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Buenos Aires: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Buenos Aires: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Get a complete picture of Buenos Aires with a 24, 48, or 72-hour, hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Discover traditional neighborhoods like La Boca, San Telmo, and Puerto Madero, as well as the most modern ones, such as Palermo and Belgrano. Benefit from an included audio guide to find out more about the places you pass. With your ticket, hop on and off at any of the 25 stops on the bus route for a period of 24, 48, or 72 hours. The main stop is in the city center and as the tour progresses, you'll see emblematic buildings, historical places, cultural spaces, and the different Buenos Aires neighborhoods. The bus will stop at certain stops to connect you with other activities and tourist attractions. Either stay on the bus all the way around the loop and enjoy the colorful sights and informative guides or use the bus as a great way to get to your next attraction. You're sure to have a fun time and you might just hear something surprising about this big city. If you get tired of sightseeing, the open-top buses are a great place to rest and still see a large part of the city.

From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

2. From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

Enjoy a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, the first site in Uruguay to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the city with a round-trip ferry ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia city. Select from options that include a walking tour and a winery tour. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Manuel Lobo, the city went from Portuguese to Spanish rule several times until the Declaration of Independence in 1825. Discover how these events made the city a melting pot of architectural styles where Spanish and Portuguese-style buildings coexist.  Walk down cobbled streets and enjoy the unique landscape with spectacular views of the Rio de la Plata. Experience the charming houses, cobbled streets, traditional lanterns, and magical sunsets of El Porton de Campo alongside the Street of Sighs and Faro. If you choose the option that includes the walking tour, your guide will be waiting for you at the ferry station, ready to tell you all about the history of this incredible town. Return to Buenos Aires via the same ferry route at the end of your day trip.

Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

3. Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

On this 3-hour tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see the main site of Buenos Aires. Begin at the Plaza de Mayo or May Square, the site of the most important historical events since the city’s founding. Your guide will show you the most important buildings and monuments and tell you about the square’s history. Then enjoy Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) and marvel at the atmosphere of San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and explore its antique shops and picturesque buildings. Feel the beat of the original Argentinian tango in the neighborhood of La Boca. Walk along Caminito Street and watch the dancers and browse the shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Experience the modernization of the city as you travel along Madero Port and see its docks that are home to large office buildings and an array of dining venues. Pass through the Retiro neighborhood and then on to Palermo, the most exclusive residential area in Buenos Aires. Later, at your last stop, visit one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, el Barrio de Recoleta.

Buenos Aires: Piazzolla Tango Show with Optional Dinner

4. Buenos Aires: Piazzolla Tango Show with Optional Dinner

Enjoy a night of live tango and dance performances in the historic Galería Güemes, a classic 1915 theater in the heart of Buenos Aires. The show pays tribute to Astor Piazzolla, one of the most important tango composers in Argentina. Opt for a 3-course dinner and drinks before the show.  The show is conducted by the Piazzolla Tango sextet, and great Argentinean voices will perform Las Cuatro Estaciones del Tango (Four Seasons of Tango). Enjoy music based on traditional songs by Astor Piazzolla, who brought a new face to traditional tango, and other great Argentinian composers. Select the drinks package to enjoy 2 drinks along with the show tickets. Or choose the dinner option, and savor a delicious 3-course meal with drinks before the performance starts.

Buenos Aires: La Boca Guided Walking Tour in English

5. Buenos Aires: La Boca Guided Walking Tour in English

Join a 2-hour walking tour around La Boca and discover one of the most picturesque places in Buenos Aires. Take in the colorful homes in the multicultural district and learn about the art of tango.   On your journey through the neighborhood, you will likely encounter live performances of Tango dancers on the streets. See many works of "fileteado" art and learn about its origin.   Finish the tour outside La Bombonera Stadium, where you will get to know the history of the Boca Juniors, the most popular football club in Argentina. After the tour, you can enter the stadium and the Boca Juniors Museum.

Buenos Aires: La Recoleta Cemetery Guided Tour in English

6. Buenos Aires: La Recoleta Cemetery Guided Tour in English

Experience a guided tour of the Recoleta Cemetery in English. Appreciate the artistry of Buenos Aires’ oldest cemetery while discovering many of its mysteries. Let your guide lead you round the cemetery while sharing stories of the families who built over 4000 grand mausoleums to be admired by society. Marvel at the grandeur of the several mausoleums there including those of several Argentinian presidents and, most famously, Eva ‘Evita’ Perón. With many aesthetically pleasing statues, mausoleum edifice constructions and decorative flairs, interact with the history of the city of Buenos Aires and some of its more well-known historical residents.

