4 Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Itinerary & Best Things to Do

Discover the things that you won’t want to miss during 4 days in Buenos Aires

I’m going to level with you. Four days in Buenos Aires are not enough.

This is a sprawling city, covering 78 square miles and made up of 48 neighbourhoods, or barrios. To do Buenos Aires justice, you would need to spend at least five to seven days there.

But what are the best things to do in Buenos Aires if your time there is more limited?

Due to the city’s size, deciding what to see can be overwhelming.

To help you make the most of your time there, here’s my 4-day Buenos Aires itinerary, which formed part of a two-week visit to Argentina. This includes tips on how to get from the airport, where to stay and how to get around this enormous city.

It will be a busy four days, but this itinerary will allow you to experience the best of the history, culture and diversity of this vibrant city.

brightly coloured building in el caminito which in one thing to see in 4 days in buenos aires

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Some of the attractions in this article may be closed temporarily because of the coronavirus. To avoid disappointment, check ahead. Only travel if it is safe to do so and follow the advice from the authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Plan Your Buenos Aires Itinerary

Packing a good guidebook to help you to plan your time in Buenos Aires, and to explore the city whilst you are there, is a wise move. I can recommend the excellent Lonely Planet Buenos Aires guide which I used during my visit.

Best Things to Do in Buenos Aires in 4 Days

statue of soldier in front of a row of vibrant buildings
Join a walking tour of La Boca
sand and stone beach with tree
Be at one with nature at Puerto Madero Ecological Reserve
ornate marble tomb with statue of young girl
Visit Evita (and others!) at La Recoleta Cemetery
people sitting in cafe in shaded square
Visit San Telmo, Buenos Aires’ historic heart
wall mural of two women with wolves heads and serpents backs
Check out street art in Palermo

Buenos Aires 4-Day Itinerary

This tried and tested 4-day itinerary will allow you to discover the best things to do in Buenos Aires with ease

infographic with itinerary for 4 days in buenos aires showing the best things to do in buenos aires

This itinerary is intended as a broad guide. You don’t need to visit these areas in any set order; mix and match as suits your schedule.

If you have just 3 days in Buenos Aires, you should still be able to cover these sights, compressing this 4-day itinerary into busier days. Conversely, if you spend longer in the city, you can take a more leisurely approach.

GOOD TO KNOW

Consider the days of the week that you will be in Buenos Aires. If you are there on a Saturday, you may wish to visit Casa Rosada. On a Sunday, you may want to check out the weekly market in San Telmo.

DAY 1: PLAZA DE MAYO & DOWNTOWN

Start your 4-day Buenos Aires itinerary by visiting the city’s historic Plaza de Mayo and the busy downtown area.

PLAZA DE MAYO

Begin your day in Plaza de Mayo, the beating heart of Buenos Aires. Surrounded on three sides by iconic buildings – the Catedral Metropolitana, the Cabildo and the Casa Rosada – this is a great place to start to get to know the city and its history.

Finished in 1827, the solid Catedral Metropolitana is Buenos Aires’ main Catholic church. It is home to the mausoleum of General José de San Martín, a revered Argentinian hero, who led the country to independence in 1816.

Don’t be deceived by the cathedral’s sombre Neo-Classical exterior. Inside, it is a wonder of soaring ceilings, exquisite stained glass, marble columns and detailed frescoes.

The 18th Century Cabildo, or town hall, sits at the southern end of the Plaza de Mayo. Once the seat of Spanish colonial rule, it also served as an important administrative building during the early years of Argentine independence. It is now home to the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution.

GOOD TO KNOW

Make your way to the second-floor balcony of the Cabildo for a sweeping view over the Plaza de Mayo.

However, Casa Rosada is the star of the show. It was from the balcony of this pink government house building in 1951 that Eva Perón (aka Evita) gave her final speech.

EXTERIOR OF pINK BUILDING OF CASA ROSADA IN BUENOS AIRES WITH FLAG
Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires

DOWNTOWN BUENOS AIRES

Av. 9 de Julio is the widest avenue in the world (although Brazil contends that the record belongs to the Eixo Monumental in Brasilia). Wider than a city block at 120 meters, it carries up to 16 lanes of traffic.

