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  Jardin Botanico
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The biggest of BA's barrios, Palermo is the place to come to find parks and gardens, wide avenues of smart apartments, swish restaurants and trendy shops. Catch the subte to to Plaza Italia and you're just a short walk from the Jardin Botanico (Botanic Gardens), home to thousands of indigenous plant species - and thousands of feral cats. There are lovely walks, greenhouses, fountains and an extraordinary sculpture of a Roman Saturnalia (a gift to the city from Italy) that was deemed so licentious by the regime of the generals that it was hidden away for decades as unsuitable for public viewing!

The cats may have claimed the Botanic Gardens as their territory, Buenos Aires' dogs lead a much more regulated life. Dog walkers with as many as a dozen dogs of all shapes and sizes in their charge are a common sight here, heading for special dog enclosures in the parks in a ritual somewhat akin to the gatherings of nannies you see in London parks - the "minders" gossiping togethher whilst their charges play.

Leaving the Botanic Gardens, you could continue on through the Zoo to the beautiful Japanese Gardens or head back towards the centre through the area known as Palermo Chico - a very exclusive enclave of private houses, until you reach Plaza de Chile and then make your way over to Plaza Naciones Unidas where the gigantic Flora Generica slowly unfurls its stainless steel petals through the day and then closes them again as sunset approaches.

A coffee and cake stop at Bella Italia (Calle Republica Arab Siria, at the south end of the Botanic Gardens) is recommended!

Directions: Subte: Plaza Italia on the D line.

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  • Updated Jun 1, 2007
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