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Buenos Aires Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

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    1. Destinations
    2. South America
    3. Argentina
    4. Buenos Aires

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    Visit Buenos Aires and you’ll find a city that is full of energy and passion. Its neoclassical European architecture and cafe culture have earned Argentina’s capital city the nickname of “the Paris of South America.” The soaring skyscrapers of Puerto Madero, the vibrant markets of San Telmo, and the famous Tango dance shows make Buenos Aires truly unique. If you’re interested in visiting the city as part of a multi-stop tour of Argentina, speak to a Tourlane Travel Expert today. These local experts will organize your entire itinerary, including flights, transfers, English-speaking guides, and accommodations.

    1. Tourists shop in San Telmo flea market in Buenos Aires old town

      San Telmo

    2. Photo of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires with the statue of General Manuel Belgrano in the background

      Plaza de Mayo

    3. Puente de la Mujer (Womens Bridge) is a rotating footbridge of the Puerto Madero area in Buenos Aires

      Puerto Madero

    4. The Caminito street in La Boca, an area famous for its colorful houses in buenos Aires

      La Boca

    5. View of the Recoleta district during jacarandas blossom at Buenos Aires


    6. View of mausoleums at Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires

      La Recoleta Cemetery

    7. Bar and restaurants at Palermo Soho bohemian neighborhood in Buenos Aires


    8. Panoramic view of Boats at Tigre River in Buenos Aires

      Tigre Delta

    What to Do in Buenos Aires

    1. San Telmo

    If you want to visit rustic markets and see artwork produced by local artists, visit San Telmo. This authentic neighborhood hugs the banks of the South Darsena River and is known for its colorful street art, pop-up galleries, and weekly market—featuring rare books and ornamental antiques. Join locals as they hunt and haggle for the perfect piece, or watch from a sidewalk cafe. Take coffee with a dulce de leche Alfajore, cookie sandwich, as you admire the colonial architecture.

    2. Plaza de Mayo

    A great place to breathe in the history of Argentina is the Plaza de Mayo. Constructed in 1884, this historical square has been alternately a place of protest and celebration. See the famous balcony of Casa Rosada where the Peróns famously gave speeches to the people and walk under the Pirámide de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ oldest national monument. Make sure to peek inside the Metropolitan Cathedral whose main giltwood altar dates back to colonial times.

    3. Puerto Madero

    To see the more contemporary side of Buenos Aires, visit Puerto Madero. On the Rio de la Plata riverbank, this highrise district provides much more than towering skyscrapers. Cross Puente de la Mujer, “the women's bridge,” designed to evoke a couple dancing the Tango. Get onboard either the Sarmiento or the Uruguay; these navy vessels are also interactive nautical museums. Take a respite from the busy city with a stroll or cycle through the lagoons and marshes of the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve.

    4. La Boca

    If you’re a sports fan, visit the world-famous La Boca neighborhood. This translates as “the mouth” of the city, and is the home of Boca Juniors soccer club. If you can snag tickets to see them play at La Bombonera Stadium, seize the opportunity. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information.

    5. Recoleta

    Recoleta is Buenos Aires’ most elegant, upscale neighborhood, where the architecture is Beaux-Arts and dinner isn’t served until after 10pm. Independent boutiques, charming cafes, and smart cocktail bars line the leafy streets of this affluent residential area. El Ateneo bookstore is a must-see, this former theater on the border of Recoleta and Palermo puts literature center stage with an ornate gold interior unchanged from its days as an opera house.

    6. La Recoleta Cemetery

    Another important site of historical significance in Buenos Aires is Recoleta cemetery, which is unlike any other gravesite worldwide. Here, you’ll find elaborately carved stone mausoleums—all above ground. This is the resting place of some of the country’s most iconic figures including Eva Perón and writer, José Hernández. While you’re there, visit the city’s second-oldest church, Our Lady of Pilar whose quaint exterior houses a dazzling baroque altar.

    7. Palermo

    Palermo is the city’s largest neighborhood so there’s a lot to explore. Tour the Botanical Gardens and spy the population of domestic cats that live there. Shop local wares at the outdoor markets of Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia. Indulge in a submarino, hot milk served with a block of chocolate to be stirred in as you people watch.

    8. Tigre Delta

    If you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of central Buenos Aires, take a 45-minute jaunt from the city to explore this little “Venice” on the Paraná river delta. Named for the jaguars who once hunted there, Tigre is a peaceful island formed by river back channels. Take a boat ride around town stopping off at Puerto Frutos, the waterfront market that once sold fruit, to peruse the wares of local artisans and birdwatch at the Delta Terra Natural Reserve. Less

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    Useful Information for Your Buenos Aires Trip

    The best place to stay in Buenos Aires depends on your travel tastes and preferences. Recoleta is an affluent area of the city. It is located very centrally and has a range of luxury hotels, boutiques, and restaurants. Palermo is a vibrant, trendy area to stay in, with a number of boutique hotels, vacation apartments, and other accommodation types. In Palermo, you’ll find some of the city’s best restaurants, shops, and coffee shops.

    Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina, Latin America’s most southerly nation. Buenos Aires is in the northeast of Argentina, on the Rio de la Plata river, roughly 125 miles from the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo. Flight time from the USA to Buenos Aires is at least 11 hours. 

    Buenos Aires has two airports: Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) and Ezeiza (EZE). Ezeiza Airport is the primary international airport and should be used for direct flights to the USA. If you are flying domestic around Argentina, we recommend using  Aeroparque Jorge Newbery as it is more centrally located compared to Ezeiza and has higher frequencies. 

    Buenos Aires is located in Argentina Standard Time, which is UTC -3. This means it is slightly ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the USA.

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