Covering 18 acres (7 hectares) and housing 5,500 plant species from six continents, the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden offers an idyllic escape from the city's busy streets. Highlights include a Roman garden, a formal French park inspired by the Palace of Versailles, and an art nouveau greenhouse that was designed for the 1889 Paris World’s Fair.
Sightseeing tours of Buenos Aires’ northern neighborhoods—Palermo and Recoleta—often stop at the Botanical Garden before continuing north to the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods). Visitors can combine a walking tour of the Botanical Garden with a visit to nearby sights like the Evita Museum, Buenos Aires Zoo, or Plaza Italia; or join a bike tour, stopping at spots like Puerto Madero and Recoleta Cemetery along the way. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get to There
- A visit to the gardens is a must for nature lovers.
- Admission to the gardens is free, and guided walking tours are held twice daily in English and Spanish.
- There are limited visitor facilities in the garden, but neighboring Plaza Italia offers plenty of bars and eateries.
- The Botanical Garden is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
The Botanical Garden lies at the southeast corner of Plaza Italia in Palermo, bounded by Santa Fe Avenue to the south and Las Heras Avenue to the north. The closest metro station is Scalabrini Ortiz (Line D); the garden is also within a short stroll of many of Palermo’s hotels and restaurants.
When to Get There
The gardens are open daily except Monday and are busiest on weekends, when locals gather for a morning or afternoon stroll. It’s worth revisiting at different times of year to admire the seasonal flowers; spring and fall are the most colorful times of year.
Parks and Gardens of Buenos Aires
The Botanical Garden is one of several parks in Buenos Aires. Others include the nearby Bosque de Palermo, a stretch of woodland trails and parklands on the northern border of Palermo. The Bosque de Palermo also contains the Rosedal rose garden and Japanese gardens, while farther east, the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is home to the Floralis Generica, a gigantic mechanical flower sculpture that closes its petals at sunset.