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How to Spend 3 Days in Buenos Aires

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How to Spend 3 Days in Buenos Aires
With three days in Buenos Aires, there’s plenty of time to take in important sights such as Plaza de Mayo, explore colorful neighborhoods with time for cafes and restaurants, and spend a day in the countryside at a traditional ranch. Here are some ways to experience Buenos Aires in three days.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City
Joining a guided sightseeing tour or taking the hop-on hop-off bus is a great way to get your bearings. Stop at Plaza de Mayo to see Casa Rosada and Metropolitan Cathedral, and then head to Avenue 9 de Julio, home to the Obelisk and Teatro Colón. Enjoy a coffee at the oldest cafe in the city, Cafe Tortoni, before visiting Evita’s grave at Recoleta Cemetery.

In the afternoon, stroll around the cobbled streets of San Telmo, where the historic buildings are home to artisan boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. Further south, explore the waterfront district of La Boca, known for its brightly painted houses, and browse the shops for handicrafts and souvenirs.

At night, book a table at one of Buenos Aires’ best grill houses (parrillas) to sample Argentina’s world-famous steak. La Carnicería and Don Julio are located in the lively Palermo Soho area. Stay to experience the nightlife—the area’s bars and clubs are crammed with locals and stay open late. 

Day 2: Take a Day Trip
For a uniquely Argentine experience, head out into the pampas for a day at a traditional ranch (estancia). Meet the cowboys (gauchos), watch their horsemanship skills, and perhaps take a horseback ride. Finish with a tasty barbecue and a gaucho-style fiesta. 

Alternatively, visit the provincial town of Tigre, an hour by train from Buenos Aires. As the city lies along the scenic Tigre Delta, a highlight is a scenic cruise around the islands and stilted houses of the delta. 

It’s also possible to cross the border and visit Uruguay on a day tour—regular ferries run across the Rio de la Plata to the colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento. For value, choose a tour that includes hotel pickup, round-trip transport, and lunch.

Day 3: Experience Argentine Culture 
Explore the northern district of Palermo by bike to experience the parks and bustling plazas. Cycle around Palermo Woods and visit the Japanese Gardens, stop to browse the shops, grab a coffee on Plaza Italia or Plaza Serrano, or admire Latin American art at the renowned MALBA museum. 

Spend the afternoon soaking up more Argentine culture. Perhaps take a cooking class and learn to make local specialties such as empanadas and alfajores, sample Malbec during a guided wine tasting, or learn to tango with a lesson led by a professional instructor. If you’re in the city on a game day, plan to attend a soccer (futbol) match at Bombonera Stadium.

In the evening, book a tango dinner show to experience an integral part of the city’s culture.
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The Argentine Experience: Empanada Making, Steak, Wine, Alfajores and MateDining Experiences

The Argentine Experience: Empanada Making, Steak, Wine, Alfajores and Mate

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Get a taste of Argentina's local cuisine with this nteractive dining experience in Buenos Aires. Begin with a Malbec-based cocktail, then learn how to make wine-based cocktails under the guidance of a sommelier and mixologist (if you choose the mixology option). Master the art of correctly closing empanadas before sitting down to a meal of authentic Argentine cuisine, paired with four boutique wines. Finish by learning how to prepare 'maté' paired with alfajores. Numbers limited to 14, ensuring a small-group experience.
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Buenos Aires: Señor Tango Dinner & ShowShopping Passes & Offers

Buenos Aires: Señor Tango Dinner & Show

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Spend an evening at the glitzy, glamorous 'Señor Tango' show with optional dinner in Buenos Aires. This activity envelops you with the culture and passion of Argentine tango as envisioned by music icon Fernando Soler and features dozens of dancers and vocalists. Upgrade to add a 3-course meal and wine to your evening inside a refined theater to make the authentic Argentinian experience complete.
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Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana RanchDay Trips

Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch

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Escape the bustling streets of Buenos Aires with a full-day fiesta at the Estancia Santa Susana gaucho ranch. Discover the traditional way of life in the Argentine countryside with a horseback ride, ranch tour, and an impressive horseman show by the gallant gauchos. Feast on an array of grilled meats and sides at a traditional ‘parrillada’ barbecue, and watch a performance of folk song and dance.
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Tigre Delta Half-Day Tour & Cruise from Buenos AiresHalf-day Tours

