Buenos AiresArgentina

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The capital city of Argentina combines a European flavor with a rich history and energetic nightlife.

Often called the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires offers tree-lined boulevards with 19th-century architecture, and colorful neighborhoods and nightlife districts that rival the best in the world.

A great way to get your bearings in Buenos Aires is to use the metro network, which will take you almost anywhere in the city. Start at the Plaza de Mayo, in the Downtown area. The Argentine Revolution took place here, and it’s the location of the distinctive Casa Rosada, the pink building housing the office of Argentina’s president.

Make your way to La Recoleta Cemetery where you’ll find the resting places of Argentina’s most famous people, including Eva Perón. The surrounding neighborhood is home of the city’s rich and famous and has some of the best architecture in the city.

Head north of Recoleta on the metro and you’ll find Palermo, the city’s most trendy neighborhood. Terraced houses and cobblestone streets house boutiques and cafés. Wander along the avenues to the north or, if you’re traveling with kids, visit the Buenos Aires Zoo. Return at night and enjoy the city’s best bars and nightlife in Palermo Hollywood. See a tango show or enjoy a glass of Argentinian malbec.

Many visitors also visit Buenos Aires to shop, so if you like international designers, be sure to visit Florida and Lavelle streets in the Downtown area. For a more local experience, explore the shops in Palermo Soho and Viejo.

The port district of Puerto Madero is great for a photo opportunity looking back at the city. Head south to La Boca, spiritual home of the Boca Juniors soccer team. The neighborhood is known for its brightly colored houses and Italian influence. Catch a game at the Bombonera to experience South American passion and energy at its best.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Buenos Aires page.

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Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Japanese Garden showing a pond and a park

Palermo

4.5/5Wonderful!(483 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Palermo Soho while getting to know Palermo, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Palermo Station or Plaza Italia Station to see more of the area.

Palermo
Recoleta which includes signage

Recoleta

4.5/5Wonderful!(571 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Recoleta. Spend some time visiting top spots like National Museum of Fine Arts, and catch the metro at Pueyrredon Station (Santa Fe) or Aguero Station to see more of the area.

Recoleta
Puerto Madero showing modern architecture, night scenes and a city

Puerto Madero

4.5/5Wonderful!(71 area reviews)

Puerto Madero is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Luna Park or Women's Bridge.

Puerto Madero
Plaza San Martin which includes a city and street scenes

Retiro

Take time in Retiro to visit attractions like Plaza San Martin and Florida Street. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at San Martin Station to see more of the city.

Retiro
San Telmo which includes street scenes and markets as well as a large group of people

San Telmo

4/5Very Good!(64 area reviews)

San Telmo is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by San Telmo Antique Fair and Argentine Cinema Museum while in the area.

San Telmo
Downtown Buenos Aires

El Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(810 area reviews)

El Centro is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Obelisco and Teatro Colon. See more of Comuna 1 by jumping on the metro at C. Pellegrini Station or July 9 Station.

El Centro

Top Hotels in Buenos Aires

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
3.5 out of 5
Martin Miguel De Guemes 4718, Autopista Riccheri Km. 20, Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires
¥13,120
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Autódromo de Buenos Aires Juan y Oscar Gálvez, Feria de Mataderos, and Pedro Bidegain Stadium. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (811 reviews)

"The shuttle was good once you understood how it works. They didn’t vacuum very well."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
5 out of 5
Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
Free Cancellation
¥49,108
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alvear Art Gallery, Teatro Colon, and Obelisco. Plaza San Martin and Florida Street are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (278 reviews)

"This is the mist beautiful and luxurious property in all of Argentina! It is a beautiful palace alongside a modern comfortable hotel. The service is outstanding! Well worth the price."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
El Conquistador Hotel
El Conquistador Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Suipacha 948, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
¥4,798
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street, Teatro Colon, and Galerias Pacifico. La Recova de Posadas and Obelisco are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,553 reviews)

"Good location, central to main areas and good transport links. Also helpful staff at hotel especially on reception"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

El Conquistador Hotel

Popular things to do in Buenos Aires

Obelisco
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Obelisco

4.5/5(645 reviews)

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

Palermo Soho
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Palermo Soho

4.5/5(341 reviews)

Discover world-class shopping, fine dining and vibrant nightlife in the trendiest and largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

Teatro Colon
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Teatro Colon

4.5/5(538 reviews)

Visit one of the world’s finest theaters to watch operas, ballets and concerts or take a guided tour of the salons and auditorium.

Plaza de Mayo
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Plaza de Mayo

4.5/5(609 reviews)

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

4.5/5(459 reviews)

Relax in a park with a preserved lawn, trees, statues, a war memorial and a tower in the center of the city.

Palace of the Argentine National Congress
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Palace of the Argentine National Congress

4.5/5(261 reviews)

A visit to this beautiful building provides an insight into the nation’s political life and a look at an architectural masterpiece.

Top activities in Buenos Aires

Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour
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Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour

94% of travellers recommend
¥3,241
Per adult
Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show

82% of travellers recommend
¥4,943
Per adult
Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure
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Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure

¥10,327
Per adult
El Viejo Almacen Tango Show
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El Viejo Almacen Tango Show

86% of travellers recommend
¥5,382
Per adult
Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch
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Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch

76% of travellers recommend
¥11,533
Per adult
Private 3-hour Walking Tour in Buenos Aires
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour in Buenos Aires

¥5,378
Per adult

Reviews of Buenos Aires

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
747
5 - Excellent 58.40500390930414%
4 - Good
451
4 - Good 35.26192337763878%
3 - Okay
70
3 - Okay 5.473025801407349%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 0.7818608287724785%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.07818608287724785%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

We had been there before so didn’t feel the need to see everything. It’s a big city. After two weeks in Patagonia it was a shock.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

The Palladio Hotel was excellent. The concierge staff were outstanding

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Lovely city to visit. Pretty architecture, great food and cultural sites. Lots of parks and places to run. I definitely recommend going to a tango show with dinner.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

First visit to South America. Buenos Aires a wonderful surprise ! Very European city. Now on my favorite city list.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Very vibrant city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Fun city with lots of things to do and see. Good foodie city. Weather was very hot the first week of Feb. One day it was 106 F real feel.

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