If you are a visitor staying in an apartment in Buenos Aires, you will very soon want to see the city, and the outer cities that make up the Gran Buenos Aires, and then perhaps the rest of the beautiful country of Argentina.
You will find many tours to show you the city of Buenos Aires, its barrios or neighbourhoods, and then you can begin exploring the partidos or surrounding cities.
You are bound to enjoy all the glamour and bright lights of this vibrant South American city, but you may at times long for open spaces, birds and animals. Fortunately there are plenty of open spaces where you can get out into the fresh air and really relax. You will find beautiful gardens and parks, natural unspoiled places, and outdoor recreation areas right within the boundaries of the Greater Buenos Aires.
In the barrio of Palermo there is a small zoo, called "Jardn Zoolgico". At the Plaza Italia, near the entrance to the zoo, you can get a bus to the far larger Temaiken Zoo at Escobar. Escobar is one of the outlying partidos, or municipalities, that make up the Greater Buenos Aires region. It is about 48 kilometers from Palermo.
The Temaiken "Bioparque" is open from Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays and on certain public holidays. It is about 34 hectares in size, and is more than a zoo. It also has an aquarium, a botanical garden and two museums, one is an anthropological museum and the other is a natural history museum.
There is a childrens play park called the "Plaza de las sensaciones de los animales" or plaza of animal sensations.
The zoo section is divided into three parts, African animals, Asian animals and indigenous animals. The indigenous Argentinean section is divided into two areas:
* La Regin Mesopotmica, the rich, humid area of north-east Argentina.
There are raised boardwalks where you can look down on the spacious animal enclosures and see the animals up close.
The flamingo pond is right next to the pavement so you walk right beside the beautiful pink birds splashing and foraging in the water.
You also get a marvelously close up view of fish and sharks swimming over your head in the viewing tunnel in the aquarium. There are also a bat house and a butterfly park.
"La Chacra" is the animal farm. This is where children can get close to farm animals and even touch and feed them at certain specified times under the supervision of the zoo staff. A vegetable garden is on display with each vegetable labeled. This is great for kids who have never seen vegetables actually growing on plants.
An educational section shows films of indigenous animals in their natural settings as well as interactive stations.
You will need to set aside several hours to really be able to appreciate everything. You can even make a day of it and have lunch there. There are several places where you can eat or buy take-aways.