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Buenos Aires at a glance

The Argentine capital of Buenos Aires is a cultural wonderland, and is often cited as people’s favourite city in Latin America. This enthralling metropolis is heavily influenced by its European heritage, from the French-style architecture and urban planning which has earned it the nickname of “The Paris of the South”, to the idiosyncratic Spanish that is laden with Italian gestures and local slang called lunfardo. Buenos Aires is awash with art, music, dance, theatre, food and nightlife, and young and old enjoy the city to the full, heading out late at night to drink a coffee, grab an ice-cream or talk a walk through one of the city’s many parks and squares. Buenos Aires is certainly a 24 hour city, and the warm and generous locals are more than happy to strike up conversation at any given moment. Portenos, as Buenos Aires natives are known, are an energetic bunch, and their passionate spirit and zeal for life can be seen in every facet of the culture, whether it is the romance and melancholy of tango, or the traffic and chaos in the city’s streets.

Buenos Aires Bucket List - What not to miss!

  • Experience a Dinner & Tango Show in Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires City Highlights Tour
  • Walking Tour of Recoleta, the Paris of Latin America
  • Art & Museums Tour of Buenos Aires
  • Bicycle Tour through the neighborhoods of Palermo & Recoleta
  • Bicycle Tour to Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, & Plaza de Mayo
  • Buenos Aires Wine Tasting & Culinary tour
  • Argentine Historical & Political Labyrinth Tour
  • Ferry to Colonia for the day, or overnight
  • Explore the Tigre & Delta on the outskirts of Buenos Aires
  • Estancia El Ombú de Areco w/ BBQ Lunch
  • Fiesta Gaucha La Candelaria w/ lunch
  • Street Art Graffiti Tour (North)
  • Street Art Graffiti Tour (South)
  • Ferry to Montevideo for the day, or for multiple nights
  • Tango dancing in a real Argentine Milonga
  • The Argentine Experience - Cooking & Culture in Argentina
  • The Carlos Gardel Historical Tango Tour
  • Jewish Tour of Buenos Aires

Experiences around Buenos Aires

What not to miss

Buenos Aires is divided into barrios, or neighbourhoods, and each one has its very own unique identity. From the colourful port enclave of La Boca, the modern birthplace of Buenos Aires, to the cobbled streets of San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, or from the trendy boulevards of Palermo to the upscale glamour of Recoleta, Buenos Aires is as diverse as it is exciting. The best way to see the city is on foot, by popping into some of Recoleta’s high-end boutiques, exploring the famous bookshops on Avenida Corrientes, seeing the Obelisco in the downtown neighbourhood, admiring the presidential palace of the Casa Rosada, or gaping at the glitzy apartments and towers in Puerto Madero. Argentina is famous for its steak and wine, and although the typical asado (barbeque) is available on almost every street corner, in recent years there has been an explosion in Buenos Aires’ food scene, and now you can find cuisine from all over the world in the city’s many restaurants and eateries. Buenos Aires is a haven for nightowls, and if partying is your thing, then head to one of the city’s numerous bars or nightclubs to dance the night away. Make sure to try a Fernet and Coke, a typical drink consumed by portenos all over the city. If you have a day to spare, head out to the Tigre river delta, just 45 minutes from the city by train.

Dinner & Tango Show

Experience the best of tango while enjoying the finest Argentine cuisine and fabulous Malbec wines during the show. The tango show is one of the most authentic in Buenos Aires and you’ll come to appreciate the passionate and intense nature of Argentina’s beloved and beautiful art form. We offer a range of tango experiences from the more classic show at La Ventana, to a more intimate Rojo Tango at Faena.

Buenos Aires City Tour

On the Buenos Aires City tour, you will visit the most famous districts of Buenos Aires, discovering the history and modern life of this world renowned city.The tour provides an in-depth introduction to its architecture, the culture of its people, its anecdotes and secrets. To be put simply Buenos Aires is exceptional: dynamic, sophisticated and overwhelming. An exquisite combination of a European atmosphere and the charm of Latin American cities. You will begin at the famous Plaza de Mayo, before venturing out to the old tango districts of Buenos Aires: Monserrat, San Telmo and la Boca. You will then move on to the busiest areas – Puerto Madero, Retiro and Plaza San MartÍn – and then, districts with wonderful green spaces and old residences: Palermo and Recoleta.

