busy streets.
Bus: Your best bet is boarding or exiting buses on Paseo de Colón or Av. L.N. Alem; take the 64 or 152 (to and from Belgrano and Palermo)
La Onda (The Vibe): This ritzy area screams “international business” or “We’re ready for the Olympics” in comparison to the rest of the city. Clean, organized, new buildings and recently renovated port- the safest area in Buenos Aires second to Recoleta. Very nice to stroll around for fresh air and for photos.
-4 docks and water ways to stroll around that are lined with restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.
-La Reserva Ecologico or the nature reserve
-Puerto Madero casino
-Puente de Mujer
-Buque Bus port (the main ferry company that travels to Uruguay)
Attractions: This neighborhood is now considered the nicest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Refurbished warehouses have been converted into swanky apartments, fine dining restaurants, four and five star hotels and more. Many 50-story towers grace the skyline, and Puerto Madero’s backyard is now the Ecological Reserve. The neighborhood hosts many of Buenos Aires’ finest tourist events and sites.
Puente de Mujer connects the east and west docks and is a frequently-visited site in Buenos Aires. The port area is not used for commercial shipping any longer, and as a result, is now a nice area to stroll and tour the archaic ships that line docks 2 and 3.
If you are taking the ferry to Uruguay it is very likely you will be leaving from Puerto Madero on the company’s Buque Bus boats. Be sure to make reservations in advance if you plan to travel on the weekend.
History: Puerto Madero had a difficult start and did not reach its full potential until the 1990’s. In the late 1800’s the Buenos Aires government realized a major problem with their port system, as large cargo ships were not able to directly dock and were having to anchor off shore. Passengers and cargo were often shipped in on ferries and other boats. The government contracted Eduardo Madero to construct a new port, which he completed in 1897. Unfortunately by 1907 larger cargo ships were arriving making the newer Puerto Madero obsolete, as well.
A new port was completed in 1926 and Puerto Madero once again was superseded. For the next 65 years the port sat decaying and untouched. After the government decided that it was time to touch up this part of the city a massive effort gave way. Foreign investment and local support created a new, fancy Puerto Madero.
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*Complete Guide to Puerto Madero
For more information on Puerto Madero check out Skye Brannon’s guide at About.com