A week in Buenos Aires

City Tour Buenos Aires

For two people who aren’t city folks we really loved our time Buenos Aires. We had an incredible week seeing the sites, tasting the food and dancing with the locals. The city is an exciting, sensual, mix of tango, heritage, world famous steakhouses and legendary nightlife. One week was the perfect amount of time to see all of the highlights, while still being able to relax. Here’s our 9 favouite City Tours in Buenos Aires.

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City Tour Buenos Aires

overindulge at a parrilla or steakhouse with a glass of wine

It goes without saying that if you are going to visit Argentina you need try the steak. One of the top City Tours in Buenos Aires is to sample the remarkable wine and world famous steaks. We tried out a couple and can say that Don Julio is a terrific for an up-market option. If more of a low-key street side feel is what you are after Parrilla Mi Sueño is an excellent choice. Don’t miss the opportunity to try Argentina’s equally famous wines while you’re there.

Tour for Tips

This is a great introduction to the history, culture and people of Buenos Aires. These informative city walking tours have many different routes, times and options available so there’s something to suit everyone. Check out the link for more information.

Recoleta Cemetery

The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most visited places and popular City Tour in Buenos AiresMost people come to the Cemetery to see the grave of Eva Perón, Argentina’s most famous first lady. But for us the whole cemetery was fascinating to see. You could easily spend a couple of hours wandering through the small streets lined with elaborate graves and tombstones of the former who’s who of Argentina.

El Caminito – la boca

El Caminito is the famous bright and colourful area of Buenos Aires. It’s on the fringe of the La Boca neighbourhood, a true blue collar working class district. This area is known to be a little rough around the edges. It’s advisable to take care and not to stray too far from the main tourist centre here.

Be sure not miss the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for a bit of culture. It’s also a nice respite from the brightly coloured streets and alleyways that can feel little too touristic at times.

City Tour Buenos Aires

City Tour Buenos Aires - Football (soccer)

If you want get a feel for the people and culture, one of the top City Tours in Buenos Aires is go to a Boca Juniors football match. The Boca Juniors are BA’s number one football team (depending who you ask) and have their home stadium here in the La Boca Neighbourhood. Even if you’re not a fan of the game itself, the excitement and passion of the supporters is something worth witnessing.

La Bomba de tiempo

Every Monday night from 8pm, 17 improvisational drummers light up the stage at the Konex Cultural Center. An old canola oil factory now refurbished as an outdoor amphitheatre. The group is led by Santiago Vasques, who has developed a system of more than a 100 hand, finger and body signals to direct the percussionists while they play.

Entry is cheap and the beers are sold by the litre making the perfect combination for a fun filled night and the best City Tour Buenos Aires.

Tango

There are plenty of places offering a spot to tango in Buenos Aires. There’s everything from grand halls, professional lessons and shows to dancing on street corners. But, a milonga (tango dance event) is the way to go.

Head to La Milonga del Indio on Sunday evenings in the historic Plaza Dorrego to mix with the locals and if you’re brave enough, join in. We had an absolute blast here and in our opinion it’s definitely one of the best things to do in Buenos Aires.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

El Ateneo Grand Splendid is an exquisite bookstore. It was once an impressive cinema and before that a grand theatre. The Grand Splendid has managed to retain most of its original interior. Meaning that the building remains just as stunning today as it did when it first opened, in 1919, one hundred years ago.

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City Tour Buenos Aires

Colonia Del Sacramento – Uruguay

Technically Colonia del Sacramento is not Argentina, but it’s still one of the best things to see in Buenos Aires. The Uruguayan city is just a one-hour ferry ride across the river from Buenos Aires. 

Originally founded by the Portuguese in 1680, the city passed between Portuguese and Spanish rule for decades. Today it’s a charming UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the Río de La Plata.

If you are planning on spending more than a week in Argentina read up on some of our other posts from Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier and Patagonia to really make the most of your time here.

Josh & Ruby

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