Buenos Aires is a fantastic City in which to spend a few days. The cosmopolitan capital of Argentina is rich in history and culture, displays an eclectic mix of Architectural Styles and is home to several iconic neighbourhoods just waiting to be explored.
With Air New Zealand now operating direct services between Auckland and Buenos Aires 3 times a week, it has become more accessible than ever! It is the perfect city to start or end your South American Itinerary and is fast becoming a popular stop over destinations on the way to or from European destinations.
4 Days in Buenos Aires
Day 1: Introduction to the City, Botanical Gardens, Evita Museum & Wine tasting in Palermo
Start your day with breakfast in one of the cities many cafes. No matter what area you are staying in, you are sure to find a great little café close by to grab a coffee and some churros or croissants.
After breakfast, begin your time in Buenos Aires by taking a ride on the Hop-on-Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus. I recommend these tours in any city in the world that has one! They are such a great way to ‘introduce yourself’ to the city, get your bearings and get a feel for where you may like to spend more time.
TIP: Do a loop of the tour without getting off. This will give you a great overview of the city and help you identify areas that you may want to return to and spend more time visiting and exploring.
In the afternoon, relax for a while in the cities Botanical Gardens before visiting the Evita Museum where you will learn about the life of Argentina’s most famous women, Eva Perón (better known as Evita). The Evita Museum is just a short walk from the gardens.
Tonight, join the ”Malbec Trail of Palermo” tour and enjoy your first glass of Malbec. Become a expert in Argentine wine with a lesson and wine tasting session with a local connoisseur and enjoy some Argentinian tapas.
Day 2: Recoleta Cemetary, Avenida Alvear, the Museums District & Tango!
This morning, make your way to the wonderful Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop, considered to be one of the most beautiful book shops in the world.
After admiring the bookshop, it’s time to visit the Recoleta Cemetery. It may seem a little odd to be suggesting a visit to a cemetery as part of your Buenos Aires Itinerary, but, trust me, this one is worth a visit! The Recoleta Cemetary is one of Buenos Aries most popular attractions and no one explores Recoleta Cemetary without visiting the mausoleum of Evita.
After spending some time exploring the labyrinth that is Recoleta Cemetery, take a stroll along Avenida Alvear, home to some of the most extravagant and expensive mansions in Buenos Aires!
After admiring the neighbourhood, visit one of the city’s many Museums. There are several Museums in the Recoleta Neighbourhood and are all located just a few blocks from each other. Two of the most important Museums are the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA).
Tonight, experience Buenos Aires’ tango scene like a local with an Urban Adventures Tango tour.
Day 3: City Walking Tour & la Boca & Foodie Tour
Start your day with a guided walking tour of the heart of the city. Visit iconic places such as the Obelisk, The National Congress, Plaza de Mayo and many more. Take a walk along Avenida de Mayo, one of the city’s most famous avenues where some of the city’s most impressive architecture can be admired. The avenue links the Congress Building with Plaza de Mayo, the site of many important political events in the history of Argentina. Some of the buildings you will see surrounding the Square are the casa Rosada, the pink governmental palace and the Metropolitan cathedral.
In the afternoon, head out to explore the famous coloured houses of the la Boca neighbourhood.
Tonight, head out on a foodie tour with a local guide. If you have not yet tried Empanadas or Dulce de Leche, you soon will!
Day 4: San Telmo Market, National History Museum & Theatre
Today, visit San Telmo to see the Historic San Telmo Market. The large indoor antique market is open every day however, from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Sundays the fair fills the streets and the lively and colourful outdoor markets stretches along 13 blocks and side streets!
Defensa Street becomes completely pedestrianised and packed with entertainers and an international array of street vendors who display their goods on the pavement. The offerings include antiquities from Argentina’s glory days, original art, funky clothing, homemade snacks, and pretty much everything else you can imagine! If you are in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, the San Telmo Market is a MUST! It is worth planning your visit around a Sunday just for the Market.