Aquarium: An Underwater World

The Aquarium has been located at O`Higgins Park for many years. Today, it has been refurbished and offers the most amusing chance to see various species in their habitat.
For seventy years, the Municipal Aquarium has welcomed a countless amount of children who enjoy one of their favorite outings. That is why this institution remains and always has a new attraction to show.

As we went in, we were given a brief talk about what we were about to see in the rooms that house over 50 ponds and a number of fish that is always on the increase. We moved along corridors barely lit with a soft blue light and made contact with that multicolored world that resembles the bottom of rivers and seas.

Each tank has small led screens displaying the information corresponding to each species: name, origin, and lifestyle. Some of them are freshwater species and others come from the sea. Some of them are constantly going from one place to the other. Others barely move.
  • The old tortoise called Jorge

    The old tortoise called Jorge

  • Freshwater species and others come from the sea

    Freshwater species and others come from the sea

  • Alligator

    Alligator

  • A number of fish that is always on the increase

    A number of fish that is always on the increase

  • The wonder of children

    The wonder of children

  • Receives the largest number of visitors

    Receives the largest number of visitors

  • The most amusing chance to see various species

    The most amusing chance to see various species

It was curious for us to see that these specimens were brought from different places in the world. “Guatemala, Mexico, Sumatra, Australia, India, the Paraná River, the Amazon”, the signs read and all this was confirmed by the guides who assisted us. They also answered some unbelievable questions made by the children, like for example if fish sleep with their eyes open or closed, or if they get bored when they are alone.

The big protagonist in the venue is the old tortoise called Jorge. It is supposed to be over 90 years old and it receives the largest number of visitors. It is a curious creature. As we looked at it, it did the same thing with us, especially with the kids. It comes from tropical waters and was found in the Argentinian Sea. It has been in this huge pond ever since and has become adapted to its new life.

As the tour ended, we went up to the terrace of the exhibition rooms. A great deal of tortoises and alligators live there independently. In both cases, an environment similar to their original habitat has been created in the open air. The lawn also features an inclusive playground, an educational road track for bicycles and other attractions where children may run around and have fun.

The aquarium turns out to be a didactic and at the same time amusing activity, specially designed for kids. However, these species have the magic power to captivate grown-ups as well. That is why some visitors come along even without kids.

Mónica Pons / Eduardo Epifanio

Useful Data

Duration: 2 hours

Opening hours: Open 7 days a week

Tour type: Contemplative

Bear in mind: An inexpensive fee is charged according to age.

The Municipal Serpentarium of the City of Mendoza is open to visitors right opposite the Municipal Aquarium.

Contact

Acuario Municipal de Mendoza
Ituzaingó 1430 esq. Bs As, (5500) , Mendoza, Mendoza
Tel: +54 261-4253824
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