Jardín Japonés, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays, Rosedal de Palermo, and the Jardín Zoológico

Palermo is a an upscale neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and has, among other attractions, the best parks in the city.  Los bosques (forests) de Palermo are huge, beautiful, and very popular with tourists and residents alike.  The most manicured parts are the gardens, all of which surround the intersection of Avenida del Libertador and Avenida Sarmiento.    I decided to just throw them all in one post, since they’re so close to one another, and could be visited on the same day.

Japanese Gardens: If you want to walk around in a very serene space for 15 minutes or so and then have a tea service, this is the place.  The tea is included in the entrance fee, just remember to check the times.  It’s nothing special.  As far as Japanese gardens outside of Japan go, I think Portland did it better.  Price: 5 pesos (1.25 gringo)

Botanical Gardens: These are nice.  Nothing remarkably special,though a lot of effort has been put in to housing a number of different plant species from all over the world.  There are also some nice statues.  Would be a great make out spot, were it not for the gangs of feral cats occupying the place.  Price: free

Rose Gardens: These are really beautiful.  They’re located right next to a lake where you can rent a paddle boat, and will see loads of geese.  The rose gardens themselves are large, and on a sunny afternoon, it is a very pleasant place to be.  I am not sure how often they host events, but I went to a couple of public jazz concerts there that were very enjoyable, more tango music than jazz, but very nice all the same. Price: free

Zoological Gardens:  Different species share the same space.  Animal food is for sale.  They apparently all eat the same thing, and it is in pellets.  Once inside, the only human food is some variation of McDonalds.  Most shocking of all the little differences is that there are smaller animals just wandering around the place.   Price: 12.50 (USD 3.25)  I have heard that there is an amazing zoo about an hour outside of the city called Temaiken Park.  In truth, though, I’m not really a zoo fan.  I don’t like seeing all of the animals in their artificially created habitats.

And a few more pictures of the park around the gardens, because it’s just so pretty there: