Bosques de Palermo in Buenos Aires

Bosques de Palermo in Buenos Aires

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.

Japanese Garden

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.

El Rosedal

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!

Botanical Garden

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.

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park is located in the city of New York, in the epicenter of Manhattan Island. It’s one of the city’s most attended places and it has a worldwide reputation.

The history

In the beginning of the 19th century, the city was growing at a quick pace, given the fast construction of a vast number of buildings. Likewise, some influent individuals in society, who had a great admiration for the public areas of London or Paris, lobbied to grant their city with a park as well. A green area that would allow New York’s inhabitants to leave the cafes, fostering them to walk or to take the carriage during their leisure time.

This was followed by a 3-year debating period, during which the idea of creating a huge green area was discussed, one that would allow New Yorkers to find some peace of mind. From this debate, the city of New York guaranteed a 283-hectare lot to establish the Central Park. The lot that was bought was a swampy and an uneven one, where an impoverished community was living. It comprised a population of displaced people, a total of 1600 Irish and German residents. (more…)

Sortelha and Serra da Estrela

Sortelha and Serra da Estrela

Serra da Estrela is a mountain range located in the center interior of Portugal.

This is where you can find the country’s 2nd highest peak, Torre (the Tower) with 1993 meters. The highest overall is the Pico mountain, located on the homonymous island of the Azores archipelago. It is 2531 meters tall.

It’s a region that belongs to the Serra da Estrela Natural Park. It occupies 21 municipalities, with its majority being part of the Guarda district and the remaining belonging to Castelo Branco. (more…)

Dunns River Falls

Dunns River Falls

The Dunns River falls are really close to Ocho Rios, on the north coast of Jamaica.

They are a very well-known attraction of the Caribbean region and they are visited by thousands of tourists each year.

The name Ocho Rios comes from the Spanish locution “Las Chorreras” and, as time moved on, the name was reduced to its current form, whose meaning is 8 rivers. But, actually, the area only has 4 rivers, the Cave, the Roaring, the Turtle and the Dunn River. These flow straight into the Caribbean Sea and have a permanent and quick water flow. (more…)

Discover the Valle de Viñales

Discover the Valle de Viñales

The verdant Valle de Viñales is located at the Serra de los Oreganos, in the Viñales National Park.

And is a World Heritage Site since 1999.

It is part of the province of Pinar del Río, in the western area of the island of Cuba and occupies an area of 132 km2.

In Valle de Viñales there are limestone rock formations called mogotes (antlers; rounded hills that can reach up to 300 meters), countless caverns and underground rivers. The most known mogote is the one upon which is located the Mural de La Prehistoria, an enormous fresco of the Cuban painter Leovigildo González Morillo (a pupil of the famous Diego Rivera), a painting which represents the history of evolution, honoring the site’s oldest inhabitants. The Mural is 120-meters wide and was concluded in a 4-year period. (more…)

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