Jutting over the oval Plaza de la República like an exclamation mark is the Obelisk. Erected in 1936 to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of Buenos Aires, it has become a Buenos Aires icon.

Obelisk behind coloured interlocked rings in downtown Buenos Aires
Obelisk, Buenos Aires
If you have enough time, why not take a 50-minute tour of the Teatro Colon Opera House? English tours depart every at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

DAY 2: LA BOCA WALKING TOUR & PUERTO MADERO

MORNING: A WALKING TOUR OF LA BOCA

The historic barrio of La Boca is a must-see in Buenos Aires. El Caminito with its brightly coloured buildings, live tango and flashy art galleries is its beating heart.

La Boca is a strange beast. For one or two blocks, it is super-touristy. 

However, stray off the well-trodden tourist path, and you hit the start of the slums. As I found out on a walking tour of La Boca, there is more to this historic Buenos Aires barrio than its Instagrammable streets.  

The history of La Boca

Immigration and isolation from the rest of the city have given La Boca’s its distinct identity.

The Spanish rocked up at its shores around 1536 and housed African slaves in the area. Fast-forward to 1816 when the Spanish were booted out, Argentina gained its independence and the slaves were freed.

Fourteen years later, there was an influx of immigrants from Genoa, Italy.

As Genoa was a port city, they felt at home at Buenos Aires’  waterfront. These new arrivals needed a roof over their heads but could only afford to build houses from metal sheets liberated from the docks. They painted their houses with whatever leftover paint they could lay their hands on.

However, not having enough paint of the same colour to cover an entire house, a colourful patchwork evolved. In the 1950s. the artist and philanthropist, Quinquela Martínwas painted the houses in the fashion of these poor immigrants in a bid to revive the area. The result is what we see today in all its multicolour glory.

El Caminito La Boca Buenos Aires
El Caminito, La Boca
Street art and politics of La Boca … and dogs dressed as footballers!

This barrio’s street art reflects its radical politics.

This is demonstrated eloquently in the large mural paying tribute to Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, the mothers of the ‘disappeared.’

Around 30,000 ‘leftist’ sons and daughters disappeared during the 1976-1983 ‘Dirty War’. These mothers conduct a peaceful protest in front of the Casa Rosado every Thursday, during which they wrap diapers around their heads as makeshift scarves.

mural of a woman in scarf and clenched fist i

Whilst the buildings were extremely photogenic and the history fascinating, perhaps my favourite sight of the morning was the dogs dressed in football kits to raise money for dogs’ refuge. Deliciously bonkers!

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Well-dressed dogs of La Boca, Buenos Aires
HOW TO DO A WALKING TOUR OF LA BOCA
  • As it is easy to veer off the tourist track I recommend exploring La Boca on a guided tour, which is excellent and inexpensive.
  • Getting to La Boca – There is not a Subte (subway) station close to La Boca. Therefore, if transport is not included as part of your walking tour, you will need to catch a taxi or take a bus.
  • I caught the 152 bus from Palermo. It was very straightforward; the stop nearest La Caminito is where the bus terminates and it is a short, safe walk along the river from there. Be warned though; in heavy traffic, this journey took around 90 minutes.
>>> Book your La Boca guided walking tour with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance

AFTERNOON: VISIT PUERTO MADERO’S ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Located in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires’s newest neighbourhood, the Ecological Reserve is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Walk or cycle one of its trails leading to the waterfront promenade with its views over the Rio de la Plata. For the twitchers amongst you, there are reportedly more than 300 bird species that are fellow visitors. And if you’re lucky, you might also spot a river turtle or iguana.

VISITING BUENOS AIRES ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday; 9 am – 6 pm

Getting there: The nearest subway stations are Independencia, San Juan, Plaza de Mayo and Catalinas

Entrance fee: Free

DAY 3: SAN TELMO & EL ZANJON

San Telmo is what most people visualise when you mention Buenos Aires: the cobbled streets, the markets, the tango dancers in its main square. But don’t miss the opportunity to visit El Zanjón, a 19th-century mansion, which is a time-machine into San Telmo’s past.

