Situated in Argentina's east side, overlooking the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is Argentina's capital and largest city. The city of Evita Perón, the tango, cheap steaks, and quaint European-style coffee shops, Buenos Aires is an ideal destination for anyone who loves life.
Whether you are looking for a low-cost hostel or an international quality 5-star hotel, you will find it in Buenos Aires.
Top Attractions in Buenos Aires
For an afternoon of tranquil reflection, take a trip to Recoleta Cemetery. Located just north of city centre, Recoleta is the final resting place for many of Argentina's most historic figures - including Eva Peron. At Recoleta, the tombs themselves are works of art - ranging in everything from art deco to neo classic - and adorned with ornate statues.
About 50 km outside of town, you will find Temaiken Park - a complete animal sanctuary that is bigger than the city's zoo. The park is designed to mimic animals' natural environment and provides an up close look at nature.
For history buffs, a visit to the grave of Evita Perón in the La Recoleta Cemetery is a must; this is also the burial place of many former presidents, generals, poets, and scientists.
A visit to La Boca, the headquarters of one of the country's most famous football teams, will also give you the opportunity to also explore the many taverns that are located in this colourful neighbourhood.
The most popular activity in Buenos Aires is the Polo. There is plenty of it to watch - whether you are right in the Buenos Aires City centre or out in the suburbs. If you truly fall in love with the sport, there are even experts that will give you Polo lessons during your trip!
But Polo isn't the only thing you can learn in Buenos Aires. Enjoying a massive Argentinean steak and a bottle of good local wine while watching a tango show is an unforgettable experience, and restaurants featuring tango performances are located throughout the city. You can also learn the steps of the world-famous Tango yourself. There are plenty of places around the city to watch Tango performances, but if you want to try out the moves yourself, go see Ruben and Cherie. As Buenos Aires' most famous Tango teachers, the duo will invite you into their home for a lesson.
If you are a vegetarian, you will likely have a hard time in Buenos Aires; this is a city for meat lovers. It has excellent steakhouses, and also offers quite a few international restaurants including Italian, French, and German establishments.
A visit to the oldest coffee shop in the city, Café Tortoni, will provide visitors with an opportunity to marvel at the unique architecture - but be prepared for the long queues of tourists and locals waiting to get a table.
Buenos Aires Hotels
Buenos Aires accommodation options run the full gamut from budget hostels to 5-star establishments that offer the epitome of luxury and comfort.
All of the major international chains are represented in Buenos Aires - most of them in or near the city centre. Many mid-range hotels will also be found in the same area. If you are looking for cheap Buenos Aires hotels, you best bet is to look just north of city centre. That's where you will find the biggest selection.
They provide basic, no frills accommodation at very agreeable prices, and many of these cheap hotels are located north of the city centre.