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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
Presiding over the grand Plaza de Mayo, the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Argentina. This 19th-century neoclassical cathedral is the church where Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio—now Pope Francis—performed mass before he was elevated to the Vatican in 2013.
 
The Basics
Most Buenos Aires sightseeing tours stop at Plaza de Mayo, where the Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada are the main attractions. Visitors can explore inside the cathedral on a guided tour, including the mausoleum of San Martín, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, San Martin de Tours chapel, the crypt, and Pope Francis Museum. Another popular choice is to take a Pope Francis tour of Buenos Aires, visiting sights associated with the pope.  
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is no admission fee to visit the cathedral.
  • Mass is held several times daily and free concerts are held regularly.
  • The main areas of the cathedral are wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
The cathedral is located on the northwest corner of Plaza de Mayo, in the heart of central Buenos Aires. The closest metro (subte) stations are Catedral (Line D) and Plaza de Mayo (Line A).
 
When to Get There
The cathedral is open daily and holds mass several times a day. An early morning visit offers the best chance of avoiding the crowds, while the most atmospheric time to visit is for Christmas Mass (Noche Buena), held at 10pm on December 24.
 
Plaza de Mayo
The cultural and political heart of Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo is ringed with monumental buildings, such as the pink-painted government palace called Casa Rosada, where Eva Peron (Evita) stood on the balcony and addressed the nation. Along with the Metropolitan Cathedral, other buildings of note include the imposing Banco de la Nación (National Bank) and the Cabildo (Old City Hall), as well as a large central plaza with the Pirámide de Mayo obelisk.
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Tour Buenos Aires aboard the fun Tourist Bus

The tourist bus will take you through the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city of Buenos Aires.The tour begins in the heart of the Porteño Center, a few meters from Plaza de Mayo, with panoramic views you can see historical places, cultural spaces and unique neighborhoods full of Argentine culture. Buses run every 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the circuit and the ride within the city lasts 3 hours 20 minutes providing a Hop On / Hop Off service so you can get on and off the bus at any time you want.Every day (including holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can get on the station of your choice and start your tour. Do not miss it at the best price!
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Buenos Aires Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour, Tango Show with Dinner and Tigre Delta River Cruise

Enjoy a Super Saver full-day tour of all the highlights of vibrant Buenos Aires. Begin the morning with a restful boat ride in the Tigre Delta that lets you see a different view of Argentina. Then transfer to a coach to spend the afternoon hitting all of Buenos Aires' important attractions in neighborhoods like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta. End your marathon day with a delicious dinner and sensual tango show at one of two local haunts, Tango Porteño or Café de los Angelitos.
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Buenos Aires Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Tango Dinner Show

Hit all of Buenos Aires' must-see sights and experiences in one Super Saver that includes a city sightseeing tour and an evening among passionate Argentine tango dancers. A comfortable coach ride will ferry you through the city's notable neighborhoods, including trendy Palermo, tony Recoleta and historic San Telmo. When evening falls, choose from of two of Buenos Aires' most famous tango spots, Café de los Angelitos or Tango Porteño for dinner and a show.
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Bar, Club & Pub Tours

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Buenos Aires Photo Walk with Professional Photojournalist

On this tour you will get one-to-one tuition with a NatGeo and Getty published professional photographer. This tour is a structured photography lesson with the quaint streets of Buenos Aires as our classroom!Working as a photojournalist in this fascinating city has enabled me to explore every nook and cranny and to discover it's best kept secrets.I'll help you get unique shots of this vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis as we walk along the streets and visit many interesting locations.Having organised photography seminars and workshops all over South America, I will be delighted to share trips and tricks to improve your photographic craft.I also have over 36.000 followers on instagram (@unhippieconosde), so if social media is your thing, I can definitely help you get some eyecatching pics for your feed!
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Buenos Aires Private City Tour by Car

Get around Buenos Aires by private car on this personalized full-day tour. See highlights, such as Plaza de Mayo, with a professional guide who points out significant landmarks in the cosmopolitan capital. Enjoy a customizable itinerary as you travel at a relaxed pace through popular neighborhoods like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta. Round-trip transport is included from your hotel or the cruise terminal.
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Private Jewish Tour in Buenos Aires

Experience the history and heritage of the world’s third largest Jewish community on this private 4-hour tour of Buenos Aires’ Jewish sites. Explore the Jewish quarter of Once and visit the magnificent Great Temple Paso synagogue, the AMIA building and Lavalle Square. Learn more about the city’s Sephardic and Ashkenazi cultures at the Jewish Museum; tour the Libertad Synagogue, Buenos Aires’ first synagogue, and view the poignant Holocaust memorial at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
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Ports of Call Tours

