What to do in 3 days: Buenos Aires
Frommer’s picked Buenos Aires as one of the 20 best destinations to visit this year, and it’s well deserved. Your trip to Buenos Aires is one that you will definitely never forget. Let yourself be amused by its colorful streets, the sound of the tango and Argentineans charm. Buenos Aires is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, so here are our tips on what to do in Buenos Aires in 3 days.
Take the subway – It’s easy!
The subte, how Argentineans call it, is the subway in Buenos Aires and it’s a great way to move around in the city. To use you need a SUBE card, which is sold in subway stations and in shops, it should be easy to find. The tickets costs $16,5 Argentinean pesos (aprox. USD$0,3). We encourage you to take the subway, it’s really easy! Store your luggage with one of our Keepairs in Buenos Aires and roam freely around the city.
Now that you know how to move around, lets go out and see the city.
Day 1: The cultural places
La Casa Rosada
This imposing pink building, named as it is, La Casa Rosada, is Argentina’s government palace. You have to go see it, its not often we see such an important and official building painted in such a statement color. La Casa Rosada was actually painted pink in a symbolic manner in the XIX century. In that time, the country was politically divided between the “blancos” and the “colorados”. So, painting the building pink was an attempt at unifying both parties and seek peace.
Obelisco is the most emblematic monument in Buenos Aires, you have to go see it and take a picture with it. It was built in 1936 as a tribute for the fourth centenary since the foundation of Buenos Aires, and its located in the place were they hoisted the Argentinean flag for the first time in the city. Its also located in the crossing of two main streets, Av. 9 de Julio and Calle Corrientes.
The building of Palacio Barolo was inspired in The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and you have to go see it! Its a whole experience walking this palace, where the references go from latin quotes to planned coincidences like the fact that the building is 100 meters tall and The Divine Comedy has 100 chants; or that the chants are 22 strophes, the same number of flights in the building. The palace is divided into 3 areas: hell, purgatory and heaven. The arquitechtonic quality of this place makes it a true piece of art and it makes you feel the ambiance of The Divine Comedy. We recommend that when you visit this building you do a guided tour so that you will understand all of the details it has.
This famous librery is a redapatation of the old theatre Gran Splendid, were the architecture of the place was preserved. In 2019, National Geographic choose El Ateneo as the prettiest commercial library in the world. Its huge, you will find thousands of books and a lot of people; you have to go see it and see this fusion were the theatre meets literature.
Day 2: The touristy places
Now that you’ve seen the culture and history of Buenos Aires, it’s time to move into the most touristic neighborhoods of the city: Palermo, Recoleta and La Boca.
Start the day off in the scenic neighborhood La Boca. Known for its main road, Caminito, a museum street with colored walls. In this cobblestone street you will find tango and a lot of street art. Also in La Boca is where the stadium for the Argentinean futbol team, Boca Juniors is; La Bombonera, you have to go see it.
In the afternoon move over to Palermo. If you like shopping, in this neighborhood you will find a lot of boutique stores. This is a place to stroll around calmly, window shopping, getting a coffee and appreciating the street art you will encounter. Also, in Palermo you can find various parks, you should go to the Parque 3 de Febrero, it has lagoons, gardens and a rose path. If you want to store you luggage, leave them with one of our Keepairs in Palermo.
The day ends in Recoleta. Here you have to see the Parque de las Naciones Unidas, where the sculpture of Floralis Genérica is, a flower that opens up and closes with the sun. After, you can go to the cemetery, that is considered national patrimony for its architecture. You can end the day off in one of the bars or restaurants of this residential area.
Day 3: Puerto Madero
Puerto Madera is one of the most expensive areas in Buenos Aires, with big buildings, parks and fancy restaurants. Store you luggage with Airkeep, because this day will include walking and a picnic, so you don’t want to the carrying your luggage around.
Puente de la Mujer
Puente de la Mujer is a rotating bridge, that represent a couple dancing tango, the the pole is the man and the curve in the base of the bridge represents the woman. This is a simple but imposing construction that you have to go see.
Museo del Humor
This museum portrays the evolution and history of Argentinean humor in time, using mainly comic strips. You can appreciate the drawings and illustrations that were popular in each time.
Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur
Along side the Rio de la Plata river is this giant green area, where you can see the zones biodiversity. In this parks you can do walks, bike rides or enjoy a nice picnic.
We really hope you enjoy your visit to Buenos Aires and decide to come back for more than 3 days or to go see the rest of Argentina. There’s so much to see! You can go see the Iguazu Falls, Bariloche, Cordoba, Mendoza or even cross over to Uruguay. Leave your luggage with Airkeep and keep traveling carefree.