A short history of San Telmo

The faded grandeur of San Telmo’s buildings bears witness to it once being the richest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires.

EXTERIOR OF BUILDING ON CORNER OF STREET WITH BLUE CANOPIES
San Telmo, Buenos Aires

From its humble beginnings as home to the city’s dockworkers and brickmakers in the 17th century, it subsequently gained importance as Buenos Aires’s centre of industry and commerce. The barrio’s fortunes grew during the 19th century with the installation of lighting, sewers and running water, attracting more affluent residents who built opulent homes.

However, San Telmo’s fortunes went into decline in 1871 when a yellow fever epidemic struck. This claimed over 100,000 souls, and those who could afford it fled north in droves, establishing what is today Barrio Norte.

Many of their abandoned properties simply fell vacant. However, the larger homes were turned into tenements (conventillos) to accommodate the influx of European immigrants who arrived in Argentina between 1875 and 1930.

These immigrants also led to the rapid popularisation of tango in the neighbourhood. As they became more affluent, they moved out and local artists took their place, attracted by San Telmo’s bohemian vibe.  

Visiting El Zanjón

In 1985, Jorge Eckstein, a long-time resident of San Telmo, bought an abandoned conventillo near his home with the intention of turning it into a restaurant.

This conventillo was formerly El Zanjón, a mansion dating from 1830. Early in the renovations, he stumbled upon what would become Argentina’s largest private archaeological site. 

Excavations unearthed all sorts of treasures: pottery, cutlery, jewellery. But the most exciting find was a network of tunnels, once used to channel water.

Following the yellow fever outbreak, they were sealed off but have now been restored. A superb hour-long guided tour (in English and Spanish) transports you through this atmospheric labyrinth.

Part of the tunnel network of El Zanjon san telmo buenos aires
Part of the tunnel network of El Zanjon

As excavation is ongoing, further treasures may be unearthed. What is clear is that San Telmo’s dining scene’s loss has been archaeology’s gain.  

Plaza Dorrego, San Telmo

No visit to San Telmo would be complete without a visit to Plaza Dorrego.

I visited midweek to find a peaceful, picturesque square filled with people enjoying an afternoon drink in the autumn sunshine. However, visit on a Sunday, and it is transformed with a craft market and tango dancers.

Arrive early to bag a prime position and sharpen those elbows!

Plaza Dorrego, San Telmo buenos aires
Plaza Dorrego, San Telmo
VISITING SAN TELMO & EL ZANJÓN

Getting there: The easiest way to reach San Telmo is by subway. Take the Subte Line D to Station Catedral or Line A to Station Plaza de Mayo. You will come out in Plaza de Mayo. From there, just walk down Defensa.

Visiting El Zanjón: El Zanjón is at Defensa 755. A visit is only possible on a guided tour, which takes 45 – 60 minutes. English tours in 2021 take place a 2 pm on Wednesday, Fridays & Sunday.

Entrance fee for El Zanjón: 1700 ARS for overseas visitors (September 2021)

DAY 4: LA RECOLETA CEMETERY & PALERMO STREET ART

AM: VISIT LA RECOLETA CEMETERY

Start your last day in Buenos Aires by paying your respects to the dead.

Although Eva Perón is La Recoleta Cemetery’s most famous resident, the list of its other occupants reads like a Who’s Who of Argentinian history. From presidents to poets, athletes to academics, explore its mausoleums and memorials to get a fascinating insight into the country’s past. 

Housing over 6,400 statues, sarcophagi, coffins and crypts over four city blocks, La Recoleta Cemetery is an eerily beautiful place.

One of Recoleta Cemetery's shaded walkways
One of Recoleta Cemetery’s shaded walkways

With its wide alleys and shady streets, this labyrinthine city of the dead is a real mishmash of architectural styles. These include art deco, art nouveau, baroque and neo-gothic, adorned with angels, Madonnas, saviours, crosses and cathedral-like domes.

The tombs themselves range from plain brick and mortar boxes to detailed works of art.

