Downtown Buenos Aires, known as the “micro centre” by the locals, is where the city’s history started. Runners will see the first churches and buildings and experience hundreds of years of history on this 10 km tour.
Downtown is full of narrow streets, some still with cobbles from the colonial time, and as you run through these narrow alleyways you will feel as though you have travelled back in time. You will pass through the most famous square of the country, Plaza de Mayo, our political and economic centre, from which the country is managed.
The tour begins in Plaza de St Martin, Retiro, by the Monument to the Fallen in the Falklands, a cenotaph dedicated to the 694 Argentine soldiers who were killed in the Falklands War. In the course of the tour you will see many of Buenos Aires’ biggest landmarks: The Casa Rosada, or Pink House, which seats the Argentine government and houses the president’s office and The Cabildo, which was the site of Spain’s colonial administration of the city. From here, the tour continues along the iconic Obelisco, the widest avenue in the country, where the kiosks, street sellers and protesters camping outside the government house give an insight into modern Buenos Aires. You will also see The Obelisco, a historical monument erected in 1936 to celebrate the quadricentennial of the city, and The Colon Theatre, considered one of the world’s best opera houses.
Finishing the trip off, you will pass the amazing Puerto Madero and Woman’s Bridge, an amazing rotating footbridge designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Puerto Madero and showcases Buenos Aires’ continuous effort to position itself at the vanguard of art and architecture in Latin America.
Old churches, hundreds of years of history, politics and the modern vibe of the Argentinian capital are all concentrated in this small part of the city. It’s a combination that makes this running tour through the most concentrated part of the country unique, interesting and lots of fun.