Recoleta Walking Tour

Set off on an easygoing yet fascinating half day walking tour of Recoleta with your own private guide. It’s a chance to get off the beaten track and see another side to buzzing Buenos Aires. Recoleta is a neighborhood packed with atmosphere and history. It’s a pocket of grandeur and sophistication, with a gorgeous mixture of Spanish, British, Italian and French influences. During the trip, you’ll visit Eva Peron’s grave in the Recoleta Cemetery, as well as the Pilar Basilica and the Palais of Grace, where tango truly began. You’ll also swing by the BA Design Center, the Recoleta Cultural Center and Bourdelle’s Monument to Allevear, amongst all kinds of other attractions in the area. The pace is laid-back and your expert local guide will fill you in on the local history, traditions and architecture as you walk.

Art & Museum Tour

Art in Buenos Aires provides a complete panoramic view of the pieces exhibited in the most important city museums. At The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) the nineteenth and twentieth centuries argentine art is in detail surveyed, while in the ground floor you can explore the most important works of European art there collected, dated between the twelfth and twentieth centuries. Works of the most important modern artists from Latin America are gathered at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), that is also visited in this journey. A final stop at one of the main galleries holding the trends of contemporary art can complete the tour. The National Museum of Fine arts is closed on Mondays and the Museum of Latin American Art closes on Tuesdays. During those days these museums are replaced by optional Galleries and Museums.

Bike Tour Recoleta & Palermo

Buenos Aires is a great city to explore by bike, watching daily life unfold around you. This half day group trip with whisk you through the atmospheric neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palermo. You’ll meet at the San Martin monument at Plaza San Martin, where you’ll saddle up and pedal off towards Recoleta. This cooler-than-cool district is famous for its majestic French-style architecture, huge leafy parks, exclusive boulevards and swanky bars. Moving on to Palermo, you’ll take a breather from the city buzz in Los Bosques de Palermo, a woodland area scattered with lakes known locally as ‘The Lungs of Buenos Aires’. Next, you’ll zip over to Barrio Parque, a high-end condo and resort area packed with huge mansions, leafy parks and grand embassies. It’s an easygoing trip designed for cyclists of all ages and leaves in both the mornings and afternoons.

Bike Tour: A different Buenos Aires

See a different side to Buenos Aires on this half-day group cycling tour. It’s a route that will take you off the tourist trail and give you an alternative glimpse into the city. After meeting at the San Martin monument at Plaza San Martin, you’ll hop on your bike and head towards Puerto Madero port. This is a new and expensive hotspot popular with the local porteños (residents of Buenos Aires). From here, you’ll cycle to the nearby nature reserve, an exotic and unique sanctuary which provides a welcome break from the city buzz. Next, you’ll explore La Boca, the cradle of tango and a real cultural melting pot, before continuing to San Telmo, the oldest barrio of the city. The tour ends at Plaza de Mayo, backdrop of every important political event in the history of Argentina.

Buenos Aires Wine & Culinary Tour

An afternoon & evening to enjoy the culture, food & wine of South America’s most cosmopolitan city. Visit Buenos Aires most traditional cafes, sample the country’s premium wines, and dine at an Argentinean premier Steak House. Our gourmet adventure starts with an overview of Buenos Aires contrasting Neighborhoods, from the aristocratic Recoleta, to Plaza de Mayo main Square. We first stop for a coffee with the locals at historic Cafe Tortoni. Your guide will take you through the streets of traditional San Telmo, the art & antiques district, to La Cava del Querandi, one of the city’s exclusive Wine Clubs, where we will sample premium wines from the country’s diverse, outstanding wine making regions.

Argentine Political Labyrinth

By presenting the topography of a long lasting dilemma, this tour was designed for the understanding of the political, economical, social and cultural keys that explain Argentina´s current situation. This journey is an exercise of recollection of urban traces that refer to unavoidable facts since the fall of the first Peronismo to the present: the conflicts of the ´60 and ´70, unions, guerrillas, military dictatorships, Malvinas´ war, the return to democracy, the country´s international indebtedness, the changes in the ´90, the economical and social crises and the struggles of December 2001 to the these days.

