While I love walking around and taking Teddy to Parque Ibirapuera, however it is WAY too crowded on Sundays! Since it was a beautiful day we decided it was time to check out one of the other famous parks in Sao Paulo and we ended up driving to Parque Burle Marx.Entering the park you immediately feel like you have left the ‘big city’. There is so much beautiful green space, scenic running trails through the wooded area, a beautiful pond, parents tossing the ball around with their kids; yes it feels like you walked into a commercial but it is real! The beautiful garden creations are by the famous landscape architect Burle Marx including the water sculptured panels and the lawn with it’s two tones of grass that looks like a giant chessboard (above).
Some history for you: The park sits on the property of Ranch Tangara, which is approximately 438,000 square meters located near the Marginal Pinheiros River at the junction with Old Road Morumbi. In the 40s the ranch was owned by a businessman Tangara Pignatari who decided to build a house for his future wife on the property and had hired Burle Marx to create the gardens. Unfortunately the couple separated and the house remained untouched for years. In the 90’s due to the properties large area of vegetation, natural forest and the presence of the remaining work by Burle Marx it was converted into the park it is today.
The Burle Marx Park is a haven for birds and other animals like turtles, swans and fish. There are also over 89 difference species of fauna to admire as well. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to ‘escape ‘ the city for the day, work out without the mass crowds, have a picnic or just appreciate being in the middle of a large city surrounded by nature.
Parque Burle Marx: Av. Dona Helena Pereira de Morais, 200 – Vila Andrade, São Paulo – SP, 05707-400