Many of these tombs have fallen into a state of disrepair, with broken glass and thick layers of cobwebs. Although I felt sad that there was no one to look after these people after death, they add to the eerie beauty of La Recoleta Cemetery.

It also made me curious about the people laid to rest behind those rusted doors. They must have been important at their time of death. How could they be so forgotten in the ensuing years?

Behind every grave, in every graveyard, there is a story, and La Recoleta Cemetery is certainly no exception. Here are a few of them.  

Rufina Cambacérès – the girl who died twice

The tale of Rufina Cambacérès death is the stuff of urban legends.

Rufina was born into money in 1883, thanks to her family’s large cattle fortune. Fast-forward to 1902 and it is Rufina’s 19th birthday. Whilst getting ready to go to the Teatro Colón to see a show, she collapses & doctors pronounce her dead. The next day they bury her in La Recoleta Cemetery.

The tomb of Rufina Cambacérès

Now, here is where it gets interesting, not to mention a little macabre.

Cemetery workers later hear screaming from her grave. When they dig her up, there is evidence that she had unsuccessfully tried to claw her way out. There are scratch marks on her face and on the insides of the coffin.

Her mother, absolutely distraught that they have buried Rufina alive, has the tomb rebuilt in its Art Nouveau glory, complete with sculpted orchids and a soulful statue of her daughter aged 19. The statue is particularly striking, depicting Rufina with her hand on the door as if she is trying to escape her tragic fate.

Although this story has never been verified, and some dispute it, will you forget it?  

Luis Ángel Firpo – the big fella

“Who’s the dude in the bathrobe?” I asked myself.

The tomb of Luis Ángel Firpo in la recoleta cemetery buenos aires
The tomb of Luis Ángel Firpo

Luis Ángel Firpo was Argentina’s first world heavyweight boxer. He was a big fella, over 6.5 feet tall & 220 pounds, which earned him the nickname “El Toro Salvaje de las Pampas,” The Wild Bull of the Pampas. 

His most famous fight was in 1923 against Jack Dempsey in New York City, which resulted in Dempsey knocking out Firpo. This was despite Dempsey having been down for a count of 8, and having to be helped back into the ring.

Some felt that the result had been rigged On his retirement, Firpo held the record of 32 wins out of 38 fights.

He died in 1960 & is still thought of as one of the greatest boxers in history.  

Eva Perón aka Maria Maggi

Adored in death as in life, people flock to Eva Perón (Evita’s) final resting place in the Duarte family mausoleum.

Eva Peron's final resting place, La Recoleta Cemetery
Eva Peron’s final resting place, La Recoleta Cemetery

The Duarte mausoleum is not remarkable. It is built in an art deco style with a bronze door inlaid with leaves and flowers.

Perhaps more interesting is Evita’s journey there.

Evita died in 1952 during the presidency of her husband, Juan Perón. However, her body wasn’t buried in the Duarte family mausoleum for 35 years.

Juan Perón had his wife’s body embalmed whilst a mausoleum was built. But in a change of heart, her body went on display.

In 1955, Juan Perón was ousted during a military coup and fled to exile in Spain. Eva Perón’s body was brought to Milan and was buried under the alias of Maria Maggi. There she remained until 1971 when her body was exhumed, taken to Madrid (Juan Perón was still in exile there) and reburied.

Juan Perón returned to Argentina, and the presidency, in 1973 but Evita didn’t go with him.  

It wasn’t until after his death the following year that her remains were dug up once more. She was then reburied beside her husband’s grave in the presidential palace grounds.

But her story doesn’t finish there. In 1987, anti-Perónistas broke into the burial plot and chopped off Juan’s hands. Eva Perón was dug up yet again and interred in the Duarte family mausoleum in La Recoleta Cemetery.  

La Recoleta Cemetery’s cats

Whilst not numbering amongst the dead, the cats of La Recoleta deserve a mention. Reportedly, there are around 75 of them and they are well-fed and well cared for.

One of the many feline occupants of Recoleta Cemetery
One of the many feline occupants of Recoleta Cemetery
VISITING LA RECOLETA CEMETERY

Opening hours: 7 am to 5.30 pm daily. Free tours in English take place at 11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I recommend arriving before midday when it is cooler and quieter.

