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Buenos Aires’ Ecological Reserve is an oasis of green for burnt-out city dwellers, located along the coast of the River Plate in Puerto Madero. Covering a whopping 865 acres, the nature reserve is open every day from 8 AM to 6 PM (excluding national holidays) and provides the ideal place to jog, bike, take a walk, or participate in a wide array of eco-activities.

Once a month, on the Friday closest to the full moon, a guided tour of the reserve takes place at night. Participants can explore the landscape in a different light–literally. Dad joke win! The walk itself takes around four hours, so it is suggested to bring something to eat and drink; the city also asks that participants wear bug spray and use closed toe shoes. Those interested in taking the nighttime tour need to reserve a spot by emailing visitasguiadas_recs@buenosaires.gob.ar on the Monday prior to the walk. Include your name, last name, age, number on your passport or DNI, and phone number, as well as those of up to four other friends.

For those keen on learning more about the wildlife native to the Río de la Plata and its surroundings, the Reserve organizes a guided expedition for birdwatchers on the second Friday of each month. Approximately 307 species of birds can be found in the reserve, and participants have the chance to observe them in their natural habitat. Reservations can be made by sending an email to the email address above–once confirmed, participants meet at the Viamonte entrance to the reserve at 9 AM.

A no-frills tour of the Reserve is available to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, during the winter at 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM, and during the summer at 9:30 AM and 4 PM.

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