Plaza San Martin, Buenos Aires

Plaza San Martin, Buenos Aires

The Plaza San Martin is a tranquil park in the heart of Buenos Aires. It lies at the northern end of the busy pedestrian shopping street called Florida Street and is surrounded by many of the city’s skyscrapers.

The red marble and bronze equestrian statue of General Jose de San Martin who is regarded as the father of Argentina stands in the Plaza San Martin. The statue was sculpted by French artist Louis Joseph Daumas and erected in 1862. The statue depicts the different stages in the life of the general and the battles he fought to attain independence for Argentina. In 1878, the park was named after him on his 100th birth anniversary. It was designed by British architect Edward Taylor and Argentine architect, Jose Canale in 1883 and French architect Carlos Thays gave the park its current form in 1889.

The Plaza San Martin was once surrounded by the houses of some of the wealthiest families in Buenos Aires. It has more than 350 species of trees including Gameros, Jacarandas, Borrachos, Tilos and Palos. Visitors and locals flock to the park between September and November when most of the trees are in full bloom. At one end is monument to the soldiers who died fighting for the Islas Malvinas or Falkland Islands during the Falklands War.

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Sight Name: Plaza San Martin
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina (See walking tours in Buenos Aires)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Creating your own self-guided walk in Buenos Aires is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Recoleta Neighborhood Walking Tour

Recoleta Neighborhood Walking Tour

Recoleta is one of most beautiful neighborhoods of Buenos Aires - it's the city's heart of art and elegance, grace and modernism, culture and leisure. Here you will find lots of things to do like: visiting museums, galleries and cultural centers; relaxing in one of the beautiful parks and plazas; or sampling the delicious local food. And if you travel to Recoleta with kids you will be...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Buenos Aires Introduction Walking Tour

Buenos Aires Introduction Walking Tour

Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires is a bustling, cosmopolitan city, abundant in architectural and historic landmarks. The city center is dominated by Plaza de Mayo, lined with majestic 19th-century buildings, including the iconic presidential palace Casa Rosada. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, Obelisk of Buenos Aires and numerous plazas. Take this orientation walk and explore these...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Palermo Area Walking Tour

Palermo Area Walking Tour

Palermo is one of the most famous areas of Buenos Aires - it's well known to locals and among tourists as well. It's also the largest neighborhood of the city, and is divided into smaller sub-districts, namely: Palermo Chico, Palermo Viejo, Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, Las Cañitas and Alto Palermo. Check out our walking tour of the most popular places and buildings in these areas.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Historical Churches Walking Tour

Historical Churches Walking Tour

You may be surprised by the great number of churches, chapels and cathedrals around Buenos Aires. There are plenty of well known and frequently visited churches around the city, which is divided into 24 parishes and sub-parishes - each with a church of its own.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Old buildings are like mirrors of the past that reveal a little part of the history of a given place. There's much to admire in a historical building, whether its the architectural elements, the style or the décor that grabs you. Here in Buenos Aires, if you walk within its historical buildings, you can enter the history of the city and the spirit of the Argentine people.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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