Getting there: The closest subway stations (Subte) are Las Herras, Retiro and Callao. Buses also pass near to the cemetery, including no. 59 from Palermo.

Entrance fee: Free

AFTERNOON: PALERMO’S STREET ART

Thanks to its abundance of abandoned buildings and blank walls, creating perfect canvases, and the liberal attitude of the city’s authorities, Buenos Aires attracts local and international street artists. Although you can see street art throughout the city, for a great collection in a compact area head to Palermo Soho.

Whilst you can mooch around by yourself, to make the most of this experience join a street art guided walking tour. And don’t forget to check out the neighbourhood’s many bars and restaurants whilst you are there.

street art of 2 people dancing
Street art, Palermo

If You Have More Than 4 Days in Buenos Aires

If you are lucky to have more than 4 days in Buenos Aires, consider taking a day trip to Colonia, Uruguay.

Colonia del Sacramento (to give it its full name) is just a short hop across the Rio de la Plata. With its cobbled streets, colonial buildings and a sprinkling of vintage cars it is a perfect day trip from Buenos Aires.

colonial houses on a street in colonia uruguay

Plan Your Visit to Buenos Aires

Where to stay in Buenos Aires

As each of the city’s many barrios has its pros and cons, and its distinct identity, choosing where to stay can feel like a Herculean task. I recommend staying in the trendy barrio of Palermo.

Within Palermo,  you have a choice of Palermo Soho or Palermo Hollywood.

Both of these sub-barrios have more than enough bars and restaurants to satisfy your culinary and drinking needs. However, Palermo Soho has more of a focus on shopping; Palermo Hollywood is livelier, with a greater concentration of bars and restaurants.

As a solo traveller, safety is important to me and walking around Palermo at night always felt safe.

Mid-range

Duque Boutique Hotel – I stayed at this charming boutique hotel in Palermo Soho.

It has a tiny spa, a delightful small garden and terrace and exceptionally friendly staff. There are many great bars and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

Duque Boutique Hotel is on Guatemala 4364. 

Here are some other hotels that I have found in Palermo that may suit different budgets:

Budget

Caravan BA Hostel Boutique – Dorm beds in this air-conditioned hostel in the thick of things next to Plaza Serrano. Lots of excellent reviews online and it has a small seasonal swimming pool.

Splurge

The Glu Boutique Hotel – This is where I would have stayed if my budget had stretched a little further.

Discerning friends stayed here and highly rated this all-suite Palermo Soho hotel located three blocks from Plaza Serrano. All suites have either a private balcony or a terrace.

>>> None of these choices take your fancy? Search for other great accommodation options in Buenos Aires.

Getting from the airport to downtown Buenos Aires

Now, let’s take a look at how to get from Buenos Aires airport to your accommodation downtown.

Buenos Aires has two airports: Ezeiza (EZE), handling mostly international flights, and Aeroparque (AEP), which is the domestic hub in addition to handling some flights to other South American countries. As public or shared transport options from both airports are few to non-existent, your best bet is a taxi.  

Getting from Ezeiza (Ministro Pistarini International Airport)

Ezeiza Airport is 33km southwest of Buenos Aires city. In order of descending cost, your options for getting to the downtown area of the city are a taxi, shared shuttle service or public bus.  

The key to flashpacking like a ninja is knowing when to splash the cash and, in my view, a taxi is a worthwhile expense.

Taking a taxi from Ezeiza (EZE) Airport

I arranged a taxi through my hotel in Palermo Soho. The journey takes around 45 minutes in good traffic.

I don’t know about you, but when I step off a 13-hour flight, a little disoriented, it is good to know that I will be whisked off to my hotel by someone holding up my name on a board.

Alternatively, there is a taxi booth in the arrivals hall, providing a transfer for a cost similar to that of a pre-booked taxi. US dollars are widely accepted.

Hailing a taxi at the airport is not recommended.  

>>> Book your private transfer from Ezeiza International Airport with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance

Using a shared shuttle service from Ezeiza (EZE) Airport

There is also a shared shuttle service from EZE to Puerto Madero, operated by TiendaLeón.

