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Av. Santa Fe, Buenos Aires 1006 Argentina
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General San MartínBuenos Aires Underground2 min
RetiroBuenos Aires Underground6 min
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Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
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Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires

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Swap the busy streets of Buenos Aires for the waterways of the Tigre River Delta on a day trip that’s ideal for first-time visitors. You’ll see a more provincial side of the region as you explore the cobbled streets of San Isidro. Plus, you'll escape the crowds on land during a canal cruise on the delta.
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Queen J wrote a review Apr. 2020
California2,055 contributions714 helpful votes
Found in Retiro, this plaza is one of the oldest in the city and is the site of several historic events. A decisive battle against the British took place here in 1807, and five years later, General José de San Martín chose this historic site as the location for the barracks for his granadiers. In 1813, San Martín became an instrumental leader in the war for independence from Spain. Today, a giant equestrian monument features General San Martín; Mars, the God of war; and several battles. A sculpture in each corner illustrates a pivotal moment in the war: "The Departure to War", "The Battle", "The Victory", and the "The Return of the Victor". A few other statues and monuments can be found throughout this park, such as the monument dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the Malvinas (Falklands War against Great Britain). Two soldiers guard the monument, which features 25 marble plates etched with the names of the fallen soldiers. At the far end of the adjoined Plazoleta Fuerza Aerea Argentina, the 60 meter Torre Monument (clock tower) commemorates Argentina's independence, a gift from Great Britain, made from imported red bricks and stone. The park itself is green and shady, and a nice place for a stroll under the canopy of tall trees. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this park in and of itself, but the metro line E from Plaza de Mayo runs right through the middle of the two parks, ending in the Retiro train station across the street to the west. Across the street to the south is Palacio Paz, and a block away, the Florida shopping area. A few blocks further, stands the gothic Basílica Santísimo Sacramento. All in all, it is a nice plaza with a bit of history. Stroll through when visiting other sights in the area.
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Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
AlpinerHut wrote a review Mar. 2020
Chantilly, Virginia1,004 contributions466 helpful votes
Plaza San Martin is the crown jewel in a string of parks near Estacion Retiro, Buenos Aires' main train station, the others being Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina (home to Torre Monumental) and Plaza Canada (which features a totem pole and lots of homeless people). The park and its centerpiece (but not centered) monument (see my review, "Keep looking. It's there!") honor General Jose de San Martin, liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru. There are also some plaques remembering the barracking of San Martin's Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers here, a playground, a very large Gomero ficus tree and a statue, "The Doubt." Most interesting to me, though, was the Cenotaph to the Fallen of the Malvinas War (see my review, "Gone but not forgotten"). The park itself is quite beautiful with large trees and spacious open spaces sharing an almost cliff-like setting. TIPS: * Lots of homeless in and around this park, but also a very visible police presence. We walked around almost unmolested (one man approached seeking money).
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
Vincent M wrote a review Mar. 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana2,195 contributions888 helpful votes
The Plaza General San Martin is the pre-eminent park in Retiro, with shady groves and sunny lawns (see Tree-lined Lanes, Shady Benches, Trees in Blossom and Broad Greenswards photos). The odds of a refreshing breeze are good: the river (and yacht harbour) are within a quarter mile (400 meters) of this plaza. But Plaza San Martin is also a remarkably historic piece of real estate. In the 1600s, Spain’s colonial governors lived here. In 1713 the English South Sea Company bought the land and set up commercial operations. This trading company briefly held a monopoly on selling slaves in Spanish America, but their factory and fort on what’s now Plaza San Martin didn’t last long. In 1720, the South Sea Bubble burst, one of the most notorious joint-stock insider-trading swindles in financial history. (Still, for over another 200 years, every British monarch from George I to Queen Victoria was also the governor of this ancient and honourable company of slavers and swindlers!) A different sort of British collapse occurred in July 1807, when a second British invasion attacked Buenos Aires with 13,000 men. The attack centred around this plaza. Thanks to plucky fighting by the defenders and criminal incompetence by the British commander, the British army was defeated with heavy casualties. In 1812, José de San Martín arrived in South America and was given command of Argentina’s Mounted Grenadiers: this plaza served as his barracks. Which is why the grand equestrian statue of the liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru is on this plaza. Other monuments here also honour him. The Mounted Grenadiers themselves are memorialised on a plaque quoting San Martin: “I alone know what my Grenadiers are capable of; there may be those who equal them, but not any who exceed them” (my rough-and-ready translation: see Mounted Grenadiers and San Martin Plaque photos). The plaza runs on a SW to NE axis. The Palacio Pas and the Military Museum are opposite the plaza to the SW. The Edificio Kavanagh is across San Martin to the SE , with the Basilica of Santissimo Sacramento one block past the Kavanagh. On the NE corner you’ll find the Monument to the Fallen of the Malvinas. And directly opposite the busy Av del Libertador is the Torre Monumental. The plaza is located at the northern tip of Calle Florida, about 250 meters north of Galarias Pacifico. The closest Subte station is San Martin on the C line; the second-best is Retiro on the E line, but even the third-best, Florida on the B line, is only about 500 meters away, up the pedestrian shopping calle Florida, which is an attraction in itself. (I’ve reviewed Kavanagh, the Basilica, the Maldivas cenotaph, the Torre Monumental, Calle Florida and the Galaria Pacifico separately in TA.) You can wander across the plaza from end to end in under an hour, but if you add in all the other nearby attractions, you could profitably spend an entire day in this area.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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MoPetServices | I'll take care! wrote a review Mar. 2020
Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina1 contribution2 helpful votes
She and her surroundings are places of ancient history and forgiven loves. A legend says that "there is a special ombu tree that makes certain souls to come across..."
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Date of experience: February 2020
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WorldTravelers34 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Chicago, Illinois2,420 contributions1,618 helpful votes
We discovered this square while walking around this area. Plaza San Martín (English: San Martín Square) is a park located in the Retiro neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Plaza San Martín is one of the city’s oldest squares and was the site of several historic events. As well as containing examples of several native and foreign trees, the square contains several important monuments and sculptures.
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Date of experience: January 2020
2 Helpful votes
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