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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 attractions in Buenos Aires for Fall

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La Boca

La Boca

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Few places in Buenos Aires are photographed as frequently as Caminito Street. The main artery of the waterfront La Boca neighborhood is a jumble of old buildings, brightly painted facades, and street-side market stalls, with hawkers, buskers, and tango dancers adding to the atmosphere.More
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San Telmo

San Telmo

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The central barrio of San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ tango haunts. Formerly an upmarket residential area, the area’s “old mansions and faded glory” vibe set the perfect scene for the artists and musicians who now call this enclave home. The streets here are picturesquely cobbled, and the fascinating little shops are well worth a browse.More
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Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero

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Puerto Madero, once a lackluster cargo port, 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.More
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Palermo

Palermo

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Buenos Aires’ largest barrio, the northeastern district of Palermo is one of the city’s most affluent and fashionable neighborhoods. Known for its beautiful parks, grand monuments, and art museums, Palermo is whereporteños (locals) come to eat, shop, and party, with a buzzing nightlife and some of the city’s top restaurants, bars, and cafés.More
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Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

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Home to the Casa Rosada—where Eva Peron famously stood on the balcony—and the Metropolitan Cathedral, Pope Francis’ former church, Plaza de Mayo is the historic and political heart of Buenos Aires. Named for the May 1810 revolution, the square’s centerpiece is the Pirámide de Mayo, an obelisk commemorating Argentina’s independence.More
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Recoleta Cemetery (Cemiterio de Recoleta)

Recoleta Cemetery (Cemiterio de Recoleta)

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While it may seem odd that one of Buenos Aires’ principal attractions is a cemetery, this is no ordinary graveyard. Recoleta Cemetery(Cemiterio de Recoleta) is one of the world’s most exquisite necropolises—home to more than 6,400 tombs, mausoleums, and monuments laid out in formal tree-lined avenues, including the grave of Eva Perón (Evita).More
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Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón)

Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón)

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With its opulent architecture and fine acoustics, the Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón) ranks alongside Paris’ Opera Garnier and London’s Royal Opera House as one of the world’s most impressive theaters. Reopened after extensive renovations in 2010, the Colon Theatre is the premier venue for opera, ballet, and classical music in Buenos Aires.More
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Tigre

Tigre

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With its scenic waterways, riverside fun fair, and lively handicrafts market, the charming provincial town of Tigre offers a welcome change of pace from nearby Buenos Aires. Located on the Tigre Delta at the meeting point of the Paraná River and the Río de la Plata estuary, it’s a popular choice for a day trip from the capital.More
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Rojo Tango

Rojo Tango

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With its intimate shows (only 100 seats, gourmet cuisine, and lavish surroundings, Rojo Tango is arguably the most luxurious venue to experience Argentina’s sultry dance—the tango—while in Buenos Aires. The venue, inside the Hotel Faena, enlists some of the nation’s best dancers, singers, and musicians for its tango performances.More
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Caminito

Caminito

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Few places in Buenos Aires are photographed as frequently as Caminito Street. The main artery of the waterfront La Boca neighborhood is a jumble of old buildings, brightly painted facades, and street-side market stalls, with hawkers, buskers, and tango dancers adding to the atmosphere.More

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Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

How to Spend 2 Days in Buenos Aires

How to Spend 2 Days in Buenos Aires

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Recent reviews from experiences in Buenos Aires

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Excellent Tour
Richard_C, May 2022
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
The guide Jessica was absolutely fantastic and spoke perfect English.
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Excellent day tour
Anne_S, Apr 2022
Private DELTA TOUR Tigre - FULL DAY TRIP Guided in EN, SPA or FR - NOT MINIBUS.
His english was very good and on time pick up and was able to accommodate us in getting some currency exchanged.
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Do this first!
Katie_M, Mar 2022
Small-Group Food Tour in Palermo with Dinner
We very much appreciated the small group size and the fact Sebastian spoke English.
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Buenos Aires in an afternoon
Gwynne_J, Mar 2022
Private City Tour of the City of Buenos Aires with a local guide
Seeing the city of Buenos Aires in the short time I had to visit.
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Perfect way to spend an evening in BA
Kaja_S, Feb 2022
The Argentine Experience: Empanada Making, Steak, Wine, Alfajores and Mate
Just enough activities to make it fun, yet enough time to eat, drink and talk.
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Ask for Mariano when booking!
Angie_B, Feb 2022
Private City Tour of the City of Buenos Aires with a local guide
He took us to extra spots that we got to see things in the local neighborhoods that was not on the list.
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Great tour.
Paul_C, Jan 2022
Buenos Aires Premium City Tour
Guide was knowledgeable and spoke excellent english.
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Great city tour
Marc_G, Dec 2021
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
Excellent tour to see the highlights of Buenos Aires.
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A wonderful experience!
Megan_M, May 2022
Premium City Tour of Buenos Aires
It was also wonderful to see so much of Buenos Aires in a few hours.
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Amazing tour guide!
Lindsay_B, May 2022
Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires
We love taking bike tours in new cities to see a lot in only half a day.
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Superb city tour
Ysela_L, Mar 2022
Leo's BA Private Tours by car SOUTH OF THE CITY
It was a pleasure to see the city through the eyes and heart of a local who has lived there his entire life.
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A must do trip if you have a day and half!
Steven_K, Feb 2022
Private Day at Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires with Airfare
Incredible place to visit.
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Great experience! For those who want to learn
Gabriela_E, Jan 2022
Buenos Aires for curious people
It definilly made us fall in love for the city and for the porteños!
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Simply stated, this tour is excellent!
Donna_H, Dec 2021
Premium City Tour of Buenos Aires
The guide, Nicholas, was excellent, very personable, spoke fluent English, and obviously knows his country and its history very well.
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Something fun to do outside the city
TheresaM_V, Dec 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Before coming to Buenos Aires, I was looking up things to do and this tour came up multiple times.
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A Unique Perspective on BA
Craig_F, Dec 2021
Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires
This bike tour was a fun way to learn about Buenos Aires and to see many parts of the city.
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Howard Crowston is a fabulous guide
Kurt_S, Dec 2021
Private city tour of Buenos Aires
We learned about him meeting his wife, his relocation from England to Argentina, his two children, his work activities, his tennis and other fun activities, and more.
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Fantastic glimpse of Buenos Aires
Laura_B, May 2021
Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires Highlight (Virtual Live Tour Experience)
Hope to visit it in person in the near future!
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Nice Intro to Buenos Aires
ALICE_B, 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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Highlights of Buenos Aires
Gary_B, Feb 2020
Buenos Aires Private City Tour by Car
We saw everything we wanted to see and more.

All about Buenos Aires

When to visit

Spring in Buenos Aires means rooftop asados (barbecues), open-air music concerts, and all-night fiestas, as well as major events such as the Pride Parade, the World Tango Festival, and the Argentine Open Polo Championships. While summer is peak season for travelers, most porteños leave the city—follow suit and head to the countryside when the heat gets too much.

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