A Vibrant Capital
Buenos Aires, the largest city of Argentina, is alive with distinctive old neighbourhoods, a thriving nightlife and unique architecture. Blending its South American essence with an early European influence, it is known for its rich cultural life, even boasting the highest concentration of theatres in the world.
Frequently referred to as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires often tops travellers’ wish lists. A mecca for cuisine, it is a favourite with foodies, wine connoisseurs and fresh market devotees.
Why not start your visit with a stroll through the colourful avenues of La Boca, followed by a tour of the presidential palace, Casa Rosada. Idle through the early evening inside a Parilla (steakhouse) and finish your day by tangoing the night away in a local café?
- Spend an early morning meandering through the art deco mausoleums within the Recoleta Cemetary. Opening from 7am, start early to appreciate the quieter atmosphere while taking in the impressive history of the site that is resting place to Buenos Aires past elite.
- Indulge in a traditional asado meal. A magnificent feast of Argentinean meat cuts, usually relished with accompanying local wine. A truly gastronomic experience that has a popular place in the heart of Argentine culture.
- Savvy travellers will enjoy a walking tour through Caminito. A colourfully restored alley in La Boca that pays homage to historic times while celebrating all things tango music and dance.
Argentina’s Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) is located 34km southwest of the city of Buenos Aires.
There is a 24hr information desk located on the ground floor of Terminal A arrivals. There is an additional information desk on the ground floor of Terminal B which is open from 05:30 until the last flight.
Buenos Aires is arranged in blocks, so it’s pretty easy to get around if you know the essentials. The city has a large and ever-expanding public transport network, and 3 times as many taxis as New York.
There is also a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus which is a must if you are short on time and keen to see the highlights. Bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways in the city centre make cycling and walking a nice outdoorsy alternative.
Buenos Aires is blessed with a temperate and sunny climate, which makes it a great destination at any time of the year. Annual average temperatures are around 18ºC (64°F).
BA sits at sea-level on the River Plate. With an annual rainfall of 900mm spread evenly throughout the year, visitors should be prepared for a bit of rain in any season. July is the coldest month, so warm layers are recommended.
The summer months of January and February can be especially humid. There are fewer people in the city during these summer months and some businesses and entertainment venues close down.