Señor Tango Dinner and Tango Show with Optional Private City Tour

Enjoy dinner and a tango show at the 'Cathedral of Tango', Señor Tango, with an optional private city tour. This 4-hour entertainment experience involves the latest in visual effects to present the Evita-themed show. Dig in to a gourmet 3-course dinner before the show at shared tables to meet new friends and enjoy a community atmosphere. Sit back and take in the show, which features 4 singers, 18 dancers, 2 orchestras and live horses on a unique round stage. Opt to add a 4-hour city tour during the day, which explores some of the most important landmarks and highlights citywide.
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Cultural Tours

Buenos Aires Half Day City Tour for small groups

A guided tour is a fun and interactive way to learn about the history of Buenos Aires. This guided tour takes you through city parks, past French-style mansions, and national monuments as you pass through the neighborhoods of Palermo, Retiro, and Recoleta. As you travel by foot and private vehicle, your guide provides insight you might miss on your own.
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Señor Tango Dinner and Show and Optional City Tour

Begin with an optional tour of Buenos Aires: see the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, La Boca, charming residential neighborhoods, and more. Continue to explore on your own before being picked up for the Señor Tango dinner and show, set in a historic space called the “Cathedral of Tango” for its impressive vaulted ceilings. Enjoy an evening of dramatic tango performance as you sip wine over a 3-course dinner.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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Buenos Aires Private City Tour

Discover the history and culture of Buenos Aires during this 4-hour private tour. With a local guide, travel through neighborhoods like Puerto Madero, Retiro and Palermo. Downtown, stop by important historical sites like Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada and enjoy informative commentary from your personal guide. In San Telmo, visit Dorrego Square and keep an eye out for spontaneous tango performances. Visit Evita's tomb in the famous Recoleta Cemetery and walk along the Caminito. Round-trip transportation from Buenos Aires hotels is included.
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Walking Tours

Buenos Aires Six-or-less-people Historical Walking Tour

Journey from colonial times to present-day with this 3-hour walking tour of historic Buenos Aires – an ideal introduction to the capital for first-time visitors. Stand before the grand Metropolitan Cathedral on Plaza de Mayo; see the Casa Rosada, where Evita famously addressed the people from the balcony; and stroll along Calle Florida, where the historic buildings have been transformed into designer boutiques. There’s also time to explore the lively San Telmo market and see the modern riverfront district of Puerto Madero.
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Knowing the highlights of Buenos Aires - half day tour - small groups

Discover the best of Buenos Aires, enjoying the past and the present of the city. Starting on the north where we will find wide green spaces and French style mansions. In the center of the city we will pass through the emblematic 9 de Julio Avenue, we will observe some of the most important points of interest such as the Colon Theater and the Obelisk. Upon reaching Plaza de Mayo, where the foundation of the city took in 1580, we will find the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The tour continues visiting San Telmo, the native neighborhood of tango, and La Boca, where you can feel the pas- sion for football in the famous Bombonera. We will observe the colorful tenements, home to the Italian immigrants of the late 19th. century and the picturesque Caminito street that gives name to Carlos Gardel’s famous tango. The tour ends in the modern Puerto Madero, converted into the widest and most varied gastronomic area. You can aquire OPTION WITH LUNCH AT Cucina D’Onore
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Full-day Tours

Buenos Aires Full Day Custom Tour

Discover the historic landmarks, colorful neighborhoods, and cultural traditions of Buenos Aires on this private tour. Benefit from a custom-made itinerary just for you and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Perhaps explore La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo; see Recoleta Cemetery and the Casa Rosada; learn about the tango in San Telmo; or visit one of the city’s many museums.
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Shore Excursion: Buenos Aires Half Day City Tour

A large and bustling city, Buenos Aires is a lot to take in. Visit the city’s highlights without the overwhelm on this half-day guided sightseeing tour. Ride between sights such as Plaza de Mayo and the Bombonera soccer stadium the in the comfort of a private vehicle and with the benefit of a guide, stopping to walk around three key locations. Upgrade to include a 3-course lunch or 5-stop extended tour.
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Leo's BA Private Tours by car SOUTH OF THE CITY

Leo's BA Private Tours offers a personalized service. My goal is to entertain and inform the travelers, I will try to make you understand and feel the city through my personal experience, my knowledge and researchs. I've worked in Finance and Administration but I have also been a theatre actor, director and producer. I am singer, composer and image and sound designer, and with all that eclectic formation I have the chance to provide you with a wide point of view about the city. My own traveler experience will help me to understand your needs. I want to provide you not just a friendly guidance but I also want to help you with all your needs in order to make your stay entertaining, comfortable and safe. Having the chance of working alongside a professional driver I can keep all my attention in the travelers' needs. Our tours are flexible in time and venues depending on our travelers' choice.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Buenos Aires City Tour with an Expert Guide

