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Welcome to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires blends distinctly European heritage and fiery Latin charm with cosmopolitan class. As the country’s political and cultural heart, Buenos Aires offers an introduction to Argentina’s many delights—this is the place to sample yerba mate tea at a local cafe, learn to tango, tuck into juicy asado (barbecued steak), and party until dawn. Visitors can find a good introduction to the city at Casa Rosada, a backdrop for much of the nation’s history, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, Pope Francis’ former cathedral. From there, heading south brings travelers to the lively street markets and atmospheric tango shows of San Telmo, and the colorful houses of La Boca neighborhood, home to La Bombonera soccer stadium. Smart travelers heading to La Boca use either caution or take a guided tour, as it can be unsafe to walk around alone. To the north of the city’s heart, the chic Palermo zone holds leisurely lunches and the opportunity to stroll through Bosques de Palermo, while nearby Recoleta is a popular stop on walking tours for those who wish to leave flowers at the grave of Eva Perón. Along the coast, the modern skyscrapers of Puerto Madero mark the city’s financial center, but for a ground-level look at the city, bike tours run through the adjacent ecological park. For a taste of the calmer surrounding area, escape to Tigre to cruise around its scenic delta, or ride a ferry over the Río de la Plata to Uruguay to explore the laid-back capital of Montevideo.

Top 10 attractions in Buenos Aires

#1

9 de Julio Avenue (Avenida 9 De Julio)

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Porteños often boast about Avenida 9 De Julio as the world’s widest boulevard, and with a width of 460 feet (140 meters) with 12 lanes of traffic, they might just be right. Construction on the avenue began in 1937, modeled after the Champs Elysees but twice as wide, and built to commemorate Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9, 1816. It wasn’t fully completed until 1980. Neo-classical and Beaux Arts buildings line the monumental street, but it’s most recognizable feature is the iconic Obelisco that towers over a small park at the intersection of Avenida 9 De Julio and Avenida Corrientes.More
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Plaza de Mayo

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Plaza de Mayo is Buenos Aires’ political heart, first mapped out in 1580. Today, the grassy, treed plaza attracts visitors with cameras and relaxing locals, and is also the venue for rallies and gatherings. The center of the plaza features an obelisk called the Pirámide de Mayo, erected to commemorate independence from Spain. Grand 19th century buildings line the plaza, but the colonial arches that once circled the plaza are long gone. Nearby are the city council buildings known as the Cabildo, the Casa Rosada government buildings and fine bank buildings.More
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Tigre

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With its scenic waterways, riverside funfair and lively handicrafts market, the charming provincial town of Tigre offers a welcome change of pace from nearby Buenos Aires and draws a steady stream of porteños year-round. Located on the Tigre Delta (one of the world’s largest), at the meeting point of the Paraná River and the Río de la Plata estuary, Tigre is renowned for its idyllic surroundings, as well as its colonial architecture, Parque de la Costa theme park and modern casino. The most popular pastime for visitors is cruising around the delta, a scenic expanse of marshlands dotted with islands, traditional stilt houses and floating markets. Water sports like kayaking and wakeboarding are also possible along the river during the summer months.More
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Recoleta Cemetery (Cemiterio de Recoleta)

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While it may seem odd that one of Buenos Aires’ principal tourist attractions is a cemetery, the Recoleta Cemetery is no ordinary graveyard. Encircled by a towering perimeter wall and entered via a striking columned portico, Recoleta Cemetery is one of the world’s most exquisite necropolises; a glorious ‘City of the Dead’ that houses some of the country’s most prominent political, military and artistic icons. Over 6,400 tombs are found in the Cemetery, laid out in formal tree-lined avenues and punctuated with beautifully sculpted monuments, poignant marble statutes and grand, bronze-cast mausoleums. Notable burial plots include the vivid white stone tomb of newspaper founder José C. Paz, flanked by a pair of dazzling Rubenesque angels; the ostentatious tomb of former Argentine president Carlos Pellegrini, featuring an elaborate statue of the controversial leader atop the coffin; and the evocative statues of crying widows kneeling beside the tomb of Colonel Falcon.More
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Palermo

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Buenos Aires’ largest barrio, the northern district of Palermo encompasses a number of city hotspots, favored by the city’s most cosmopolitan and fashionable residents. The ever-trendy Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood make up the old quarter of Palermo Viejo where grand residential buildings jostle for space with quirky boutiques and some of the city’s finest bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Palermo is also renowned for its parks and there are plenty of idyllic green spaces to choose from. The tree-lined Bosques of Palermo is a hugely popular picnic spot centered around a glistening lake and the family-friendly Zoological Gardens are surrounded by the lush Botanical gardens, Japanese gardens, the Evita Museum and the Galileo Galilei planetarium. Close by, the Palermo Hippodrome is situated next door to the legendary Campo de Polo sports ground, and the iconic Floralis Genérica art installation stands proud over the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas.More
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San Telmo

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Like La Boca, the central barrio of San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ tango haunts. Formerly an up-market residential area, the area’s crumbling mansions and atmosphere of faded glory form the perfect backdrop for the city’s artists and musicians who now call this inner-city enclave home. Visit on Sundays to browse the enormous Plaza Dorrego antiques fair, clap along to the tango buskers and relax with a drink at one of the surrounding cafes. The streets here are picturesquely cobbled, and the fascinating little shops are well worth a browse. Visit San Telmo at night to take in a tango show in one of the area’s many clubs.More
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Casa Rosada

