Buenos Aires attractions and Buenos Aires sightseeing.

 

 

 

Here we have provided other Buenos Aires attractions because not all the tours can cover all the things to do in Buenos Aires.

 

 

 



Buenos Aires attractions
Japanese Gardens This is one of the largest Japanese botanical gardens in the world. The gardens are 5 arces with 150 species and there is a large lake in the center. The Japanese gardens were built in 1967 by immagrants from Japan as a “thank you” to Argentina. You can also enjoy the services of an oriental food restaurant and a cultural place called Tea House that offers exhibitions, shows and conferences related to the Japanese culture. This park is open everyday, all the year round.Av. Casares and Av. A. Berro. Hours: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission: $ 2 Telephone/Fax: 4804-4922 / 9141 Buenos Aires attractions Teatro Colon This amazing theater has hosted some of the most performances of the last century. It was opened in 1908 after 20 years of construction. and was considered the wrolds best opera house for decades. The building combines Italian, Attic-Greek, German and French Renaissance designs that give this theatre the eclectic style of the XIX century. The main room presents seven levels, horseshoe shaped, 3 boxes, galleries, upper galleries and a top gallery.LOCATION – Libertad 621 in the Center. ADMISSION – 12 pesos for the tours given in English from Mon -Friday at 11, 12, and 1, TE: 4378-7132/33.

Things to do in Buenos Aires Caminito This is an open air street-museum that recreates the typical conventillos (housing projects) of the early La Boca neighborhood. Today, you can enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions formed by national and foreign artists. Originally, this footpath, of almost 100 meters long, was part of the Ensenada railway station. Then, it became one of the most interesting sightseeing areas in Buenos Aires city. Every weekend, tango shows are offered by professional tango dancers and singers. You can also visit a handicraft market. 1959, Caminito became the first pedestrian museum in the world, with no pavements or gates.LOCATION Crossroads of Garibaldi and Olavarría streets in La Boca.

 

 

 

Things to do in Buenos Aires Reserva Ecológica This is a huge green space with wildlife. When Ave 9 de Julio was built, the city dumped the debris into this part of the river. As years went by, a wide variety of the typical River Plate flora and fauna started to grow up in this area. It has been officially declared as a “Natural Park and Reservoir Zone”. It is a few blocks far from the financial and administrative city, on the southern cost of the River Plate. You can take a walk or a bicycle ride down the paths that go to the river and stop to have a wonderful view from the sightseeing balconies. In 1918, the southern coast area was designed as a public bathing place. Today, it is an ideal place to take sun bathes, a bicycle or roller ride, to play soccer or just to stroll around. This park has wide paths and big green spaces together with a sightseeing balcony. LOCATION – Av. Tristán Achaval Rodríguez 1550 in Puerto Madero.

 

Buenos Aires sightseeing Mataderos Fair This fair was created in 1986 to show handicrafts and promote Argentine popular traditions. It is located opposite to the National Market of Cattle, a historic monument, between Lisandro de la Torre street and De los Corrales avenue. This market is divided into three areas: traditional handicrafts, artistic festivals and gaucho abilities. Different activities are organized, such as lectures, exhibitions, videos, competitions, traditional games for kids and adults, popular dances and regional food. The exhibition of gaucho abilities includes “jineteadas” (similar to a rodeo), “doma” (horsebreaking) and “carrera de sortijas” (a horse race). Free workshops of weaving loom, guitar, wood engraving, folklore and tango dance, among others, are also organized. Every Sunday since 1:30 pm, you may see folklore shows. LOCATION – Av. de los Corrales 6500 Hours: Sundays and holidays, from 11 am to 8 pm.

 

National Decorative Art Museum Buenos Aires National Museum of Decorative Art The architecture style of this building is one of the most beautiful in the city. The National Museum of Decorative Art houses around 4,000 works and organizes exhibitions, conferences, workshops, courses and guided tours. Av. del Libertador 1902. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 pm to 7 pm. Admission: $ 2. On Tuesdays, free admission. Telephone/fax: 4802-6606 / 4801-8248 /

Buenos Aires English Tower English Tower Donated by English residents of BsAs on the centennial of the May Revolution centennial, the English Tower – renamed Monumental Tower after the Falklands War – rises out of the center of the Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina (Air Force Plaza) opposite the Retiro train station and the Sheraton Hotel. Topped by a weathercock in the form of an Elizabethan frigate, you can ascend to the balcony for views Wed-Sat from 12-7pm. FREE. LOCATION – Plaza San Martin area. Phone: 4114-5791

 

 

Buenos Aires zoo Buenos Aires Zoo The Buenos Aires zoo is in Palermo. It was opened in 1904 for the public. It is a good zoo with highlights being the Elephants and Tigers and exotic South American creatures. It is 9pesos to get in and make sure to bring your camera. Open from 9am till 7pm. LOCATION – República de la India y las Av. del Libertador, Las Heras y Sarmiento. In Palermo.