Avoid the hassle of advanced planning on a private city tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital. Follow a comprehensive itinerary, flexible to suit your requests, and discover landmarks including La Boca and Plaza de Mayo, with insights provided by your professional guide. Avoid the hassle of finding a meeting point with included hotel pickup and drop-off, and travel between dispersed highlights with ease via private vehicle.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Buenos Aires City Tour and Sailing on the Ship while having Lunch

Tick off two top sightseeing experiences in just one day on a city tour and sailing boat cruise in Buenos Aires. Begin your day exploring the capital’s historic and vibrant neighborhoods, benefiting from insights provided by your guide, then transfer to sailing boat for a relaxing cruise along the coastal channel, with a 3-course lunch served on board.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private City Tour of Buenos Aires - 4 hours

Short on time? This private 3-hour tour guides you through the vibrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and allows you cherry-pick the sights that most interest you. Visit landmarks like the Obelisco, Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral, then stroll around the colorful houses of La Boca or admire the redeveloped waterfront of Puerto Madero. Pay a visit to historic San Telmo, check out the monuments on San Martin Square or explore the elegant mansions, museums and parks of Palermo.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Customizable Buenos Aires tour

When visiting Buenos Aires for the first time, it's only natural to have an itinerary in mind. This private, customizable tour lets you explore the city's offerings your way: spend a full day visiting enclaves like San Telmo, La Boca, and Palermo with the ease of a private vehicle and the benefit of a guide. This private tour is a perfect choice for your group of two to 23 people.
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Super Savers

Buenos Aires Super Saver: City Tour, Sailing on a Ship with Lunch and Tango Show

Experience the best of Buenos Aires during this comprehensive small-group tour. See the city’s main highlights such as the Obelisk and the La Boca and San Telmo neighborhoods on a city tour. Take a cruise from Puerto Madero along the La Plata River and enjoy a delicious lunch. Conclude the tour with dinner and a tango show to observe one of Argentina’s most important cultural institutions.
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City Tours

Semi Private Highlights of Buenos Aires City Tour for small groups

Cover all of Buenos Aires’ most photographed sights in just a few hours on this morning sightseeing tour. Traveling in a small-group, enjoy extra attention from your guide and a more personalized experience as you explore the city. Along the way, admire the landmark buildings of Plaza de Mayo, visit historic San Telmo and Recoleta Cemetery, and take a stroll along Caminito Street in La Boca. Upgrade to include lunch at a restaurant in Puerto Madero.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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City tour of Buenos Aires with lunch navigating the Rio de La Plata

Take advantage of this city tour and discover the best of Buenos Aires, enjoying the past and the present of the city. The tour ends in the modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, the most varied gastronomic area of Buenos Aires. You can aquire PREMIUM or classic City tour.Both services include: Lunch at Humberto M: HUMBERTO M is the best option to appreciate our beloved Buenos Aires as nobody has shown it, navigating the “The widest river in the world”. Fascina- ting navigation on the Costanera Canal of the Río de la Plata, in this journey you can see the interior of the Port of Buenos Aires with all its activity, the Yacht Club Argentino, the old Ho- tel of the Immigrants, Cruise Ter- minal Benito Quinquela Martin, the classic Club de Pescadores with its typical construction and the Aeropar- que Jorge Newbery. A unique expe- rience where you can enjoy an excellent lunch with an unbeatable view.
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Walking Tours

Private Full Day Buenos Aires Walking Tour

Enhance your experience of Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America, on a private half-day walking tour of Argentina’s capital. With a personal guide and depending on your interests, you’ll explore history-rich enclaves such as Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo, the vibrant neighborhood of La Boca, or Caminito, the reputed birthplace of tango. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Buenos Aires are included.
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Buenos Aires Half Day City Tour for small groups

Discover the best of Buenos Aires, enjoying the past and the present of the city. Starting on the north where we will find wide green spaces and French style mansions. In the center of the city we will pass through the emblematic 9 de Julio Avenue, we will observe some of the most important points of interest such as the Colon Theater and the Obelisk. Upon reaching Plaza de Mayo, where the foundation of the city took in 1580, we will find the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The tour continues visiting San Telmo, the native neighborhood of tango, and La Boca, where you can feel the pas- sion for football in the famous Bombonera. We will observe the colorful tenements, home to the Italian immigrants of the late 19th. century and the picturesque Caminito street that gives name to Carlos Gardel’s famous tango. The tour ends in the modern Puerto Madero, converted into the widest and most varied gastronomic area. You can aquire OPTION WITH LUNCH AT Cucina D’Onore
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  • 4 hours
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