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Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

1. Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll have the opportunity to see the main site of Buenos Aires. Begin at the Plaza de Mayo or May Square, the site of the most important historical events since the city’s founding. Your guide will show you the most important buildings and monuments and tell you about the square’s history. Then enjoy Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) and marvel at the atmosphere of San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and explore its antiques shops and picturesque buildings. Feel the beat of the original Argentinian tango in the neighborhood of La Boca. Walk along Caminito Street and watch the dancers and browse the shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Experience the modernization of the city as you travel along Madero Port and see its docks that are home to large office buildings and an array of dining venues. Pass through the Retiro neighborhood and then on to Palermo, the most exclusive residential area in Buenos Aires. Later, in Recoleta, you’ll see the cemetery that is the final resting place of Eva Peron. Wander through the cemetery to locate her burial site.

Buenos Aires: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

2. Buenos Aires: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Get a complete picture of Buenos Aires with this 24-hour, hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Discover traditional neighborhoods like La Boca, San Telmo, and Puerto Madero, as well as the most modern ones, such as Palermo and Belgrano. Benefit from an included audio guide to find out more about the places you pass. With your ticket, hop on and off at any of the 22 stops on the bus route during a period of 24 hours. The main stop is in the city center and as the tour progresses, you'll see emblematic buildings, historical places, cultural spaces, and the different Buenos Aires neighborhoods. The bus will stop at certain stops to connect you with other activities and tourist attractions. Either stay on the bus all the way around the loop and enjoy the colorful sights and informative guides or use the bus as a great way to get to your next attraction. You're sure to have a fun time and you might just hear something surprising about this big city. If you get tired sightseeing, the open-top buses are a great place to rest and still see a large part of the city.

Buenos Aires: La Recoleta Cemetery Guided Tour in English

3. Buenos Aires: La Recoleta Cemetery Guided Tour in English

Experience a guided tour of the Recoleta Cemetery in English. Appreciate the artistry of Buenos Aires’ oldest cemetery while discovering many of its mysteries. Let your guide lead you round the cemetery while sharing stories of the families who built over 4000 grand mausoleums to be admired by society. Marvel at the grandeur of the several mausoleums there including those of several Argentinian presidents and, most famously, Eva ‘Evita’ Perón. With many aesthetically pleasing statues, mausoleum edifice constructions and decorative flairs, interact with the history of the city of Buenos Aires and some of its more well-known historical residents.

Buenos Aires Private Half-Day City Tour

4. Buenos Aires Private Half-Day City Tour

Take a tour of Buenos Aires on an itinerary tailored exclusively for you. Design your own itinerary with suggestions from your private guide. Start with a visit to Plaza de Mayo and see the famous Casa Rosada, the executive office of the President of Argentina. Then, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral to admire the main Catholic church of Buenos Aires overlooking Plaza de Mayo. Head to the beautifully-preserved neighborhood of San Telmo, before going to the port district of La Boca to see where the first Italian immigrants settled. Admire the colorful buildings on the street museum of the "Caminito." Next, visit the exclusive area of La Recoleta (time permitting) and go to the cemetery where some of the most wealthy and historic Argentineans are buried. Benefit from some free time to make stops or enjoy lunch throughout the day. Whether you want to see a little of everything or spend more time at a few locations, your guide will organize a tour to ensure you get what you want. At the end, they will take you back to your accommodation or any other location in the city, depending on your own requirements.

North or South Buenos Aires Bike Tour

5. North or South Buenos Aires Bike Tour

Your tour will start with some safety instructions for the ride, then put your helmet on and explore the city. South Circuit When choosing the South Circuit you will start to explore the city by San Telmo, which is the current old quarter and the area where time has stood still since the early 1900s. Stop at the Lezama Park and talk about the first foundation of Buenos Aires, immigration and the history of Tango. Then, go down through La Boca's limit, where you will stop to stare at La Bombonera, one of the hearts of the area and symbol of the local passion for football. Visit the colorful area of Caminito, the first port of Buenos Aires, which today has become a district for local artists. After that, bike towards Puerto Madero, the second city harbor, which evolved into the most modern neighborhood in Argentina, redefining the skyline of the city. From there, continue to the Ecological Reserve, a 865-acre nature reserve that lies between the city and the Rio de la Plata. The last part of our tour will be at the Plaza de Mayo, where Buenos Aires was definitively founded back in 1580. See the Old Cabildo (city hall), Metropolitan Cathedral (the former home for Pope Francis) and the Casa Rosada (the presidential offices).  North Circuit If you prefer the North Circuit, you will see the heart of Buenos Aires' late 19th-century history, parks, and architecture. Discover the energy of downtown Buenos Aires, across the business district of the city center. You will then head to the hustling and bustling area of Retiro and Plaza San Martin, where you'll see magnificent palaces and architectural icons, products of Belle Epoque. A few stops later, the pace slows down as you take in Recoleta, the “barrio” best known for its cemetery, cafes, ice cream, and museums. Continuing north to Palermo, you'll pass the "Floralis Generica" (giant metal flower), the house of general San Martin and the Museum of Contemporary Art on your way to the wonderful open space of the Parks and the picturesque Rose Garden. On the way back, you'll stop at one of the main meeting points of BA, The Congress Square, right next to the magnificent building that holds the Legislative Power. After 4 hours of biking through the most important landmarks of Buenos Aires, you will return to the starting point to finish your tour. 

