Ideal tours and places to visit and have a quick overview of Buenos Aires and its surroundings
Many are the travelers who arrive to Buenos Aires -whether for business or other reasons- with little time for sightseeing around the entire city, but the lack of time does not represent an impediment to tour one of the most important cities in Latin America.
In this guide we tell you what you can do in two days in these two must-visit options.
One of the starting points could be the Obelisco -wich has been there since 1936- which is located at the intersection of Corrientes Avenue and 9 de Julio Avenue, known as the widest in the world for its 140 meters.
From all directions you can see the Obelisk even from several blocks away. It is also worth noting that since the month of June it is now possible to appreciate it from the panoramic stands installed in Diagonal Norte between Cerrito and Libertad. The structure -similar to the one in front of Time Square in New York- has a height of eight meters and the entrance is free.
The tour can continue to the Colón Theater, which is only six blocks from the Obelisk. This is another cultural icon recognized worldwide and stands out for its acoustics, its impressive architecture and its classic decoration, full of details such as the dome that was painted by the well famous artist Raúl Soldi. It has 318 square meters and a hanging chandelier of seven meters and 700 lamps. There are guided tours every 15 minutes, but also, depending on the show billboard, you can witness some of the renowned shows that take place in the theater.
Florida Street is the next stop. This is the first Buenos Aires pedestrian street and is characterized mainly by its rhythm -which is usually overwhelming but it is possible to adapt in a matter of minutes- and its hundreds of shopping stores where leather goods, perfumes, clothing and even national precious stones are found. One of the highlights of this pedestrian, is the Gallery Güemes (located in Florida 165). There, besides appreciating its imposing European architecture of the late nineteenth century, with its marked Art Nouveau style, it is also possible to have a 360° view of the city visiting the 14th floor. From this place you can see emblematic buildings, domes, the River Plate and even the coast of Uruguay when the sky is clear.
If you feel hunger after the tour, Corrientes Avenue is the ideal place to go and choose one of the many pizzerias that offer this authentic Buenos Aires elixir that it is usually eaten standing. There you can find Güerrín, Los Inmortales, Banchero, Las Cuartetas, among other classic venues. The best one? It is up to you to decide.
How about we leave the big city to enjoy a little of the country side? The northern part of Buenos Aires has a lot of this, especially in the towns of Tigre and San Isidro. To tour them, it is recommended to hire our tour - which can be half a day or full day - to save time in the transfers and to guarantee that you do not miss any details.
Tigre is characterized by the passage of the Delta of the Paraná River, which is one of the largest in the world with its 14 thousand kilometers. It is possible to go it in a boat tour; In this way visitors enter the canals and can experience some part of life of the islanders.
In Tigre you can also visit the typical walk of Puerto de Frutos, where there is a wide variety of local handicrafts, flowers and different fruits of the area at remarkable prices. If you go with children, the Parque de la Costa is an obligatory visit, although the big ones will enjoy it as well. In this amusement park there are games for all ages and fun is guaranteed. A few meters away is the Trilenium Casino where locals and tourists enjoy the placers of bets and gambling.
In San Isidro the landscape is highlighted by the richness of its colonial architecture. This town still conserved its aristocracy of past times -mainly from 19th century-, in fact in its old town can be observed some of the houses for the weekends that belonged to wealthy families. The Cathedral of San Isidro Labrador is another point of interest. It was inaugurated in 1898 and stands out for its neo-gothic style. A few meters from the Cathedral is the Quinta de los Ombúes, where the local and national heritage is preserved, as well as taking care of the legacy of its illustrious owner, Mariquita Sánchez de Thompson, a very important figure in the May Revolution. There is located the Museum, Library and Historical Archive Dr. Horacio Beccar Varela, who was the last owner of the property that later donated to the municipality before his death.
The Congress of the Nation is another ideal starting point. This palace, which is the seat of the Legislative Power, was inaugurated in 1906 but was completed 40 years later. Its dome is 80 meters high and is one of the largest in the City. There are guided tours that take place in Spanish and English on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., to access, you have to go to Hipólito Yrigoyen Street 1849 and talk to the personal at the security window, with an ID or passport.
If we continue on the 1ero de Mayo Avenue, we will find the Barolo Palace, which until 1935 was the tallest building in the city and today it is used to house offices. Its lighthouse is a true artwork, but what is most striking is the number of symbols related to the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, of whom Luigi Barolo -the administrator of the Palace- was a great admirer.
A few blocks ahead, there is the Tortoni Café which is ideal to contemplate part of the cultural history of Buenos Aires. For the characteristic marble tables have passed great personalities such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Federico García Lorca and Carlos Gardel.
If you walk a little further, the 1ero de Mayo Avenue comes to an end and one of the first infrastructures that you can see - towards one of the sides - is the Buenos Aires Cabildo, which was the seat of the old government. This building has undergone several modifications, but in its interior, it conserves historical documents related to the May Revolution. To the right of the Cabildo is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires, which is impressive due to its Greco-Roman facade.
The Plaza de Mayo, which is located in front of the Cathedral and the Cabildo, is a place that exude history. This site has witnessed all kind of concentrations, presidential assumptions and other political and social manifestations. There you can find the May Pyramid, a monument built in 1811 to celebrate the centennial of the Revolution and today, as 42 years ago, is the symbol of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who every Thursday make their rounds.
The Casa Rosada -Pink House- is imposed at the bottom of the route through the area. There is the seat of the National Executive Power since 1886. This building witnessed the most important political events in the country and keeps part of the legacy indoors. You can visit only on Saturdays with a previous reservation of 15 days on the agency's website.
Just a few blocks away is the emblematic barrio of San Telmo. This place stands out for its cobbled streets, its bodegones and you can feel and breathe tango in all its corners. Visiting the San Telmo Market is almost a must. With a completely remodeled infrastructure, you can take a trip to the past in the antique shops or taste some of the typical dishes of Argentina, such as empanadas or locro, or international dishes such as the swiss raclette. You should also take a walk around Plaza Dorrego, Zanjón de Granados and Patio Ezeiza. San Telmo never disappoints.
The day begins in the barrio of La Boca, chosen mainly by immigrants to develop their life in Buenos Aires. The typical tour is to visit Caminito, which is one of the most photographed places in the world because of its vibrant colors on the walls that belonged to the conventillos -projects-. There are also different grills houses where it is recommended to eat a good Argentine barbecue while enjoying some improvised tango show in site.
A few steps from this place is the Quinquela Martín Museum, which was made in homage to the most famous painter of the neighborhood. A few meters away is the Theater de la Ribera, which was donated by the artist, who left his mark on the murals that are there.
The Fundación Proa is another nearby site where contemporary art exhibitions can be seen. The place also has a terrace on the top floor from where you can see the old bridge of La Boca.
Around four blocks away is the Boca Juniors stadium, better known as La Bombonera, where soccer fans can feel part of Argentina's passion for this sport.
Towards evening, in addition to an exquisite dinner, there is a tango show in one of the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. One of the recommended ones is Madero Tango where the fabulous view of Puerto Madero is combined with the skill of the dancers and the impressive orchestra that accompanies them.
If tradition is what you are looking for,Tango Porteño is the one to go, located a few meters from the Colón Theater, the place offers an incredible staging that dates back to the 40s, in the tango boom. If you want something more intimate and exclusive, inside the Faena Hotel -also located in Puerto Madero-, Rojo Tango is a show set in the 20s, where sensuality and glamor predominate.
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