If you are tired of the frenetic world of downtown, and you are looking for what to do in Buenos Aires making a visit to Peru Beach will serve as the perfect getaway. Lodged on the outskirts of the city and on the edge of the Rio de la Plata, Porteños from all over Buenos Aires gather at this peaceful waterside venue that offers not only a delightful drinking spot but comes with a host of activities for you to pass your weekend.
How to get there?
Peru Beach is not the easiest place to get to and the journey requires a measure of patience. Yet once you are there, lying by the water with a beer in your hand and the sun shining, you’ll understand it is worth the journey. For the most beautiful (and slightly more expensive) route get any bus or metro to Maipu station and hop on the Tren de la Costa. Glide along the coast and arrive right beside Peru Beach complex at Barrancas Station for around AR$35 return.
Alternatively make your way to Retiro station and grab a train towards Tigre. They come every 10 minutes and are a very reasonable price of around AR$5 return. Hang in there for half an hour and you reach a stop called Accassuso. From here walk 15-20 minutes down Peru Street to the beach.
What attract the most visitors are the opportunities for water sports at Peru Beach. With some wind, the conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing can be splendid. Weekends in particular see locals head for the water where 5-hour windsurfing courses can be taken at AR$500. This price falls with the more people you do the course with; AR$400 each for two people, AR$350 each for groups of 3, and $300 each for groups of 4. You may prefer to race across the water with a kite. For a kite-surfing course the prices are a little steeper; AR$1600 for a single person dropping to AR$1100 each if you drag a mate along. Kayaks are also available for hire. Make your own route across the water and explore the river banks at AR$50 per hour for a single kayak and AR$70 per hour for a double. The water sports here are a very popular activity and the instructors advise you to book in advance to be certain of some serious splashing.
On dry land, one is still spoilt for choice at Peru Beach. There are a handful of hard tennis courts, some astro-turf pitches, a gym and even a covered roller-hockey pitch. Pitches can be rented by the hour and there are no membership fees. In addition to the host of extreme sports on offer here, there is a large climbing wall 20 metres high and 10 metres across that gives opportunity to around 70 different routes to the top of it. Skaters have access to a custom-built skate park which opens in the afternoons on weekends and costs AR$20 for each pass. Lessons that include both helmet and board come at AR$60 per hour.
Food and Drink
The location and good service at Peru Beach combine to make a very pleasant experience for those who want to just relax over a drink or meal. Although the food is limited, the prices are reasonable for options that, for the majority, entail bar snacks such as sandwiches, salads, milanesas, smoothies and ice-creams. Take AR$35 as an average price for a meal.
Spice up your evening with a selection of interesting cocktails. Take to one of the many benches that line the beach and sip your mojito with a great view of the horizon or simply relax on the grass and feel the breeze coming off the water. No matter what you decide to do, you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself if you make the journey to Peru Beach.