Argentina’s capital is full of so many things to see, try and explore. With all this choice, it can be hard to decide on what to do in this vibrant city. Here’s Julianna Barnaby from The Discoveries Of’s guide to the things you shouldn’t miss in Buenos Aires to make your trip really special.
This 16th century square is the home to the Presidential offices and the Casa Rosada. It’s the historical and political heart of Buenos Aires – the Plaza de Mayo has been a platform for innumerable political protests and gatherings over the years. The Plaza de Mayo features the Pirámide de Mayo, one of the city’s oldest monuments, which commemorates the country’s uprising. Lose yourself in the atmosphere and explore one of Argentina’s most historical locations.
2. Casa Rosada
The Casa Rosada or the ‘Pink House’ is situated to the east of Plaza De Mayo. Its blushing exterior houses the offices of the President of Argentina, and is a great place to visit and take a tour of. The dusty, pink design of house is truly eye-catching and original; a real must-see for anyone looking for a great sightseeing experience. It’s closed to the public during the week but during the weekend, the public are invited to tour the great ‘Pink House’. Tours are free of charge and offered in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Tip: Don’t miss the stunning stained glass gallery, the Bicentennial Hall of Argentine Women, the President’s Office and The Patio of Palms.
If you would like to pay your respect to the notable figures of Argentine history, then explore Argentina’s most well-known resting place. You can walk with the spirits of famous political figures of Argentina’s past, such as Eva Peron, the First Lady of Argentina. Visit the Iglesia de Nuestra senora del Pilar, the colonial church, or perhaps explore the Plaza Francia, a beautiful public garden. This popular site allows you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of historical legacy.
Feeling hungry? Enjoy one of the dishes that Argentina is renowned for; a good steak. Don Julio in Palermo, serves up the finest cuts of meat in a traditional atmosphere, creating a wonderfully rustic dining experience. Sample the best Argentine wines and soak up the charming atmosphere and decor that this restaurant has to offer. If you’d like to ask a few questions about your meal, the knowledgeable waiters are always more than happy to explain their menu and make a recommendation.
Enjoy a vibrant night out in the birthplace of tango, San Telmo, where you will be treated to a vibrant show. The evening features live tango, folk music, a gaucho demonstration and a tribute to Eva Peron. Immerse yourself in the traditional music, as the five dancing couples stun you with their dancing skill and that impossible-to-emulate tango flare.
This excellent museum houses around 7,000 pieces from both Argentina and around the world. Famous artists featured at this museum include, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. The museum also exhibits the finest in local art, including the fantastic engravings of Argentine painter and printmaker Antonio Seguí. The museum is based in an old tobacco factory and has maintained the building’s old charm, with its open-brick exterior and wrought-iron detailing. Definitely worth a trip.
This 18-acre botanical garden, boasts around 5000 species of plants, as well as statues, serene brooks, beautiful dragonflies and an organic vegetable garden. The garden is situated in the heart of the city, and is an idyllic way to relax and unwind when in need of some quiet time.
If you feel like taking a break from the hustle and bustle of sight seeing, take a wander through the Reserva Ecólogica Constanera Sur; with 350 hectares of nature, this reserve is perfect for taking a stroll or having a picnic in a tranquil setting. Explore all the nature on offer, such as lakes, willows, shrubs and keep your eye out for birds, with this reserve being home to more than 200 species. As well as birds, you’ll be sharing the experience with river turtles and iguanas, a real treat for any animal lovers.
Tip: One night a month, moonlight tours are held for all the night owls, when the moon is at its fullest.
This grandiose opera house will provide any visitor with a fabulous evening out in Buenos Aires. The opulent European style decor, including French stained glass windows and a glittering chandelier, will make you feel like a million dollars. The Cólon Theatre has hosted many a famous musician, and has echoed with the stunning vocals of performers such as Pavarotti.
Tip: Go between April and December to experience a truly breathtaking opera or ballet and even enjoy a guided tour of its architectural majesty.
10. Tierra Santa
If you’d like to experience something a little different, take a trip to Tierra Santa, an attraction centered around religion and Christianity. Celebrate the nativity in this historically designed attraction, and visit the world’s largest manager. The main attraction, however, is the Resurrection, in which an 18 ft statue of Jesus ascends from the park’s central mountain.
11. La Boca
Previously known as a working class area, La Boca is now a center of art, boutiques and restaurants. You’ll be enticed by the colors of the shimmering metal houses and the walls painted along the Caminito. Here, you can find the stadium of Argentina’s well loved football team, Boca Juniors, and you can enjoy the array of bars, restaurants, cafes and tango institutions on offer. Take a trip to La Boca and enjoy the dynamic charm and vibrancy that this neighborhood boasts.