Buenos Aires is known for its wealth of beautiful green spaces. This South American city has a huge French influence when it comes to urban planning and landscape design, and this can be felt in the city’s charming outdoors. We take a look at some of the most striking parks and gardens in the Argentine capital.
The Rosedal rose garden in Palermo oozes romance, its paths winding around pristine rose beds that bloom with a host of different coloured roses. Expect to see lots of couples strolling around the gardens or whispering sweet nothings in each other’s ears on one of the many benches dotted around the park. If romance isn’t your thing, there are lots of other activities to take part in on the path that rings the Rosedal and the lakes around it, where you’ll see locals running, rollerblading and cycling.
The botanical gardens in Palermo are possibly more popular with tourists than they are with locals, but since the city government’s overhaul of the entrance and the gardens themselves a year or two ago, natives have begun to take a bigger interest in these charming city centre gardens, which showcase some of Argentina’s most well known flora, including the famous yerba mate bush. A greenhouse near the entrance is home to some exotic plants, and towards the Las Heras side, there are hundreds of species of plants, bushes and trees that you can discover.
Bosques de Palermo
The Bosques de Palermo is the common name for the stretch of parks that act as a green buffer between the city and the Rio de la Plata. Running from Retiro and Recoleta all the way north to Belgrano, there are countless spots to explore along the length of these parks, but the Palermo section, which is home to the Rosedal, is one of the most popular places. Check out the lakes and grassy areas beside the Planetarium, and rent a pedal boat on a sunny day for the real Bosques experience.
While not exactly a park or garden, Chacarita Cemetery is well worth visiting for its mix of eclectic architectural styles, housing everything from Neo-classical to Art Deco tombs that are home to some of Argentina’s most famous cultural icons, including Carlos Gardel, the poster boy of tango. The rear section of the cemetery is full of Brutalist and Modernist pavilions, and it is a pleasantly serene place to wander around when the weather is nice.
Easily the nicest park in the south of the city, Parque Lezama is situated on the border of San Telmo and La Boca and was re-landscaped in recent years, making it a great place to have a picnic at the weekend if you want to spend some time checking out the San Telmo feria before going to relax in the park. The park also has a weekend market that you can peruse at your leisure.
Plaza San Martin
This sloping park in the Retiro neighbourhood gives visitors some of the most striking views that one can expect to experience in Buenos Aires. If you sit towards the top of the park, you can see down towards the clock tower in the Retiro plaza, and over to your right you will see the Art Deco masterpiece of the Kavanagh Building, and over across towards the Rio de la Plata.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.