Buenos Aires is densely populated, but it’s also full of appealing open spaces. We’re not merely talking parks here, either: open areas with historic and cultural significance can be found all across the city. Here are six of our favorites.
Bosques de Palermo
At 60-plus acres, BA’s biggest park (also known as Parque 3 de Febrero), is in the heart of Palermo, an upscale neighborhood full of hotels, bars and shopping. Known for its beautiful rose gardens, originally planted in 1914 and now holding more than 14,000 rose bushes, the park is full of lakes, paths and playgrounds. Other highlights include the gorgeous Japanese Garden and the free-admission historic zoo (now an eco park). From the Northeast end of the park you can walk all the way to the Río de la Plata and its boardwalk, Costanera Norte.
Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden)
This National Monument is almost 170 years old and has been carefully designed to incorporate more than 5,000 species of plants, beautiful sculptures and greenhouses.
Galileo Galilei Planetarium
While it’s found in Bosques de Palermo, this planetarium is worth its own visit. Built on the site of Argentina’s first recorded soccer match Argentina (between the Buenos Aires Cricket Club and the crew of the British warship The Bombay in 1867), the 1960s building, which was renovated in 2017, resembles a UFO.
Cementerio de la Recoleta
Named after the exclusive neighborhood where it’s located, this cemetery is a veritable open-air art museum. Its labrynthine passages are lined with opulent mausoleums, the final resting places of some of the most prominent figures in Argentine history, including former first lady Eva Perón.
Reserva Ecológica de Puerto Madero
The city’s port and warehouse district has been reinvented as a modern neighborhood full of high-rises and top hotels, bars and restaurants. Behind the glitz is this ecological reserve, a vast (865 acres) hideaway with more than 2,000 species of fauna and flora and winding pathways — perfect for running and biking — that lead to the Río de la Plata.
Tour the Tigre Delta
Less than 20 miles north of Buenos Aires’ downtown is Tigre, a vibrant town on the shores of the Paraná Delta. It’s worth the cab or train ride to explore the waterfront walkways, Puerto de Frutos market, amusement park and casino. And, of course, no visit is complete without a boat excursion through the delta’s waterways and islands.