A guided tour is a great way to glimpse beneath the surface and gain an insight into Buenos Aires' turbulent history and distinctive culture. A wealth of stories lie behind every monument and public square and a guided tour can help bring the city's sights to life.
Being compact and flat, Buenos Aires is easily explored on foot, and a walking tour is a good way for first-time visitors to get their bearings in the city. Alternatively, take advantage of BA's growing network of cycle lanes on a bike tour.
Those with specialist interests should sign up for one of the excellent tours focused on a particular theme, including street art, food, photography and tango.
Walking & Cycling Tours
There's a good choice of walking tours to chose from, including BA Walking Tours and Cultour. For private walking tours led by native English speakers, try Buenos Tours. Say Hueque in Palermo offers a selection of tours; they also have an office in San Telmo.
The BA city government (https://turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar) offers a number of free neighborhood guided walking tours in English and Spanish, as well as low-cost cycling tours, new rowing excursions in Puerto Madero (free but often booked out months in advance) and even 5km, 8km and 18km 'urban trekking' tours – see the website for the full list of current offerings; most tours require advance booking.
If you've come to BA to feast on meat, consider signing up for an outing with the Parrilla Tour to sample the local fare. Tango Trips offers milonga tours where you can see locals dance – and have a go yourself. Would-be photographers can search out the lesser-seen sights of the city while honing their snapping skills with Foto Ruta.