Buenos Aires has the right size for a nice few days’ city break. Quite European (especially for the architecture), yet with a very South American soul. I recently spent there 3 days and hired a guide (Jessica) from BuenosTours. Can’t but recommend her! Let’s see the places I discovered.
San Telmo Market
I arrived on a Sunday, so I had the chance to experience the famous San Telmo market. Crowded and colourful, quite large too (prepare to walk for many kilometers).
La Boca with those well-known coloured houses definitely deserves a visit. The atmosphere there is very laid-back. The tourist buses are a bit annoying though…
La Recoleta Cemetery
The extravagant cemetery of la Recoleta is one of the best-known attractions in Buenos Aires. Eva Peron’s tomb of course is a must-see, but prepare to line up… There are many other interesting tombs and their stories to discover, but you will need a guide for that. Quite creepy also to see the caskets exposed inside the tombs!
On some days, Palacio Barolo offers night-time visits called Extraordinary Nights (check their website for up-to-date information about the days). During those will you not only visit this beautifully strange and fascinating palace, but also attend a very intimate tango show and some wine tasting. The visit also includes climbing all the way up to the lighthouse, on top of the building. I can tell you that’s quite something… Not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia or afraid of heights!
I didn’t really discover Buenos Aires’ modern district (Puerto Madero) in-depth, seeing it from a distance and walking along the canal was nice enough.
I strongly recommend to take a guided tour of the opera house, Teatro Colón (that’s the only way to see it from inside, unless you buy a ticket for a performance). Lights are not always on though during day tours, so check before buying your ticket.
Seen in Buenos Aires.