Oct
30
2009

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Buenos Aires Park – Parks, Squares & Garden Tours

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Every Buenos Aires barrio has a park, gardens or wonderful green squares where you can walk, jog or relax and enjoy the sunshine.

The daunting size of Buenos Aires, the constant city tempo and grid-like blocks hide the fact that Buenos Aires City, particularly the main tourist barrios we promote, has many green spaces.

Buenos Aires is a surprisingly green city (although sadly environmentalist would not enjoy the cavalier attitude most people have towards their environment).

For its size, Capital Federal boasts many parks, which is one of the things we love most about the main tourist barrios of Buenos Aires – you can escape from the office or your apartment block to one of  many local parks and wonderful green squares (plazas) that provide an oasis and some respite from the frenetic pace of city life.

Porteños (people of the port of Buenos Aires) use the parks after work and weekends and you will find extended families grouping to take time out from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires city with their picnics and thermos, sat idling the day away sharing mate.

Mate is a ‘tea-like’ bush. The upper plant used with hot or cold water to create an energizing drink that is bursting with antioxidants and phytonutrients.

We detail some of our favorite Buenos Aires parks, gardens, squares and recreational spaces in Buenos Aires:

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Bosques de Palermo is probably the most famous of Buenos Aires parks and gardens located on Avenues Del Libertador, Dorrego and Figueroa Alcorta. The Bosques de Palermo is famous both day and night for very different reasons. The Bosques de Palermo is one of Buenos Aires’ largest and most beautiful parks, it also is one Buenos Aires’ busiest parks. Joggers, rollerbladers and cyclists compete for the pathways with walkers. Families with their children picnic and sunbathe. A small lake in the center of the park is picturesque and fun to paddle-boat or row. At the weekend, there is no end of musical and comedy entertainers and on Sunday morning is an outdoor market.  At night the park transforms and may prove a little sleazy or unpalatable to some travelers when the Transvestite prostitute congregate to sell their trade.  Most so terribly polite and helpful, and very used to tourists who walk their way for a nosy.  We caveat that statement by saying that you avoid the cars that cruise them and be very careful should you venture to the park at night.

Recoleta Plazas (Village) –Plaza Intendente Alvear - located at 1725 Posadas Street is the most beautiful part of Recoleta, which starts at Plaza Intendente Alvear, nearest street Junín and boasts the Recoleta Cemetery (resting place of Eva Peron, Evita), the Inglesia del Pilar, Recoleta Cultural Centre and Buenos Aires Design.  We like to stop at Café Biela on the corner of Junín and Quintana for coffee and people watching. What we like about Recoleta sightseeing and attractions is the many luscious interconnecting green squares – Plaza Francia (weekend market), Plaza Mitre for the Bartomele Mitre monument, Plaza R Dario for the Evita monument, tourists can walk Plaza JJ de Urquize to reach Plaza Naciones Unidas to see the gigantic Floralis Generica.  This route also takes you to Palermo and is just one of our favorite Buenos Aires walks and we have a detailed guide for your convenience>go.

Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays – is a wonderful sanctuary in Buenos Aires’ Palermo, located at Avenida Santa Fe 3951. The Jardin Botanico designed by Carlos Thays, has diverse flora from all over the world seen from meandering pathways that lead you past plants and trees collected from all over South America and the world. The gardens are quieter and quite refined with lots ‘nooks’ to hide away and enjoy some tranquility.  We note that many couples young and old use the park and more recently, the gardens attract gay tourists.

Parque Lezama is located at Defensa 1600. Lezama Park has a monument to Pedro de Mendoza (one of early founders of Buenos Aires). This is a smashing green space with huge sculptures. Just across the Lezama Park, Buenos Aires is The Russian Orthodox Church of the Sacred Trinity: Built by Russian immigrants.

Parque Centenario is located on Avenues Diaz Velez, Patricias Argentinas, Campichuelo, and Angel Gallardo in Caballito Buenos Aires, a barrio not known by tourists it is the geographical center of Capital Federal and a favorite of Argentine visitors who prefer a quieter suburban feel away from the main tourist barrios of Buenos Aires. The park has a Sunday Market, an amphitheater and a lake.  Parque Centenario Park, Buenos Aires is home to The National Science Museum of Argentina.

Parque Chacabuco is located at 1400 Avenida Asamblea. Parque Chacabuco is one of Buenos Aires’ most underrated, largest neighborhood parks. Located next to the barrio of Caballito, the park spans a good portion of property in the area. This is a true “barrio,” or neighborhood park. It is a popular place for local family picnics, Carnival festivals, and dog walks. If you walk about 2 blocks from the northwest corner of the park there is an Olympic sized pool with Olympic-style diving platforms.

Reserva Ecologia Costanera Sur is located at 1550 Tristán Archával Rodríguez (Puerto Madero).  The city’s ecological reserve is one of the wildest and most natural parts of Buenos Aires. The reserve is home to hundreds of different bird species, lizards (they bite) and fauna and is protected duet its status as wetlands. This expansive park has trails and open spaces for joggers, walkers and bikers. Tourists can rent bicycles along the Costanera so take your identification. In addition, you get some wonderful photo opportunities of the city from the reserve.  Access the reserve by foot from any of the bridges in Puerto Madero.  During weekends, the park is often crowded with Porteños seeking out nature, but during the week, it is quiet and empty. Reserva Ecologia Costanera Sur Buenos Aires is a great place to bring the mate, a blanket and some snacks to spend a day pretending you are at the beach – that takes quite a bit of imagination. Along the Costanera, outside of the reserve, there are dozens of parillas (grills) and the food is good.

Parque Rivadaviais a large green space located at Avenida Rivadavia 3800. Although not exactly in the main tourist area, we mention this Buenos Aires Park because we have more and more clients staying in the surrounding barrios. Rivadavia Park is pleasant, not too much to see, but local government enforce a dog ban so you are not sitting in a field of pooch pooh! More interesting for geeks and film buffs is the Electronics Feria, a daily outdoor market of every conceivable ‘hot’ bootleg movie, music, video games, and computer programs with their own key generator. We merely point out that this market exists, we do not promote copyright infringement nor do we suggest you buy from these very naughty ‘digital age costermongers’.  If you did decide to buy something, we believe that the costs of discs are ARG 8 to 10 Pesos.

Enjoy Buenos Aires Parks!

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