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires attractions El Tigre If you want to get away from the chaos of Buenos Aires, go to the Retiro Train station, terminal Belgrano, and buy a ticket North to El Tigre. The ride is about 2pesos and lasts an hour. You will end up in the historical town of El Tigre. It is located on the waterfront and there is excellent sightseeing on the many boat tours everyday. But perhaps the best part of El Tigre is the shopping on the weekends. There is a huge amount of outdoor shops at the Puerto De Frutos and the prices for everything are excellent. The architecture of this area is also very interesting. If you have a day, spend it in El Tigre. (weekends are the best)

More information about the El Tigre Train

Buenos Aires attractions Colonia Another great day trip from Buenos Aires is to go to the small town of Colonia Uruguay. You can take the Buquebus ferry from Puerto Madero and get there in an hour. Once there, rent a scooter and ride through the old historic streets and stop at a great local restaurant. There are plenty of beaches to walk and even a historic area where 5 pesos gets you in about 12 museums. This trip can be done in a day and is highly recommended. Mate was born in Uruguary so don’t forget to try some of that while you are there.

Buenos Aires sightseeing San Isidro If you want to go to the best and most famous suburb of Buenos Aires, then go to San Isidro for great shopping, waterfront restaurants, excellent Spanish architecure and quiet family neighborhoods. This is where the wealthy families of Buenos Aires call home. To get there, go to the Retiro train station near Plaza San Matin, find the Belgrano terminal, purchase a ticket and get off at San Isidro train exit. The ride is scenic and takes about 45 minutes. Cost is less than 2 pesos. Enjoy.

Things to do in Buenos Aires Palermo Parks This park is located in Palermo neighborhood, bordering Libertador avenue. It was developed in 1874, promoted by the President of the Nation Domingo F. Sarmiento. Commonly known as Bosques de Palermo, it is one of the big green spaces in the city. Two artificial lakes border the vegetation. You can go through aquatic birds and plants by boat or water bike. Additionally, you can enjoy many subspaces, like the “Poets Garden” provided with sculptures by different plastic artists, the “Andalusian Yard” covered with trees foliage and the “Roses Garden” commonly known as El Rosedal with 15,000 rose bushes and plants of 1,189 different species. LOCATION – Crossroads of Libertador and Sarmiento avenues

 

 

Buenos Aires horse racing Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo Over much of the 20th century, Argentina was famous for its thoroughbreds. It continues to send prize horses to competitions around the world, although you can watch some of the best right here in Buenos Aires. In the center of the city, you can see races and make bets on them at Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo, Av. del Libertador 4205, at Dorrego (tel. 11/4778-2839), in Palermo, a track made in a classical design with several modern additions. The Hipódromo is open all year. Entry is free and race times run from late afternoon until past midnight.

Buenos Aires soccer stadium Cancha de Boca This mythical stadium rises on Brandsen street when it intersects Del Valle Iberlucea street. It is one of the most popular soccer clubs in the country. It has a horseshoe-shaped structure, three superposed trays and a very high inclination angle. Its capacity is for 60 thousand spectators. Founded in 1940, it was then popularly called “La Bombonera” (the candy jar). At the entrance hall, people can see and enjoy soccer-related murals painted by Benito Quinquela Martín with the soccer club blue and yellow colors. A few meters far from the stadium, on Brandsen street, the “Boca Juniors” Passion Museum is in place. It houses soccer-related objects and an interactive audiovisual that tour you through the history of the club. LOCATION – Brandsen 805 Hours: Every day, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Buenos Aires congress Argentina Congress This is the Congress for Argentina.This building was finished in 1906 and can be toured on Fri at 4pm in Enlgish. The tour is free. On the tour you will see Evitas room which is pink. You will also see where laws are passed and where history has been made. LOCATION – At the end of Ave de Mayo on Congresso Plaza.

