Buenos Aires Guide : what to do and see here.
The capital of Argentina is definitely one of the best cities, which I visited while travelling in the South America. Its colourful streets, real tango dancers, open people and warm climate will make you feel very special. Check out my guide and be inspired to visit Buenos Aires.
Check out in my guide what to expect before travelling to Buenos Aires?
Before travelling to Buenos Aires, I was searching and exploring the city online and checking many guides.
I knew that once I arrive to Buenos Aires, I will love it forever! I was never wrong. Since my first visit in 2016, I already came back to Buenos Aires 4 times.
What I learnt after living in South America for many years?
After spending many years in South America and exploring each and every country there, I realized that Buenos Aires is the capital of culture.
First visit in Buenos Aires, here it goes, my travel guide.
After arriving to Argentina for the first time, I went directly to Caminito La Boca district to see real tango dancers performing on the street.
I was absolutely inspired by the beauty of this place, its colourful streets and colonial architecture. Caminito La Boca is a must see place for every traveller in Buenos Aires, so then you can´t miss it!
Things you will see and admire in Buenos Aires.
TANGO, cultural identity of Argentineans
When we think about tango, then the first think that comes to our mind is Argentina and the capital city Buenos Aires.
It has been cultural identity of Argentineans and also a symbol of the culture recognised internationally.
Famous Writer Jorge Luis Borges defined it as:
„… the most outspread Argentinean production, which has insolently proclaimed the Argentinean name across the face of the Earth.
It is evident that we must find out about its origins and prescribe a genealogy where neither the deified legend nor the definite truth be missing.”
See here video of Tango dancers performing on the streets in Buenos Aires.
El Malambo, tradicional Argentina folk dance. As a guide and introducion of local culture.
When you are in Argentina, you can´t miss this incredible folkloric show.
If you are lucky like me, you will have a chance to see Malambo dancers in La Boca district for free.
It is considered as one of the most popular dance in whole Argentina. Malambo is an exclusive dance for man. They will surprise you with its speed skills in the shoe. It is absolutely amazing!
Important spots that you can´t miss during your visit in Buenos Aires. What to do and where to go in Buenos Aires?
One of the most visited parts of the Argentinean capital is Palermo.
This district is full of bars, restaurants, discos, hotels or cheap backpacker hostels.
Everyone will find something for its style and budget.I absolutely loved spending time in Palermo.
Its streets and alley made me feel like in Europe but quickly enough after seeing locals drinking YERBA MATE, I realized that I am in Buenos Aires.
· San Talemo
It´s historical district of Buenos Aires with antique architecture that represents cultural part of Buenos Aires.
If you want to learn more about the culture of Argentina, San Talemo is a perfect place to see customs, visit museums or churches and also catch a glimpse on the antique shops.
Don´t forget. Here on San Telmo you can find local market with hand made crafts and many goodies sell by locals.
If you don’t like shopping like me, go and see some local culture and take interesting photos. It is more than worth to visit, enjoy!
· Puerto Madero
It is a neighbourhood that will impress you by its modern and urban development.
This place became reconstructed during the last 20 years and now became very exclusive spot for meetings, walks and famous people encounters.
Meet famous people in Puerto Madero
It is absolutely normal to meet famous people there who walk around enjoying the city, spend time in the cafeteria o just do shopping.
High buildings with ecological parks will present you the city of Buenos Aires from the different point of view.
I was absolutely amazed and surprised while I came to Puerto Madero for the first time. Absolutely modern and exclusive wooden pavements surrounded by skyscrapers.
· La Casa Rosada
It is a place where the President of Argentina works and lives.
· El Museo Casa Rosada
It has a collection of several thousand pieces of historical and artistic character ranging from the Hispanic period to the Argentine presidents.
The museum is open for a public from Wednesday to Sunday and holidays from 10 to 18, (last entrance at 17:30PM). For more information see here.
Where to eat in Buenos Aires?
After long flight from Europe, I wanted to eat something traditional from Argentina and also learn about the local cuisine.
Regarding my vegetarian diet, Argentinean meat was not an option for me. My Couch Surfing host took me to very antique and famous place to try some of the famous Argentinean dishes.
We went to Cafe Tortoni which is one of the most recognised and old places in Buenos Aires.
I really enjoyed spending time there and eating tasty food. And seriously, this must be your spot to visit.
Old coffee restaurant that shows perfectly how live in Argentine looked like some time ago. Before you travel to Buenos Aires, see where is the Cafe Tortoni located, here.
When is the best time to travel to Buenos Aires?
The best time to visit Buenos Aires is from April to June. Argentine is southern hemisphere so it is fall/winter time, not the best time if you don’t like cold weather.
From September to December it is spring time when the temperatures are not so high yet what will make your stay pleasant.
What is the best way to visit and explore the city?
Have you heard about free walking tours?
For me free walking tours are the best way to explore the city for the first time.
What is you arrive to complete new place and want to see the best of it and also learn about its history and culture?
I always opt for free walking tour to see the city better. Learn about free walking tour in Buenos Aires, here.
What is the best way to explore Buenos Aires?
One of the most relaxing and convenient ways to visit Buenos Aires is renting a bicycle. You can join one of the tours offered by local agencies, hotels or just do it by your own.
From my experience getting lost in the city will always help you to understand it better.
MONEY, How much?
In Argentina they use Peso Argentino. Remember that most of the countries in South America have local currency called: PESO.
Nevertheless, it varies a lot when it comes to value and exchange rate.
I always use XE Currency app what helps me to better understand local currency and also I can use it offline.
Buenos Aires is the best connected city in Argentina, did you know that?
If you ravel to Buenos Aires remember that from the capital city in Argentina you can get really great air ticket offer to go and explore more of Argentina.
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