Tigre Delta Premium Small-Group Tour from Buenos Aires

7. Tigre Delta Premium Small-Group Tour from Buenos Aires

On this fun-filled half-day tour of Tigre and Buenos Aires, embark on an adventure that offers the perfect balance between nature and history. Take in the views on a boat ride, shop for local products at a market, and head to Victorica Avenue, the coastal walk. After hotel pickup, hop on a cruise on the widest river in the world while getting spectacular views of the Buenos Aires skyline from the waters of the Río de la Plata (La Plata River). After one hour on the river, arrive at the Parana River’s Delta, a place that truly feels like a fantasy land. Once in the delta, the boat ride continues through a series of narrow channels and islands, a popular weekend getaway for residents of Buenos Aires and an everyday home to thousands of islanders. Experience the majestic scenery that's very different from anything you have seen before while learning all about the locals who live along the peaceful channels with boats as their only means of transportation. At lunchtime, the boat will drop you off at Tigre, a major city within the Buenos Aires suburbs. Enjoy an authentic snack including empanadas (local pasties) and drinks at a historical venue that belongs to the Italian Rowing Club of Tigre City. For the rest of the tour, hop on board a vehicle and drive through the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires to get an overview of what life is like in the outskirts of Argentina’s capital city, home to about 25% of the total population of the country. Along the ride, visit several sites, including the fruit market, a type of bazaar where locals shop for home goods and where you can find some authentic souvenirs. Head to Victorica Avenue the coastal walk that borders the Luján River to reach the elegant gardens that surround the headquarters of the Tigre Deliberative Council and the Tigre Art Museum. On the side of the road, there are bars, restaurants, grills and ice cream parlors that give shape to a gastronomic center where calm reigns, an atmosphere that replicates the serenity transmitted by the open view of the river just steps from Tigre’s downtown. Once the trip is over, get driven back to Buenos Aires. You can choose to be dropped off somewhere on the way to keep exploring the city or you can be taken back to your hotel.

Buenos Aires: Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner

8. Buenos Aires: Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner

Set in an imposing hall with a beautiful view of the river and the city, the madero tango provides a true taste of Argentinian culture. combining theater, singing, and dancing, the performance is led by over 30 artists and accompanied by a live band. Watch as some of Buenos Aires’ most talented performers astound you with their technical artistry, proving themselves as true masters of the craft. Choose a ticket either without dinner and drinks, the standard 3-course dinner menu, or the vip dinner menu, both dinner options coming with unlimited drinks. If you choose the VIP dinner menu, you’ll also receive a Tango lesson after the show from dancers from the cast.

Palermo: Graffiti and Street Art Guided Tour in English

9. Palermo: Graffiti and Street Art Guided Tour in English

Stroll through the colorful streets of Palermo in Buenos Aires on a guided walking tour. See thought-provoking graffiti and street art while learning about the neighborhood’s history from your guide.   Travel back in time to the 1920's and understand the political movements gaining traction in Argentina at the time. Discover how graffiti was seen as political endorsement and how it was used as propaganda and for election campaigns.   Then, learn about the arrival of aerosol paints in 1969 and the influence of a different military government. Discover how the new material allowed messages to be written much faster than before and how this impacted the urban movements during the 1970's. Listen to stories about how Argentinians became progressively more involved in the act of protesting and the social conflict of the time.

Buenos Aires: Puerto Madero Sunset Cruise with Open Bar

10. Buenos Aires: Puerto Madero Sunset Cruise with Open Bar

Hop aboard for a 1-hour sunset tour of Buenos Aires from the water.  Upon arriving at your meeting point at the North Dock of the Port of Buenos Aires, you can start drinking at the open bar. During the tour, you will observe the interior of the port of Buenos Aires and its different activities, as well as the Buenos Aires National Immigration Museum, the Argentine Yacht Club, the ecological reserve of the city, the Benito Quinquela Martin cruise terminal, the silos of the cereal terminal, the electricity-generating plants and part of the Río de la Plata. Begin boarding at 5:30 PM and depart at 6:30 PM.  Then, enjoy your 1-hour ride, returning back to your meeting point at 7:30 PM.

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Everyone needs to see the Recoleta Necropolis. It is gorgeous and enormous and so unique. We had Juan Manuel as our tour guide and he was outstanding. He knew so much about the architecture, history and culture. My husband is a historian and he was very impressed with Juan’s depth of knowledge. 5/5 stars for Juan and this fascinating and extraordinary tour.

Enzo our guide was brilliant switching between Spanish & English in leading an incredibly informative & entertaining tour of Palacio Barolo. 10 out of 10. Great views at the end of Dante’s journey ending in heaven at the lighthouse. Definitely recommend it! Enzo’s passion was infectious & made for a superb tour.

Laura was a brilliant guide & made the La Boca tour memorable & a highlight of our trip! Laura was very informative, pleasant & great company. She had excellent English & a justified love of the art, history of this wonderful region. A great tour - 10 out of 10 !!!

An absolute must-see! One of the great opera houses of the world. Get there first thing though as the lines and tours get long and full as the noon hour approaches. Wonderful tour!

Excellent - viktoria was knowledgeable passionate and perfect guide! Thank you