Buenos Aires Travel Guide
Cosmopolitan, magical, passionate. This is Buenos Aires, a city that vibrates 24 hours a day. The essence of Buenos Aires flows through the streets of downtown, always busy and attractive.
Color and hustle and bustle conquer the visitor in the La Boca neighborhood. In this mythical tango district, you can still perceive the stories of so many European immigrants.
In Palermo, on the contrary, the elegance, the glamour and the beautiful parks conquer the traveler. In the area you can also find the botanical garden and the zoo of the city.
- The 5 best reasons to visit Buenos Aires
- What to do in Buenos Aires
- When to visit Buenos Aires
- How to get to Buenos Aires
- Where to stay in Buenos Aires
- How to move around Buenos Aires
- Cost of living in Buenos Aires
- Where to eat in Buenos Aires
The 5 best reasons to visit Buenos Aires
San Telmo, where Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabildo and Plaza Dorrego are located, is the ideal district to discover the protagonism of tango and the aromas of Buenos Aires’ cuisine. On Sundays, this square is home to the famous San Telmo fair, which extends along Defensa Street, an artery full of cafes, restaurants, antique shops and many other businesses.
If there is an emblematic place in Buenos Aires, that is the Caminito promenade, in the La Boca neighborhood. This is a real open-air museum where you can visit the Caminito Plastic Artists’ Fair every day. There, outstanding contemporary artists exhibit and sell their works.
Those who enjoy night expeditions find a paradise in Buenos Aires. The night becomes day with the lights of the theatres, restaurants and bars. The plans are diverse, whether you want to have a delicious asado, enjoy a live show or immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the iconic Café Tortoni.
Buenos Aires is the faithful reflection of those who came to live in the new world. The Spanish, Italian, English, French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Brazilian nuances are clearly noticeable in its multiple architectural examples, in the cuisine, in the way of speaking and in its most deeply rooted customs.
Shopping with your own identity
Numerous local and international brands and independent designers make Buenos Aires a perfect destination for those who love to discover new and top-quality clothing. The star products are leather crafts.
What to do in Buenos Aires
Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts
The MNBA or National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires is one of the most important museums in Latin America. It houses works by figures as important as the Spanish artists El Greco, Goya and Picasso, the French Rembrandt and Rodin and the Argentinean Cándido López, Prilidiano Pueyrredón and Fernando Fader.
Admire the Recoleta Cultural Centre
This remarkable building, built in 1732, was originally a convent belonging to the Recollect monks. It currently houses 27 exhibition halls, an amphitheatre, a micro-cinema and an auditorium and amphitheatre.
Contemplate the Recoleta Cemetery
Recoleta Cemetery is located in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood. There is the tomb of Eva Perón and you can see many impressive mausoleums and vaults, many of them declared National Historical Monuments.
Discover the Luna Park
Located in the microcenter of Buenos Aires, this has been a traditional stadium, witness to important events during the 20th century. It continues to host great concerts and performances by national and international artists and groups of multiple musical styles.
The streets of the Balvanera neighborhood are home to small cafes full of nostalgia, huge murals, outstanding Belle Epoque architecture and large shopping centers, such as El Abasto, an old marketplace associated with the iconic Carlos Gardel.
When to visit Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate, with dry winters with temperatures ranging from 7°C to 18°C, and hot, humid summers. During spring and autumn temperatures are pleasant, so they are considered the best periods to visit the city.
Throughout the year there are many festivals in Buenos Aires.
For example, the BAFICI Independent Film Festival, which takes place in April, the World Tango Festival, which takes place in August, and the Ciudad Emergente Festival, which makes the city vibrate with music of multiple styles every September.
How to get to Buenos Aires
If you travel by plane to Buenos Aires, it is possible to land at Ministro Pistarini – Ezeiza International Airport, located 32 kilometers from the city. It is the most important aerodrome in the country. Another possibility is to reach the aAroparque Jorge Newbery, which is 8 kilometers away from downtown Buenos Aires.
