Buenos Aires Travel Guide

Capital of Argentina, Land of Silver

The name ‘Argentina’ derives from the Latin argentum, meaning silver. While early colonisers thought the country was rich in metals, it has many more rich resources, not least its culture and food. The city of Buenos Aires is the capital and seat of two grand Argentine passions: politics and football.

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Argentina

23 provinces, 1 autonomous city

Top Destination

Busiest airports: AEP Aeroparque & EZE Ezeize (both Buenos Aires)

Top visitor attraction in Argentina: Iguazu Falls (see this tour)

Top visitor attraction in Buenos Aires: Teatro Colon (my guide)

Getting to Buenos Aires & Ground Transportation

When flying to Buenos Aires, you’ll likely arrive at one of two major airports: Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) or Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE). AEP is located closer to the city centre and serves primarily domestic and regional flights, with super-convenient access to downtown Buenos Aires. On the other hand, EZE is the city’s main international airport, situated about 35 kilometers from downtown, serving a wide range of international destinations. From both airports, travelers can easily access taxis, shuttle services, or public transportation options like buses or shuttles to reach their final destination in this vibrant Argentine capital. Read how to get from AEP to downtown Buenos Aires or how to get from EZE to downtown Buenos Aires.

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Restaurants in Buenos Aires: Eating Out

You can really embark on a culinary journey through Buenos Aires, because it’s a bit of a crossroads, where the fantastic roast meats and toppings of South America meet European culinary traditions, particularly Italian influences. Indulge in succulent steaks, flavorful empanadas, and the iconic mate drink. Even if you’re quite a plain eater, or craving something a bit more unusual, there’ll be something interesting in the Buenos Aires food scene. Sadly, there have been some changes, particularly at the luxury end, with restaurant closures but I think you’ll find some really fascinating everyday and specialist restaurants. Do adjust your expectations about service: you may not find US-style enthusiasm is universal in the service sector.

Excursions & Days Out in Buenos Aires

Buenos is a great place to spend a long weekend or start/end a longer journey in Argenina or South America. The reasons are what Buenos Aires is famous for: a lively street culture, fabulous live tango (this show is amazing), interesting food (the BA Foodie Tour is highest rated), an appreciation of high culture (visit Téatro Colón) and literature (El Ateneo is one of the best bookshops in the world). The historic neighbourhoods of Recoleta, Palermo and San Telmo are great for a long walk (try this private tour) and the centre is buzzing with activity (and shops!!). If you want to visit colourful La Boca, do so on a 3-hour organised trip like this one and be cautious at night. If you are interested in “Evita” and the history of Eva Peron, one place you should visit is the elegant Recoleta Cemetery (tours are available in English for such a cheap price). Plus soak up the energy of Plaza de Mayo to get a real sense of this city and its people.