Having a full week in Buenos Aires is a very good way to get to know the city from point to point and each of its facets. We suggest a tour that starts in the downtown area and some of the historic buildings and emblems of the city of Buenos Aires ; Continue to the south, where you will discover the oldest and most modern districts; Then cross the museum area and the neighborhood of Palermo, a gastronomic and design pole; Continues to the north by Recoleta and Belgrano; Spend some time shopping and end up with outdoor recreation and sports options. In addition, you can choose to board the tourist bus, which every day – including holidays – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every 20 minutes, travels through Buenos Aires through different neighborhoods. Start discovering Buenos Aires!
Day by day, what to do:
Nothing better than to start by knowing the downtown area of the city with its historical sites. The Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Obelisk are some of the highlights. The city offers more than 20 free guided tours to discover this and other neighborhoods and some emblematic buildings. In the afternoon, you can stop for a coffee – or a “cut” – in one of the notable Bars of Buenos Aires, like the mythical Café Tortoni, in the heart of the Avenida de Mayo. A good plan for the first night is to dine in one of the typical porteños bodegones, which offer exquisite dishes of local cuisine in an area that contains history and mystique.
The proposal for the second day is to explore the southern part of the city. The neighborhood of La Boca dazzles with its street, or outdoor museum, Caminito. Just next to La Boca is the San Telmo neighborhood, part of the historic center, with its picturesque cobbled streets. From this ancient atmosphere, in minutes it is possible to reach one of the most modern districts of the city: Puerto Madero. Sophisticated buildings, upscale restaurants and a sight to the river are part of this avant-garde district. A fun and sustainable option to get to know this area and have a different perspective is to join the circuits BA Remo, free tours in boats of 10 people offered by the City of Buenos Aires to its visitors. Just steps away, the Ecological Reserve provides a pure nature setting in the open air. One option to finish the day is to go to the bars or pubs of the Microcentro and live from within an urban custom, the after office, a local custom that consists of taking a drink after work.
Visiting the most outstanding museums of Buenos Aires requires at least 48 hours, but if the time is limited you can go through two must-sees, the Museum of Latin American Art (Malba) and the Museum of Plastic Arts Eduardo Sívori. Then continue to the Planetarium and the Japanese Garden to open Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, two areas in ceaseless growth where the latest trends are imposed in each block, as well as being gastronomic poles with an irresistible gourmet kitchen. For lovers of sports and the outdoors, a good option to visit Palermo, as well as other neighborhoods, is to join the Bici Tour BA, cycling tours around the city of Buenos Aires. At night? Going to the movies is an excellent plan with cheaper tickets from Monday to Wednesday and a wide billboard.
It’s time to discover the northern part of Buenos Aires. You can start with the visit of the Recoleta Cemetery and its neighboring Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Then move to Chinatown – in the neighborhood of Belgrano – that surprises by the enormous proliferation of local and restaurants with the stamp of the oriental culture. The North Costanera, besides the privileged view to the river, gathers diverse attractions, like the Theme Park and Religious Holy Land, that recreates twenty centuries of religious history. It is necessary to spend one night at the gastronomic pole that is located in the area called Las Cañitas, between Belgrano and Palermo: pasta, grill, fish and international food in a young and modern atmosphere. Another option for the night, is to choose one of the night guided tours offered by the City of Buenos Aires for free.
The trip is reaching its final stretch and purchases are imposed. Buenos Aires counts many malls, some that gather top brands and others with more accessible prices. Another option is to choose the areas of outlets (the most outstanding is the one that is in the neighborhood of Palermo). Souvenirs of typical souvenirs are located in the downtown area, especially in the pedestrian Florida. If the idea is to take antiques, the place indicated is the fair of Plaza Dorrego and its surroundings in San Telmo. Nobody can leave Buenos Aires without seeing a good tango show and Friday night is ideal for a live concert with dancers and orchestra. And why not encourage yourself to take a few tango steps? Going to a milonga, where tango is learned and danced, is a worthwhile experience. In the online experience shop of the City of Buenos Aires you can find shopping tours, shows and tango classes, among many other things, and book with your credit or debit card.
Saturdays are ideal for discovering the green spaces of Buenos Aires. The parks are shown in their maximum splendor and their large dimensions lend themselves to recreation and sport. The fairs take to the streets and squares with various proposals: from handicrafts to food to antiques of all kinds. The street shows flourish in their most varied artistic expressions. Another Saturday program is to attend the Palermo Hippodrome to witness a horse race, an interesting custom to know. Sports lovers can also join the free urban trekking circuits that the City of Buenos Aires offers its visitors. Saturday night is a must-see in Buenos Aires, a unique epicenter of entertainment and fun until dawn. Corrientes Avenue is a classic to see all kinds of theatrical and musical shows, with imposing canopies and a unique dynamic. Those who want to continue discovering the Buenos Aires night can also visit the most sophisticated bars or dance until dawn in the bowling alleys of Buenos Aires.
Undoubtedly this capital is defined by his passion for football and witnessing a match on Sunday is an unforgettable experience for any visitor. Attending Boca’s court – more known as “La Bombonera” – or the River Stadium – the emblematic “Monumental” – are rides in themselves for the unique fervor that is generated there. Another option is to participate in the circuits of Running BA, to know the city running, or to get on the bus of the Papal Circuit, to know the most important places of the life of Pope Francisco in Buenos Aires. To say goodbye to this city and also close a perfect Sunday day nothing better than go to a pizzeria. From the classic to the newest, there is something for everyone. A good guaranteed moment before undertaking the return.