Top events in Buenos Aires

April
01

Argentina has produced excellent movies for many years. The fact that they are only recently coming to the attention of wider European audiences...

April
27

This three-week international book fair is one of the five largest book fairs in the world. The event has been going since 1975 and has grown...

May
24

The Contemporary Art Fair opens the cultural season in the Argentine capital with an exhibition designed to bring high-quality art closer to the...

Caminito, Buenos Aires
Pin This
Open Media Gallery

Caminito, Buenos Aires

© Creative Commons / elNico

Buenos Aires travel guide

-0300
Buenos Aires Local time

As the South American capital with the most cosmopolitan credentials, Buenos Aires - also known as Capital Federal or simply BA - is a city gifted in the art of seduction. Suffused with European flavour, but with a strong Latino spirit, it’s both refined yet chaotic, self-confident but unpredictable, where evocative tango rhythms fill crumbling colonial plazas and cutting-edge cultural centres integrate with an increasingly diverse food scene and a legendary nightlife that keeps bouncing until dawn.

Spread out on the southwest banks of the River Plate, the city exists as a series of stand-alone neighbourhoods, or barrios, each with its own distinct charm. There’s bohemian San Telmo, known for its historic streets and bustling antiques market, or working-class La Boca, home to colourful houses and Argentina’s beloved football club. The sparklingly new dockland of Puerto Madero feels far-removed from the old-world elegance of Recoleta or the leafy boulevards of Palermo, where a collection of ultra-hip cafes, boutiques and bars draw in a young, carefree crowd.

Despite its sprawling size, the city is easy to navigate on the Subte underground system, although it can be equally enjoyable to explore the big colonial avenues on foot. Visitors with only a few days can busy about ticking off a long list of must-sees, from photo stops at Plaza de Mayo to eyeballing the towering tombs of Recoleta Cemetery. Yet BA is also a remarkably liveable city, and those with more time can get under its skin by sipping mate in atmospheric cafes, indulging in decadently long asados (traditional barbecues) or interacting with the gregarious Porteños, as the local residents are known.

Whatever side of Buenos Aires appeals, come with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll quickly fall under this city’s spell.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.