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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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Parque de la Costa

Parque de la Costa

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Less than one hour from Buenos Aires, Parque de la Costa is one of Argentina’s leading amusement parks. With more than 50 attractions—which range from gravity-defying rollercoasters to classic carousels—there’s something to appeal to both thrill seekers and toddlers.More
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Tigre

Tigre

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With its scenic waterways, riverside fun fair, and lively handicrafts market, the charming provincial town of Tigre offers a welcome change of pace from nearby Buenos Aires. Located on the Tigre Delta at the meeting point of the Paraná River and the Río de la Plata estuary, it’s a popular choice for a day trip from the capital.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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Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei)

Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei)

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Visitors to the Palermo Woods can’t miss the Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei), with its futuristic silver dome towering over the surrounding park and lake. Inaugurated in 1966, the planetarium remains a popular family attraction, hosting a space-themed museum and daily shows.More
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Buenos Aires Eco-Park

Buenos Aires Eco-Park

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With over 350 different animal species and an acclaimed exotic breeding program, Buenos Aires Eco-Park is the go-to place for urban wildlife spotting, hitting headlines at the start of 2013 when one of its Bengal White Tigers produced a rare litter of four cubs. Located close to Plaza Italia in the heart of the city’s Palermo district, the zoo has been running since 1888 and today houses over 2,500 animal inhabitants, as well as spearheading Argentina’s zoological research, education and preservation efforts.The 18-hectare park aims to mimic a range of different ecosystems, with a variety of unique enclosures and architecturally impressive buildings, set around a boating lake and island inhabited by a population of Madagascan Lemurs. Highlights include the subtropical jungle exhibition, where a suspension bridge offers a prime view of the lush vegetation and birdlife; an aquarium where piranhas, sea sharks and tropical fish are displayed alongside a penguin and seal pool; a Japanese style pagoda housing a family of Giant pandas; and a dimly-lit bat enclosure. Giraffes, rhinoceros, pumas, lions, monkeys and elephants are just some of the zoo’s animal inhabitants, along with some more unique specimens like Red Pandas, Orangutans and a colorful array of native birdlife. There’s even a petting zoo where visitors can interact and feed goats, donkeys, llamas and Shetland ponies. The zoo also frequently opens its doors during the evening hours with after-dark visits offering the chance to see a different side of the animals’ lifestyle as well as getting the rare opportunity to watch the zoo’s nocturnal animals at large.More
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Barolo Palace (Palacio Barolo)

Barolo Palace (Palacio Barolo)

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Once the tallest building in South America, the towering architecture of the Barolo Palace (Palacio Barolo) in Buenos Aires has stood the test of time. Built by Italian architect Mario Palanti in 1923, the building’s fanciful style was inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, a poem in three parts that in turn represent Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.More
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Palermo Hippodrome (Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo)

Palermo Hippodrome (Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo)

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From the nomadic gauchos of the Pampas to the skilled champions of polo, Argentina’s illustrious equestrian history draws horse lovers from all over the world. One of Buenos Aires’ principal equestrian venues is the art nouveau–style Argentinean Palermo Hippodrome (Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo).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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Temaiken Biopark

Temaiken Biopark

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Temaiken Biopark, located just outside Buenos Aires, is more of a wild animal park than a traditional zoo. More than 7,400 animals representing 300 different species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish live in large enclosures designed to mimic their natural habitats. Barriers between the animals and human observers are also natural — no bars or cages obstructing the view. About 60 percent of the species living in the park are native, and many of them are endangered.The biopark also features an aquarium, divided into three environments representing three different Argentine ecosystems: coastal habitat, freshwater rivers and the ocean. At the farm, visitors learn more about the agricultural species of the Argentine countryside through interactive activities like milking cows, feeding poultry or brushing down a goat. Guests of the park also enjoy a 360-degree movie theater, the largest bird house in South America and several animal shows and interactions scheduled throughout the day.More
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Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Museo de Arte Lationoamericano de Buenos Aires, MALBA)

Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Museo de Arte Lationoamericano de Buenos Aires, MALBA)

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The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Museo de Arte Lationoamericano de Buenos Aires, MALBA) is Buenos Aires’ leading modern art institution. Since opening in 2001, the museum has amassed a varied collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and installation works by artists from all corners of Latin America.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Buenos Aires

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Great city tour
Marc_G, Dec 2021
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
Excellent tour to see the highlights of Buenos Aires.
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Great experience! For those who want to learn
Gabriela_E, Jan 2022
Buenos Aires for curious people
It definilly made us fall in love for the city and for the porteños!
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Simply stated, this tour is excellent!
Donna_H, Dec 2021
Premium City Tour of Buenos Aires
The guide, Nicholas, was excellent, very personable, spoke fluent English, and obviously knows his country and its history very well.
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Something fun to do outside the city
TheresaM_V, Dec 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
Before coming to Buenos Aires, I was looking up things to do and this tour came up multiple times.
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A Unique Perspective on BA
Craig_F, Dec 2021
Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires
This bike tour was a fun way to learn about Buenos Aires and to see many parts of the city.
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Great tour and even better great tour guy!
Ivan_R, Dec 2021
Private City Tour of the City of Buenos Aires with a local guide
We should have done this tour at the first days of arrival to Buenos Aires (BA), but things got busier and we left it to the last day of our visit to BA since we still have pending points to visit.
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Howard Crowston is a fabulous guide
Kurt_S, Dec 2021
Private city tour of Buenos Aires
We learned about him meeting his wife, his relocation from England to Argentina, his two children, his work activities, his tennis and other fun activities, and more.
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Fantastic glimpse of Buenos Aires
Laura_B, May 2021
Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires Highlight (Virtual Live Tour Experience)
Hope to visit it in person in the near future!
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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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Nice Intro to Buenos Aires
ALICE_B, 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
Gary_B, Feb 2020
Buenos Aires Private City Tour by Car
We saw everything we wanted to see and more.
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He knows it all !
Liliane_C, 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.
David_S, 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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GREAT WAY TO SEE PARTS OF Buenos Aires
Norman_G, 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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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
Michael_R, 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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Informative and inspiring tour
Anne_R, Nov 2019
Small-Group Buenos Aires Graffiti Art NorthTour
Nice to see different neighborhoods.
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Tigre Delta Tour
Dannelle_M, 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.

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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