Colonia - Full day w/ Buquebus boat ticket

This full-day group tour to Colonia, includes first class tickets aboard the Buquebus (seperate section aboard the boat with reclining seats and a snack) and a tasty lunch, giving you everything you need for a great day out. You’ll leave your hotel in Buenos Aires in a semi-private transfer (driver only) and head towards the port, where you’ll board the fast boat and sail along the Rio de la Plata. Around an hour later, you’ll arrive in Colonia. After clearing customs, you’ll set off towards the Tourist Bus stop, where you’ll grab a schedule and hop on the bus at the harbour. From here, you’ll set off on a city tour of Colonia, a historical neighborhood packed with museums, following the coastline towards the Real de San Carlos, famous for its bull-rings. Leaving the bus and wandering along the city streets, you’ll find an eye-opening mix of cultural influences, before settling down to lunch at a traditional local restaurant. The order of this tour is totally up to you and after lunch, you’ll have free time to hop on and off the bus, exploring whatever catches your eye. Later in the afternoon, you’ll make your way back to the harbour and sail back towards Buenos Aires, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Remember to bring your passport and, of course, your sense of adventure.

El Tigre Delta

During this 6 to 7 hour group tour to Tigre, you’ll get a peek into the natural beauty of the El Tigre Delta, just beyond the buzz of Buenos Aires. Leaving the city, you’ll travel north, entering the peaceful landscape of the Delta and its sleepy islands. Along the way, you’ll get a glimpse into the simple way of life of the local ‘isleños’, getting to know their cultural, traditional dress and daily routines. On the flipside, you’ll also pass through the elegant neighborhoods of the northern suburbs, lined with grand mansions and stately homes. Next, you’ll explore the area of San Isidro, stopping to admire the amazing cathedral before swinging by the Presidential Residence (Quinta de Olives) on your way back. hotels.

Estancia El Ombú de Areco w/ BBQ Lunch

You will visit the rural countryside which has been the foundation of the Argentinean economy and is still the base of its exports. You will visit a beautiful “estancia”, where you will enjoy the food and music. You will learn how a mouth watering “asado” (barbacue) is cooked, and then get to eat it for lunch, remembering that the beef here is considered the world s best. You will be able to ride a horse and learn about the architectural features of a typical casco (main house).

Fiesta Gaucha La Candelaria w/ lunch

Be ready for pickup at 9am at your centrally located Buenos Aires hotel, then sit back and relax on the scenic ride through the pampas. Arrive in Lobos, located about 60 miles (95km) from the city center, after a 2-hour ride filled with scenery and commentary from your guide. At Estancia La Candelaria, enjoy a warm welcome and some empanadas, then embark on a guided tour of the grounds and the castle. Sit down for a barbecue lunch at 1pm, including chicken, meat, sausages, and dessert. After lunch, watch a traditional folk show that celebrates classical music and dance, as well as horsemanship skills and weaponry demonstrations. Choose to go horseback riding through the pampas or relax and watch some additional entertainment. Wind down with some mate and Argentine pastries before returning to your Buenos Aires hotel.

Graffiti North City Tour

Our tours covering the north of the city provide a visually stunning introduction to the vibrant world of urban art in Buenos Aires and its compelling history. Visit the only artist-run street art gallery in the city. Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Length: 3 hours. Starts at 3pm in Colegiales and finish at 6pm in Palermo. This service only includes transfer from hotel to meeting point. The return is on your own arrangements, unless quoted in addition to the tour.

Graffiti South City Tour

If you’re looking for huge scale murals, then this is the tour for you. Explore the La Boca, Barracas, and other hidden, historical barrios of Buenos Aires as well as uncovering amazing pieces on the way. Finish at UNION, our new gallery in San Telmo to view some incredible urban art in a gallery context. Every Monday & Tuesday, 2-5pm. Length: 3 hours. Starts at 2pm in La Boca, finish at UNION, our gallery in San Telmo. This service only includes transfer from hotel to meeting point. The return is on your own arrangements, unless quoted in addition to the tour.

Montevideo w/ First class Buquebus

You will leave the hotel towards the port of Buenos Aires in a semi-private transfer (driver only). Once at the port you’ll check in with Buquebus for their fast boat, sailing the Rio de la Plata and arriving in Montevideo around 3 hours after departure. Once you clear customs, approach the Touristic Bus desk located within the terminal, where you are going to receive the bus schedule. The Touristic Bus departs from the Harbour. You will have time for a City Tour of the historical neighborhood with its museums, places like Plaza Independencia, the downtown area, Tres Cruces, Carrasco and the old town. The order of activities may vary according to your needs and likes. The Touristic Bus will allow you to hop on and off in various locations with the timetable provided at the port. After some free time you will board the ferry back to Buenos Aires.

