Buenos Aires, the fascinating capital of Argentina, is a city in constant change, whose versatility captivates even the most demanding visitors.
Floralis Genérica – Recoleta
E every corner of the also known as “the city of fury” boasts its own architectural and cultural identity. Mighty, passionate, diverse, and filled with surprises…Welcome to this tour of Buenos Aires!
“Where do we start?” One of the most frequently asked questions among those planning their tours around the city.
Please note that AOTG’s consultants provide travelers with advice on the most suitable itinerary and attractions based on the number of days they plan on staying.
While the first stop will depend on the location of the accommodation, we would like to start this “journey” by looking at the most emblematic monument in the city: the Obelisk.
This architectural jewel in Buenos Aires stands at the intersection of Avenida Corrientes (Buenos Aires’ entertainment hub) and Avenida 9 de Julio (the world’s widest avenue). Though it features a staircase leading up to its top, the Obelisco offers no access to the public. The panoramic staircase on Avenida Roque Saenz Peña 1124 offers visitors an excellent perspective of this iconic construction.
The Obelisco is also a very convenient meeting point as well as a point of departure towards other major landmarks in the city, such as Teatro Colón, Avenida Corrientes with its many theaters, bars and restaurants, and Plaza de Mayo.
Plaza de Mayo
This iconic square, the historic center of the city, is surrounded by some of the most remarkable landmarks, namely, the parliament building, the Cabildo and May Revolution‘s National Historical Museum, the Cathedral and the Pink House. Loaded with history and the combination of different architecture styles, Plaza de Mayo is definitely a must visit while in Buenos Aires.
Plaza de Mayo
And when it comes to versatility and stark contrasts, barrio San Telmo is probably the most outstanding destination in the city. Its bohemian almost mysterious feel will tell visitors a very special story about Buenos Aires. The Market of San Telmo, located in the heart of Plaza Dorrego, is the ideal venue to further discover the country’s wide range of flavors and cuisine styles. San Telmo also boasts art studios and galleries, tango parlors, popular cafes and bars, and even a Sunday antiques fair that is well worth seeing. Other major attractions in this famous neighborhood include the sculpture of Mafalda– an iconic comic character from Buenos Aires-, Casa Mínima– the narrowest house in Buenos Aires-, and the Museum of Buenos Aires.
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The Puente de la Mujer (Spanish for “The women’s footbridge”) has become one of the most remarkable symbols in the city. This structure, whose design represents the image of a couple dancing the tango, lies in one the most exclusive areas in Buenos Aires. Puerto Madero harbors fancy apartments, corporate offices, art galleries, movie theaters, bars, discos and very posh restaurants and rooftops, all framed by a postcard-perfect landscape.
Did you know that this picturesque barrio is home to one of the most photographed spots in the world? We are talking about Caminito, the cobblestone alley loaded with brightly colored shanty houses and shops, stalls selling souvenirs and art, and tango street performers. La Boca also harbors other outstanding highlights, like La Bombonera (the Boca Juniors stadium), the Colon Theater Factory, the Center for Contemporary Art “Fundación Proa” and the Benito Quinquela Martín Museum.
The most important chapters of the city’s history were written in this classy barrio, which boasts the astonishing Recoleta Cemetery, the Cultural Center, the School of Law, and the Floralis Genérica as some of its major attractions. Locals and tourists are drawn here not only for the abovementioned highlights, but also for the barrio’s proximity to other areas of interest. Only half a mile away from the burial ground lies El Ateneo Grand Splendid, considered by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Finally, one more landmark worth seeing in this neighborhood is probably the awe-inspiring Palace of Aguas Corrientes (AySA) on Riobamba 750.
Facultad de Derecho – Recoleta
Our final stop on this itinerary of the top places to see while in Bs As will be a neighborhood that reflects the more urban and creative side of this capital city. That is Palermo, a barrio full of magic, captivating spots, top-quality cuisine, a great assortment of activities and loads of fun. Palermo Soho, Palermo Holywood, Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia are the four most popular meeting points in this neighborhood offering a stunning selection of restaurants and bars.
During daytime, some of the most attractive destinations in this barrio include the Botanical Garden, the Eco Park, the Japanese Garden and the Planetarium, all of which offer the chance to switch off from the city’s noise and come closer to nature while contemplating Buenos Aires from a different perspective.
El Rosedal – Palermo