The largest green expanse of the city offers a multitude of options to spend a full day of enjoyment. A tour that includes everything you can imagine, from botany to astronomy, through art, sports and architecture.
Spend a full day of your trip to meet the 400 blocks that occupy Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), the largest green expanse of Buenos Aires; a tour that gives you several options to meet. We recommend combining each other as if you would participate in a leisurely relay race. You choose the order: the inner streets by bicycle; the lakes in the famous “bicicafos” or pedal boats; the confines of the park in a carriage drawn by horses –named be porteños as "Mateo-"; and the “Rosedal” (Rose Garden) which invites you to pure hiking and meditation. Compared to Central Park in New York, the Hyde Park in London or the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, the “Tres de Febrero Park” (its official name) allows a close encounter with art, literature, astronomy, sports, architecture and botany.
a complete circuit for satisfying the desire of the mind, heart and senses
Designed by French landscaper Carlos Thays who reached Creole lands in the late nineteenth century and was devoted to make the city flourish, woods are made up of different areas of green, three artificial lakes and an area dedicated to the cultivation of more than 8000 rose bushes, and a museum, a romantic bridge and the intriguing construction of the Planetarium.
* Tip: Since it is one of the favorite spaces for locals for walking and relaxing during weekends, we recommend you better go on weekdays when the serenity and silence extend their domains over the place.
You can begin the circuit in the morning renting a bicycle to explore every corner of the woods that, thanks to its lush vegetation, recreate microclimates of shade and fresh air. Take advantage of the walk to contemplate the beauty of the more than twelve thousand ancient and exotic species as Tipas, Eucalyptus, Talas, Ombus, Jacaranda trees, Bananas trees, Cockspur Coral Tree, Robles, pine trees and Chorisias. Moreover, despite already being in the middle of the city, you can observe some of the 194 species of birds that fly over Buenos Aires as herons, parrots and woodpeckers. And one more: though you visit the city in autumn or winter, you will always spot some flowering tree thanks to the work of Carlos Thays, who thought in a Buenos Aires always in bloom: in October, for example, the protagonists are the yellow little flowers of Tipas, while in November the jacaranda lilac is all eyes and the pics for Instagram.
You can picnic at noon near some of the artificial lakes and go spotting the boat you rent to scroll through them. When finished, after perhaps a restorative nap outdoors, you can visit the Sivori Museum, located in the woods and which has a great heritage of Argentine art works: paintings, sculptures, tapestries and prints.
Leave the visit to the Rosedal to dusk and approach to contemplate the intriguing construction of Galileo Galilei Planetarium, which opens from Tuesday to Sunday during the afternoons. Saturn and its rings were the inspiration for this curious building of five floors, glazed, with panoramic stairs and a circular room 20 meters in diameter with a capacity for 360 people where you see, from the inside of the dome, a beautiful show on the creation of the universe. You can´t miss this.
Now, with the evening light, we invite you to the most beautiful area of the Woods: the “Rosedal” (Rose Garden) and the more than 8000 copies of roses growing in their domains. For a shocking experience, you should enter the romantic Greek crossing wooden bridge, known also as the “sighs bridge” that crosses one of the lakes and ends just where roses begin. There you will find the Garden of the Poets, an area in which coexist different busts of famous poets and writers such as William Shakespeare, Paul Groussac, Alfonsina Storni, Dante Alighieri, Federico Garcia Lorca and Antonio Machado, among others. Finally, you can immerse yourself perfume of roses in the “Patio Andaluz”, an amphitheater with covered gazebo of climbing roses and vines which bears in the central part a ceramic fountain and Maiolicas. Around the corner, Del Libertador Avenue offers a beautiful cityscape of elegant residences and buildings.
BY CECILIA ACUÑA
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