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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 favorite 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 a 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.

Experiences around Buenos Aires

What not to miss

Buenos Aires is divided into barrios, or neighborhoods, and each one has its very own unique identity. From the colorful port enclave of La Boca, the modern birthplace of Buenos Aires, to the cobbled streets of San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighborhood, or from the fashionable 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 neighborhood, 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 night owls, 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.

Buenos Aires highlights city tour Top

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. This capital city is 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 Martin – and then, districts with beautiful green spaces and old residences such as Palermo and Recoleta.

Walking tour of Recoleta Top

Set off on an easygoing yet fascinating half day walking tour of Recoleta. It’s the perfect 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 was born. You’ll also swing by the BA Design Center, the Recoleta Cultural Center and Bourdelle’s Monument to Alvear, amongst 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 enjoy the city.

Art & Museum tour Top

The Art in Buenos Aires experience 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 an impressive collection of European art, 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), also visited in this journey. Enjoy the last part of your day at one of the main galleries holding the trends of contemporary art in Buenos Aires. 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.

Wine & Culinary tour Top

An afternoon and 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 the contrast of neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, from the aristocratic Recoleta to Plaza de Mayo – Buenos Aires main square. We first stop for a coffee with the locals at the historic Cafe Tortoni. Continuing through the streets of traditional San Telmo, the art & antique 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 and outstanding wine regions.

Historical & Political Labyrinth Top

By presenting the topography of a long-lasting dilemma, this tour was designed for the understanding of the political, socail, economic, and cultural keys that explain Argentina´s current situation. This journey is a varied recollection of unavoidable historical influences since the fall of Peronismo through the present. Whereby there were conflicts during the 1960’s and 70’s of guerillas, military dictatorships, a Malvina’s War, a return to democracy, the changes in the 90’s to an indebted Argentina and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and the social crises and struggles from the turn of the century until today.

Street art graffiti city tour Top

If one of your interests is street art and you happen to enjoy large-scale murals, then this is the experience is for you. Explore La Boca, Barracas, and other hidden, historical barrios of Buenos Aires as well as uncover amazing pieces on the way. Finish at UNION, a new gallery in San Telmo to view some incredible urban art within a gallery context.   This experience can also be taken north of the city, starting at Colegiales and finishing in Palermo. You are then free to explore the area some more or to return to your hotel.

Historical tour of Carlos Gardel Top

Uncover the real story of Carlos Gardel, the most celebrated tango singer of all times. You will see and feel the city as he did back in the day, visiting the places he most frequently attended such as Café Tortoni, Los Inmortales, and the neighborhoods of Abasto and Chacarita. To complete your Carlos Gardel´s experience, visit his house where he lived with his mother during his last years in Buenos Aires and has now become a must-see museum,  a space that rescues, preserves and exhibits the cultural heritage represented by Gardel’s work.

Cooking & Culture of Argentina Top

A one and only dining experience which cleverly blends exquisite food and wine, local culture and social integration. Taste boutique wines while learning how to prepare delicious empanadas, juicy fillet stakes, and alfajores amongst new friends from all over the world. Individuals, couples, families, and groups get together around the table to enjoy the best of Argentina´s culture and cuisine.  There is no better place to be!

Tour of Jewish Buenos Aires Top

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 before the 1992 attack.

Bike Tours around Buenos Aires Top

Buenos Aires is a great city to be explored by bike, it is a fun way to enjoy its iconic neighborhoods.  Recoleta is a cooler-than-cool district famous for its majestic French-style architecture, huge leafy parks, exclusive boulevards, and swanky bars. Moving onto 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. An alternative route starts at Puerto Madero, a hotspot popular with the local porteños (residents of Buenos Aires), continuing to a nearby nature reserve, an exotic and unique sanctuary which provides a well-deserved break. Next, you’ll explore La Boca, the cradle of tango and a real cultural melting pot. Then to San Telmo, the oldest barrio of the city, finishing in Plaza San Martin.

Tango dancing in a Milonga Top

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 and drink the night away. This milonga experience it’s a peek straight into the beating heart of Buenos Aires, where you can admire the footwork of the locals and even have a go yourself. The entrance fee and a welcome drink are both taken care of, giving you everything you need for a great night out.

Dinner & Tango Show Top

Experience the best of tango while enjoying the most excellent Argentine cuisine and fabulous Malbec wines during the show. This tango show is one of the most authentic in Buenos Aires. During the show, you will be able to appreciate the passionate and intense nature of this beloved and beautiful form of Argentine art. We offer a range of tango experiences from the more classic show at La Ventana, to a more intimate one such as Rojo Tango at Faena.

Daytrip to Colonia Top

Start this full-day experience with an enjoyable trip on board the Buquebus, a fast boat that will sail along the Rio de la Plata. Around an hour later, you’ll arrive in Colonia’s harbor. From here, set off on a city tour of Colonia, discovering its historic neighborhoods and scenic coastline. Before settling down to lunch at a traditional local restaurant, wander along the city streets where you’ll find an eye-opening mix of cultural influences. After lunch, you’ll have free time to hop on and off the bus, exploring whatever catches your eye. Later in the afternoon,  make your way back to the harbor and sail back towards Buenos Aires as the sun sets over the Rio de la Plata.

Daytrip to Montevideo Top

Sailing east on the waters of the Rio de La Plata on board the Buquebus you’ll arrive in Montevideo, only 3 hours later. Once you clear customs, enjoy a short bus ride from the harbor into the city center. During your trip to Montevideo, you will have plenty of time for a city tour discovering its museums and squares such as Plaza Independencia and famous neighborhoods like Carrasco and the old town. To complete your unforgettable visit to Montevideo, wander around the famous Mercado del Puerto and enjoy the local cuisine and fabulous wine before returning to Buenos Aires.

Explore the Tigre delta Top

Traveling north of Buenos Aires, you’ll be entering the peaceful landscape of the Rio de la Plata and taking a  peek into the natural beauty of El Tigre Delta and its sleepy islands. Along the way, you’ll get a glimpse into the simple way of life of the local ‘islenos,’ getting to know their culture, 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 fantastic cathedral before swinging by the Presidential Residence (Quinta de Olives) on your way back to Buenos Aires.

Gaucho experience and Barbeque Top

Visiting a beautiful estancia will give you the chance to discover the Argentine countryside, its food, and music as locals do. You will learn how to cook a mouthwatering “asado” (barbecue), to later enjoy it during lunch, always remembering that Argentina has what´s considered the best meat in the world.  After lunch, you will be able to ride a horse and get to know the architectural characteristics of a typical “casco” (main house). Later, relax drinking local mate and Argentine pastries before returning to Buenos Aires.

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 center of the city near the coast. Buenos Aires is separated from neighboring 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 lodging and 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 dangerous, 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, comfortable 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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