Sunday, July 3, 2011

Costanera Sur Nature Reserve

A few blocks from the great city´s noise, smoke and traffic, a huge 350 hectares natural park houses native vegetation and 250 species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, as well as a variety of 50 butterflies.  Up to the first half of 20th century the "Balneario Sur", a popular bathing spot, had its place here, until its waters were filled in and the space recovered was declared Nature Reserve in 1986.  Here grasslands coexist with "ceibos", native willows and reeds, providing the right environment for the species that inhabit the interior lagoons.  Among them mammals such as the otter, the "cuis" and the weasel, as well as amphibians and reptiles including the "overo" lizzard, some types of snakes and the cute "zarzal" frog are most prominent. The latter is hardest to discover since it matches its colouring to the surface on which it rests.  Guided tours throughout are available but one can also make one´s way with the aid of free maps supplied at the entrance, and which also allow the visitor to discern the sounds, colours and scents pertaining to different ecosystems.  There are two circuits: the "Laguna de los Patos" circuit, over 3300 metres accessed by Brasil st. and The "Río" circuit, 2200 metres long with access on Viamonte st. When riding a bike or walking, the tour takes from two to three hours over which one can watch such fauna specimens as feel inclined to make their appearance.  An interesting and out of the ordinary promenade is organised on Fridays of full moon.  For 4 kilometres and during three hours, specialised guides give the public an outline of local nature.  In order to take part of this activity prior notice is required.

Costanera Sur Nature Reserve.  Tristán Achaval Rodríguez Ave. 1550. (Te 4315-1320 / 4129).  Tuesday to Sundays, 8 to 18 (April to October) and 8 to 19 (November to March).  Guided tours, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10.30 to 15.30.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires City: Apartment in Buenos Aires , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias Buenos Aires

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