Buenos Aires Argentina

Buenos Aires al anochecer. Argentina
Buenos Aires al anochecer. © Diego Alvarez de Toledo/Istockphoto

Buenos Aires tourism is one of the most interesting urban experiences you could possibly have in South America.

On the southern shore of the Rio de la Plata, right in front of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, lies the most charming capital in South America: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Elegant, stylish and sophisticated, it has an universal influence attached to it.

Its architecture and lifestyle it's markedly more European than any other South American city, often called the "Paris of South America".

Buenos Aires tourism has increased substantially over the last few years.
Last January, we happened to be back as we've done it regularly and counted six different cruise ships docked at the port on a single day.

Well, no wonder. Millions of visitors come to the city on a yearly basis attracted by its vibrant atmosphere and the variety of its tourist attractions.

Whether you're backpacking South America on your way to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, or come for a romantic escape, Buenos Aires tourism has something to offer to everyone.

Even its Gay and Lesbian scene can be compared to any European or North American city. Check this Gay Guide to learn more about it.

And if you like tango, soccer and Polo, you're in for BIG times, so include them in your Buenos Aires tourism experience.

The spirit of tango inhabits the soul of every" Porteño" - as locals are named - which means "inhabitants of the port".
Tango is the national dance, danced in ballrooms, parks, dance halls, open spaces and even in the streets.

Tango conveys much more than a mere dance, and nowhere in the world you will perceive that as markedly as here. In the list of Buenos Aires tourist attractions for you to discover, a tango-show is definitely something to include in your Buenos Aires tourism experience.

Puerto Madero at night. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. © Diego Alvarez de Toledo/Istockphoto

Porteños are fashionable and sophisticated, with a rich and elaborate culture identity.

They could even be acknowledged as contemptuous or perhaps too image-conscious for their own good, but don't get fooled by it.

Underneath that "skin" lies the warmth and welcoming attitude innate to every Porteño.

Nightlife doesn't normally takes off until midnight or so, when the bohemian latin spirit awakes and casts its spell well into the morning hours.

Clubs, restaurants, discos, dance halls, theaters, jazz or blues joints are some of the many Buenos Aires attractions for night lovers. And if you love opera and historic buildings, don't miss the world's famous Teatro Colon, a landmark of Buenos Aires.

The list of things for you to see and to explore while doing Buenos Aires tourism is almost endless, and the best way to do it is by taking one of the many Buenos Aires sightseeing tours.

You'll discover the colorful wooden houses of La Boca district, superbly painted by Benito Quinquela Martin - famous Argentinian artist - as well as Caminito and Vuelta de Rocha, in front of the Riachuelo.
See some pictures of La Boca here.

San Telmo is a bohemian district of Colonial architecture, cobblestone streets lined with lanterns, and filled with bars and antique shops.
Visit Defensa and Balcarce streets, Santo Domingo church and Plaza Dorrego, where San Telmo fair (Feria de Antiguedades) is held every Sunday.

Loaded with handcrafts, antiques and just about every imaginable souvenir, fairs are definitely part of your Buenos Aires tourism experience.
In fact, there is a number of fairs scattered throughout the city, taking place mainly over the week-ends.
Check the following list to find some of the most renown fairs...

Montserrat was the heart of the commercial, social and cultural life of Buenos Aires during Colonial times.
Its splendor started shortly after the city's second founding by Juan de Garay, in 1580.
The port was named "Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires."
The first founding, carried out by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536, it didn't succeed mainly due to natives ferocity and food scarcity.

Don't skip the underground tunnels, Manzana de las Luces, the old Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada (Government Palace).
Stroll along Avenida de Mayo (May avenue) and visit Cafe Tortoni - most famous meeting point for writers and artists since 1860.

Argentina Travel: Buenos Aires, Recoleta
Recoleta - © Secretariat of Tourism Buenos Aires

Recoleta is the most elegant district, with many palaces reflecting Argentine aristocracy, upscale boutiques and many restaurants. A top place for Buenos Aires tourism and shopping.

Recoleta cemetery - where Evita is buried - Plaza Francia, Centro Cultural Recoleta and Palais de Glace are not to be missed while in the area.

Puerto Madero is the newest and most exclusive district.

Officially inaugurated in 1998, it used to be a section of the port pretty much abandoned, but today hosts fashionable offices, restaurants and movie theaters.
Check out boulevard Azuzena Villaflor and Vera Peñaloza streets.

Palermo has magic attached to it.
From Palermo Chico - Embassy area par excellence together with Belgrano district - to Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho.

Our heart lies in Palermo Viejo, where we used to live years back, before the place changed into an upscale, trendy and a bit expensive district to live at.

Plaza Serrano is filled with bars and charming restaurants.
Go jogging or just stroll around Palermo Park and Rosedal (Rose Garden). Visit the Zoo, Planetarium and Japanese Gardens, as they rank among the top Buenos Aires attractions.

The list goes on and on, and we could talk to you forever about it.

Did we mention that we love Buenos Aires?..

Buenos Aires tourism is a fascinating experience that will leave you wanting to return over and over again. A top destination for your Argentina holidays and part of your most unique South America travel experience ever...

Planetario Galileo Galieli. Palermo. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Planetario Galileo Galilei by Boris G. - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

How to Get There:

By Air:

International flights arrive to Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza, some 35 km south of the city.
Aerolineas Argentinas has regular flights to/from Buenos Aires, as well as a good number of other international airlines such as Iberia, British Airways, Lufthansa, etc. The list is HUGE so check with your Travel Agent from your point of departure in order to get the best connection or direct flight according to your needs.

Domestic and Uruguay flights use Aeropuerto Jorge Newbery - within city limits.
Both are connected through shuttle services, buses and taxis.
Within Argentina there are other airlines to choose from. Líneas Aéreas del Estado (LADE) and Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas (LAPA) are some of the options available.

For more information on airports and airlines please visit Argentina airports.

By Bus:

Estación Retiro is the main bus terminal in Buenos Aires to/from anywhere within the country as well as neighboring countries: Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.
A well run bus system with long distance buses that usually provide meal service and toilets.
You could also choose to eat at restaurants along the way if not meal service is provided.

By Water:

From Dársena Norte (Buenos Aires Port) there is a regular hydrofoil and ferry service to Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
From Tigre (1/2 by train from Retiro train station) you could also get a boat to Carmelo, Uruguay, through a catamaran (about four hours ride). Check with Cacciola Viajes y Turismo (website in Spanish).

Where to Stay:

From luxury accommodation to hostels, the city has them all.
Find and compare best hotel rates in Buenos Aires.

For the independent traveller, book budget accommodation in Buenos Aires here.

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