ONE DAY IN BUENOS AIRES!
Buenos Aires, considered the Paris of South America, is the largest city in Argentina and a city that never sleeps!
There are a million and one things to do in this awesome city, though one day in Buenos Aires is just enough time to explore the top highlights that this city has to offer.
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WHERE IS BUENOS AIRES & HOW TO GET THERE
Buenos Aires is located on the east coast of Argentina and bordering with Uruguay. It is the country’s capital city with an estimated population of 2.9 million people.
The best and easiest way of reaching Buenos Aires is by plane. Daily flights operate in and out of Buenos Aires Airport, connecting domestic and international travelers from around the world. Buenos Aires city is a short twenty-minute drive from the airport.
BUENOS AIRES TOURS
Visiting Buenos Aires can be done solely on your own terms or with a tour company. I personally joined an 11-day tour with Tucan Travel covering the highlights of Chile, Argentina and Brazil, which included one day in Buenos Aires.
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Sunset in the city – One Day In Buenos Aires
ONE DAY IN BUENOS AIRES ITINERARY
Below is a list of Buenos Aires attractions that I explored during one day in Buenos Aires in this exact order:
- La Boca Colorful Neighbourhood
- Recoleta Cemetery
- El Ateneo Book Store
- Free Walking Tour Buenos Aires
- Buenos Aires Walking Street
THE COLORFUL NEIGHBOURHOOD OF LA BOCA
In my opinion, La Boca should be at the top of everyone’s list of places to visit during your one day in Buenos Aires!
The bohemian barrio of La Boca is a vibrantly painted neighborhood that was created by the locals who used leftover paint from the shipyards to paint their homes and buildings in all colors of the rainbow. How freaking creative is that?!
La Boca’s Caminito Street features the works of local artists, tango dancing in the street, market stalls, cafes, restaurants and makeshift bars. If you’re feeling hungry, I recommend checking out Gran Paraiso restaurant for a traditional Argentinian BBQ.
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Colorful streets of La Boca – One Day In Buenos Aires
Makeshift bar in La Boca – One day in Buenos Aires
Caminito Street – One day in Buenos Aires
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Next on this list of things to see during your one day in Buenos Aires is The Recoleta Cemetery, also known as Cementerio de la Recoleta, is not your every day cemetery. It is a place of rest for Argentina’s most rich and famous people to have lived and left behind a legacy.
When you step foot in the gate, you’ll feel you just entered another city. A maze of towering stone mausoleums and monuments line the streets inside La Recoleta and the most famous tomb is that of Eva Perón, Argentina’s iconic First Lady, that you’ll find is always covered in flowers.
The entrance to Recoleta Cemetery is FREE though I recommend letting a friendly local guide take you on a one-hour tour of the cemetery and offer them a generous tip at the end.
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Recoleta Cemetery – One Day In Buenos Aires
Cementerio de la Recoleta – One Day In Buenos Aires
Exposed tombs – City Tour Buenos Aires
EL ATENEO GRAND SPLENDID BOOKSTORE
The El Ateneo book store is rated as the world’s most beautiful bookstore by National Geographic. Even if you are not that into books, this place is a must-see on your one day in Buenos Aires itinerary.
El Ateneo first opened as a theater called Teatro Gran Splendid in 1919 and it could hold over 1000 people in its time. It was used for a variety of different things including tango performances, a broadcasting radio station and even screened some of the first-ever films with sound.
When you visit El Ateneo bookstore you can simply marvel at the eclecticist architecture, take the stairs to the top level for a birds-eye perspective or pick up a book and sit down in one of the comfy lounges for a short rest.
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El Ateneo bookstore – Buenos Aires In One Day
FREE WALKING TOUR BUENOS AIRES
There are several free walking tours in Buenos Aires which are one of the best things to do in Argentina’s capital. These walking tours around Buenos Aries are not only fun and exciting but also rich with information on the history of Buenos Aires.
I personally joined the afternoon ‘City Centre Tour’ and can highly recommend it.
The tour started at the National Congress and ended around 2.5-hours later at the Pink Government House.
The tour was very informative and I learned a lot about the architecture in Buenos Aires as well as the history, dictatorship, economics and politics of Argentina.
The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and answered all the questions from the group. If you are looking to dive deeper into the Argentinian culture, I highly recommend you attend a free walking tour Buenos Aries.
What to see and expect on the free walking tour Buenos Aires:
Palacio Barolo mysterious architecture
- Evita’s Mural
- Plaza de Mayo, the heart of BA
- Colonial Town Hall & Revolution
- Cathedral & Pope Francis
- Mothers of the May Square
- 70’s dictatorship and those who went missing
- Actual Argentine economy & politics
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Free walking tour Buenos Aires
FLORIDA WALKING STREET IN BUENOS AIRES
Last but not least on your one day in Buenos Aires itinerary is Florida Street, also known as Calle Florida, is the longest walking street in downtown Buenos Aires. A 1km stretch lined with retail stores, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, cafes, street buskers, blanket sellers and much more!
Experiencing the hustle and bustle in Calle Florida is an exciting way to end your Buenos Aires city tour and if you’ve still got the energy to do some last-minute shopping, this is the spot to do it!
Florida Street – One Day In Buenos Aires
WHERE TO STAY IN BUENOS AIRES
Buenos Aries has thousands of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places to stay in Buenos Aries to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hilton Buenos Aires
Centrally located in the Puerto Madero district, this 5-star hotel features elegant rooms with fantastic views of the city. There is also a spa, fitness centre, rooftop pool, restaurant and cocktail bar. The Hilton offers free wifi and a buffet breakfast is included. Stretch the budget and visit Buenos Aires in style!
Mid Range: Up Recoleta Hotel
Located in the Recoleta district, this 3-star hotel is walking distance to some of Buenos Aires top attractions including bars, restaurants and the Recoleta Cemetery. The spacious rooms feature private bathrooms, cable TV, air-conditioning and free wifi. Up Recoleta Hotel is perfect for couples at an affordable price.
Budget: Art Factory Beer Garden Hostel
Rated one of the best Buenos Aires Hostels! Choose from either a dorm room or a private room and make use of the free wifi while having a cold one in the beer garden. There is a shared kitchen for guests to use and a continental breakfast is included. Perfect for backpackers on a budget.
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MORE CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA TRAVEL GUIDES
If you are planning a trip to Central and South America, be sure to check out my other travel guides below that you might find useful while crafting together your itinerary:
- Mexico: 4 Week Mexico Itinerary
- Guatemala: 2 Week Guatemala Itinerary
- Cuba: 10 Day Cuba Itinerary
- Peru: Backpacking Peru – 3 Week Itinerary
- Bolivia: Things To Do In Bolivia
- Brazil: 2 Day Rio De Janeiro Itinerary
- Argentina: Things To Do In Argentina
- Chile: Things To Do In Chile
WHAT TO PACK FOR ARGENTINA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF ONE DAY IN BUENOS AIRES
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