Tango dancing in a Milonga

Spend an atmospheric evening amongst the local porteños of Buenos Aires on a three-hour trip into the sizzling world of tango. The city is packed with tango hotspots called milongas, where people dance to dance and drink the night away. It’s a peek straight into the beating heart of Buenos Aires. Setting off in a small group, your guide will take you to a classic milonga, where you can admire the footwork of the locals and even have a go yourself. The entrance fee and a welcome drink are both included, giving you everything you need for a great night out.

Culinary Tour - The Argentine Experience

A completely unique dining experience which cleverly blends exquisite food and wine, local culture and social integration. Individuals, couples, families and groups from all over the world are mixed around two 14 person banquet tables, which are led and entertained by two guides, and our friendly international team. Empanada making, juicy fillet stakes, boutique wines, alfajor making and sharing mate between new friends. There is no better place to be!  Optional: Wine Experience with supplement.

Tour of Tango singer Carlos Gardel

Tour is focused on Carlos Gardel’s history, the greatest tango singer of all times. The tour includes the visit of the places most frequented by Carlos Gardel: Café Tortoni, Los Inmortales, and the neighborhoods Abasto and Chacarita. The tour includes a visit to the Museum Carlos Gardel. The museum is closed on Tuesday.

Jewish Tour of Buenos Aires

The Buenos Aires Jewish community is one of the largest in the world and its heritage remains very much preserved. This comprehensive tour introduces you to the unique features of the Buenos Aires Jewish culture. You will explore the traditional Jewish neighborhood and the new AMIA building (mutual fund organization whose previous head office suffered a terrorist attack in 1994) and the institute of Jewish studies. You will also visit the Ashkenazi and Sephardic temples as well as the site where the Israel Embassy used to stand prior to the 1992 attack.

Fast Facts on Buenos Aires

USEFUL TRAVELER INFORMATION

This section is a quick overview to help in planning your trip to Buenos Aires.

When to go

Buenos Aires can be visited at any time of year, and there is no end to what you can do rain or shine. Summer runs from January to March, and winter in the southern hemisphere is from July to September. Summers in the city get incredibly hot and humid, and are punctuated by tropical thunderstorms which clear out some of the heat. Because of the school holidays and high temperatures which can reach into the mid-40’s celsius, many locals head out of the city for January and February, so it is quieter during this time. For those who stay, the city government puts on a program of free cultural events around the city that people attend in their droves. Perhaps the best time to visit Buenos Aires is in the spring, with November being the month where locals come out of winter hibernation and start to dine al fresco, have rooftop parties and gather around swimming pools. This is also when the many trees that line Buenos Aires’ avenues and proliferate in the parks begin to bloom, and you will be treated to the sight of the purple-flowered jacaranda tree coming into blossom. Winter is considerably milder than in the northern hemisphere, with often little rain and blue skies for much of the season.

How to get there

Flights to Buenos Aires come into two airports: Ministro Pistarini Airport (better known as Ezeiza EZE) is the international airport and is located about 22 miles (35 km) outside the city. Jorge Newbery Airport (better known as Aeroparque AEP) operates domestic and regional flights coming to and from Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia, and is located in the centre of the city near the coast. Buenos Aires is separated from neighbouring Uruguay by the Rio de la Plata, and ferry services run between the quaint village of Colonia del Sacramento and the capital Montevideo. Domestic flights are plentiful in Argentina, and Buenos Aires connects to most major touristic destinations. New low cost air carriers have made flying internally cheaper in recent years, but all of your transfer flights will be arranged for you as part of your itinerary, so we will take care of the bookings.

Infrastructure

Buenos Aires has something to cater for everyone. In recent years, as tourism to the city has increased rapidly, the tourism infrastructure has vastly improved, and now there are plenty of high-end hotels, boutique accommodations and stylish apartments to stay in, depending on your travel goals. We can advise you on every type of accommodation, so just consult with one of our travel advisors and we can tell you what is on offer. Buenos Aires has a vast public transport network should you choose to live like a local and take the colectivo, or bus, or the Subte, the subway system. Taxis are abundant and more affordable than in many other capital cities, but traffic in Buenos Aires can be bad, and public strikes can often send the city into lockdown. If you are a fan of two wheels, there are lots of bike lanes around the city, and it is surprisingly flat, easy and safe to cycle around. Beware of pickpockets when you are out and about, and leave all your valuables, including jewelry, extra cash and credit cards at home.

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