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1. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Hi All,
I am going to be in Buenos Aires in a little less than three weeks and I am trying to figure out how to distribute my time between the places I am visiting in Argentina. I am using my list of "not to be missed" highlights as the basis for how much time I require in Buenos Aires. This is what I have on my list so far. Please let me know what I am missing.

1) La Recoleta
2) Plaza Dorrego at San Telmo
3) Casa Rosada
4) Plaza de Mayo
5) Sunday gaucho fair in the barrio of Mataderos (Is this still on in April???)
6) La Boca
7) Palermo Viego
8) Cafe Tortoni
9) Avenida Corrientes

Am I missing anything? PLease let me know and in your suggestions please include absolutely anything (special events, tango etc.) - it doesn't just have to be a "tourist" spot.

Your input will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Take care,

Pranav

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

Hi Pranav,
you plan is good so far,nice place to visit is also the botancal garden in Palermo,or the zoo just at the other side of the street.
Recoleta has at saturdays and sundays a big Mercado artesanal with open air concerts.so you may visit the cemetery first and then stroll over the market who is held only a few meters away.The giant flower is also very close.
go to La Boca at lunch time and watch the Tango dancers,walk the Caminito aerea,from there you may go to San Telmo in the afternoon,there are many nice restaurants and bars to hang out.
there are really many things to do in BA,you could also take the coastal train to the delta of Tigre (day trip)or by ferry to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay (day trip)

Found this site very helpful,the oficial tourist side from BA
www.bue.gov.arg
infos about theaters,concerts,ferias....
enjoy BA
Marlis

3. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

yes, go to Tigre! Saterday is the best time to go...there is a theme park which is kinda funny bc it barely compares to ones in the US, but Parque de la Costa is right next to Puerto de Frutos, which is a great saturday market with tons of street food, cheap stuff, everything. there's also a huge casino there, Casino Trilenium.. And there's Tren de la Costa, which takes you to some of the other northern parts and back (short distance) but there's lots of markets and cafes on every stop (especially san isidro-has a great hippie market) DEFINATELY a good day trip option for you!

~~~~~~EVA****

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 24, 2008, at 2:04 PM by evadiva ]

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Quoting marlis

Hi Pranav,
you plan is good so far,nice place to visit is also the botancal garden in Palermo,or the zoo just at the other side of the street.
Recoleta has at saturdays and sundays a big Mercado artesanal with open air concerts.so you may visit the cemetery first and then stroll over the market who is held only a few meters away.The giant flower is also very close.
go to La Boca at lunch time and watch the Tango dancers,walk the Caminito aerea,from there you may go to San Telmo in the afternoon,there are many nice restaurants and bars to hang out.
there are really many things to do in BA,you could also take the coastal train to the delta of Tigre (day trip)or by ferry to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay (day trip)

Found this site very helpful,the oficial tourist side from BA
www.bue.gov.arg
infos about theaters,concerts,ferias....
enjoy BA
Marlis

Hi Marlis,
Thank you for your prompt and helpful response to my post. I've heard Sunday is a great day to visit Recoleta. I might go to La Boca on my first day in Buenos Aires (especially since you say it is a lunch time thing). I arrive in the morning and I am guessing it will take me all morning just to get my bearings in BA.

Now, for the slightly tricky question. Do you think the Tigre trip is something I could start in the afternoon and then return late evening or is it really an all-day trip/ The reason I am asking this is because I have found myself in a somewhat odd situation. Two of my days in Buenos Aires are half-days. One is a Monday morning. I am free until 3 p.m. that afternoon which is when I have to fly to El Calafate. The second is a Tuesday afternoon of the following week. Is Tigre a realistic option for that day? Your opinion would be very helpful.

Thank you once again for all the info. Very helpful!!!

Take care,

Pranav

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Quoting evadiva

yes, go to Tigre! Saterday is the best time to go...there is a theme park which is kinda funny bc it barely compares to ones in the US, but Parque de la Costa is right next to Puerto de Frutos, which is a great saturday market with tons of street food, cheap stuff, everything. there's also a huge casino there, Casino Trilenium.. And there's Tren de la Costa, which takes you to some of the other northern parts and back (short distance) but there's lots of markets and cafes on every stop (especially san isidro-has a great hippie market) DEFINATELY a good day trip option for you!

~~~~~~EVA****

Hey Eva,
I'll try and do Tigre on my first day if I'm not too tired from the previous night's flight. If not, I will do that trip on the day before I leave. Thanks for the prompt and helpful response to my post.

Take care,

Pranav

6. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 8y

tango show, Cabaña Las Lilas the best steak you will ever eat. a good night out clubbing or bar hoping. river plate game, some say boca but boca sucks as far as i'm concerned ha.

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

Consider a day trip to La Plata, the natural science museum there is worth it (at least I thought so).

Forget about Recoleta (assuming you mean the cemetary), and go to Chacarita instead. Don't tell anyone else, but it's one of the best-kept tourist secrets of BsAs.

If you know when exactly you will be there, check the BsAs cultural agenda. There's usually tons of nice shows, exhibitions etc. that you can visit for free.

And ff course, there's argentine tango.

8. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 8y

Sunday night in San Telmo you get great deals on Tango.

I went to one with a meal and as much good wine as you wanted. It was Michael something or other. I will post when I remember.

A football game is essential. If you are not confident enough to go yourself there will no doubt be a hostel trip.

If you go to Tortoni go early to avoid dissappointment.

San Telmo is a fantastic base.

I wasn't keen on the botanical gardens (and cats) myself but in Edinburgh I think I am spoiled with about the best I have ever seen. The zoo is ok but the one in Cordoba, for example, is way better. Not enough room for animals here imho.

Depending on how serious you are about religion there is a religious theme park near the airport. I found it highly amusing.

Clubbing and bar hoping is of course fantastic at times. Be careful with drunken bearings though!! Taxi it in fact.

9. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 8y

More... April is time for Independent film festival check: http://www.bafici.gov.ar and the international Book´s fair

10. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 8y

Quoting bentivogli

Consider a day trip to La Plata, the natural science museum there is worth it (at least I thought so).

Forget about Recoleta (assuming you mean the cemetary), and go to Chacarita instead. Don't tell anyone else, but it's one of the best-kept tourist secrets of BsAs.

If you know when exactly you will be there, check the BsAs cultural agenda. There's usually tons of nice shows, exhibitions etc. that you can visit for free.

And ff course, there's argentine tango.

Great suggestions!!!! Thank you very much.

Pranav