Argentina Trips: Best Buenos Aires Parks
Summer is in full swing in Argentina, which means wandering the beautiful green parks during your Buenos Aires vacation. Grab an ice cream and a good book and unwind during your Argentina trip to sunny South America.
Bosque de Palermo: One of the city’s largest parks has stood here since the end of the 19th century. French-Argentine landscape architect, Carlos Thays, designed the park and also nearby Plaza Italia and the Zoological and Botanical gardens. Bosque de Palermo, also known as Parque Tres de Febrero, has something for everyone – from the pensioners’ jogging club that meets every morning to kissing couples to families feeding geese. This 63 acre plot of land surrounded by the busy Buenos Aires streets has eucalyptus groves, gardens, and lakes. Take a cruise around the lake with the pedalos for hire or enjoy free music at 4pm on Sunday afternoons.
Parque Centenario: Another one of Carlos Thay’s projects, he completed this park to mark the 1910 centenary celebration of the May revolution on what was then the western limit of Buenos Aires. He rerouted two streets to create his vision of a circular green space around a central lake. The mile-long perimeter is popular with joggers and the University of Buenos Aires sociology department students who attend classes nearby. Tall pines and jacarandas with bright purple blossoms provide shade for the fair-skinned visitors.
Parque Lezama: After exploring the San Telmo antique shops or nearby Russian Orthodox church, walk over to this sprightly patch of greenery. Shaded by tall Tipa trees, Parque Lezama is the perfect place to spend a lazy day. Some historians believe the park’s eastern edge was the site of Spanish conquistador, Pedro de Mendoza, first landing and attempt to take the land in 1536. You may notice his statue standing in the park. Carlos Thay left his mark on Parque Lezama too. He remodeled the park with gates, a gazebo, and sculpture garden.
Barrancas de Belgrano: Tucked away in the heart of Belgrano, this quiet park’s paths loop the park, perfect for runners and dog walkers. Get a breath of fresh air and enjoy the beautiful hundred year old trees. There is a small replica Statue of Liberty, as well as an elegant wrought-iron bandstand which occasionally has live tango music and dancing.
Parque Rivadavia: Just a few blocks from busy Avenida Corrientes is a place of tranquility for both Porte?Ã¯Â¿Â½os and travelers. If you need a good book to accompany you during your moment of relaxation, there is often a large feria de libros with second hand books, vintage magazines, and old editions of Spanish-language classics. For children there is an old-fashion carousel, a playground, and a small amphitheatre with free shows on Sundays. Look for the white marble monument of Sim?Ã¯Â¿Â½n Bol?Ã¯Â¿Â½var at the entrance of the park; it has been around since the 1940s.