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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

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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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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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Obelisk (Obelisco de Buenos Aires)

Obelisk (Obelisco de Buenos Aires)

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The Buenos Aires Obelisk (Obelisco de Buenos Aires), among the city’s most iconic landmarks, towers over the intersection of two main thoroughfares. Erected in 1936 to commemorate the quadricentennial of the city’s founding, the pencil-like column stands a striking 220 feet (67 meters) tall and marks the spot where the nation’s flag was first flown.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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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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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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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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Recoleta

Recoleta

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An elegant residential district just north of downtown, Recoleta is Buenos Aires at its most polished—think luxury apartments, upscale boutiques, and perfectly manicured parks. The grand centerpiece is Recoleta Cemetery, a mini city of marble mausoleums and ornate crypts, where Eva “Evita” Perón was laid to rest.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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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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Top activities in Buenos Aires

Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires

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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
Virtual Tour by Buenos Aires. VIrtualy Visit to the City
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
Buenos Aires Airport (EZE) Transfer with English speaking driver
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.

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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