Buenos Aires, the home of about 3 million people and the largest city in Argentina, must be an indispensable stop for a trip to South America. We have listed the activities to do in this magical city and prepared a Buenos Aires travel guide for you. Here is another travel guide for Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, located on the opposite bank of Buenos Aires.
What is the best time to visit Buenos Aires?
In this capital city located in the Southern Hemisphere, while the summer months are December, January, and February, the winter months are June, July, and August. The winters are not very cold, and the average is 9-10 ◦C and the summers are not too hot. In fact, the best time to visit a city is usually spring and autumn. Spring and autumn are the times when the air is neither too cold nor too hot. As the number of tourists who come to town during these periods is low, hotel prices are also cheap and the city is calmer. I would recommend Buenos Aires for spring or fall.
Airport transfer in Buenos Aires
There are two airports in the city: Aeroparque and Ezeiza, which is the main airport. The most annoying thing in an airport in any country of the world is the extreme taxi fares that you have to pay as soon as you step into the country. But at these airports, it is possible to get to the city center by taxi, before being cheated.
You should visit the Tiendaleon stand at Aeroparque airport and the Official Ezeiza Taxi at Ezeiza airport. In these offices, you tell your destination and you pay the specified fee in advance. The taxi fare from Ezeiza Airport to the city center is around 40 USD on average.
Or you can get to the city center by taking the public bus number 45, but the bus ticket is not sold and you need to give some coins to the driver. For this reason, exchange some money at the airport and ask for some coins.
Public transportation in Buenos Aires
In some cities, it is possible to walk everywhere, but you will have to use public transport in this big city. There are three options for city transportation: metro, bus, and taxi.
In the city, which has a highly developed metro network, you can reach many places by metro. The official taxis are yellow and black in color and have a “Radio Taxi” sign on them. Taxi prices are very affordable and all you need to be aware of is that the taxi rank of your cab is clear. Otherwise, you may pay more than you have to pay.
Accommodation in Buenos Aires
In such a big city, places you must see are scattered throughout the city, and wherever you stay, you will travel to the whole city. For this reason, your most important criteria in a hotel choice should be the fees and the evaluations of previous guests. Visit online booking websites and determine the right hotel by taking guest comments into consideration.
However, if I have to propose a region, I can say that the places to see are concentrated in the regions of Recoleta and Palermo in general. If you are going to stay in the Palermo area, I suggest you stay in the Palermo Soho part of this great area.
Top things to do in Buenos Aires
The must see places in Buenos Aires are:
– Cementerio de la Recoleta
– Calle Florida
– Museo Eva Peron
– Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
– Avenia 9 de Julio
– Plaza de Mayo
– La Boca
– Puerto Madero
– Floralis Generica
– San Telmo neighborhood
– Recoleta neighborhood
– Palermo region
– Casa Rosada
– Jardín Japonés
Cementerio de la Recoleta
The last place you want to visit on a holiday trip can be a cemetery. Although Cementerio de la Recoleta is a cemetery, it takes its place on the list of places you should definitely visit, with its different appearance. This place, reminiscent of a very open-air museum from a cemetery, is home to the grave of Eva Peron.
Casa Rosada, the presidential palace of Argentina, is famous with its balcony where Eva Peron has given a speech to the people of the country. This palace, also known as the pink house, is located in the Plaza de Mayo square.
Plaza de Mayo
This is not only in Buenos Aires but also one of the most important squares of the country. Independence of the country has been declared here and many social events have started here. Piramide de Mayo, the symbol of Argentina’s independence and Casa Rosada are also in the square.
Avenia 9 de Julio
Although you do not have to spend a lot of time on this street, this is one of the places you should definitely visit because this street is the world’s widest street, and I must say that you will need about 3 minutes to cross over.
It is possible to find dozens of shopping malls and restaurants on this street which is the financial center of the city. This street, which is quite calm on Sundays, is the most crowded place in the city on week days.
Buenos Aires Museums
Evita Peron is so important to Argentina that you see her name everywhere you look. There are her paintings and names in books, movies, works of art, or restaurants. A museum has been built to commemorate this woman so loved. In Eve Peron museum, you can find out about this wonderful woman and see her personal items. The museum’s café is very nice and I suggest you have a coffee here.
Malba, as predicted by the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, features the works of Latin American artists.
Works of world-renowned artists are exhibited in Museum of National Fine Arts. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:00 pm you can visit here with an English-speaking guide and get more detailed information.
This flower can be one of the biggest flowers in the world. It’s made of aluminum and steel. It is also said that depending on the position of the sun, it’s opened or closed at various times of the day.
This area, home to Boca Juniors’ stadium El Bombonera, also hosts El Caminito. El Caminito is famous for its walls painted by street artists and those who want to breathe the local air of Buenos Aires must stop here. Someone around you will make tango during the day and everyone will be shouting!
If you want to see El Bombonera, some stadium tours are organized and you can see this legendary football center by buying a tour ticket in kiosks nearby.
Other regions of Buenos Aires
San Telmo district, on which a very large local market called Calle Defensa is settled on Sundays, is a paradise for those who like to walk. Here, the city has the best tango bars and this region is also known as the place where tango is born.
Palermo is the largest region in the city. In this region which is full of cafes, bars, and local shops, both business life is very busy and the nightlife is very active.
Shopping in Buenos Aires
Here you can find the biggest shopping center of the city, Galerias Pacifico, and many famous brands of world famous shops. But if you are after local products, you should not give up on the Palermo region. There are many local designers and traditional product shops in this area.
Buenos Aires cuisine
You can find many examples of the world cuisine here, but if you want to experience a true Argentine cuisine, you should taste the local food here. And the beginning of this is the Argentine Steak. It is not surprising that the Argentina cuisine is full of meat while Argentina is the second largest country consuming beef in the world.
You can find Empanada, a kind of burrito, almost in every corner. There are a vegetable or chicken varieties of this food too. As a dessert, you should try Dulce de Leche and Alfajores.
Places that cook steak in Argentina are called Parilla and the most known Parilla is Don Julio. Be sure to make a reservation in prior since most of the time there are no empty tables there. If you do not find a place here, La Cabrera will be a good alternative.
Final Tips for Buenos Aires
– Currency is Argentine Peso.
– The city is generally safe, but you have to be careful at night and in outlying areas.
– If you want to exchange dollars, you can do it in exchange offices or on the streets. Although it is more profitable to cash a dollar on the street by a local man, it is necessary to take a look at the risk of buying counterfeit money.
– If you need to exchange dollars and there is no open bank around, it will be enough to listen carefully to your surroundings. If you hear someone shouting “Cambio, Cambio,” you mean you’ve found the right person!
– Do “Puertas Cerradas”! You can be a guest in a house and you can eat your meals. These meals, which are taken in groups, are very popular here and can be enjoyed by ordinary people who are considered to be good cooks, and you pay the bill after you eat your meal. You should go to these houses, known as “closed-door restaurants”.
– You can visit El Viejo Almecan for Tango.
– You can visit the whole city with city tour bus. The ticket you buy for these yellow buses is valid for one day, and you can take the buses to visit the city at any time. There is also a headset on the seats and there are English expressions of places you see.
– There are too many mosquitos in the summer and I suggest you buy a protective spray.
– Try “Mate”, which is a kind of tea.
– La Boca region is the ideal place to take street photos.
– The city is generally not expensive. But I can not say that it’s cheap!
– Very few speak English.
– On the first day of the city visit, you can buy a map and try to walk around the city. It’s hard, but not impossible.
– 3 days is enough to visit the city.
– From this city, you can take a ferry to Montevideo, the Capital of Uruguay which is just one hour away.