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Parque Rivadavia opened in 1928 and is among the prominent neighborhood parks. You will find a monument dedicated to Simon Bolivar and other marble sculptures. This green space is a nice spot to relax and features a water fountain, playground, a section for pets and a skating rink. It is also home to a weekend flea market and a used book fair.
Plaza Almagro as a green oasis amidst the concrete jungle of the city. The park is Almagro's only public square, and offers a pleasant space to relax, or enjoy a day out with the kids. The plaza's playground is especially popular, while the 20th-century carousel is an attraction that draws in locals and tourists alike. A book fair is held at the plaza every Sunday. A variety of events and shows are hosted at the plaza throughout the year.
Plaza Güemes is a small green space tucked unexpectedly inside an area of Palermo rich with restaurants and cafes. You can find it boxed in by Mansilla, Guatemala, Charcas and Salguero. This small space has a fairly large playground, which is always full of playing children who are safe inside the fences that protect them from the streets. Parents or anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors can take a break on one of the many benches before heading to one of the nearby cafes. There are plenty of trees for shade and it is always full of friendly dogs trotting around.
In the heart of the city, you'll find this little haven of green. With families, children, dogs, couples and youngsters playing, chatting and occasionally snoozing on the grass, generally enjoying the outdoors. The plaza is a great place for a family outing. With a playground and an old-fashioned carousel it's a great way to spend an afternoon out. It even has a bright, multi-colored modern fountain, which is nicely lit up in the evenings. A nice place to spend a while reading a book, or just walking around.
While Recoleta Cemetery remains a top destination on the sightseeing circuit, many locals and tourists ignore the largest cemetery in Argentina, La Chacarita. In the late 19th Century, when the yellow fever epidemic struck Buenos Aires, many cemeteries in the city were filled to capacity, and others (like Recoleta) refused to bury any victims of the epidemic. The only option for many city dwellers was La Chacarita, and it continued to expand immensely, eventually becoming known as Argentina's national cemetery. Sixteen times bigger than Recoleta, on the 234-acre (95-hectare) land rests influential artists, writers and actors - there are even designated British and German sections. Fun fact: Populist President Juan Perón was buried in Chacarita, even though his wife, Evita, has her gravestone in Recoleta. In 2006 his remains were moved to a mausoleum in his San Vincente.
Nestled amid the buzzing city center, Jardin Botanico gives a charming peek into the green wonders of the Buenos Aires. Designed by renowned French-Argentine architect Carlos Thays, the garden opened its doors to the public in the year 1898. A veritable green lung of the city, the garden is a picturesque conglomeration of three different landscape styles. The symmetry of the 17th Century French gardens meets the vibrancy of the Oriental gardens with rare Asian plants. The Roman gardens, dotted with soaring cypress and poplars, house a rare species of tree, that was found in First Century Roman botanist Pliny the Younger's Apennine mountain villa. A celebration of diverse nature and colorful blooms, the serene park is ornamented with Roman God statuettes amidst water ponds and park benches. Apart from a botanical library and museum, the park has five greenhouses. The biggest of them, made with antique iron and glass and built in Art Nouveau style, belongs to the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889. It has preserved over 2500 tropical plants and is touted to be one of the rarest greenhouses in the world. The garden still has the erstwhile mansion of Carlos Thays, which was built in the year 1881. A labyrinth of landscape and history, the Jardin Botanico has more than just rare plants to offer its visitors.
Inaugurated as a public square in 1928, Plaza Primero de Mayo originally served as the Second Dissidents Cemetery between 1833 and 1891. The remains of those buried here were moved, and the land was transformed in to a thriving public park. Shaded by tall trees, the park is a favorite amongst dog walkers, while the playground ensures that the plaza is always filled with the joyful laughter of children. A splendid green space amidst the city's buildings, Plaza Primero de Mayo offers a pleasant respite from the drudgery of daily life. At the park, you will also find a sculpture by the artist Ernesto Soto Avendaño, and the Monumento a la Patria which was erected in 1951.
Opcion Sur provides different tours in Buenos Aires. Customers are picked up at their hotels by a van - not a bus. In the small group setting, tourists can ask as many questions as they want, and get to know the city from the guide's spontaneous replies rather than from a script. For tours outside Buenos Aires, the delectable included meal is a bonus. If this is your first day in the metropolis or if you only have a short period of time, consider the half-day city tour, where you will be taken around town to snap some must-have photos and get a quick and effective dose of Buenos Aires culture through a number of video clips, which are shown on location in the van. -Hoiyin Ip