The Woods of Buenos Aires
One of the biggest upsides about life in Buenos Aires is that it is home to a host of beautiful parks, picturesque plazas and lovely green open spaces. In an urban city so dense and fast paced, it is nice to know there are plenty of options to find a temporary reprieve from all the hustle and bustle, whenever the need may arise.
Now that spring has well and truly arrived here in Argentina’s capital, you might feel the urge to get back in touch with nature. A trip to Tigre is the usual remedy, but a well known hotspot a little closer to home, incredibly popular with Porteños and extranjeros alike, is Bosques de Palermo, officially known as Parque Tres de Febrero.
Located between Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta Avenues, Bosques de Palermo is an urban haven, known for its groves, lakes, and rose gardens. Covering approximately 400 hectares (almost 1000 acres) the area also incorporates attractions such as the Buenos Aires zoo, the city planetarium, the velodrome, and the world-renowned Japanese gardens.
There are plenty of unique outdoor activities available for you to make the most of these lovely spaces. Renting roller skates or small pedal carts is great fun, breezing through the crowds on the routes which follow the lakeside. You can even take a paddle boat out for a leisurely row on the waters. A 1.6km running track provides an excellent circuit to get in some exercise, if you feel this is necessary to burn off some of those wine calories! If you feel like taking it a little slower however, simply relaxing on the grass for a merienda with friends is perfectly acceptable too!
The beautiful Rosedal is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. It has many stone and bronze busts of renowned poets, including Jorge Luis Borges, Luigi Pirandello and William Shakespeare.
As a brief history, the land on which Bosques de Palermo now occupies was once owned by a strongman named Juan Manuel de Rosas. He was overthrown in 1852 and his extensive northside properties in Buenos Aires then became public property. In 1874, president Domingo Sarmiento ordered work to begin on Parque Tres de Febrero, which was named in honor of the date when the Governor Rosas was defeated, whose opponent had been Sarmiento.
Buenos Aires enjoyed great economic success in the years that followed. French Landscape Architect Carlos Thays was commissioned to further beautify the parks during the height of this period of wealth, between 1892 and 1912. Thays designed the Zoological Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, the adjoining Plaza Italia and the Rose Gardens. He was also responsible for the planting of the iconic purple Jacaranda trees, which are adored throughout the capital to this day.
Dirección: Av. Libertador y Av. Sarmiento.
Colectivos: 12, 15, 29, 36, 37, 39, 41, 55, 57, 59, 60, 64, 67, 68, 93, 95, 102, 108, 111, 118, 124, 128, 130, 152, 160, 161, 166, 188 (From Plaza de Mayo and Plaza San Martín take the line 130).
Subte Línea D: Estación Plaza Italia.
1 Jardín Botánico.
2 Zoológico de Buenos Aires.
3 Sociedade Rural Argentina (SRA).
4 Monumento de los Españoles.
5 Plaza Alemania.
6 Jardin Japonés.
7 Columna persa.
8 Parque Tres de Febrero.
9 Planetario Galileo Galilei.
11 Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo.
So next time after class when the weather is simply too good to be inside, why not make a visit to Bosques to Palermo? There is something to do for everybody and you surely will not be disappointed. If you have already been, let us know what is your highlight in the discussion below! For more information about our Spanish School Argentina visit us in Viamonte 1516