Vacation in Buenos Aires is the best vacation you could take, especially when it is a guided vacation. There are so many places to go and see in Buenos Aires that the city can make your head spin. Choose this guided vacation to learn more about Buenos Aires.
People in the US might not know much about Buenos Aires. They might just know of the tango and beef that’s served on the streets. But the truth is that it’s a beautiful city and the best place to have a vacation. There are a lot of fun activities you can do while you’re there such as hike, bike, golf and so on. The best part is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy your vacation.
Buenos Aires is a vibrant, exciting city full of iconic architecture and art. There is an amazing amount to see and do for visitors who are looking for something different from their vacation experience.
Buenos Aires is a city like no other. Buenos Aires will blow your mind in so many different ways, you won’t know what hit you. If you’re looking for a vacation destination that is completely unique and different from what you’ve experienced before, Buenos Aires is the place!
Vacation In Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. It is located in the central part of the country, on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, and on an important commercial route between Europe and the Pampas. The area of Buenos Aires has been inhabited since ancient times, however its current political limits were set in 1853. The city’s location within River Plate Basin gave it its nickname Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.
Why Go To Buenos Aires
Skirting the border of Argentina and Uruguay, Buenos Aires lures visitors with its blend of European charm and South American flair. Featuring wide boulevards, neoclassical architecture and a cache of avant-garde museums, this sophisticated city has earned its title as “the Paris of South America.” But don’t think of its resemblance as anything other than a marker of its ancestry. Fashionable and friendly residents – known as porteños – have customized the city, from their colorful art-laden barrios (districts) to their world-class soccer (fútbol) stadium to their street-side tango sessions.
But you can do more than just join artists, dancers, and enthused soccer fans in this cosmopolitan capital. Shop San Telmo‘s boutiques, explore the National Museum of Fine Arts, meander through the ornate Recoleta Cemetery, or catch a horse race at the Palermo Hippodrome. Just save time to enjoy the simple pleasure of sipping a cafecito (espresso) and snacking on churros (fried dough strips) at a cozy café, taking a romantic stroll along Palermo Woods’ Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal), and staying up late to revel in the sultry tango sessions that give the city its evening zest.
There was a line when we arrived at La Cocina. The yellow walls were covered with Beatles posters and the date 1977, the year the Buenos Aires empanada restaurant opened. I pointed to the chalkboard menu and suggested the picachu, an onion-and-cheese-filled pastry with red pepper flakes, to my friend Rolando. It was his first trip to South America and my first visit back to the Argentine capital since the pandemic began. I smiled as we grabbed the last free sidewalk table, grateful that my favorite empanada shop had survived.
Our orders arrived on silver metal plates, and each baked pastry was shaped or folded differently to indicate the particular filling. The picachu was round, unlike the usual half-moon shape, and just as delicious as I remembered.
My infatuation with Buenos Aires began on a backpacking trip in 2015 and lured me back in 2018. The vibrant fusion of European and Latin cultures makes the city unique and irresistible. A mass migration of Europeans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries led to a vast multicultural heritage, stark political divides and famous language idiosyncrasies. (The city’s residents, known as porteños, speak Rioplatense Spanish, a Latin American variant where y and ll are pronounced “sh.”)
The streets are lined with grand European palaces, cozy cafes and endless parks. The staples of life are steak, wine and ice cream. Dinner usually doesn’t start before 9 p.m., and afterward, people tango until sunrise. When the country opened for tourism again in November, I rented an apartment in Buenos Aires for the winter. Aside from escaping the cold, I wanted to explore my favorite city post-lockdown to see how it had changed while playing tour guide for Rolando.
The most significant change was inflation, which has plagued the country for decades. In 2021, the rate reached 50.9 percent, one of the highest in the world, and is expected to increase to 54.8 percent this year. The unofficial rate for U.S. dollars, known as the blue dollar rate, is about double the bank rate — a boon for tourists who can travel at a nearly 50 percent discount, but difficult for those without access to U.S. dollars.
