41. Buenos Aires  ARGENTINA    | Total Sights: 50+ | Nickname: Paris of the South

 

 

 

 

by Martin St-Amant / CC BY-SA 3.0

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango is situated on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata and laid out in a mosaic of diverse neighbourhoods.

The most important of those being Microcentro-downtown with the main historical spots, San Telmo with colonial-style houses, trendy Palermo, colourful the old port district La Boca and the Puerto Madero with its modern skyline.

The seductive capital of Argentina bustles with activity, from festivals to remarkable museums, thriving nightlife to busy markets, historic cafés, elegant restaurants, and glamorous bars.

The city scores high in location, affordability, and nightlife.

 Street crime is unfortunately very present and you should exercise appropriate levels of caution. Buenos Aires is not a city you visit for its famous sights, since they are all rated relatively low. 

Criteria 

Sights 

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

 Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

 Size

Total Score

Score

6.70/10

6.5/10

5.25/10

5.75/10

3.75/10

5/10

6/10

5.5/10

7.5/10

7.75/10

6.5/10

6.5/10 [2.9 mio.]

182.85

B. Best Things to Do in Buenos Aires (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.65/10.

Teatro Colón  7
Inaugurated in 1857 as a masterpiece of architectural opulence, the Teatro Colón ranks among the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

The horseshoe-shaped auditorium has 2,487 seats and is famous for its remarkable acoustic quality.

Opera House

Things to do in Buenos Aires | Best Cities | No. 42: Buenos Aires | Teatro Colón (opera house)

by Roger Schultz / CC BY-SA 2.0

Plaza de Mayo  6
Dominated by the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid) the Plaza de Mayo is the main square of Buenos Aires, commemorating the May Revolution in 1811.

In the square's surroundings are several major sights of Buenos aires like the beautiful Cabildo (now home to the National Museum), the Casa Rosada (seat of the President of Argentina), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Buenos Aires City Hall and the Bank of the Argentine Nation's headquarters.

Square with small park

by McKay Savage / CC BY-SA 2.0

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA, National Museum of Fine Arts)  6
The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA), housed in a grand neoclassical building, is widely considered Argentina's best and most important art museum.

Situated within walking distance of the Recoleta Cemetery, it is home to two major collections – a collection of 19th century European art (including paintings by Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, Goya, Manet, Modigliani, Degas and Rembrandt) and a remarkable collection of Argentine art.

Museum  (Most famous painting: "Yellow and Rose" by Edgar Degas [1898])  FREE

by Edgar Degas / Public Domain

Parque Tres de Febrero 6
The most beautiful section inside this huge park — larger than New York’s Central Park — popularly known as Bosques de Palermo, is the rose garden (El Rosedal) with more than 1,000 species of roses and its Moderniste gate.

Other attractions available for visitors are the World's largest Japanese garden outside Japan, the Jardín de los Poetas (Poets' Garden), dotted with statues of literary figures, and to the enchanting Patio Andaluz (Andalusian Patio), and several man-made lakes.

Park  (0.4 km2 [989 acres], opened 1875)

by FotosPruebas / CC BY-SA 3.0

Recoleta Cemetery  6
Containing elaborate mausoleums, tombs, crypts and statues in various architectural styles Recoleta Cemetery is unquestionably one of the best cemeteries in the world.

Cemetery  FREE

by HalloweenHJB / CC BY-SA 3.0

Palacio Barolo  6
Completed in 1923 as the highest building in South America the 100m-high Palacio Barolo is an impressive historic building, designed in a mixture of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic styles in accordance with the cosmology of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Guided tours to the rooftop lighthouse are available but should be reserved in advance.

Historic Building  Prebooking advised

by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo / CC BY-SA 2.0

Puerto Madero  5
City District

by Luis Argerich / CC BY-SA 2.0

Casa Rosada (Pink House)  5
Palatial mansion  

by Dragan / CC BY-SA 3.0

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA Museum)  5
Museum  (Most famous painting: " Manifestación" by Antonio Berni [1934])

by Galio / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento  5
Basilica  (completed 1916)

by Ezarate / CC BY-SA 4.0

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Buenos Aires

-Recoleta (city district)  5

-National Museum of Decorative Art  5

-The Obelisk (68 m)  5

-Palermo (city district)  5

-San Telmo (city district)  5

-Congress Palace  5

-Cafe Tortoni  5

-Catedral Metropolitana  5

-Floralis Genérica (sculpture)   5

-El Ateneo Grand Splendid (historic book shop)   5

-Galerias Pacifico (historic shopping mall)   5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Buenos Aires

HISTORIC QUARTER OF THE CITY OF COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO (World Heritage Site since 1995, 100 km from Buenos Aires, 1h by catamaran ferry)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Buenos Aires (including close-by excursions)

Teatro Colón (opera house)  7
Plaza de Mayo (square)  6
 MNBA (National Museum of Fine Arts)  6
 Parque Tres de Febrero (park)  6
 Recoleta Cemetery 6
 Palacio Barolo (building)  6
Puerto Madero (city district) 5
 Casa Rosada (Pink House)  5
MALBA (museum)  5
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento  5



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