Enjoy A Day At The Races

If you’re travelling in South America, especially Argentina, Palermo is a “can’t miss” district of Buenos Aires for tourists.

Palermo is the most populous neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and is also one of the most walkable, thanks to its tree-lined streets and abundance of Casas chorizo, long, narrow, single-story buildings that were popular in the late 19th century and are now much sought after for refurbishment.

In Palermo, you can find four different quarters which you should visit. One of Palermo’s most recognisable sights, the Bosques de Palermo is also a symbol of the city’s variety due to its popularity as a place to promenade, have a picnic, rollerblade, and ride a bicycle.

Enjoy A Day At The Races

Palermo Soho is a trendy neighbourhood with snazzy cafés and one-of-a-kind design stores, filled with shoppers on weekends, and is much trendier than Palermo Hollywood, which is best known for its many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. If you’re looking for a night out or to celebrate a special occasion, Palermo Hollywood is definitely the place to be.

Palermo Chico, or “little Palermo,” is a neighbourhood on Palermo’s north-eastern boundary that is, as the name may imply, a touch on the posh side. The most influential people in Buenos Aires live here. One of the city’s biggest and greenest parks, Los Bosques de Palermo, was modeled after Paris’ Bois de Boulogne, so it’s easy to see why people would want to live here. It is flanked by palatial residences and embassies from the 1960s.

Weekends are perfect for a bike ride around Palermo Chico’s little lake, a picnic on the Planetarium grounds, and a visit to the Japanese Gardens or the Rose Garden. In addition to the park’s natural beauty, the city’s polo fields and the Hipodromo, a renowned racetrack, are located just on the opposite side. If your feet are tired after seeing Palermo and you’re interested in catching a taste of Argentine horse culture, betting on the horse races is a terrific way to spend a few hours outdoors.

Enjoy A Day At The Races

The Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo

The Hipódromo Argentino is an excellent destination for equestrian sports aficionados. The ‘Gran Premio Nacional,’ also known as the ‘Argentine Derby,’ is the premier race of the year, and if you happen to be in town around the middle of November, you might just be able to watch it.

People of various ages and social backgrounds, from young adults to retirees, congregate at the Hipódromo to take part in the city’s longest-running tradition of sporting entertainment.

The History Of The Hipódromo

One of the original Buenos Aires racetracks, the Hipódromo de Palermo, opened to the public on May 7, 1876. Despite the stands being built to Néstor Par’s specifications to house over 1,600 spectators, Over 10,000 people showed up to see the inaugural race. This number proved to be overwhelming even to the public transport system at the time, leading to a city-wide gridlock.

Currently, there are 1908-era buildings and grandstands that can accommodate up to 2,000 spectators. Designed by a French architect named Faure Dujarric, they are stunning examples of the Beaux Arts style. Recoleta and the central Avenida de Mayo in Buenos Aires are two of the many neighborhoods where you’re likely to find this style of architecture, which was highly popular at the time. The edifice as a whole is included in the city’s historical registry.

Private company Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo Sociedad Anónima (HAPSA) has owned and operated the Hipódromo since 1992, initially under a contract that was set to expire in 2027 but was later extended until 2032.

Enjoy A Day At The Races

The Gran Premio Nacional At The Hipódromo

The Gran Premio Nacional, Argentina’s version of the Kentucky Derby, consistently draws tens of thousands of spectators and is widely regarded as the most important yearly horse racing event in Latin America. Usually held on a Saturday in the middle of November, this year’s edition took place on November 12th. After its first running in 1884, the event has consistently attracted the top horses in Argentina, all vying for the title of “best in a nation that has some exceptional horses.”

A great opportunity for tourists is to catch the Granaderos playing the Argentinian national anthem before the main event. They are a renowned equestrian regiment formed by General San Martin, a famous Argentinian freedom fighter.

There are 69 Group races held at the track throughout the year, with many major Group 1 races (including the Gran Premio Republica, Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos y Potrancas, and Gran Premio Selección) among them. SIS, as the official partner of the Palermo track, provides round-the-clock Live Betting for all of the races held there. Partners of the service provider have access to a steady flow of information in the form of visuals and data. The information provided here is useful for sports bettors looking to capitalize on lucrative betting possibilities.

Arriving And Entering The Hipódromo

Enjoy A Day At The Races

Getting to the Hipódromo via public transportation may be difficult, but it is possible. Take Subway Line D to the Palermo station, and then walk approximately 5 blocks down Avenida Intendente Bullrich until you reach Av. Dorrego; the Hipódromo will be across the street and to the left.   A cab ride there and back is likely the most convenient option though.

The fee for entering the Hipódromo varies based on the day you visit and the significance of the event. The entrance fee is still quite cheap given what you’re getting in return, which is a long, enjoyable day at the races (which often begin at midday and go far into the evening).

Final Thoughts

A trip to Hipódromo is undeniably worthwhile. The schedule of upcoming races may be confirmed in advance by visiting this page where you can also find a full calendar of races and results.   Buenos Aires should undoubtedly be on your wish list to visit. It is affordable, has wonderful architecture and culture, and offers a good amount of exciting activities.

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