To get from the airports to the center of the city you can choose shuttles and private transfers, mainly from the company Tienda León, or in the remises, cars from private transport companies.
From the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, you can reach Buenos Aires by ferry in about 3 hours, and from the port of Colonia, a town in the southwest of Uruguay, the trip takes only an hour.
There are three main routes to reach Buenos Aires by road. One of them is Route 3, which joins the capital with Bahía Blanca, Río Gallegos and Ushuaia, Route 7, which reaches Mendoza, and Route 9, which connects Buenos Aires with Rosario and Córdoba.
Airports near Buenos Aires
(EZE) Buenos Aires International Airport Ministro Pistarini
(AEP) Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Where to stay in Buenos Aires
Downtown Buenos Aires offers a wide variety of hotels, and you can get cheap rates there. In the vicinity of Plaza de Mayo you can find, among many others, the NH City Buenos Aires hotel and 562 Nogaro, both 4-star hotels.
For travelers with a slightly larger budget, Puerto Madero offers one of the most interesting options for accommodation. It is the most modern and recent neighborhood in Buenos Aires. In its area you will find the Madero Buenos Aires Hotel and the Faena Master Suite Residence Hotel, both with a higher 4 star category.
How to move around Buenos Aires
One of the fastest public transportation alternatives to move around Buenos Aires is the subway, a network of subways or Subway that covers 46 kilometers of the capital and has 5 lines, A, B, C, D and E. All of them allow you to reach the microcenter. A single Subte or Subtepass ticket costs $4.50. Passes for up to 10 trips can be purchased, although the fare is not reduced.
Bus or collective transport in Buenos Aires is another great alternative to tour the city. The price of the ticket varies according to the route, which is at least 3 kilometers long and costs between $6 and $7. There are 180 lines that connect all the neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, including parts of the province.
Although its price is considerably higher than the Subway and the colectivos, the taxi offers relatively low fares compared to other large cities. The bajada de bandera has a price of $20, every 200 meters adds up to $2 and the waiting minute also costs $2.
To move more freely around the huge city of Buenos Aires, whose urban area seems to have no end, it is a good plan to pick up a rental car as soon as you arrive. Both airports have car rental companies and offer cars for four or five people for a minimum fee of $1,424.
Cost of living in Buenos Aires
Among the main areas and avenues perfect for shopping is Florida Street, a pleasant pedestrian area full of shops where you can find the famous Galerías Pacífico, many of them selling leather and natural leather products.
Alvear Avenue, in Recoleta, offers one of the most exclusive shopping destinations in the city, and there you can find several jewelry stores and international premium brand shops. In Palermo Viejo, in addition to many bars and restaurants, there are charming boutiques of avant-garde design.
There are several supermarket chains in Buenos Aires, and among the most prominent are Jumbo, Coto, Carrefour and Disco. The prices of the newspaper, $10, the liter of milk, $14, the bottle of mineral water, $11, the soft drinks, $16, the prepared pizza $90 and the loaf of bread, $16, give an idea of the cost of living.
Where to eat in Buenos Aires
Argentina is one of the main agricultural producers of the planet and its great production of high quality beef makes it very consumed. The barbecue, made on the grill, is the most authentic Argentinean dish.
In addition to many parrilladas where they prepare all kinds of meat in different ways, in the Argentine capital there are a large number of pizzerias spread throughout the city, including the famous ‘Pizzeria Guerrin’, located in the middle of Corrientes street. The price of a medium round pizza with ham, mozzarella cheese and egg, which is $320 and is enough for two people.
Some of the most recommended and stylish areas to eat are Puerto Madero, an elegant and pleasant area, and the lively Plaza Serrano, located in the heart of Palermo Soho.
In Puerto Madero you can find ‘Cabaña Las Lilas’, a restaurant specialized in grilled meats that offers a good wine list. Its average price per person is $850. The Plaza Serrano area is full of bars and restaurants. La Panera Rosa’ is one of them, and it prepares light dishes of the Argentine cuisine, such as sandwiches, crepes, empanadillas, vegetable rolls and shakes. The price is usually between $450 and $600 per person.