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Posted on 11/22/2011 Tips & Recommendations

Buenos Aires Highlights In 5 days

So you’re going to the heart of Argentina, South America but you only have 5 days to spend there. What to do?

Don’t worry, here’s a guide to help you out. If you’re spending 5 days in Buenos Aires, one of your main priorities is most likely to visit the city’s most well-known “must see” historical landmarks. To do this, you should set aside at least one full day to incorporate time for transport and unexpected difficulties (Buenos Aires is full of those—subways shutting down, bus drivers on strike…it happens).

Buenos Aires highlights and landmarks you just can’t miss during your 5 day city tour:

  • Recoleta Cemetery: The tombs are absolutely beautiful, and the cemetery itself is enormous. Watch for cemetery cats! Visit the graves of Eva Perón, Raul Alfonsín and various Argentine presidents.

  • Avenida de Mayo: The architecture on this street, which connects Plaza de Mayo with Congreso, is not to be believed. Start at one end or the other (neither plaza should be missed) and walk down it to get a large dose of history and beauty you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Stop to have a traditional Argentine café if you get tired. And if you can’t walk the whole way, hop on the subway: Line A, the original subway line, which still has wooden cars.

  • Plaza San Martín: It’s a lovely historical area surrounded by lots of activity, from the shoppers on the pedestrian street of Florida as well as military officials entering the astounding Palacio Paz. Check out the famous statue and the impressive Ombú tree.

Check out some of the city’s surprisingly beautiful natural spaces during your Buenos Aires highlights tour. Definitely visit the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, located in Plaza Italia. It is home to the city’s largest population of stray cats, and is exceptionally calm and beautiful. Also recommended are the enormous Palermo Woods, which feature lakes, a poet’s garden and a gorgeous rose garden. You can rent paddleboats to take out on the lake, as well as roller blades and bicycles to cruise around the park’s borders.

Also check out the museum scene. The city is home to over a hundred museums. Highly recommended are the Evita Museum, Borges Museum, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museum of Modern Latin American Art (MALBA).

A day trip to Colonia, Uruguay is highly recommended if you’re going to be spending 5 days in Buenos Aires. It’s easy and relatively inexpensive to take the ferry across the Río de la Plata. Colonia is a quaint and pretty town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its interesting history.

For nighttime activities: Definitely check out the bar/club scene in Plaza Serrano. Catch a show if you can—Argentine theatre is world-renowned. And most of all, visit a traditional parrilla to taste Argentina’s famously delectable meat!

If you’re going to spend 5 days in Buenos Aires, you’ll need to decide, based on your personal likes and dislikes, what’s most important for you to see and do. Plan your Buenos Aires highlights ahead to ensure that you fit everything in, and enjoy your stay in this beautiful city!

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