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If you have extra time, Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal) is worthwhile.

#1
Palermo Free

#1 in Buenos Aires

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The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo (which is further broken into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). Alto Palermo is known for its museums and urban parks, like Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts extravagant mansions tucked behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), is a hidden spot often overlooked by tourists. And Palermo Viejo is where you'll encounter the most color and local flair. Palermo Soho houses a trove of high-end boutiques, bustling cafés and bars, and cobble-stoned streets. Neighboring Palermo Hollywood, located just north of Soho, brims with lively tapas bars, film studios, and festive outdoor markets.
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Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Palermo
The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo (which is further broken into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). Alto Palermo is known for its museums and urban parks, like Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts extravagant mansions tucked behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), is a hidden spot often overlooked by tourists. And Palermo Viejo is where you'll encounter the most color and local flair. Palermo Soho houses a trove of high-end boutiques, bustling cafés and bars, and cobble-stoned streets. Neighboring Palermo Hollywood, located just north of Soho, brims with lively tapas bars, film studios, and festive outdoor markets.
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#2 in Buenos Aires

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To get your culture fix, you'll want to head straight to the Fería De Mataderos. Here, guachos (similar to cowboys) saunter on majestic horses and market vendors offer a colorful array of crafts and food. Ornately costumed tango dancers ignite the streets with traditional country dancing and guachos rival each other in Argentinean contests to win prizes. If you tire of watching all the fun from afar, you can sign up for boleadoras (guacho classes). And if you should get hungry, you'll find no shortage of tasty steak sandwiches to munch on and scrumptious local wines to leisurely sip.
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Festivals Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Fair of the Mataderos (Fería De Mataderos)
To get your culture fix, you'll want to head straight to the Fería De Mataderos. Here, guachos (similar to cowboys) saunter on majestic horses and market vendors offer a colorful array of crafts and food. Ornately costumed tango dancers ignite the streets with traditional country dancing and guachos rival each other in Argentinean contests to win prizes. If you tire of watching all the fun from afar, you can sign up for boleadoras (guacho classes). And if you should get hungry, you'll find no shortage of tasty steak sandwiches to munch on and scrumptious local wines to leisurely sip.
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#3 in Buenos Aires

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When you tire of meandering down the bustling Avenue Libertador, take respite at the city's tranquil rose garden. Located in Palermo Woods (also known as Parque Tres de Febrero), this lush green space bursts with color thanks to more than 1,000 species of roses found here. The Rose Garden exudes a Zen-like charm similar to Paris' Tuileries. The path extends into to a serene Poet's Garden and features an Andalusian patio, teeming with colorful tiles imported from Seville.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal)
When you tire of meandering down the bustling Avenue Libertador, take respite at the city's tranquil rose garden. Located in Palermo Woods (also known as Parque Tres de Febrero), this lush green space bursts with color thanks to more than 1,000 species of roses found here. The Rose Garden exudes a Zen-like charm similar to Paris' Tuileries. The path extends into to a serene Poet's Garden and features an Andalusian patio, teeming with colorful tiles imported from Seville.
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#4 in Buenos Aires

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This beloved cemetery—located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood—is the resting place of many notable political figures and elites in Argentine history.
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Monuments and Memorials Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Recoleta Cemetery
This beloved cemetery—located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood—is the resting place of many notable political figures and elites in Argentine history.
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#5

#5 in Buenos Aires

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For art aficionados, the National Museum of Fine Arts is an aesthetic wonderland. The collection sprawls across 30 rooms and three floors, showcasing international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Inside, works of Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Modigliani, and Picasso hang on the walls. The museum's permanent Latin American and Argentine collections can be found on the first floor, while temporary exhibitions are located throughout the building and in the outdoor pavilion.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
The National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Belles Artes)
For art aficionados, the National Museum of Fine Arts is an aesthetic wonderland. The collection sprawls across 30 rooms and three floors, showcasing international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Inside, works of Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Modigliani, and Picasso hang on the walls. The museum's permanent Latin American and Argentine collections can be found on the first floor, while temporary exhibitions are located throughout the building and in the outdoor pavilion.
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#6 in Buenos Aires