 

 

Buenos Aires Casa Rosada Casa Rosada One of the world’s most famous balconies juts out of Argentina’s Presidential Palace, known as the Casa Rosada. The pink building has been the scene of many a political rally, particularly during the regime of the notorious and tragic Juan and Eva Peron. The Italian style building, fronted with palm trees and fountains, was painted pink when it was converted from a Customs and Post Office building into the presidential palace. President Sarmiento decided to appease opposing political parties by merging red and white into a pink colour scheme for the palace. Today the building houses a small basement museum displaying some presidential artefacts. Each evening a small platoon of mounted grenadiers emerge from the guardhouse to lower the flag on the Plaza, adding a touch of pomp and ceremony to the pretty building. Address: Casa Rosada is situated at the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo Opening Time: Guided tours Monday to Friday 11.15am and 2.15pm Admission: Free but get there early and wait in line.

Evita Museum in Buenos Aires The Evita Museum opened on July 26, 2002, in a mansion where her charity, the Eva Perón Foundation, once housed single mothers with children. While the museum treats her history fairly, looking at both the good and the bad, it is quickly obvious to the visitor that each presentation has a little bit of love for Evita behind it, and indeed, members of the family are involved in the museum. Thus, while historically accurate, the museum has a close personal touch. The Museo Evita’s displays divide Evita’s life into several parts. Other artifacts of her life include her voting card. A smashed statue of Evita hidden for decades by a farmer in his barn, despite the possibility of being jailed for saving it. LOCATION – Calle Lafinur 2988, Palermo HOURS are Tues-Sun 2-7:30pm price is $2.

More info about Eva Peron

Recoleta Cultural Center Recoleta Cultural Center Designed in the mid-18th century as a Franciscan convent, it was reincarnated as a poorhouse in 1858, until it became a cultural center in 1979. The first floor houses the interactive and very kid-friendly children’s science museum, the Museo Participativo de Ciencias, where it is “forbidden not to touch”. One of the city’s best art and culture bookstores, Asunto Impresa: Libreria de la Imagen, is also located in the lobby of the center and should definitely be looked at while you’re here. The Centro Cultural has many things always going on. LOCATION – Junín 1930 at Recoleta Park – Hours – Tues-Fri 2-9pm; Sat-Sun and holidays 10am-9pm. Various hours for theater productions and special events. WEBSITE – http://www.centroculturalrecoleta.org

 

National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires National Museum Of Fine Arts Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. This building, which formerly pumped the city’s water supply, metamorphosed into Buenos Aires’s most important art museum in 1930. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Argentine sculptures and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. It also houses European art dating from the pre-Renaissance period to the present day. The collections include notable pieces by Renoir, Monet, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and van Gogh, as well as a surprisingly extensive collection of Picasso drawings. LOCATION – Av. del Libertador 1473 HOURS – Tues-Sun 12:30-7:30pm FREE

 

 

Palacia Borolo Buenos Aires tour Palacia Borolo This was once the tallest building in South America. It was designed in accordance with Dante´s Divine Comedy by a wealthy textile owner. This is the best view of Buenos Aires. Peroid. The tours are given in English and last about 30 minutes. LOCATION – Av. de Mayo 1370 HOURS – Tours Mon and Thurs on the hour 2-7pm, or by arrangement – PRICE 15 pesos

Manzana de las Luces Manzanas de las Luces (Blocks of Enlightenment) In 1912, the city discovered an underground tunnel system in Buenos Aires when a steet caved in. It is unknown why they were built but many beleive the Jesuits built them as a defense. Or perhaps smuggling. They are large enough to ride a house through them. Only 70 meters is safe enough to be toured. LOCATION – Calle Perú 272 PHONE – 4342-6973 for tours

For more information about Buenos Aires Argentina attractions please write to Tom Wick at:

tangohistorytours@gmail.com 

1 Response to “Buenos Aires Attractions”


  1. 1 Patricia Knapp December 6, 2006 at 12:51 am

    I need some assistance regarding contacting the ferry service from Buenos Aires to Colonia. Their website is difficult to bring up and contacting them via email is impossible. I sent a reservation via their website but have not received confirmation. Do you have a fax number for Buquebus?
    Thank you if you can help us.


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Tom Wick is an American expat living in Buenos Aires. An expert travel consultant and tour guide offering free travel inforamtion and private guided tours of Buenos Aires.

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