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Buenos Aires tours and excursions

Buenos Aires tours

Bicycle tours

A combination of flat ground and separated bike lanes makes cycling in BA a pleasurable experience. Biking Buenos Aires run highly recommended English-language tours around specific sightseeing neighbourhoods as well as themed expeditions focussing on art or architecture. An eclectic collection of guided pedal tours is also available with BA Bikes, including food bike tours, market tours, a full-day trip to Uruguay and a deluxe E-bike option.

Tel: +54 11 6698 5923+54 11 4300 5373
Website: http://www.bikingbuenosaires.com

Culture tours

Buenos Aires is laden with culture-orientated tours that can offer more imaginative perspectives that the average tourist trail. The city's street art scene comes alive with Graffitimundo who takes groups around BA's many colourful murals while explaining their history and significance. Food lovers may prefer to opt for the Parrilla Tour to sample some of the city's finest cuts, choripán (chorizo sandwich) and empanadas in its local hangouts.

Tel: +54 911 3683 3219+54 9 11 4048 5964
Website: http://www.parrillatour.com

Buenos Aires excursions

Tigre

An hour's train ride from Buenos Aires' Retiro Station takes you to Tigre, a pleasant riverside town on an island in the Paraná Delta. Riverboats depart from the Estación Fluvial (River Terminal) to explore the waterways while a few blocks away from the station there's the daily Puerto de Frutos (fruit market) which now sells local handicrafts.

Agencia de Turismo Tigre

Juncal 1600

Tel: +54 11 4897 6444
Website: http://www.vivitigre.gov.ar

San Antonio de Areco

Just over 100 km (60 miles) from Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is a rustic town that trades on its gaucho heritage. Its stone-paved colonial streets are lined with shops selling gaucho handicrafts crafted from leather, silver and ceramics. Visit Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes which recreates a traditional estancia (ranch) or, for a real estancia experience, nearby Los Dos Hermanos, (tel: +54 11 4723 2880; www.estancialosdoshermanos.com) provides a warm welcome.

Tourist Information

Avenida Zerboni 2760

Tel: +54 23 2645 3165
Website: http://www.sanantoniodeareco.com

Featured Hotels

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Casa Calma

In the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, this wellness boutique equips its 17 rooms with jacuzzi tubs and six deluxe rooms have saunas. The vibe throughout is eco-chic, with furniture fashioned from recycled fabrics and floors crafted from sustainable pine. Healthy buffet breakfast, bicycle hire and an honesty bar are among its many attractions.

Faena Hotel

A pioneering design hotel, opulently contemporary Faena has been crafted out of a former grain warehouse along the docks of Puerto Madero. Designed by Philippe Starck, the interior is an eclectic mix of minimalist décor, regal furniture and quirky artefact, with facilities counting a spa, outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art meeting and events space and two stylish restaurants.

Home Hotel

The award-winning boutique stay is a tranquil and stylish retreat set in the heart of trendy Palermo, complete with heated pool, outdoor cocktail bar and palm-shaded garden. Scandinavian furniture sits amid luxurious French wallpaper in the 17 designer bedrooms, while the basement houses a sleek spa offering a range of massage, body and facial therapies.

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

A 5-star Park Hyatt property in the affluent downtown Recoleta district, chandeliers and working fireplaces set the tone in this grand palace - first built in 1934 and lovingly restored in 2006. The 165-room hotel commands an impressive array of art in its underground gallery, the Paseo de las Artes Duhau, and facilities include the Ahín Wellness & Spa with its indoor swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool.

Hotel Frossard

This centrally located hotel offers simple, modern facilities in an old, French-style house. Most visitors are attracted by the reasonable prices and ease of access to nearby cultural attractions rather than its specific charm. Offering bed and breakfast, Hotel Frossard is also surrounded by many of the city's finest cafés and restaurants which makes it a worthy budget choice in what can be a pricey city.

Telmo Tango

This friendly San Telmo hostel and bed-and-breakfast is a comfortable option for newcomers to Buenos Aires. Organised trips include outings to football games and sailing from Puerto Madero, and the English-speaking manager is happy to share his tips on the city. The building's top terrace is a nice little spot to catch the sun away from the busy streets. Ask for a room at the front of the building that benefits from a balcony.