Feb 25, 2015

My first visit to the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo

By orourkepatricio (originally posted to Flickr as Hipódromo Argentino) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons 

Since I was a child I always was fascinated by horses and I remember when we pass in front of the horse racetrack in Palermo that I promised myself to visit it one day, not because of the races, but more because of this fascination for horses and also for the beautiful the place was.

By JT Kendall [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons 

Incredible as it sounds I visited the Hipodromo de Palermo this year, I am 42 now, and I don't know why it took me so long to visit this incredible place.

The first thing that surprised me for its beauty was the main building, a perfect example of the Belle Epoque architecture, it was designed by french architect Louis Faure-Dujarric in 1908, although the Hipodromo de Palermo was opened in 1876 and had its first national derby in 1884.

I just can't imagine how this place was in the early years of the last century, but it sure this place represents the best and most vibrant moments of the growth of the city.

The place is fantastic as it is very well designed, you a have beautiful view of the race tracks and you can see the races without any problem.

By Roberto Fiadone (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons 

The Hiprodromo de Palermo has two race tracks, one of 2400 meters long and 28 meters wide suitable for all types of weather, and another one of grass of 2200 meters long and 20 meters wide.

The most important race is the Gran Premio Nacional (Derby Argentino), it takes place during the month of November each year, and has particularity that the public attending the event can see the start just in front of the stands at a very little distance, which makes it more attractive.

This visit made me think about all the incredible places that I promised myself to visit in Argentina, so I am making my list to plan some trips and know places that I always wanted to know.

I imagine that most of the people have the same issue, places very near from where they live, but by one thing or another never took the time to visit. Did this happen to you?

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