Must-see attractions in Buenos Aires

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    Palacio Barolo

    Buenos Aires

    One of Buenos Aires' most beautiful monuments, this 22-story building has a unique design inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Its structure is divided into…

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    Teatro Colón

    Buenos Aires

    Occupying an entire city block, this impressive seven-story theater is one of BA’s most prominent landmarks. It’s the city’s main performing arts venue,…

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    Centro Cultural Kirchner

    Buenos Aires

    It was former president Néstor Kirchner who, in 2005, first proposed turning the abandoned former central post office into a cultural center. He died in…

  • General Belgrano's statue and Casa Rosada

    Casa Rosada

    Buenos Aires

    The Casa Rosada was named for its distinctive color. It was from the balcony here, at the presidential palace, that Eva Perón famously addressed the…

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    Parque 3 de Febrero


    This sweeping park abounds with small lakes and pretty gazebos. Stands rent bikes and in-line skates, and joggers and power walkers circle the ponds – if…

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    Plaza de Mayo

    Buenos Aires

    Surrounded by the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the city’s main cathedral, Plaza de Mayo is the place where Argentines gather in vehement protest or…

  • La Recoleta Cemetery

    Cementerio de la Recoleta

    Recoleta & Barrio Norte

    This cemetery is perhaps BA's top attraction. You can wander for hours in this incredible city of the dead, where the ‘streets’ are lined with impressive…

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    Museo Benito Quinquela Martín

    La Boca

    Once the home and studio of painter Benito Quinquela Martín (1890–1977), this fine-arts museum exhibits his works and those of other Argentine artists…

  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes


    This is Argentina’s most important fine arts museum, containing many key works by Benito Quinquela Martín, Xul Solar, Eduardo Sívori and other Argentine…

  • Street art vendors in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

    Feria de San Telmo

    San Telmo

    On Sundays, San Telmo’s main drag is closed to traffic and the street is a sea of both locals and tourists browsing craft stalls, waiting at vendors’…

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    Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

    Puerto Madero

    The beautifully marshy land of this sprawling waterfront nature reserve is a popular site for weekend picnics, walks and bike rides (rental kiosks line…

  • El Zanjón de Granados

    San Telmo

    This amazing urban architectural site is a must for travelers interested in the city's history. A series of old tunnels, sewers and cisterns (built from…

  • Centro Cultural Recoleta

    Recoleta & Barrio Norte

    Part of the original Franciscan convent and alongside its namesake church and cemetery, this excellent cultural center houses a variety of facilities,…

  • Plaza Dorrego

    San Telmo

    After Plaza de Mayo, Plaza Dorrego is the city’s oldest plaza. Dating back to the 18th century, it was originally a pit stop for caravans bringing…

  • Mercado de San Telmo

    San Telmo

    Occupying an entire city block, this striking marketplace was built in 1897 by Juan Antonio Buschiazzo, the Italian-born Argentine architect who designed…

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    El Caminito

    La Boca

    La Boca's most famous street and 'open-air' museum is a magnet for visitors, who come to see its brightly painted houses and snap photographs of the…

  • Feria de Mataderos

    Buenos Aires

    On the outskirts of the city in the working-class barrio of Mataderos, this excellent folkloric festival happens on Sundays and national holidays. Come…

  • Fundación Proa

    La Boca

    Only the most cutting-edge national and international artists are invited to show at this contemporary art center, with its high ceilings, white walls and…

  • Museo Casa Carlos Gardel

    Buenos Aires

    A small but noteworthy tribute to tango's most famous voice. Located in Gardel’s old house, the museum traces the singer's early years in France and…

  • Manzana de las Luces

    Buenos Aires

    In colonial times, the Manzana de las Luces was Buenos Aires’ most important center of culture and learning, and today the block still symbolizes…

  • Sitio de Memoria ESMA

    Belgrano, Nuñez & the Costanera Norte

    The former naval campus known as the ESMA is the most notorious of some 600 secret detention centers in Argentina, where during the military dictatorship…

  • Museo Nacional Ferroviario

    Buenos Aires

    Train enthusiasts won't want to miss this museum dedicated to the history of Argentina's railway network. Exhibits include porcelain from the presidential…

  • Museo de la Pasión Boquense

    La Boca

    This high-tech fútbol museum at Boca Juniors' stadium chronicles the history of the boisterous neighborhood of La Boca and its famous soccer team with…

  • Cementerio de la Chacarita

    Buenos Aires

    This large cemetery is much less visited by tourists than Recoleta, but its most elaborate tombs are no less impressive. The most visited belongs to…

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    Palacio del Congreso

    Buenos Aires

    Argentina's green-domed Congress building, modeled on the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, was completed in 1906. Worthwhile free tours of the Senate…

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    Plaza San Martín

    Buenos Aires

    French landscape architect Carlos Thays designed the leafy Plaza San Martín, which is surrounded by some of Buenos Aires’ most impressive public buildings…

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    Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes

    Buenos Aires

    Following cholera, typhoid and yellow fever epidemics, city officials commissioned the English engineer John Batemen to plan a water purification system –…

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    Mercado de Abasto

    Buenos Aires

    The historic Mercado de Abasto (1895) has been turned into one of the most beautiful shopping centers in the city. The building, once a large vegetable…

  • In the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina, stands this obelisk, an historic momument commemorating the 400 year anniversary of the city.


    Buenos Aires

    One of the city's most iconic monuments is the needle-like Obelisco, soaring 67m above the oval Plaza de la República on busy Av 9 de Julio. It was…

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    Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays


    Escape the frenzied traffic and packed sidewalks around Plaza Italia by dipping inside this lush botanical garden, designed by renowned landscape…

  • Tierra Santa

    Belgrano, Nuñez & the Costanera Norte

    This wonderfully tacky 'Holy Land' theme park is roughly based on Jerusalem. Though many people who visit are devout Catholics, others go for the kitschy…

  • Catedral Metropolitana

    Buenos Aires

    The city's main Catholic church, finished in 1827, is a significant religious and architectural landmark, where Jorge Bergoglio (now known as Pope Francis…

  • Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo


    This museum is housed in the stunning beaux-arts Residencia Errázuriz Alvear mansion (1917), once the residence of Chilean aristocrat couple Matías…

  • Galerías Pacífico

    Buenos Aires

    Occupying an entire city block, this beautiful building, inspired by Le Bon Marché in Paris, houses an upscale shopping center with a large food court…

  • Museo Casa de Yrurtia

    Belgrano, Nuñez & the Costanera Norte

    Reclusive Rogelio Yrurtia (1879–1950), best known for his sculpture Canto al Trabajo on Plazoleta Olazábal in San Telmo, designed this neocolonial…

  • Palacio Paz

    Buenos Aires

    Once the private residence of José C Paz – founder of the newspaper La Prensa – this opulent, French-style palace (1909) is the city's grandest. Inside…

  • Museo Histórico Nacional

    San Telmo

    Located in Parque Lezama is the city’s national historical museum. It’s mostly dedicated to Argentina’s revolution of May 25, 1810, though there is some…

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