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When visitors want to take an evening stroll, many head to Puerto Madero, where dazzling city lights illuminate the port that once served as a major destination for European trade. During the day, this area rests as a quiet business hub, but by night, this little neighborhood bursts with energy. Trendy porteños flock to the neighborhood steak and seafood restaurants and tango at festive dance clubs. Standout spots include Rojo Tango and Asia de Cuba, which are both for their sultry dancing and festive décor.
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Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Puerto Madero
When visitors want to take an evening stroll, many head to Puerto Madero, where dazzling city lights illuminate the port that once served as a major destination for European trade. During the day, this area rests as a quiet business hub, but by night, this little neighborhood bursts with energy. Trendy porteños flock to the neighborhood steak and seafood restaurants and tango at festive dance clubs. Standout spots include Rojo Tango and Asia de Cuba, which are both for their sultry dancing and festive décor.
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#10 in Buenos Aires

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If you came to Buenos Aires to dance, sashay your way over to this stylish southern neighborhood where tango has left its mark. Though its streets garnered a reputation for seediness in the early 1990's, the area has since blossomed into jam-packed bohemian blocks. Meander through San Telmo's cobbled streets and you'll pass colonial houses, quaint cafés, traditional restaurants, eclectic shops, and festive flamenco and tango clubs.
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Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
San Telmo
If you came to Buenos Aires to dance, sashay your way over to this stylish southern neighborhood where tango has left its mark. Though its streets garnered a reputation for seediness in the early 1990's, the area has since blossomed into jam-packed bohemian blocks. Meander through San Telmo's cobbled streets and you'll pass colonial houses, quaint cafés, traditional restaurants, eclectic shops, and festive flamenco and tango clubs.
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#12

#12 in Buenos Aires

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In this verdant, 18-acre botanical garden, you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city and savor the scenery from a park bench. Boasting around 5,000 species of plants, this tranquil oasis lures visitors with its versatile array of flora, as well as beautiful statues, trickling brooks, buzzing dragonflies, and organic vegetable garden. Another highlight: The garden contains a green house imported from France in 1900.
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Parks and Gardens Type
Carlos Thays Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico Carlos Thays)
In this verdant, 18-acre botanical garden, you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city and savor the scenery from a park bench. Boasting around 5,000 species of plants, this tranquil oasis lures visitors with its versatile array of flora, as well as beautiful statues, trickling brooks, buzzing dragonflies, and organic vegetable garden. Another highlight: The garden contains a green house imported from France in 1900.
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La Boca Free

#13 in Buenos Aires

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This fashionable neighborhood located in southern Buenos Aires brims with trendy boutiques and art galleries. Once a gritty shipyard bustling with European immigrants, this now vibrant port houses local artists, soccer fans, and middle-class workers alike. Its name—which translates to "The Mouth"—is derived from its distinct location near the Río de la Plata (the estuary formed by the meeting of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers).
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Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
La Boca
This fashionable neighborhood located in southern Buenos Aires brims with trendy boutiques and art galleries. Once a gritty shipyard bustling with European immigrants, this now vibrant port houses local artists, soccer fans, and middle-class workers alike. Its name—which translates to "The Mouth"—is derived from its distinct location near the Río de la Plata (the estuary formed by the meeting of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers).
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#16 in Buenos Aires

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Tourists have flocked to this historic square ever since Argentina declared independence from Spanish colonial rule on May 25, 1810. One major draw is the Casa Rosada (or Pink House) perched at the plaza's eastern tip. Casa Rosada contains Argentina's presidential headquarters. From its lofty balcony, Evita once spoke to swarms of Peronists (members of Buenos Aires' poor labor class). Another feature is the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid), which was erected to commemorate the country's uprising and holds the stature as the city's oldest monument.
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Plaza de Mayo
Tourists have flocked to this historic square ever since Argentina declared independence from Spanish colonial rule on May 25, 1810. One major draw is the Casa Rosada (or Pink House) perched at the plaza's eastern tip. Casa Rosada contains Argentina's presidential headquarters. From its lofty balcony, Evita once spoke to swarms of Peronists (members of Buenos Aires' poor labor class). Another feature is the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid), which was erected to commemorate the country's uprising and holds the stature as the city's oldest monument.
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