Buenos Aires: 3‒Hour Private Customizable Tour

6. Buenos Aires: 3‒Hour Private Customizable Tour

Visit the most beautiful and important areas of Buenos Aires at your own pace, with no time restrictions. Discover the history of Plaza de Mayo, site of the most important historical events in the country. See the most emblematic buildings, and learn about the key players of those events. Head along May Avenue and enjoy a coffee at the historical Café Tortoni. If you like, take a short trip on the first ever subway line in South America.  Visit San Telmo and marvel at this oldest residential neighborhood. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and discover its antique shops and picturesque buildings. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighborhood of La Boca. Explore Caminito Street and enjoy the dancers and souvenir shops. Then, see the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium and, if you want, the Pasión Boquense Museum.  Contemplate the modernization of the city on your next stop, Madero Port. See its exclusive docks, full of excellent restaurants and large offices. Travel through Retiro to one of the most aristocratic areas of the city, Recoleta. Discover the final resting place of Eva Peron, Evita, and wander through Recoleta Cemetery where her remains rest. Visit Palermo and its most exclusive residential area, before finally returning to your hotel. 

Buenos Aires: South and North Full-Day Bike Tour With Lunch

7. Buenos Aires: South and North Full-Day Bike Tour With Lunch

Discover the main attractions in Buenos Aires on a full-day bike tour with a local, professional guide. Soak up the vibes of the different areas in the city, and sample some traditional Argentinian drink and food. In a small-group bike tour, with a maximum of 6 persons, you will visit: • Bosques de Palermo - the biggest green area of the city • Avenida del Libertador • Palermo Chico area - a traditional posh area • Law University - an impressive building • Floralis Generica - a modern icon • Mate tasting stop - enjoy the most traditional drink in Argentina as locals do • Microcentro - pedal through the city center • Plaza de Mayo • Puerto Madero - the newest area in Buenos Aires • Costanera Sur - the old riverside • Lunch at a traditional food truck • La Boca - a traditional area in BA • La Bombonera - Boca Juniors Soccer Stadium • Caminito - open-door museum • San Telmo - one of the oldest areas in BA • Plaza Dorrego - a famous square for its bars and street market • Recoleta - a posh area in BA • Recoleta Cemetery - the fancy cemetery You will stop at the various locations to talk about history and culture and other interesting facts. The bike tour will finish at the same place than the meeting point.

Buenos Aires Bike Tour: South or North Circuit

8. Buenos Aires Bike Tour: South or North Circuit

After meeting your guide at the local partner's office, listen to a quick safety briefing before receiving your bike (a comfy beach cruiser) and helmet. If you choose the South Circuit, begin with a cycle around San Telmo, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture. See its many attractions, including the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Church, San Telmo Market and Dorrego Square, the heart of San Telmo. Observe life in the square’s cafes, bars, and shops, and watch for spontaneous tango performances – as San Telmo is the center of tango in Buenos Aires.  Next, ride into La Boca, Buenos Aires’ most colorful neighborhood, where a European atmosphere has remained strong since the neighborhood was settled by Italian immigrants. The district is popular with visitors for its brightly painted buildings, especially along the Caminito – the neighborhood’s main (pedestrianized) drag where you can see local artists selling their work.  Then, head to the newest neighborhood in the city: Puerto Madero. Its old docks have been transformed into restaurants, lofts, and offices, which boast incredible views of the city. From there, continue to the Ecological Reserve, an 865-acre nature reserve that lies between the city and the Rio de la Plata. Finally, visit Plaza de Mayo, the scene of all major political events in the country since the founding of Buenos Aires. Take a look at the Government House (Casa Rosada), the Cabildo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the main public buildings.  If you go for the North Circuit, start the tour in Puerto Madero, the newest neighborhood in the city. From there, ride through Recoleta, famous for its French-style buildings and large parks. See Recoleta Cemetery, where legendary Argentinians like Eva Peron (aka Evita) are buried, and pass through Barrio Norte, an informal name given to a lively section of Recoleta around Santa Fe Avenue. Then, head toward the district of Palermo – Buenos Aires’ largest neighborhood. Ride to Palermo Woods, the city’s largest park, where you can admire its rose garden with more than 400 rose bushes. See more of the park’s sights, including the Buenos Aires Zoo, the Botánical Garden, Plaza Italia, Galileo Galilei Planetarium and the Spaniard’s Monument.  Throughout your tour, your entertaining and informative guide will give facts about Buenos Aires’ rich history and provide commentary about the sites you’re passing. You’ll also rest periodically to stretch your legs and take photos, ending your tour in San Telmo.

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What people are saying about Recoleta

Overall rating

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based on 516 reviews

This ride is a great way to get acquainted with Buenos Aires. It has many miles of bike lanes making it safe to tour the city. Samuel was my tour guide who is very knowledgeable even though he is not from Argentina. I highly recommend taking this informative tour.

Sam was just fantastic! It was the best 4 hours I’ve spent! I learned so much about Argentina and it’s monuments that reflect this amazing country. Don’t hesitate just book this tour. The city is mainly flat so getting around on a bike is pretty darn easy!

Our tour guide Victoria was incredibly knowledgeable and took us on an amazing tour of the cemetery. Highly recommend the tour and highly recommend Victoria!

Juan and Daniel were really great. I can not recommend them enough. The tour is a perfect length and a great easy way to learn about the city.

German was great: prompt, clean car (looked new), knowledgeable, engaging, funny ! I would highly recommend it to everyone. :)