You can book online or they have a counter just after you exit Customs. Although this is a cheaper option, this isn’t a door-to-door service and, as of September 2021, the service is infrequent.

The journey time is approximately 50 minutes.

Alternatively, Minibus Ezezia operates a service between the airport and San Telmo every 30 minutes from 8 am to 6 pm.

Catching a public bus from Ezeiza (EZE) Airport

There is a bus (number 8) which is very cheap and operates every 30 minutes.

However, the trip takes about two hours and the bus makes multiple stops en route. Also, you will need a pre-loaded SUBE card to pay the fare, which you are unlikely to have unless you are a return visitor to Argentina  

GOOD TO KNOW

As most international flights arrive in Buenos Aires before lunchtime, you have an opportunity to explore a little of the city on Day 0. This also allows you to get your bearings.

After dumping my bags at the hotel, I walked to Buenos Aires’ gardens, including the Botanical Gardens and Rose Gardens. Perfect after a long flight and for keeping jet lag at bay!

two cacti in the sunlight

Getting from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) Airport

In terms of location, AEP is far more convenient for most travellers, located downtown in the Palermo neighbourhood. Choose between taking a taxi or catching a shuttle bus or bus to reach your accommodation in Buenos Aires.

Taking a taxi from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) Airport

I found that a metered taxi was the best option.

I did this journey a few times to my Palermo hotel and the price was consistent – around 8 USD in 2018. The journey should take no more than 30 minutes.

>>> Book your private transfer from Jorge Newberry Airport with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance

Using a shared shuttle service from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) Airport

As before, TiendaLeón offers a shuttle bus service.  

Catching a public bus from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) Airport

Buses do serve AEP but for the increased journey time and hassle, a taxi is your best bet. The lines serving Aeroparque are 33, 37, 45 and 160.

How to get around Buenos Aires

Getting around Buenos Aires is relatively easy thanks to its extensive public transport system, comprising buses and the Subte (subway) network.

To use this system you need to get your hands on a prepaid magnetic card, similar to the Oyster card used in London. This is your golden ticket!

This SUBE card is available at all subway stations. In 2021, this costs ARS 250, which you can then load with money. Charge the card at Subte stations, national lottery stores and kioscos.

Subway in Buenos Aires

Bearing in mind the congestion on the streets, the subway is the fastest way to get around in Buenos Aires.

There are five Subte lines crisscrossing the city and interchanges are clearly signposted. Although it may not be the most modern subway system, trains are frequent. However, carriages can be rammed at peak times (7 – 10 am and 6 – 8 pm).

You have been warned!  

Travelling by bus in Buenos Aires

It took me slightly longer to get to grips with travelling by bus. They are big, comfortable and frequent, though often crowded.

You have to identify the correct stop to board the bus and where to get off, which can be challenging if you are not familiar with the city. If you’re not sure where to get off, ask the driver or a local for help. In my experience, both were very helpful.

Once you have identified your bus stop, wait for the bus under the sign. Like the British, Argentinians love an orderly queue and at bus stops, they will queue to the right. No milling around and swarming the bus when it arrives!

When you board the bus, tell the driver where you are going – writing this on a piece of paper helped me – so that he will charge you the correct fare. Then lay your card on the SUBE reader where you will see the price of the ride displayed.

All that remains is to sit back and enjoy your ride!  

Planning your journey around Buenos Aires

I downloaded the Como LLego app, which is your best weapon for getting around Buenos Aires. It is not only a sophisticated journey planner, but it also provides real-time information on departures.

web-based version of Como LLego is also available.  

Getting around Buenos Aires by taxi

Compared with some other cities I have visited, getting around Buenos Aires by taxi was a breeze. They were plentiful, relatively cheap and safe.

Not once did a driver take a scenic route around the city or need to be encouraged to switch the meter on. Or perhaps I was just lucky!

Taxi drivers do not expect a tip but rounding up to the nearest convenient denomination is common and appreciated.  