Rolando and I took full advantage of the exchange rate with a culinary tour of the city’s finest restaurants. I snagged an early 7 p.m. dinner reservation — the other options were 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. — on the patio at Don Julio. The Palermo steakhouse was named one of the best restaurants in Latin America by theworlds50best.com in 2021, and focuses on sustainable beef and organic vegetables. The chilled Patagonian Malbec recommended by the sommelier paired well with my delectable tenderloin steak. The arugula and fig salad and mashed potatoes with Jersey butter were the perfect side dishes for our two-hour meal.
Another culinary treat was afternoon tea at L’Orangerie at the Alvear Palace Hotel. Waiters served us tiered, teal-rimmed platters of miniature sandwiches, pastries and scones accompanied by a selection from the dessert trolley (I chose the strawberry-topped cheesecake) and a glass of Salentein prosecco. As Rolando’s tour guide, I saw it as my duty to ensure he tried everything, including choripan (sausage served on bread), alfajores (cookie sandwiches filled with dulce de leche) and ice cream, which is an art form in Argentina. At the family-owned chain Lucciano’s, staff members clad in black aprons used spatulas to whisk two flavors into a towering peak on a cucurucho, a waffle cone.
Between meals, we explored on foot, starting with a tour of one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, Palacio Barolo. Inspired by Dante’s poem “The Divine Comedy,” the 328-foot-tall, 22-story building is divided into hell, purgatory and heaven. The glass cupola lighthouse offered a picturesque view of Plaza del Congreso and the Argentine parliament building below.
We spent a cloudy morning at Recoleta Cemetery, a four-block grid of elaborately decorated mausoleums built in various architectural styles. The most-visited tomb belongs to former actress and first lady Eva “Evita” Perón.Other area highlights included the65-foot metal flower sculpture Floralis Genérica; the National Museum of Fine Arts’ collection of European and Argentine masters; and the National Museum of Decorative Arts, a French-style mansion finished in 1917 and former residence of an aristocratic family with a jaw-dropping art collection.
The European feel of the city is by design, thanks to French landscape architect Carlos Thays, who created, remodeled or expanded 69 outdoor public spaces. He even remodeled the city’s largest park, Parque Tres de Febrero. The park encompasses the former grounds of 19th-century dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas’s private retreat and is named for Feb. 3, 1852, the date he fell from power. The site now includes a rose garden, planetarium, two lakes filled with ducks and paddle boats, and a paved track frequented by runners and Rollerbladers. Thays is also the eponym for the nearby Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, a gated green space where chirping birds drown out traffic. On weekdays, the city’s parks are filled with group exercise classes. Locals lounge in the shade on weekends drinking mate, a loose-leaf tea served with hot (not boiling) water sipped through a filtered metal straw from a gourd cup.
One of the best walks in the city is the Sunday San Telmo Fair, an outdoor art and antique market that starts near Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ oldest public square. The plaza is home to Casa Rosada, the president’s rose-colored office, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, where Pope Francis, as Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, conducted mass before moving to the Vatican. Rolando and I walked 10 blocks down Defensa Street between two rows of stalls selling a variety of goods, such as mate cups and antique glass seltzer bottles. Most people were wearing masks outdoors. We joined the line at the corner of Chile Street for a photo with the statue of Mafalda, a famed Argentine comic book character of a little girl with a bob haircut. She adorns many of the items for sale.
After reaching Plaza Dorrego, we took a short taxi ride to El Caminito, a cobbled street lined with colorful houses and souvenir shops in the La Boca neighborhood, home of the Boca Juniors, the country’s famous soccer team. Every restaurant had a pair of tango dancers to entertain patio diners, which was our only tango experience. (The pandemic had shuttered my former tango school, and fears of the omicron variant kept us away from indoor milongas, group dances.) Even without tango, I still loved the city