Cities satisfy our needs to visit interesting museums; choose between great restaurants we can actually afford; and window shop along tree-lined avenues. But that’s not quite enough for us. We require parks, water, and birds as well – which doesn’t always work in dense urban areas. Could our stay in Buenos Aires even come close to satisfying us?
We reserved an apartment in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo. On our first morning in Argentina, we headed toward the series of parks strung across northern Palermo. We knew to keep our expectations in check for what we might encounter.
We made several trips back to the park while we stayed in Palermo, knowing we’d see birds. With a new guidebook for birds of Argentina that we’d found in a local bookstore, we were ready. Most of the birds stayed close by and long enough for us to ID them.
The more birds we saw and identified, the more encouraged we were to look for new birds we’d not seen before.
We never think of urban areas as great places for wildlife observation, so our experience in the parks in Palermo surprised us. It wasn’t just the fact that there were so many birds in the parks, but the fact that they were so easy to see. For beginners who want to see unfamiliar birds – and then to ID them – the parks were a rare find. For us – it couldn’t have been easier.