Buenos Aires, Argentina is one of the largest cities in Latin America. Jazmin had the opportunity to visit this beautiful city in 2014 with her mother to visit her cousin. With her insider experience, we have created the best Buenos Aires travel guide possible.
We arrived to the airport at midnight. My mom and I hired a cab to my cousin’s apartment in downtown Buenos Aires for 200 Argentinan pesos. Keep it mind it was about 2 years ago, and since then the strict currency controls have been removed, plunging the peso to half its value at the time.
Buenos Aires Walking Map
Top attractions in Buenos Aires
The Palermo neighborhood includes several touristic destinations and most of the best museums in the city. The zoological gardens and Museum of Latin American Art are two examples of them. You can find many restaurants, shopping malls, and of course a great night life. The Plaza de Mayo square is located in this neighborhood.
La Recoleta Cemetery
If you like the arts you must go to Teatro Colon. The Teatro Colón is the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.
Even if you are not interested in the opera, the architecture and facade of the building is breathtaking during both the day and night.
Plaza de La República
The Plaza de La República is one of the most iconic squares in Buenos Aires. It is home to many bustling shopping outlets, restaurants, cafe, bars and clubs.
The plaza is also known for the many purposes it has served in the past as a gathering place for political demonstrations, World Cup gathering when the national team is playing, celebrations and uprising in the past.
It is also the plaza that host the iconic obelisk in its center.
Obelisco de Buenos Aires
The obelisk, one of the most iconic landmarks in Buenos Aires, is located in the República Square between two of the largest and widest streets in the world: Av. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes. It is also close to Puerto Madero.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires has an important historical structure and cultural significance. Located in downtown Buenos Aires, the massive building has been rebuilt multiple times, giving it a wide variety of architectural styles. The Cathedral overlooks the Plaza de Mayo.
Plaza de Mayo
Some of the most iconic and important buildings are located in this square. Some of the buildings are: Casa Rosada, The Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Cabildo. You will also see a variety of restaurants, tango parlors, bars and of course shops.
Casa Rosada is the presidential house. It offers a free tour of the building, not all of it but you get a glimpse of it. We recommend to visit one of the most iconic, historical and aesthetically pleasing buildings in the city.
Puerto Madero is a waterfront neighborhood around the shoreline of the “Río de la Plata” with a lot high end restaurants.
One street to make sure to walk down is Av. Florida- Florida Street, an elegant shopping street in Downtown Buenos Aires. It has been a pedestrian street since 1971, with some stretches have been pedestrianized since 1913.
If you are interested in seeing a great tango show, check out the one at the hotel Faena, which is very particular, it is worth going.
For those who love art, there is this private collection museum called Fortabat. It is a bit pricy, but it is still strongly recommended.
The Plaza Dorrego is located in San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood in the city. On Sunday there is a market in the square with nearly 300 individual stands. You can also enjoy small tango shows while drinking some wine or cup of coffee and enjoying the day.
Barrio la Boca
In the Boca neighborhood is located the famous Caminito, a street museum and a traditional alley in Buenos Aires with dozens of stores as well. There is a new modern art gallery called Fundacion Proa that has been recommended by a native Argentinan to go and visit.
On Sunday you can find tango dancers and singers performing on the streets and some of them even offer tango lessons. It is a beautiful street with multicolored houses.
The Bombonera, the Boca Junior stadium, is only several minutes away from Caminito . You can get a tour starting at $60.00. If you love soccer, I will strongly recommend you to give the stadium a visit.
Plaza del Congreso
The Plaza del Congreso is a nice public park facing the Argentine Congress building. It has many great statues and green areas to enjoy in the center of the city. It is also home to the Kilometre Zero for all Argentine National Highways.
At the end of the plaza is the monumental Argentine Congress building. There are free tours of the building available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:30PM and 5PM in both English and Spanish.