The biggest barrio in Buenos Aires without question is Palermo. It’s so big, it’s broken into sub-districts. Most of Palermo is a residential district, but if you like outdoor recreation or a relaxing walk in a park, then this is a good place for you to visit.
Parque Tres de Febrero
Parque Tres de Febrero is the largest public park in Buenos Aires. It was once the property of the dictator of Buenos Aires Province, Juan Manuel de Rosas. After he was sent into exile on February 3, 1852, the property became public land. Work began to redesign the park in 1874.
Parque Tres de Febrero has a small lake with paddle boats and a few monuments scattered around. There were also several runners and bikers taking advantage of the paths. The Jardín Japonés, the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan, and the Buenos Aires Zoo are both located on park property. I didn’t have time to visit either, but I would like to have seen the Jardín Japonés.
At the intersection of Avenida del Libertador and Avenida Sarmiento, two large streets that cut through the park, there is an interesting monument. Monumento de los Españoles was built in 1910 and commemorates the Magna Carta and the four regions of Argentina. You can also find the Palacio Bosch, which is the residence of the US Ambassador to Argentina. It was built in 1910.
To get to Parque Tres de Febrero, I used the Subte at Plaza Italia and walked down Avenida Sarmiento. In the center of Plaza Italia is a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Centro Cultural Islámico Rey Fahd
The largest mosque in South America is located on Avenida Bullrich north of Parque Tres de Febrero. Centro Cultural Islámico Rey Fahd, opened in 2000, has a prayer hall for over 1,000. The complex also boasts a sports center, Arabic and Islamic school, library, gardens, and fountains. There are tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at noon, otherwise it’s closed to the public.
Campo Argentino de Polo de Palermo
Continuing north along Avenida del Libertador, there are two important sporting landmarks of Buenos Aires. The first one, on the south side of the road, is the Campo Argentino de Polo de Palermo (Argentine Polo Grounds). It opened in 1928, and the stadium has a capacity of 45,000. There is also a large polo field next to the stadium.
Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo
Across from the polo grounds is the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo (Argentine Hippodrome). It opened in 1876 with a 2,400 meter track and has a capacity of 100,000. The photo is of the Tribuna Carlos Pellegrini.