If you are visiting Buenos Aires this spring, one of the greatest touristic options you can choose is to enjoy a day in Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods). This is one of the largest and greener parks of our city and a gathering place for Porteños. The urban park has approximately 989 acres and it is located, as it name indicates, in the neighborhood of Palermo, between Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta Avenues.
Among its main attractions are its groves, lakes, the Rosedal (a marvelous rose garden) and the city Planetarium. The place used to be the country house of local governor Juan Manuel de Rosas back in the XIX Century. In 1874, the place becomes a city park by the initiative of president Sarmiento who named it Parque Tres de Febrero. It was designed by urbanist Jordan Czeslaw Wysocki and architect Julio Dormal, and formerly inaugurated on November 11, 1875.
Some years after that, French Argentine urbanist Carlos Thays was commissioned to expand and further beautify the park, between 1892 and 1912. The Andalusian Patio and Monument to the Four Argentine Regions (the "Spaniards' Monument") were added in 1927, the Municipal Velodrome in 1951 and the Galileo Galilei planetarium, in 1966.
If you pay a visit to Palermo Woods, you’ll find many people on foot and bicycle (a number which increases on weekends). Boat rides are available on the three artificial lakes within the park. Close to the boating lake is the Poets' Garden, with stone and bronze busts of renowned poets, including Jorge Luis Borges and William Shakespeare.