Parque Tres de Febrero is also known as Bosques de Palermo. It was in this exact same spot that, on February 3 (the name of the park) the Battle of Caseros took place, in the year 1852, a major event for a city and country.
This large patch of green can be found in the neighbourhood of Palermo, in the city of Buenos Aires. It congregates more than 80 hectares, being therefore one of the largest in the Argentinean capital.
The space that today is part of Bosques de Palermo was, once, detained by President Manuel de Rosas. His residence, Quinta das Rosas, was based there. However, the Battle of Caseros caused his property to pass into the public sphere.
Consequently, President Domingos Sarmiento, in the year 1874, decided to build a park for this place. A year later, on November 11, 1875, this very same park was opened to general attendance, hence being the city’s first public park. Since then, it has been changed several times, until reaching the form that we can witness nowadays.
It is possible to visit several areas in Bosques de Palermo. I’ll talk about each one briefly.
Galileo Galilei Planetarium
This is the most important hub for astronomy in Buenos Aires. The building was erected between 1962 and 1966 and it holds 5 floors and a central projection room.
When I visited Buenos Aires, at the end of February (this year), I wasn’t actually able to visit it, since it was closed.
Eco-park (a former zoo)
I did not visit Eco-park. However, I caught some stunning giraffes!
This space was first opened as a Zoological Garden in 1888 and kept its doors open until 2016. Since then, it turned itself into a modern, educational and interactive Eco-park.
This garden was indeed a pleasant surprise in Buenos Aires. It is an extremely peaceful and relaxing place, one which I would highly recommend to visit.
It was opened in 1967 when the prince heir (the present-day emperor) of Japan and his wife visited Argentina’s capital. As the name uncovers, its design abides by the Japanese style, in which the elements try to keep a balance and harmony.
As soon as we were there, we noticed right away an enormous pound with large tents. Then, we were able to see the gardens, the bridges, a waterfall and sculptures. Around the pond itself, you are welcomed with several points of interest to visit on this tour.
This is also the spot where the Argentine-Japanese Cultural Foundation can be found, a Japanese restaurant, a plant nursery and a house in which the stunning tea ceremony is reenacted.
Rosedal is the place where you’ll be able to find more than 18000 roses, whose origins are from all over the world. This is actually the most well-known aspect of this area of Bosques de Palermo. And its reputation is more than fair. I was enthralled by the colour explosion of so many different roses.
We can also catch some ponds with ducks, an Andalusian patio gifted by the city of Seville, an area with several statues representing timeless poets, fountains, an amphitheatre and the lovers’ bridge (Greek style).
Rosedal opened in 1914, with the aim of embellishing one of the areas of Bosques de Palermo.
Right next to it, precisely under a bridge, you’ll find several contemporaneous and extremely pleasant restaurants and cafes. But a bit expensive nonetheless. Take both this tip and warning!
Having more than 7 hectares, the Botanical Garden offers about 6000 plant species from Argentina and other places in the world. By taking a stroll there, we can catch the botanical library, a herbarium, greenhouses, an enormous English-style house and landscaped areas abiding by Roman, French and Eastern canons.
This garden opened in 1898 and the project was conceived by a French landscaper.