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The Parks of Palermo

Los Bosques de Palermo

The barrio of Palermo is popular for more than just restaurants, chic living, and nightlife.  It also contains the most green space of any barrio in Buenos Aires.  Acres of parks complete with lakes, gardens and even a zoo allow the residents of Palermo to escape the noise and bustle of the big city without leaving their neighborhood.

Sunny afternoons and weekends bring people in droves to the parks, known as Los Bosques de Palermo.  Here they relax in the sun sipping mate, rollerblade or bike along the park’s paved streets, or rent a paddleboat andcruise one of the small lakes.  Palermo’s park system extends from Avenida Santa Fe northeast following Avenida Sarmiento towards Jorge Newbery Airport and the Rio de la Plata river.  The section of parks nearest the airport features a concentration of sport facilities including the Hipodromo, where throughout the year horses race in front of a grandstand built in the late 1800s.  Polo is another passion of Buenos Aires, and Palermo is its proud home in Argentina.  Near the Hipodromo are numerous Polo fields along with a rugby stadium, golf course, and tennis courts.

Parque 3 de Febrero is the largest of the parks.  Completed in 1875 by architect Carlos Thays, its 25 hectors consist of a number of distinct parts including a few lakes, a rose garden (el rosedal) with a beautiful white bridge, Japanese gardens (jardin japones), and a planetarium.  It’s worth taking an afternoon or more to explore this peaceful space.  In fact it may become one of your favorite places to spend a few relaxing hours.

Avenida Sarmiento splits 3 de Febrero in two, and if you follow it South you’ll arrive at Plaza Italia.  Here the intersection of Sarmiento, Avenida Santa Fe and Avenida Las Heras surrounds a large monument of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian general.  At the top of this intersection sits the city zoo, where for only a few pesos you can view Bueno’s Aires collection of animals from around the world.

Jardin Botánico

The botanical gardens lie in between Avenida Santa Fe and Las Heras.  Also designed by Carlos Thays, Jardin Botánico reflects the strong European sentiment that influenced the upper classes of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century.  This love for European styles, particularly the urban design and architecture of 1800s France, can be found throughout Buenos Aires, especially in Jardin Botánico.  Among the park’s ornate greenhouses and meandering garden paths stand 33 works of art placed beside arrays of meticulously maintained flora.  Not surprisingly these sculptors, monuments, and busts mimic important works of European art.  The garden even features separate sections dedicated to the particular gardening styles of Italy and France.

A little quieter than 3 de Febrero, the botanical gardens is the perfect place to read a book or contemplate René Magritte’s theories of art. All of Palermo’s parks are free except for the Jardin Japones, which costs 16 pesos to enter.

If you wish for the thrills of a big city with the peacefulness of nature near by, than Palermo is the place for you.

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An example of one of the Botanical Garden's sculptures

 

 

 

The Top Attractions of Recoleta, Buenos Aires

What exactly is Recoleta, you may ask?

Recoleta has long been home to some of Buenos Aires’s wealthiest residents.  Stroll the streets and you’ll be sure to see this reflected in the grandiose architecture of residential and commercial buildings, many of which were designed by French architects in the 19th and early 20th century.  Perhaps on your stroll, as you pass chic clothing stores and restaurants, you’ll catch a glance of the ornate mausoleums peaking over the old wall of the cemetery.  Stop and linger over a coffee or merienda (afternoon snack) at a street side café and you may think you’ve somehow been transported to an uncharted corner of Paris.

How did this charming slice of the old world end up in the new world?  It all started with a yellow fever epidemic in the 1870s.  Looking to escape the disease, the wealthy residents of Buenos Aires abandoned their comfortable homes in San Telmo, near the center of the city, and settled in the elevated area of what would become Recoleta, where mosquitoes were less frequent.  Because of this small diaspora, Recoleta is now the home of many embassies, luxury hotels, and private mansions.  The fabulous Avenida Alvear is a great example of the wealth and style of Buenos Aires’s upper class.

Many Porteños claim that much of the area called Recoleta is actually a part of Barrio Norte (North Neighborhood).  So even though a few of the sights we listed are said to be located in Recoleta, this may not be true technically.  However, whether considered a part of Recoleta or Barrio Norte, the area is sure to enchant you.  Below we’ve listed some of the must see sights of Recoleta.

 

1-Recoleta Cemetery and Pilar Church

The historic center of Recoleta, Pilar Church and the cemetery simply can’t be missed.  Recoleta cemetery is the eternal resting place for Argentina’s rich, heroic, famous and infamous and is the most expensive real estate in Buenos Aires.  Richly decorated Mausoleums line the cemetery’s small avenues forming a strange yet charming city in miniature.  Visitors wander the pathways, searching for the tombs of Argentines known throughout the world.  The most popular of which is Eva Duarte Peron or “Evita”.

At the start of the 18th century, an order of Spanish monks belonging to the Franciscans of the king of Spain arrived in Buenos Aires and built Nuestra Señora del Pilar.  The church features seven side chapels and an enormous altar illustrating the influence of the late baroque style.  However, there are also indigenous influences as well.  An Incan sun decorates the silver altar and the heads of the angles on the altarpiece are anonymous contributions from indigenous artisans.

Junín 1930

Phone: 011-4803-6793

 

2-Palais de Glace

Otherwise known as the National Culture Exhibit Rooms, Palais de Glace (the Ice Palace) was once an ice rink and now serves as Buenos Aires’s main exhibition space.  Be sure to check out what events and exhibitions are currently being held here.

Posadas 1795

Phone: 011-4804-1163

 

3-El Museo de Artes Decorativos

The National Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in a magnificent French neoclassical building (it’s worth the price of admission just to enter this beautiful structure).  It contains a variety of permanent pieces, including an El Greco, an ancient Roman sculpture, and a collection of East Asian art as well as changing collections.  Admire the elaborate Spanish tapestries that hang throughout as well as the eclectic mix of artwork and artifacts from a multitude of time periods.

Av. del Libertador 1902

Phone: 4806-8306/ 4801-8248 / Website (in Spanish)

 

4- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Off Avendia del Libertador, the National Museum of Fine Art contains some of Argentina’s greatest treasures as well as traveling exhibits.  The museum is the best place to see works of Argentine painters, including Prilidiano Pueyrredón and Martín Malharro, in addition to a European collection that includes works by Monet, Van Gough, Degas, and Rodin.

Av. del Libertador 1473

Phone: 4803-0802, 4803-8814, 4803-4691 / Website (in Spanish)

 

5-Avenida Quintana and Avenida Alvear

These parallel avenues begin in the heart of Recoleta, in the park adjacent to the cemetery, and end near Avenida 9 de Julio, the so-called widest street in the world.  Strolling these streets provides a great introduction to Recoleta.  The European/French influence can be viewed in the elegant buildings and mansions that now stand next to luxurious international botiques and stores.  Jorge Louis Borges, Argentina’s most influential writer, lived on Avenida Quintana while working as the director of the National Library.

 

6-Biblioteca Nacional

Architecture and literature buffs alike will enjoy the National Library.  This strange looking structure rises above the trees of neighboring parks, only a few blocks away from the museum of fine arts.  Designed in 1961 but not inaugurated until 1992, its design is an example of the brutalist style of modernist architecture.

Aguero 2502

Phone: 4806-1929

 

7-Floralis Genérica (The Giant Flower)

This 23 meter (75ft) tall flower sits in Plaza de los Naciones Unidas.  Everyday its giant petals open and close, symbolizing the rebirth brought by each day.  Each of the six petals weighs nearly four tons and the entire structure weighs a total of 18 tons.  The petals follow the rays of the sun, completely opening and then closing the over the course of each day, spanning a distance of 32 meters when open and contracting to a diameter of 16 meters when closed. The closing schedule varies during the year and for four nights a year the petals remain open all night: May 25, September 21, December 24, and December 31.  The beautiful sculpture was a gift to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano.

 

Introduction to the Apartment Rental World

Buenos Aires Apartment rental
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Finding the ideal apartment in Buenos Aires can present a challenge. This port city and capital of Argentina is expansive, made up of countless neighborhoods (called Barrios), each filled with restaurants, museums, shopping malls, boutiques, and of course, their own distinctive culture. Whether you’re planning on coming to Buenos Aires for business or pleasure, the location of your stay is an important factor to consider.

BAires Apartments offers fully furnished apartments in the most desired areas of the city including Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo, Las Cañitas or downtown Buenos Aires, as well as others. No matter your reason for visiting, the amenities in every BAires Apartment, which includes television and Internet access, will make your stay a comfortable one.

Apartment living offers many advantages over staying in hotels. Tourists and traveling business people enjoy the increased privacy and independence of living in their own apartment as well as the ability to cook their own meals whenever they please. Whether you plan to visit Buenos Aires for a week or stay for months, the wide range of locations and budgets BAires Apartments offer are sure to fit whatever your needs may be. Relax in your own apartment while exploring or working in one of the world’s premier destinations!

Currently, there are many apartments available for rent in Buenos Aires.

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