9 Things Not to Miss in Buenos Aires

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My first Latin America encounter kicked off in the cultural city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. There’s so much to see and do in this city that no time can be spared – so be sure to read the 9 things not to miss in Buenos Aires to ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running!

  Buenos Aires Cemetery Wikicommons

La Recoleta Cemetery

The La Recoleta Cemetery is a unique experience to encounter. The tombs inside the cemetery are famous for being above ground, but it is still the tomb of Evita that attracts the most attention. The tomb is hard to find if you’re not with a local tour guide, so if you’ve arrived on your own accord just follow the large groups and eavesdrop on a tour.

Tango Lesson

Experiencing Tango culture is an absolute must whilst in Buenos Aires, but what better way to experience it than to become a part of it yourself!? Head to Tango Show Buenos Aires for an entertaining night including a Tango show, Tango lesson, and amazing food and wine.

Polo day

Be a Polo Pro for a day

The city of Buenos Aires is fascinating, but if you want to escape the city for a day to encounter something truly Argentinian, a day at the polo is just the right way to do so. Argentinia Polo Day Tours will collect you from your Buenos Aires hotel and transport you the one hour drive out of town to experience and encounter professional polo first hand. You will not only watch a polo match, but also become a part of one yourself! After an elaborate lunch meal with unlimited wines, those game enough will mount their own horse and take off for a polo lesson and match… talk about an authentic experience!

la boca

Explore the streets of La Boca

Ever looked at images of Buenos Aires and imagined the playful colours and cobblestone alleyways lined with art and trinkets? That would be La Boca neighbourhood.

Get the Full Argentine Experience

As far as restaurant recommendations go, there could be no one single better recommendation than to book yourself in for an evening at The Argentine Experience. This is no ordinary local meal though, as it is more an event in itself. Your hosts will guide you through a range of Argentinian social and cultural traits, covering everything from hand gestures to tea drinking rituals. There’s also an empanada making competition and in general, the whole night is just a lot of fun – an absolute must do whilst in Buenos Aires.

Hit the Markets in San Telmo

If you find yourself in Buenos Aires on a weekend, what better way to spend a Sunday than to hit the markets. Every Sunday since 1970 the Feria de San Telmo has welcomed thousands of people to its’ open air market, which is not only a great chance to purchase trinkets but also to people watch at leisure.

My empanada I made for my own consumption!

My empanada I made for my own consumption!

Eat an Empanada

You can’t go to Latin America without trying an Empanada – a small pastry pocket filled with yumminess. Be sure to try a few different places as the quality varies drastically – the best I tried was at the Argentine Experience.

Cross the River into Uruguay

Hop on a ferry and you will reach Colonia del Sacramento in a mere 45 minutes. This is a delightful little town located across the border in Uruguay, and makes for a great day trip if you want to take a day away from the city.

Drink Mette in the park with Friends

Last but not least, try these age old tradition of tea drinking that is like no other tea experience in the world. Whether it’s on a guided tour or with some locals you have befriended, you should definitely try the tradition at least once during your stay.


World of Wanderlust visited Buenos Aires on the Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Contiki Tour as a guest of Contiki – as always, my opinion is my own.

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    July 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Buenos Aires tiene mucho para ver, tu visita ha sido muy corta…
    espero vuelvas a conocer y a descubrir mi linda ciudad…

    June 13, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Hi! Lovely post! Just wanna tell you that it’s called MATE, and not ”mette”. I’m from Argentina, so I know it for sure. Kisses

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    Stéphanie | Expeditie Aardbol
    September 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I might go to Argentina next summer, so I will save your tips. Thanks for sharing!

    September 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

    This post makes me miss Buenos Aires and Argentina a lot. I love having mate with friends, I actually bought some to have it at home sometimes. I love empanadas, San Telmo market is absolute must see in my opinion and next time I’m going to try the Argentine Experience Dinner 🙂

    Renate @ Renate's Travels
    September 1, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Cool! I Buenos Aires looks like a beautiful city with many things to do! I’ve been in Argentina (barely), but I haven’t made it to Buenos Aires yet. But one day! Playing in a polo-match sounds like so much fun!

    September 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I love this city so much! I was just going to mention what a few people have said in the comments above about it being mate not mette!
    The other thing that I thought might be helpful for people who maybe have a smaller budget is that there are alternative for the ‘experiences’/ tango show. Find a proper locals’ parrilla and you will learn just as much from watching your fellow diners! You can also head to a milonga, where Argentinians go to tango – very cheap and a great relaxed atmosphere. Some also hold lessons.
    I am excited to hear about more of your adventures in South America!

    September 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Ever since I saw an episode of House Hunters International from Buenos Aires, I’ve kinda wanted to go there! Thanks for fueling that fire more 🙂

    Clipping Path Outsource
    September 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I like to eat/test any kind of food > actually testy food from different countries.
    The Empanada of BUENOS AIRES is Like that. I’ll added this in my list and must test. Thanks a lot.

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    September 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    thanks for posting nice views.

    September 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I was surprised you started with visiting the cemetery, but the picture of the place looks beautiful

    Madeline Fedmont
    September 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Buenos Aires seems to be such an interesting city 🙂

    September 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Loved this! 🙂

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    September 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m also excited that you wrote about Buenos Aires! I just wanted to thank you for your kind words, people usually think South America as a wild, unexplored region and that is far from the truth.
    Oh, one more thing: mate isn’t exactly what someone would call “tea”. It’s kind of difficult to explain. Yes, it is an infusion, but the plant we use to make mate is called “yerba” and it is not related to tea; the “ritual” is different (if I could call it that way, we certainly don’t think it as a ritual at all, it is just a custom) and the elements we use to drink mate aren’t the same as those of tea (you drink from a cup also called mate -ok, that may be confusing- and you suck the liquid using a bombilla. Obviously there is only one mate in a group of people and they have to drink from it one at a time while they chat and eat etc). As the girl above says, mate is not a drug (wtf?).
    I hope my explanation was useful and that you all now want to come to Buenos Aires and drink mate!

    September 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

    yay! I love reading such lovely things of my home town!
    and let me tell you thats a good looking empanada, so well done. What did you choose for the filling? ( I imagine the classic mince beef but you never know)
    Just one thing though, our tea drink is actually called Mate. I hope you didn’t felt weirded out by sharing it, most people thinks we are during drugs because we share the “cup” but as you saw, its just tea!

    Hope you enjoyed the rest of my country.