Most people come to Palermo to enjoy the urban sights that Buenos Aires has to offer. There are several different sections, from mainstream to bohemian and from fashion and design to residential. And then there is Parque Tres de Febrero. This nearly 1,000-acre park is also referred to as the “Bosques del Palermo” (Palermo Woods).
The park has been in existence in a variety of forms since 1875, and over the years it has undergone additions including a zoo, a botanical garden and a rose garden, as well as the world’s largest Japanese garden outside of Japan. The park is popularly used by pedestrians and cyclists and is busiest on the weekends, when you can even take a boat ride in one of the artificial lakes. Visitors can spend a couple of hours walking among the trees and over the bridges that cross some of the lakes, or sitting in one of the gazebos to enjoy the tranquil park.
Parque Tres de Febrero contains many species of trees and plants from around Argentina (introduced and endemic), including eucalyptus, wide-buttressed ceibas and lavender-blooming jacarandas. Make sure to look up, as there are climbing vines and epiphytes, as well as up to 194 species of birds that have been seen here, including kingfishers and woodpeckers. In the summer the gardens also attract butterflies.
Poetry lovers will want to check out the Poet’s Garden, with busts of Argentine and other famous poets, including, of course, one of Argentina’s most famous writers, Jorge Luis Borges. The park is accessible via bus 10, 34 and 130.