The Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens are a thing of beauty. I’ve been to botanical gardens in a few cities, and they’re peaceful and pretty, but what sets the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens apart from the rest is the abundance of art. When you enter the botanical gardens, just off of Plaza Italia in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires, you are immediately greeted by a lotus pond, with a beautiful Italianesque statue in the middle of it (see above.)
The lotuses are so stunning, that I stood there, and just admired their beauty for about ten minutes. There’s a reason why these flowers are the integral in many eastern religions, as well as the symbol of perfection. Admiring the geometry, colours, and delicateness of this flower is awe-inspiring. Once I finally was able to take my eyes off of the lotus pond, I strolled around, taking photos of the many beautiful statues that adorn the park. It’s truly an open air museum, with amazing trees, shrubs, bushes, and flowers framing them.
One thing you’ll notice with the statues, is that very few of them are wearing any clothes. The human form is beautiful! Why cover it up?
The experience of visiting the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens for me was so greatly enhanced by all of the art. You can walk around, breathing in the fresh air (the city’s name after all is ‘good air,’) while enjoying statues that would be at home in Florence. It’s unique for a botanical garden, but you wouldn’t really expect anything less from this city.
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of this busy, spectacular, hot, beautiful, sometimes smelly city, then a trip to the botanical gardens may be just what you’re looking for.
How to Get to the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens
All of this, and it’s free to enter. The park is open from 8:30am until 6:00pm, seven days a week. If you’re taking the subte, it’s very easy. Get off at the Plaza Italia stop, and cross the street. It’s on the corner. Otherwise, any bus with ‘Plaza Italia’ will take you there. And, of course, there’s cabs. They’ll know how to get you there.