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5 Great Things to Do or See in Buenos Aires

October 7, 2015

For many travellers to South America, Buenos Aires will be their first or last experience of the continent and this is a city that packs a punch. Vast in size with something to cater to most tastes, the challenge can be to make maximum use of a short amount of time. What should you do there?

Visit Recoleta Cemetery

Plaque at tomb of Evita in Buenos Aires

The Tomb of Evita at Recoleta Cemetery

Okay, visiting a cemetery may not sound like an exciting way to fill the day. However, Recoleta feels like a world apart from the bustling city. Wander through a labyrinth of tombs with strikingly different styles such as the glitzy ‘Far Far Away’ tomb of Father Fahy or the monument to the young girl and her dog. Join Evita aficionados and Peronistas in quiet reverence at Eva Peron’s tomb. Go to the main Buenos Aires Destination Page for lots more information.


Explore Palermo

Interior of La Pupila Madre on Calle Nicaragua, Palermo

Inside La Pupila Madre on Calle Nicaragua, Palermo

One of BA’s most intriguing ‘barrios’, find eclectic coffee shops, street art and cool cafes. Palermo is the place to put on your walking shoes and just go discover. It’s not the destination that counts but the journey, as they say. Go to the main Buenos Aires Destination Page for lots more information.


Visit San Telmo market on a Sunday

stalls and cars and San Telmo Market on a weekday

San Telmo stalls on a weekday

A ‘barrio’ of charm and character even on a quiet day, on Sundays it is more like a street party at times. Signs warn of thieves who might ‘steal you’. Indeed, the place stole my affections. Go to the main Buenos Aires Destination Page for lots more information.


Check out La Boca

colourful buildings in La Boca

Traditional building in La Boca

With working class traditions and a maritime past, La Boca is unique. Sit at a café, eat at a restaurant or just shop for souvenirs. Beware- you will not be the only tourist here. Go to the main Buenos Aires Destination Page for lots more information.


 Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires 

photo of author and teacher at Vamos Spanish school

Many Spanish schools are recommended. Check out Vamos.

Argentine Spanish has a strong hint of Italian, but like this city, it has its own distinctive character. Imagine a mix of Italian and Spanish! Click here for some advice on learning Spanish in Buenos Aires.

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