The Costanera Sur, or southern riverside was one of the most popular places to relax in the city in the first half of the 20th century. People would bathe in the river, and there were numerous restaurants and bars, such as the legendary Cervecería Munich, which now houses the Museo del Humor. Today the area has recovered some of its former splendour thanks to the development of Puerto Madero and the creation of the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, which has again made the area one of the most popular for walking, cycling and family days out.
The Paseo de la Gloria, or Walk of Glory is an urban sculpture trail featuring some of Argentina’s greatest sportsmen and women, including Lionel Messi, Lucha Aymar and Manu Ginóbili. It runs from the intersection of Av. Dr. Tristán Achaval Rodríguez and Azucena Villaflor to calle Viamonte.
In the 1920s, although there was a public bathing area on the river, the practice was strictly controlled. Men and women had to bathe separately, and could stay in the water for a maximum 30 minutes at a time, and it was forbidden to remain in the bathing area after 7pm in order to “prevent temptations of the night”.