Buenos Aires is quite possibly the crown jewel of South America. Not only is it the capital of Argentina but also a place where different peoples and cultures have come together to create a melting pot of colors, flavors, and architecture – resulting in an awe-inspiringly large amount of fun to be had!
Feel like joining thousands of people cheering for their soccer team? Go to Buenos Aires.
Want to experience a busier theater scene than those of London or NYC? Buenos Aires is the place for you.
Never seen a match of polo before? There seems to be a pattern here, and not to worry; if you haven’t said yes yet to any of our questions yet – get ready for the most important question…
Are you ready to go to Buenos Aires? Of course, you are, so let’s set off on our sensory tour of this sensational Argentinian city!
It seems almost unfair to choose just a couple of sights worth seeing, but if we had to pick – it would sure be a shame to miss the fantastic building facades in La Boca.
Covered in vibrant block colors and street art, La Boca will make you half-expect to see an Oompa Loompa peek his head out of a turquoise or scarlet window.
Darker, but every bit as authentic is El Zanjón de Granados, a complex of underground tunnels, vaults and old brick walls that will leave you spellbound — especially if you secretly feel that you might be a Slytherin. Go on a guided tour through the chambers and listen to a bundle of unbelievable but true stories about what might have been the earliest settlement in Buenos Aires, and for another somewhat eerie experience, take a walk amongst the thousands of marble mausoleums and sarcophagi in Cementerio de la Recoleta.
Buenos Aires is filled to the brim with delicious food, the scent of which will make you wonder when you agreed to be part of a Pavlovian experiment.
Exploring the city is quite the adventure, and it tends to mean working up quite the appetite. Stop off at a local eatery along your way to nibble on an empanada with a glass of local Malbec – legend has it that the grape variety used in this tantalizing tipple is unique, having since gone extinct in its native France thanks in part to especially to harsh winters.
You can’t visit this enchanting city without having some local barbecued fare. The parrilla (barbecue) is as Argentinian as pizza is Italian and the locals have their grilled dishes down to an art. While there’s food on every corner, to find the hidden gems and authentic food, try food tours or cooking classes. You’ll master the chimichurri in no time.
If you still want to dig even deeper into the authenticity of Argentinian cuisine, a day trip to a ranch doesn’t only mean horseback riding and glorious views over Las Pampas, but also dinner cooked over open fires, under the steadily darkening sky. It simply does not get more genuine than that.
The music scene variety follows suit with the rest of Buenos Aires, and there’s a little bit for everyone, no matter how delicate or hardened those ears might be. Bounce around in a moshpit or dust off your pearls for some classical music, or, why not do both?!
Another excellent choice would be the annual jazz festival when jazz musicians from near and far gather to make sonic magic happen. There is also Creamfields and Ultra, festivals that bring you the best electronic music around and even Lollapalooza makes a stop on its way through South America. If all of this isn’t enough, enjoy some local folkloricó (folk music) which is sure to be the icing on your musical cake.
You thought we were going to forget about tango, didn’t you? We’re not, but that would be an achievement in itself seeing as Buenos Aires is positively teeming with the elegant, social art form.
You can catch a milonga (tango event) anywhere in the city: there are shows, competitions, and street performances and tango lessons for the brave. There’s also a vibrant nightlife where you can – literally – dance the night away.
All this dancing made you want to cool off, did it? Fret not – Parque Norte is a waterpark with pools and waterslides; a real oasis in the heart of Buenos Aires. A pro tip from the wise, though: remember that on the southern hemisphere the seasons are inverted so to experience lovely summer weather you might want to look at going in January. Because you are going, right?
We have tried our best to think of all our favorite experiences to say yes to in Buenos Aires, but between all the delicious food, amazing views and activities full of fun we probably have forgotten some real gems so if you happen to know any, please do let us know and share this little post if you liked it!