Vicente López Ecological Reserve, all the details about the beautiful protected green space on the outskirts of downtown Buenos Aires.
Located specifically in La Lucila, Vicente López district, Buenos Aires Province, bordering the Río de la Plata coast.
With approximately 3 total hectares, it plays the role of understanding and teaching about the environment, conducting scientific research, conserving biological resources, spreading the population and motivating citizens to participate, since it is an Urban Nature Reserve.
In this space, you will be able to observe an immense variety of animal species, as well as different plant species native to the banks of the Río de la Plata.
It has a visitor center, a small museum, and several trails that run through it in its entirety. You can walk through its bridges and wooden walkways, as well as contemplate beautiful views of the river, the lagoon and even Buenos Aires, in all its viewpoints.
Created in 1983 with the work of Ricardo Barbetti, a naturalist who carried out the great task of defending this ecosystem so that it be declared an “Ecological Preservation Area”.
It has 387 species of plants in total, of which 140 are exotic and 247 native. Several were reintroduced through plantations, while others were born from seeds inside the nursery that the reserve has.
Among the plant species, you will be able to observe the White Carob, the Ombú, Coronillo and Espinillo, in addition to the Yellow Lily, the Ceibo, the White Sarandí, the River Rose, the Guakos and the Night Lady.
We recommend you visit this place in Spring, since the entire swamp is filled with colors during the flowering period!
Inside, it has a lagoon that is artificial, but has a depth of approximately 2 meters. In hot weather, it is covered by aquatic vegetation that gives it a kind of green carpet right on its surface.
Within the variety of animals that you can see there are 7 different species of amphibians, 7 mammals, 150 bird species, 11 different fish species and 11 reptiles. Also, you will see 72 species of butterflies of different sizes and colors, among other endless insects that add to the diversity.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. It always closes its doors on Monday.
To get to this Ecological Reserve, you can take the Mitre Train whose branch is Retiro-Tigre, or approach it by bus with lines 59 or 168 from Palermo neighborhood.
The Administration of National Parks, together with the Organization of Argentine Birds and the Secretary of Tourism of the Nation, launched a cell phone application to visit all the National Parks, helping you to recognize the species that inhabit them.
This app can be downloaded completely free on your phone, being compatible with iOS and Android. From AppStore, PlayStore or argentinanatural.org.ar, you can download it under the name of “Argentina Natural”.
You will be able to obtain extra information, maps, recommendations, service data, more than 100 animal and plant files, as well as access trails.
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