Starting the Dakar itinerary along the streets of Buenos Aires City

Buenos Aires is already anticipating the vibrant 2016 edition of the Dakar Rally. Summertime in town offers a good opportunity to enjoy the start of the world’s top race vehicle brands, while you explore can’t-miss spots in Buenos Aires, tasting delicious food and strolling along the streets.

Nearby Tecnópolis, where adventure begins, there are many parks to unwind in the afternoon under the shade of the trees. In the heart of the Urquiza and Saavedra neighbourhoods, you may ride a bike or walk around the huge General Paz, Saavedra, and Sarmiento parks, which also offer other facilities like a large training circuit, a lake framed with eucalyptus trees, and a variety of picnic areas, with grills and bars featuring meat options and cold drinks.

The tour of the city’s cool and shady forests may continue along the lush tree-lined streets of the traditional Palermo quarter, where you may go for boat rides, walk along pedestrian trails, try the drive-in cinema or go cycling. The Rose Garden boasts a huge variety of flowers from around the world, while the Botanical Garden strikes visitors with an exhibition of many tree species that grow in the streets and avenues of Buenos Aires City, where the urban landscape merges with jacarandas and magnolias in bloom. The Planetarium features a great audiovisual projection of the stars that are visible in Buenos Aires City’s sky. Different guided tours, telescope observations, and shows for children and adults are available throughout the year.

The area’s architectural and cultural heritage includes other interesting spots such as the School of Law’s stairways, the huge Mariano Moreno National Library, the Recoleta Cultural Centre, next to the chapel and the historical Cemetery, and the Fine Arts Museum. A variety of open-air activities attract visitors – fairs, regional handicrafts, and restaurants offering a wide array of menus including the typical Argentine empanadas, Andean wines, and flavours from across the country.

Following the coastline of the River Plate, which bears witness to the history of Buenos Aires, you may explore the city’s southern areas going for a memorable walk around the neighbourhood of La Boca, with narrow cobblestone streets, colourful houses, and old boat wrecks in the port. The Usina del Arte’s billboard includes an assortment of Argentine music shows, tango gatherings, cultural exhibitions, and international artworks. Very near, in the midst of San Telmo, the secrets of the old town, with its sounds and antiques, may be unveiled in its spacious arcades, tango dancing in Dorrego Square, and quaint large houses and bars along Defensa Street. As you head for Plaza de Mayo Square, you may visit the Cathedral and the traditional Cabildo (old town hall), where delicious coffee and pastries are served outside in the large colonial patios. Along Mayo Avenue a mix of flavours attracts diners, and the city’s culinary options blend with the most picturesque corners – typical pizzas and barbecues, and some of Buenos Aires finest theatres.