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Walking tour - Palermo, Buenos Aires

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Walking tour - Palermo, Buenos Aires

Palermo is without a doubt the most expansive neighborhood in Buenos Aires, both in terms of surface area and in what it has to offer. While each subsection of Palermo is worth exploring, Palermo Chico is filled with the most museums, monuments, and green spaces. Here, you have an idea of how to conquer the area in just one day, leaving you with some time to enjoy the sunshine, lakeside, at the end. Allow extra time if you plan on spending some substantial time in the museums, about which you can learn more in this Travel Guide.

Start: Plaza Italia

End: Bosques de Palermo (Parque 3 de Febrero)

Time: 5 hours (more if stopping at the museums)

Tip: Start in the morning so you can arrive in the park in the afternoon for some quality lounging time; best on a weekend.

Start in Plaza Italia, which can be reached by taxi, subte, or any one of dozens of busses. Here, you have the Jardín Zoológico, the city’s zoo. If you go in, be sure to buy some animal food to interact with the zoo’s residents. Across from the zoo is the Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays, home to dozens of abandoned housecats, as well as some noteworthy sculptures and impressive landscaping.

After wandering through the garden, head up República India, which branches off from Avenida Las Heras. Turn right on JM Guitérrez to pass by Museo Evita, a tribute to the most famous woman in Argentine history. From there, walk up Lafinur towards Avenida del Libertador. On the corner, stop into Volta for some of the best ice cream in town. Once you’re well satisfied, turn right on Av. del Libertador. If you would like to see the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, head all the way down, just past Castilla.

Otherwise, turn left onto SM de Tours, and walk two blocks to the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (or MALBA), which houses an incredible collection of Latin American art, as well as impressive temporary exhibitions. Don’t miss their bookshop, either. Continue up Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta, turning right upon exiting the museum.

If you would like to get a little shopping done, turn onto Salguero to see the Paseo Alcorta, which also has a fun area for the wee ones. Alternatively, continue up Av. Presidente Figueroa Alcorta, ducking down onto the winding Av. Berro to the left, which will take you past the Jardín Japonés. These impressive Japanese gardens are the largest outside of Japan, and house a restaurant, as well. After this little oasis, continue along Avenida Berro, crossing Av. Sarmiento. Look to the right for a glimpse of the Planetario, which has shows in the evenings.


You will now be in Parque 3 de Febrero, better known as the Bosques de Palermo. Across the bridge to your left is the Rosedal, an immense rose garden with meticulously manicured lawns. There is also a public restroom within the rose garden. Exit the garden by crossing the Puente Griego, a large, white bridge. You now have the afternoon to enjoy the parks with tons of locals. If it is the weekend, you can enjoy car-free roads, which you can explore on a bike or rollerblades, all for rent here. Otherwise, get out that

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