Buenos Aires audio tour: The Carlos Thays Botanical Garden: The Best of a Beautiful Outdoor Museum

The Carlos Thays Botanical Garden: The Best of a Beautiful Outdoor Museum

Walking Tour

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35 mins
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0.5mi

About the Tour

Explore this seven-hectare outdoor museum on a relaxed walking tour. Here, at the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, you’ll find various sculptures, some influenced by Beethoven's music and others by sculptor Rodin.

I’m Frank Almeida, your host, and I live in Palermo Viejo, close to the gardens. It features prominently on one of my popular food and craft beer tours, so I visit it often. This park was created during the immigration boom when Argentina was one of the world's richest countries and people flocked here to be a part of its growth, dreaming of a better life.

As you explore the park, you’ll hear some of its history and a handful of quirky facts too, including:

• An unlikely reference to a Seinfeld show
• The origins of Christmas
• Which artworks were inspired by Beethoven's 6th symphony
• The origins of Argentina’s mate industry
• Where to find an amazing, and one of the last remaining, art nouveau-style greenhouses in the world

On this 30-minute tour you'll get to immerse yourself in the local culture, while surrounded by a beautiful, peaceful garden in the middle of a large metropolis.

Tour Producer

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Frank Almeida

Hi! My name is Frank Almeida and I own AsadoAdventures which has some of the highest-rated food tours in Buenos Aires.

I'm originally from Chicago and moved here in 1999 following my then Argentine girlfriend, now wife. We live in Palermo Viejo with our two teenage daughters and a new puppy we adopted during the pandemic.

We started a gourmet cookie brand in 2002 and sold the company in 2015. After that, I started up AsadoAdventure and I now give food tours and craft beer tours for a living, and now you can add guided audio tours as well.

Major Landmarks

  • Los Primeros Frios by Miguel Blay y Fábregas

  • Saturnalia by Ernesto Biondi

  • The Awakening of Spring by Juan De Pari

Directions to Starting Point

The garden is at Av. Santa Fe 3951 in between the D-line subway stops, Scalabrini Ortiz and Plaza Italia.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Nearby you have some great restaurants like Lucio Pizza y Pasta (Av Scalabrini Ortiz 2402) for a quick local breakfast of coffee with medialunas (that's what this place is really known for) or you can also visit Varela Varelita (Av Scalabrini Ortiz 2102) for an afternoon cocktail of Fernet and Coke and drink amongst locals. If you would like to try Argentina's favorite sandwich you can head on over to Chori (Thames 1653) my favorite is the chorichanga, which is a pork sausage sandwich with cilantro, pineapple honey, pickled jalapeño, and salsa criolla (fresh salsa typically made with onions, various bell peppers, tomatoes, green onion, oil, and apple cider vinegar) made with soy sauce.

Best time of day

The park is open from 9 am until 6 pm and it's great to visit during those hours. Please keep in mind that it closes for rain.

Precautions

Inside the park is pretty safe, but keep aware of pickpockets that operate outside of the park and especially in public transportation.

Comments

Although I’ve lived here for years and this is one of my favorite spots to go to… taking this audio tour was like seeing it for the first time… for an open my eyes and allowed me a new level of appreciation and wonderment for this little oasis in our busy city! This tour is well worth your time and small fee! Well done!! 👏🏻❤️

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 days ago

This virtual tour with Frank is a great way to get that local insight that you would have normally missed. I’ve been to the park several times before on my own, and I thought that I knew the place. Well, apparently I didn’t. It appears that the park has rich history, which includes some Argentine drama, international relationships, and recovery from vandalism. The recording is very well done and Frank’s voice is very engaging!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

Thank you so much for the kind words and for choosing to do my tour. I'm glad that I was able to surprise someone who visits the park frequently.

Posted by Frank , 26 days ago
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The Carlos Thays Botanical Garden: The Best of a Beautiful Outdoor Museum