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Whether you find yourself in town for a short stay, during a layover, or squeezing in a little “bleisure” travel, we’re here to share some recommendations and explain what to see in Buenos Aires in 1 day. Of course, our local travel experts at Say Hueque are also available to arrange any sightseeing tours during your time in Buenos Aires. Check out some of our tours!
Home to almost one third of Argentina’s total population, Buenos Aires is a massive metropolis, sprawling across what was once a flat patch of pampas beside the River Plate. It’s known for being fast-moving, exuberant, and architecturally stunning with tons of characters to meet, things to see, and places to visit. In fact, Argentines take pride in styling themselves as Europeans which you will immediately notice in their food, fashion, architectural design and customs.
A majority of incoming international flights land by descending over the immense Río de la Plata (River Plate). Look out for the delta to the west, Buenos Aires on the coast and also Uruguay. You can take in the green pampas as you land – you won’t see a lot of nature once you’re in the heart of the city, unless you make an effort to venture to one of the public parks or dedicated green spaces, like the Botanical Garden in Palermo. Here are some more things to know about the city from our website.
Located 22km south-west of the city centre, the Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, better known as Ezeiza, was expanded and modernized in the 2000s and a new terminal added in July 2011. Passport control can be a bit slow, with waiting times reaching up to 40 minutes. U.S. nationals don’t require visas and a 90-day stay is granted on arrival.
The taxi ride into town takes 30-40 minutes from the airport. There is also a public bus that is cheaper but can take up to 2 hours, stopping all over the city en route. At this time, there is no train service.
If you arrive in Buenos Aires from a neighboring country, you’ll most likely come into the Retiro bus terminal. Get a taxi (black with yellow roof) away from the main exit. From Uruguay, you’ll arrive in the ferry port, walkable from downtown or a 5-15 minute taxi ride to hotels in the centre/Palermo.
The domestic airport, Jorge Newbery (also known as Aeroparque), is about a 20 minute taxi to town; agree a price before getting in. To avoid touts and overpaying, you can try to prearrange a driver through your hotel, especially if you can’t speak Spanish. Remember it’s not customary to tip cab drivers. You can also use free wifi at the hotel to hail an Uber or Cabify if you already have it linked on your phone.
Here are some of the must-see neighborhoods and sites (depending on your interests) that you’ll want to keep on your radar for getting good overview of what to see in Buenos Aires in 1 day:
Buenos Aires contains a number of museums, galleries, and exhibition halls. The most unique and interesting works are by local artists while the internationally renowned European artists are a bit under-represented in Argentina- although you still can find good pieces in Museo de Bellas Artes, or the Private Collection of Amalita Fortabat.
Lastly, no trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without a little tango! Milongas are the discotheques of tango. Usually they offer classes first and with the same ticket you can stay to enjoy the Milonga. Entrances are usually not expensive and you must pay in local cash.
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