Exploring Buenos Aires on an Organised Tour

But what if you are not sure whether you are ready to explore Buenos Aires independently? If that’s the case, a group tour could be the solution.

You’ll benefit from an expertly curated itinerary and valuable insights into the country, the history and local culture. Keeping safe whilst away is a common fear amongst those travelling alone for the first time. But with a group tour, there’s safety in numbers. Furthermore, with ready-made travel companions, you don’t have to fear solo travel loneliness or dining out alone.

There are lots of group travel companies available but two companies that I have used and can recommend are Exodus Travels and Explore Worldwide!

Another option that I have used on more than one occasion is to join a day tour. I use and highly recommend using GetYourGuide to source and book day excursions. Not only does the platform offer an extensive selection of tours from independent operators, but there is also a very generous cancellation policy.

Take a look at the terrific selection of day tours and experiences on offer, from wine tasting to city tours.

Is Buenos Aires Safe for Solo Travellers?

For the most part, Buenos Aires is a safe city to explore, especially in relation to its South American neighbours. During my 4 days in Buenos Aires, on no occasion did I feel unsafe as a solo traveller.

That said, it is sensible to recognise potential threats and mitigate any risks. Be street smart.

Like many big cities, petty theft is a problem, particularly in areas that are popular with tourists, such as La Boca and San Telmo. Walk confidently and with purpose, be careful with your belongings, especially smartphones and laptops, and leave your diamond necklace at home.

A common street crime in Buenos Aires is the “mustard scam”. Thieves rob tourists while an accomplice pretends to help remove ketchup or mustard that has been ‘accidentally’ sprayed on them.

If possible, book taxis in advance. If you need to hail a taxi in the street, only use a ‘radio taxi’. These have a clearly visible company logo on the rear passenger doors.

Although uncommon, kidnappings and so-called ‘express kidnappings’ occur in Argentina. Victims are held and forced to empty their bank accounts in different ATMs after which they are normally quickly released. 

Political demonstrations and picketing have become increasingly common in Argentina. Some demonstrations attract large numbers of people and there have been cases of violence. Exercise normal caution at any large gathering, and be aware of your surroundings.  

Buenos Aires: Suggested Reading

Finally, do you want to learn a little bit more about Buenos Aires? Here’s my pick of books to read either before travelling to Buenos Aires or whilst you are there.

Happy reading and happy times in Buenos Aires!

The Tango Singer is a fictional tale of a New York student who travels to Buenos Aires to track down Julio Martel, a legendary singer, as part of his research about Argentinian tango. Set in 2001 amidst the inflation-fuelled riots of the time, he finds Martel but also discovers the unsavoury underbelly of the city. 

An iconic novel by a true icon of the 20th Century. Although this memoir of his travels around Latin America is not limited to Argentina, his story begins in Buenos Aires and tells of his formative experiences in the city.  

Are you in the mood for lighter fare? If so, pack this easy-to-read romantic novel. When her life’s Master Plan falls apart, in a drunken stupor 28-year-old Cassie Moore books a six-month trip to Buenos Aires. This is a tale of her seduction by the characters that she meets but, more importantly, by the city itself.

PLAN YOUR TRIP TO BUENOS AIRES

GETTING THERE

Skyscanner is my go-to platform to search for flights. I like having the ability to filter results by cabin class and to compare the price of flights across an entire month. Skyscanner also supports multi-city options in searching for open-jaw flights.

STAYING THERE

I book 80% of my accommodation with Booking.com. Rates are competitive and many reservations are cancellable without penalty.

Alternatively, check rates and availability on Expedia.

Check accommodation reviews, and prices across a range of booking platforms, on TripAdvisor.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Wherever you travel in the world it’s important to have comprehensive travel insurance to protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. Check if World Nomads will cover your needs.

OTHER TRAVEL RESOURCES

Check out my Travel Resources page for the companies and other resources I use when planning my trips and whilst I am away.

One thought on “4 Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Itinerary & Best Things to Do

  1. Cacho Robert says:

    If you go in the next month you have to quarantine yourself in an hotel for 14 days, before you can do anything.
    I was born in Buenos Aires Argentina and I got that information from the Argentinean Consulate.

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