Carlos Thays Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico Carlos Thays)

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Key Info

Avenida Santa Fe 3951, Palermo

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Free Type
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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

In this verdant, 18-acre botanical garden, you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city and savor the scenery from a park bench. Boasting around 5,000 species of plants, this tranquil oasis lures visitors with its versatile array of flora, as well as beautiful statues, trickling brooks, buzzing dragonflies, and organic vegetable garden. Another highlight: The garden contains a green house imported from France in 1900.

Recent visitors praise the garden's idyllic location in the heart of the city and suggest strolling through its enclosed green space when in need of respite. One TripAdvisor user describes the garden as a "very beautiful and wooded place in the middle of the city. In an hour you can enjoy it."

Admission to the botanical garden is free. During the winter season, the botanical garden welcomes visitors on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the summer months, the botanical garden is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Holiday hours vary. The garden is located in the Palermo neighborhood and is easily accessible via subte Line D to Plaza Italia. For more information, consult the garden's official website.

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The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo (which is further broken into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). Alto Palermo is known for its museums and urban parks, like Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts extravagant mansions tucked behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), is a hidden spot often overlooked by tourists. And Palermo Viejo is where you'll encounter the most color and local flair. Palermo Soho houses a trove of high-end boutiques, bustling cafés and bars, and cobble-stoned streets. Neighboring Palermo Hollywood, located just north of Soho, brims with lively tapas bars, film studios, and festive outdoor markets.

Most travelers agree vibrant Palermo is a comfortable place to stay with easy access to public transportation and authentic restaurants. "Safe, fun, great food, trendy […]. While Recoleta still receives all the referrals Palermo was for us a better representation of what Argentina was really like," claims one TripAdvisor user. There's plenty to do in Palermo. The only question is where to start. You can reach Palermo easily via subte Line D to Bulnes.

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