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Looking for the best travel tips for exploring Buenos Aires?! Whether you’re a seasoned South American traveler or setting out on your first travel adventure, Buenos Aires is bound to give you an unforgettable experience. Buenos Aires is the vibrant capital of Argentina and it has a bright,  irresistible energy that’s wonderful every time you visit… but it’s an especially happy surprise the first time you’re here! The city has a rich cultural scene, a lively tango community, and a famous culinary reputation — just waiting to be explored! 

With so much to see and do, navigating this bustling city can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry!Here are our top five travel tips to ensure your Buenos Aires itinerary unlocks the best parts of the city and helps you make the most of your visit:

1. Exploring Buenos Aires with a Guided Tour

Buenos Aires offers a ton of different guided tours! But you don’t need to settle for something generic. Here at Across South America, we take the guesswork out of exploring our wonderful homeland. Our guided tours are a great way to see Buenos Aires! Led by passionate and knowledgeable local guides, our tours unveil the magic of Buenos Aires in a way that’s both informative and engaging.

Imagine immersing yourself in the city’s iconic landmarks like the opulent Teatro Colon or the lively Plaza de Mayo. So good! Our guides, who are experts in Buenos Aires’ history, will tell you all about our colonial roots, passionate tango culture, and fascinating local stories. They’ll also share insider tips on hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path experiences!

Oh, and no need to worry about planning or navigation — we take care of everything! You can relax, ask questions, and soak up the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Let our guided tours be the key to unlocking an unforgettable Buenos Aires experience. Learn more about our travel itineraries here.

2. Food & Wine Tours For Every Palette

Argentina, and Buenos Aires in particular, is an absolute paradise for foodies. From succulent steaks sizzling on parrillas (grills) to the melt-in-your-mouth pastries known as facturas, the city offers a culinary adventure waiting to be savored. 

Indulge in a food tour to discover hidden gems and sample traditional dishes you might otherwise miss! Wine lovers can embark on a journey to Mendoza, Argentina’s premier wine region, and explore the vineyards nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Whether you’re a seasoned gourmand or simply enjoy a good meal, we’re confident that Buenos Aires will make your taste buds happy!

3.  Unleash Your Inner Dancer (or Just Watch the Pro Tango Dancers!)

No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without experiencing the city’s iconic tango scene! This passionate dance, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is deeply woven into the city’s cultural fabric. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, tango lessons by professional tango dancers are readily available, allowing you to learn the basic steps and unleash your inner dancer… and they’re so much fun!

If you have two left feet, we can relate. 🤣 Buenos Aires offers many tango shows where you can witness professional dancers showcase their skills. Immerse yourself in a milonga (tango venue)… you will be captivated by the emotion and beauty of this traditional dance!

4.  Explore Buenos Aires’ Fascinating Neighborhoods

Buenos Aires is a city of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and history. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of San Telmo, the city’s oldest barrio, and immerse yourself in its bohemian charm. Explore the colorful houses and street art of La Boca, home to the famous Caminito street. Wander through the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta and visit the iconic Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Eva Perón and many other notable Argentines. Have fun traveling to areas like Casa Rosada, Puerto Madero, or Palermo Soho. 

By exploring these neighborhoods on foot, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Buenos Aires’ rich history and vibrant culture!

5.  Explore Beyond Buenos Aires… on Horseback!

For a truly unforgettable experience, consider venturing beyond the city and embracing the spirit of the Argentine gaucho with a horseback riding adventure! Many estancias in the pampas grasslands surrounding Buenos Aires offer guided horseback riding tours. 

We can personally attest that galloping  across rolling plains, learning about the gaucho way of life, and soaking up the breathtaking scenery, is a great way to connect with Argentina’s rich equestrian heritage. Plus, it adds a touch of adventure to your Buenos Aires itinerary. Don’t worry if you’re a novice rider! Gentle horses and experienced guides ensure a safe and enjoyable exploration of the pampas.

BONUS: Master the Art of “Mate” — Connecting with Locals Over a Shared Tradition

Mate, a caffeinated herbal infusion sipped from a gourd with a metal straw, is an ubiquitous part of Argentine daily life. And it’s delicious!

If you really want to embrace the local culture, you can observe how locals prepare and share mate. It’s a ritual that exists specifically to create social connections, so don’t be shy about striking  up a conversation with a friendly porteño and ask them to show you! Learning how to prepare and drink mate is a fantastic way to connect with locals and gain a deeper understanding of Argentinian culture.

Exploring Buenos Aires is an adventure waiting to be had, with each corner offering a new experience and a story to tell. By following these travel tips, you’ll uncover the city’s hidden gems, savor its culinary delights, immerse yourself in its rich cultural tapestry, and create unforgettable memories. 

So, pack your bags, and let Buenos Aires enchant you with its vibrant energy and irresistible charm!

Oh, and did we mention? We’re the perfect people to coordinate your trip to South America! With our expertise and passion for the region, we can help you plan an unforgettable journey, not just in Buenos Aires, but throughout this incredible continent. Whether you’re dreaming of exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, marveling at the beauty of Iguazu Falls, or sipping caipirinhas on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, we’ve got you covered. Let us take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime!


Is three days enough in Buenos Aires?

Absolutely! Three days in Buenos Aires is just the beginning of an unforgettable adventure in this vibrant city! It’s enough time to explore the key highlights and get a feel for the city’s vibrant culture. You’ll likely be left wanting more, eager to delve deeper into the rich tapestry of culture, history, and excitement that Buenos Aires has in store for you — but it’s great for a first trip!

How many days do I need in Buenos Aires?

In general, we can say that spending three days in Buenos Aires is enough to visit the highlights in the city. During your three-day stay, you can explore iconic landmarks such as the Teatro Colon, Plaza de Mayo, and the Recoleta Cemetery. You’ll have time to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture by experiencing a tango show, sampling delicious Argentine cuisine, and wandering through charming neighborhoods like San Telmo and La Boca!

Is Buenos Aires a walkable city?

Buenos Aires is a highly walkable city, with many of its major attractions, neighborhoods, and cultural sites within reasonable walking distance of each other. The city’s grid layout, wide sidewalks, and pedestrian-friendly areas make it easy to explore on foot. From the historic streets of San Telmo to the vibrant neighborhoods of Palermo and Recoleta, you’ll find plenty to see and do as you stroll through Buenos Aires’ bustling streets. 

Additionally, walking allows you to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere, discover hidden gems, and experience the local culture up close. However, for longer distances or when you want to explore areas further afield, Buenos Aires also has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, the subway (Subte), and taxis, making it easy to get around the city efficiently.

Is it safe to walk around Buenos Aires alone?

Buenos Aires locals are very friendly and always available to help you during your travels. During the daytime, traveling around Buenos Aires is generally safe in most parts of the city. However, it’s always important to remain vigilant, especially after dark. By staying aware of your surroundings, you can enjoy all that Buenos Aires has to offer with peace of mind!

How easy is it to get around Buenos Aires?

Transportation around Buenos Aires is convenient and efficient, with several options available to travelers. The city boasts an extensive public transportation network, including trains, subways, and buses, making it easy to get around.

The subway system, known as the Subte, is one of the quickest ways to navigate the city, with numerous lines connecting various neighborhoods and key attractions. The Subte operates from early morning until late at night, providing convenient access to different parts of Buenos Aires.

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