Why you should visit Buenos Aires
- Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires is quite simply one of the world's greatest cosmopolitan cities
- Incredible history, open green spaces, colourful buildings, bohemian charm, tango, iconic architecture, diverse arts and gastronomy - it can't be missed!
- Visit the different barrios (neighbourhoods), they all offer something a little different and are full of character. Palermo screams uber trendy and San Telmo is famed for its wonderful Sunday market and tango
- Easy to walk between barrios yet spread out the capital offers something for everyone and plenty of cafes to sit in and watch the world go by
Our specialists 'Must Do'
Head to Puerto Madero, the up and coming waterfront area in Buenos Aires which occupies a significant area of the Rio de la Plata riverbank and is home to the Hotel Faena, famed for the raunchy Rojo Tango show.
Alternatively visit the San Telmo Sunday market which is set in the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires. The market takes place in the main public square, Plaza Dorrego and with the districts' colonial buildings, characterful cafes, tango milongas and antique shops it is a great place to while away a Sunday in the city.
A little more about Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires was founded in 1580 on the shores of the Rio de la Plata and today it is one of the continent's largest and most sophisticated cities. The city is famous for its' fantastic, mouthwatering beef, delicious local wines and the sound of the sensuous tango drifting through the evening air throughout the city.
Puerto Madero to the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve is a 865 acre tract of lowland which lies just a stone's throw outside the city. It is an important area for ecology and great for wildlife lovers who don't wish to spend too much time in the hustle and bustle of the big city!
The pampas, situated south of Buenos Aires and only a short drive of an hour or two offer the chance to experience the life of a gaucho - the Argentinean cowboys! Home to enormous cattle ranches and elite polo schools, the pampas provide opportunities to ride, play polo, embark upon a round of golf or the chance to just relax and appreciate the traditional lifestyles of these beautiful estancias set on vast fertile rolling plains.
Activities in Buenos Aires are varied and all excursions are led by our expert guides. These include enjoying colonial sights on a day trip to Colonia in Uruguay or taking a cruise along the River Delta, from the town of Tigre to the enchanting Recoleta cemetery.
When to go
Buenos Aires can be visited year round. Peak season in December and January sees temperatures soar, so we suggest a visit to the riverbank or to the pampas to cool down. New Year can get incredibly busy in the city and availability can be limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Shortly after New Year the Dakar Rally starts from Mar del Plata, a lively time to be in the area, and can provide great inspiration for a route for your trip!