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How to Spend 1 Day in Buenos Aires

How to Spend 1 Day in Buenos Aires

Even with just 24 hours in Buenos Aires, you can see a lot of Argentina’s capital city. From landmarks such as Casa Rosada, Evita’s famous balcony, to its main opera house, Teatro Colón, there’s much ground to cover in this cosmopolitan Latin American city (and nightlife options, too). Read on for our picks.

Morning: See the Central Sights

To see more of the city in a limited amount of time, join a guided tour, which also takes the hassle out of navigating an unfamiliar city. Travelers who want more flexibility opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Must-see landmarks include Casa Rosada, where Evita addressed the people from the balcony; Metropolitan Cathedral, the former church of Pope Francis, on Plaza de Mayo; the colourfully painted houses of Caminito Street in La Boca; and the opera house, Teatro Colón. Finish with a drive along Avenue 9 de Julio, the world’s widest boulevard, for a view of the Obelisk. Finally, head into historic San Telmo where you can stroll the cobblestone lanes and browse the street market (Sundays only). 

Afternoon: Explore Palermo and Recoleta

After tucking into a typical Argentina empanada lunch, spend the afternoon exploring Buenos Aires’ northern neighborhoods. Stroll around Recoleta Cemetery, where the grand mausoleums include Evita’s grave, and stop for a coffee at nearby Plaza Francia. Continue into Palermo, where you might visit the Botanic Gardens, MALBA art museum, or Evita Museum; alternatively, soak up the atmosphere on Plaza Italia or Plaza Serrano. At sunset, head to the Floralis Genérica statue—the flower sculpture closes its petals as the sun sets.

Night: Watch a Tango Show

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of Argentine tango, and a tango show is a quintessential visitor experience. Choose a show that includes a pre-show dinner or attend a dance class to learn tango basics for yourself. Sample the city’s legendary nightlife after the show, heading to the bars of Palermo Soho to sip cocktails with the locals or to Puerto Madero, known for its glamorous bars and nightclubs. For the best views, choose one overlooking the glittering waterfront and Puente de la Mujer bridge. 

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Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires

Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires

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Squeeze all of Buenos Aires’ most visited sights into one small-group city tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Admire the iconic Casa Rosada presidential palace on Plaza de Mayo and stroll down the grand Avenida de Mayo, then explore the cobblestone streets of historic San Telmo, the birthplace of the tango. Head to La Boca to snap photos of the brightly painted houses along Caminito street, then explore the buzzing port of Puerto Madero and pay a visit to the impressive Recoleta Cemetery, home to Evita’s grave.
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Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires

Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires

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Admire the spectacular sights of Buenos Aires on a half-day bike tour of the Argentinian capital’s architectural highlights. Beside your knowledgeable guide, cycle through vibrant neighborhoods such as La Boca and Puerto Madero, and marvel at landmarks including Casa Rosada, La Bombonera Stadium, and Plaza de Mayo. Throughout the tour, make regular stops to listen to informative commentary and gain an inside perspective of Buenos Aires from your guide. All safety equipment is included on this tour.
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  • 4 hours
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El Viejo Almacén Tango Show with optional dinner and vip tour

El Viejo Almacén Tango Show with optional dinner and vip tour

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Watch a traditional tango show in Buenos Aires during this evening outing at El Viejo Almacen. Choose from an optional dinner and/or VIP access to this venue, founded by Edmundo Rivero in 1969. Sip unlimited drinks from the bar while you watch the dancers make magic onstage and let the orchestral tango music wash over you. Round-trip transportation from Buenos Aires hotels is included.
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Private Customizable City Tour of Buenos Aires

Private Customizable City Tour of Buenos Aires

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Maximize your time in the city with a private city tour of Buenos Aires and customize your itinerary to suit your interests. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide and private transport, as you visit highlights like Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery, and Puerto Madero. Alternatively, explore Buenos Aires’ vibrant neighborhoods, like La Boca, famed for its colorful houses and Boca Juniors soccer stadium, or the tango district of San Telmo, where a lively street market is held each Sunday.
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Buenos Aires Sightseeing City Tour

Buenos Aires Sightseeing City Tour

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Explore Buenos Aires' major tourist attractions on this Buenos Aires bus tour that hits all of the highlights. Buenos Aires is full of opportunities for sightseeing, from important historical sights like the famous Teatro Colón, the Plaza de Mayo, the rosy-hued Casa Rosada, and the Plaza de la República to local neighborhoods. This informative city tour of Buenos Aires takes you through colorful La Boca, historic San Telmo, chic Recoleta, and verdant Palermo Woods. Make two stops at some of the most important Buenos Aires sights for photos and commentary from your guide.
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Piazzolla Tango Show and Dinner in Buenos Aires

Piazzolla Tango Show and Dinner in Buenos Aires

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Enjoy fine dining, Argentine wine and a spectacular tango show at the Astor Piazzolla Theatre. During this experience at Piazzolla Tango in the historic Guemes Gallery, learn about the history and culture of tango in Buenos Aires after an optional traditional Argentinian dinner. Enjoy complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Custom Buenos Aires City Tour

Custom Buenos Aires City Tour

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Relish the freedom of exploring Buenos Aires according to your own itinerary on a full-day private, custom tour of the Argentinian capital. Allow a private guide to customize an itinerary according to your interests and visit only the sights you wish to see. Opt to absorb the vibrant atmosphere of Plaza de Mayo, admire the ornate mausoleums of Recoleta Cemetery, or marvel at the vibrant facades of La Boca’s residences. On this private, custom tour, receive undivided attention from your guide and take full control of your sightseeing itinerary.
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Private Tour: Half-Day Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour

Private Tour: Half-Day Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour

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With just one day in Buenos Aires, there’s a lot to see and do, and a private tour ensures you maximise your time. On this private 4-hour sightseeing tour, admire landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza de Mayo, and the Obelisk; visit Evita’s grave at Recoleta Cemetery; and explore neighborhoods such as La Boca, San Telmo, and Puerto Madero. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Buenos Aires in One Day Six-or-less-people Walking Tour

Buenos Aires in One Day Six-or-less-people Walking Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Buenos Aires on this guided walking tour. Visit more than 75 landmarks and important features like Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada, and stroll through neighborhoods including San Telmo, Palermo, and Recoleta. This sightseeing tour with an informative guide is designed for those who have limited time or just want to see everything in the capital city at once.
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Walking Tour of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires

Walking Tour of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires

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Stroll through history during a 2-hour walking tour of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. Learn about the square's important and tumultuous history through your guide's insightful commentary.
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