Tigre Delta Half-Day Tour & Cruise from Buenos Aires

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Take an easy half-day trip from Buenos Aires to the Tigre Delta. Enjoy a scenic cruise around this unique suburb, built around the swampy land and meandering waterways that empty from the Rio Paraná into the Rio de la Plata. Explore San Isidro and embark upon a catamaran cruise along the river deltas in Tigre City.
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Buenos Aires Walking City TourHalf-day Tours

Buenos Aires Walking City Tour

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Discover the many faces of Buenos Aires on this comprehensive city walking tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Stroll down the grand 9 de Julio Avenue, admire the landmark Obelisk and Palacio de Tribunales, and visit the bustling Plaza de Mayo, home to the Casa Rosada and Metropolitan Cathedral. Explore the tango venues and lively street market of San Telmo, the modern Puerto Madero district, and La Boca, famous for its football stadium and colorfully painted houses, then tour the grandiose Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron (Evita).
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Colonia Day Trip & Optional Private Transfers from Buenos AiresDay Trips

Colonia Day Trip & Optional Private Transfers from Buenos Aires

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Discover the UNESCO-listed Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento on this day trip from Buenos Aires. Leave the cosmopolitan capital behind for a slower pace of life on the other side of the Rio de la Plata. After a ferry ride, take a guided walking tour of Colonia upon arrival. Pause for a meal at your choice of restaurant (own expense), then spend the afternoon discovering Colonia on your own. You'll return to Buenos Aires by ferry after a full day of exploring. Upgrade for hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Private Tour: Buenos Aires Like a LocalPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Buenos Aires Like a Local

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Escape the tourist path with this locals’ tour of Buenos Aires. Your porteño guide will share insider knowledge of the city as you explore on foot and by public transport. See the Plaza de Mayo and other major sites through the eyes of a local, as your guide points out hidden cafés, rare specialist shops, and little-known architectural details. You’ll also discover two beautiful residential areas, Recoleta and Palermo.
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Buenos Aires by Night Private Tour with All-Inclusive DinnerHalf-day Tours

Buenos Aires by Night Private Tour with All-Inclusive Dinner

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Buenos Aires is famous for its electric nightlife, but exploring a new city after dark can be intimidating. This private 4-hour tour offers a safe and fun way to experience Buenos Aires by night, including a delicious dinner at a local ‘parilla’ (grillhouse), an atmospheric tour of the illuminated city, and a nightcap at a San Telmo bar.
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Promo Buenos Aires: City Tour, Tigre Delta and Tango ShowDay Trips

Promo Buenos Aires: City Tour, Tigre Delta and Tango Show

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Make the most of this great-value combo tour and enjoy three best-selling tours in one day! First, embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires and visit attractions like Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery, San Telmo and La Boca. After lunch (not included), escape the city for a cruise around the stilted houses and islands of the Tigre Delta. Finally, discover the magic of the tango with a spectacular evening tango show, accompanied by a delicious 3-course dinner.
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Private Argentine Cooking Class and Tango Lesson in Buenos AiresHalf-day Tours

Private Argentine Cooking Class and Tango Lesson in Buenos Aires

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Enjoy two quintessential Buenos Aires experiences in one day and benefit from the personal touch of a private tour. First, take to the dancefloor with an expert instructor to learn how to tango, then head to the kitchen to discover the secrets of Argentine cooking under the guidance of a local chef. Finally, sit down to enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch or dinner of homecooked cuisine.
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Promo Buenos Aires: City Tour + Dinner & Tango ShowTheater

Promo Buenos Aires: City Tour + Dinner & Tango Show

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See all the landmarks of Buenos Aires during the day and attend a tango show in the evening on this combination tour. On board a comfortable bus, spend 3 hours touring the most important attractions such as Republica Square, Colon Theatre, the Casa Rosada and the Plaza de Mayo. Explore neighborhoods like Recoleta, Palermo and La Boca. In the evening, dine on a meal featuring international and traditional Argentine dishes before watching twenty talented performers strut their stuff at Tango Madero. Allow yourself to be swept away history of tango during the course of the ninety minute show. Round-trip transportation from Buenos Aires hotels is provided.
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Private Tour: Buenos Aires City SightseeingCity Packages

Private Tour: Buenos Aires City Sightseeing

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Get an authentic taste of local life in Buenos Aires on this customisable full-day sightseeing tour – an ideal introduction to the city for first-time visitors. Visit landmarks like the Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo, the Woman’s Bridge in Puerto Madero and the brightly colored houses of the La Boca district, then stop for lunch at typical Argentine restaurant. This private tour is tailored to your interests, so you could also check out the tango halls of San Telmo, stroll through the parks of Palermo or visit Evita’s grave in the Recoleta Cemetery.
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