We set off from our apartment in Buenos Aires every day to take a walk. The joy of being outside and exploring the neighborhood, always on the lookout for some marvels to see and maybe photograph, became the center point of our day. Our goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps. For us – that’s about 3.75 miles (6 kilometers).
Many cities have large parks, but we’d never seen anything quite like Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, an 865-acre park on an “island” wedged between a canal and the river. Paths are long with limited access and much of the park is a huge wetland – making it an ideal wildlife habitat. It took us an hour to walk to Costanera Sur, through chic neighborhoods and then by high-rise buildings. Once we arrived, the city was behind us, and we discovered we were in the great outdoors.
We took 5 walks to Costanera Sur to see just how much more we could see. We watched nutria, eating their way down channels of water clogged with greet vegetation. A muskrat ambled by within a foot of us while we rested on a wall. A pair of pampas cavy munched on grass a few feet off the path. And, of course, there were always more bird species to see.
After our last visit to Costanera Sur, we noted that we had walked over 27,000 steps just that one day. Our daily walks were worthwhile in every way.