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The eye-catching salmon-pink façade of Argentina’s presidential palace is one of the capital’s most iconic sights, standing proud over the city’s historic Plaza de Mayo public square. The aptly named Casa Rosada, or the ‘Pink House’, is the secondary mansion and office of the Argentine President, housing the government offices and providing the striking backdrop to Buenos Aires’ often-turbulent political history. Erected in 1862, the Renaissance-style palace was initially to be painted white and theories abound as to hoe it got its rosy makeover, from ox blood being mixed into the paint to the then-President blending the red and white colors of opposing political rallyists. Designated a National Historic Monument of Argentina, the pink palace is perhaps most legendary for its lower balcony, from which the beloved Evita rallied the working class crowds back in 1949 – a moment that was famously recreated by Madonna in the 1996 movie Evita.More
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Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón)

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Since 1908, the Colon Theatre (or Teatro Colón) has set the benchmark for gilded magnificence and the ultimate theater experience. One of the world’s top five opera houses, the luxurious seven-story building seats 2,500 theater-goers on plush red velvet chairs on tiers of gilded balconies rising to giddying heights. Guided tours highlight the gilt interior, chandeliers, illuminated dome and ceremonial staircases. See what’s coming up on the theater’s schedule of performances, from opera and ballet to classical concerts.More
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La Boca

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South of downtown Buenos Aires, by the port, the working-class enclave of La Boca has a strong Italian flavor and plenty of artistic flair. The barrio is strongly linked to the history of the tango, and it’s also home to one of the world’s major football teams, the Boca Juniors. The essence of La Boca can be found in Caminito, the brightly colored pedestrian street lined with painted tin houses and flaunting locally created art at every turn.More
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Puerto Madero

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Once a lackluster cargo port, the waterfront area of Puerto Madero is now one of Buenos Aires’ most fashionable districts, teeming with upmarket restaurants and glitzy nightclubs. Marooned from the mainland by the Rio de la Plata estuary, the largely pedestrianized island is celebrated for housing some of the city’s most architecturally stunning buildings. Luxury apartments, plush hotels and high-rise office towers dominate the area, encircling a stylish waterfront plaza and backed by an expanse of naturally preserved parkland. The barrio’s pièce de résistance is the iconic Puente de la Mujer, or the Woman’s Bridge, an artistic swing-bridge that connects Puerto Madero to the mainland hub of Plaza de Mayo. The futuristic design by Spanish sculpture Santiago Calatrava, is said to symbolize an abstract tango dance and casts a striking silhouette on the city skyline.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Buenos Aires

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Fun insightful tour of Buenos Aires
Denise_R, Jan 2021
Premium City Tour of Buenos Aires
Marcelo took my husband and me on a private tour of the best sights in Buenos Aires.
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Special way to visit a place during Covid-19 times
Daniel_S, Dec 2020
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It was a great way to visit an amazingly rich and intense city such as Buenos Aires in those special Covid-19 times.
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Nice Intro to Buenos Aires
WorldTraveler, May 2020
Private Customizable City Tour of Buenos Aires
They are somewhat flexible and may adjust the itinerary if there is a local sight you want to see that is not on their itinerary.
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For a short stay in Buenos Aires - a must
Diane_T, Mar 2020
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
Made suggestions for other activities and experiences.
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Highlights of Buenos Aires
MHB, Feb 2020
Buenos Aires Private City Tour by Car
We saw everything we wanted to see and more.
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Great tour
KerryB, Feb 2020
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
We got to see lots of areas.
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He knows it all !
Ustrips, Feb 2020
Private city tour of Buenos Aires
This gentleman knows about history, politics , culture, has a perfect English , knows his way around the city.
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Great private tour in Buenos Aires.
dsincl, Feb 2020
Buenos Aires Private City Tour by Car
It's such a large city with relatively big distances between the attractions we wished to visit, we managed to visit our chosen spots over the course of the day.
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City Tour
genzinachod, Feb 2020
Semi Private Highlights of Buenos Aires City Tour for small groups
Lovely day trip to visit the different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.
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The city's architecture
mfolsom98, Feb 2020
Premium City Tour of Buenos Aires
There was so much to see and it was full of details and stories.
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GREAT WAY TO SEE PARTS OF Buenos Aires
ngodfrey, Jan 2020
Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires
The half day bike tour gives a chance to see parts of Buenos Aires at street level and covers several interesting neighbourhoods.
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The best
sylb108, Jan 2020
Best of Buenos Aires Six-or-less-people Walking Tour
His English was impeccable and presentation perfect.
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Wonderful Tour Guide takes you off the beaten path
Mary Z, Dec 2019
Buenos Aires by Night Small-Group City Tour
We got to see much of Buenos Aires and actually look around and appreciate all we saw.
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Great tour of a great city
J1584DVmiker, Dec 2019
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There is a lot to see and do in Buenos Aires, recommend tourists investigate and determine their interests in-advance.
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Bike tour of Buenos Aires
LeanneM2055, Nov 2019
Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires
Absolutely great way to see the city and Mariana was very friendly and very knowledgeable.
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Great way to see Buenos Aires!
suejantzen, Feb 2020
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
Got to see most of Buenos Aires in just a few hours.
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Tigre Delta Tour
mayerdani3, Apr 2019
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
I'd recommend this tour to anyone spending a few days in Buenos Aires who wanted to see what it looks like outside the city.
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A terrific tour with outstanding staff
Dennis R, Jan 2019
Highlights of BA by Bike - Part one
Extremely knowledgeable and speaks perfect English.
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Gaucho Trip
Echo328, Sep 2018
Gaucho Day Tour Ranch in San Antonio de Areco from Buenos Aires
A good 2 hr ride to the Ranch, able to see and experience the outside of Buenos Aires.
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Great day out Tigre Delta and San Isidro
Jet30109145032, Dec 2018
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Not expecting to see such beautiful little islands and simple lifestyle within an hour of Buenos Aires.

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