Buenos Aires is a big city! Its metropolitan area is among the biggest ones in the world. However, with a good planning you can actually see a lot more than you think, as most points of interest are located downtown and in the surrounding areas.
You will find below a time efficient itinerary, which will allow you to see the main attractions this beautiful city offers:
- Plaza del Congreso – start from this lovely square featuring a few buildings in the Art Nouveau style and the imposing Neoclassical Congress building. If you have enough time, you can sign up for a free guided visit of the Congress.
- Avenida de Mayo – probably the city’s most iconic street, Av. de Mayo connects Plaza del Congreso with Plaza de Mayo. Walking only four blocks from the Congress Square you will get to Av. 9 de Julio, one of the widest avenues in the world. On your left side you will see the Obelisk.
- The Obelisk – located on Av. 9 de Julio and 5 blocks North of Av. de Mayo, the Obelisk is one of the symbols of Buenos Aires and an important tourist attraction.
- Plaza Lavalle and Plaza del Vaticano (Teatro Colon) – don’t miss these two beautiful plazas located just around the corner from the Obelisk.
- Calle Florida – five blocks East from the two plazas you will come across Calle Florida, a bubbly commercial and pedestrian street. Walking South will take you to Plaza de Mayo.
- Plaza de Mayo – this square has witnessed Argentina’s most dramatic moments and it is a place where history was made. Bullet marks on side buildings and symbols of The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo’s headscarves on the ground are proof to that. The plaza hosts some of the country’s most important buildings, among which the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace.
- Puente de la Mujer – walk past Casa Rosada and you will get to El Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge), which links the city to Puerto Madero, a modern middle and upper class residential and commercial neighborhood, with a nice skyline.
Walking at a normal pace, this itinerary will take you just over 1 hour, without counting the stops. Depending on how long you stop for each attraction, expect to spend somewhere between 2 to 4 hours.
- San Telmo – located only a 30 min walk (10 min car ride) away from El Puente de la Mujer, San Telmo is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and it still bears the signs of its aristocratic past. Enjoy the sound of tango as you roam its streets and don’t forget to take a picture with Mafalda. On Sundays it can get particularly crowded as the Flea Market in Plaza Dorrego is going on.
- La Boca and Caminito – located another 30 min walk (10 min car ride) South of San Telmo, it is without a doubt Buenos Aires’ trademark and probably a unique neighborhood in the whole world. Initially home to the many immigrants coming to Argentina, La Boca is today a colorful, picturesque neighborhood, featuring many street artists, colorful tin houses (conventillos), la Bombonera (football stadium) and Caminito Street.
Though you could spend the whole day in these two areas, if your time is limited, spend 1 to 2 hours in San Telmo and around 1 hour in La Boca.
- Recoleta Cemetery – if it’s not too late, it is definitely worth paying a short visit to this monumental cemetery. Located North of the tourist attractions previously mentioned, you will need to get a taxi or use public transportation to get here. Expect to spend around 1 hour here.
- Floralis Genérica – don’t miss this interesting park which displays a metal flower sculpture featured on many Buenos Aires postcards. The park is just behind Recoleta Cemetery.
- Palermo – a bohemian neighborhood not far from Recoleta, where you can find numerous bars and restaurants. Go and enjoy dinner after an exhausting – yet fulfilling – day.
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