A Sunday tour in Buenos Aires City
June 19, 2019
by Liznel Carvajal
Sometimes we visit big cities for work, for vacations, for stopovers of long travels, but for different reasons we have a very short time to know the whole city, so we need to take advantage of the really short time that we have in the city. The idea is to guide you to meet the best places in the city and make sure that you’ll enjoy most of it in one day; so, you won’t miss your short time in the city.
A tour day in La Ciudad de la Furia, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, one of the cities most visited by tourists from all over the world. Despite the fact that the language handled is Spanish, most of the businesses that have personnel working for the public also handle English and Portuguese due to the proximity of Brazil and the large number of tourists who constantly visit the city. Many like to walk the streets of downtown as well as visit the busy Puente de la Mujer located on the Costanera of Puerto Madero one of the most luxurious neighborhoods, others prefer to have time to relax with nature and know the variety of parks, restaurants and of course You can’t miss the photo in the Obelisco, the most representative monument in the city.
As we already know, the city of Buenos Aires is not the smallest in the world, so if you only have one day to get to know it you will have to decide very well your route and destinations to visit because you will not be able to visit them all with only one day, I think that Sunday is the best day to be a tourist (Of course, if you have the option to choose) since it is a day that there isn’t much traffic and there are more sites open to the public.
There are many things to do in the city, but if you are short on time and perhaps on a budget, I will tell you which are the places you couldn’t miss. The first thing you should do is eat, a long day of walking requires being prepared so I recommend that the first stop is in a place where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, this can be done around where you have decided to stay in your visit. If you still don’t know where you will stay I recommend you look through the following neighborhoods: Recoleta, Microcentro, San Telmo, Palermo, Las Cañitas and Monserrat. These have a variety of hotels according to your budget so you could find the best option.
So remember: Let’s Start the day with a good breakfast!
Get up early from 8:00 am and suit your most comfortable clothes. The coffee shops would be open in all neighborhoods, therefore, you could enjoy the cuisine of the city. Then of a good breakfast, you would have the energy for the long day that awaits you.
Visiting Caminito street.
It is located in the famous neighborhood called “La Boca” which you could go on buses 8, 29, 33, 53, 64, 86, and 152 depending on where you are staying. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5:30 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm and Mondays are closed. It’s a very colorful place and it’s like an open-air museum. the most striking of the place is the typical houses where the Italian immigrants are known as “Los Conventillos” lived, you can enjoy Feria de Los Artistas de Plásticos where you’ll find incredible works of art which are made of multiple contemporary artists.
You can also visit the La Bombonera football stadium of the popular athletic club Boca Juniors.
Have a picnic outdoors in Generic Floralis
It’s a 65 feets moveable metal sculpture which is made of stainless steel and aluminum with a flower shape that opens and closes according to the sunrise and sunset. Its open 24 hours every day It would be a really nice place to have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors although this would be ideal to do in the summertime. Summer is from December to March.
For those people who like to enjoy nature but not eat outdoors there is also a variety of restaurants a few blocks away where you can continue to enjoy Argentine cuisine. The access is totally free it is ideal to spend time as a family, as a couple or just sit and hang out with friends. It’s located in the Recoleta neighborhood, 15 minutes walking from the Cementerio de Recoleta and 30 minutes from El Ateneo Grand Splendid.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
“On a bustling commercial street in the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, you can visit a serene temple of books”. This description is based on an article published by National Geographic. It’s a commercial library that contains everything from new, used, old and modern books classified by different halls so you will find a great variety for all tastes. In addition to that this building has been inspired by eclectic architecture style so it’s pretty beautiful even inside as outside.
It’s open to the public every day and its schedule to visits from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sundays and It’s located 30 minutes walking from the Obelisco even though you could find multiple buses stops and subway near.
Take a photo of the Obelisco.
It is a monument that you can’t miss in your visit which is known as the most iconic building of Buenos Aires, It measures more than 214 feet high and more than 20 feet per side at its base.
It’s a short walk because you can’t get inside the building but is ideal for taking beautiful photos and selfies, It’s surrounded between the 9 de Julio avenue which is the widest avenue the city and Corrientes avenue which is one of the avenues most traveled by Its illuminated streets, variety of theaters, restaurants, and shops where you could buy beautiful souvenirs for your family and friends. The idea is to visit it at night to enjoy its lighting as they always turn it on with different themes. It is open to be visited every day 24 hours a day. It is located a few minutes from Puerto Madero.
Going to El Puente de la Mujer.
It’s located on the Costanera Sur at Puerto Madero neighborhood so before you arrive you’ll see a variety of modern skyscrapers.
El Puente de la Mujer is approximately 525 feet long and more than 20 feet wide, is the icon of Puerto Madero It’s surrounded by cafes and luxurious restaurants that are open to the public every day 24 hours. Not only day but night as well as a special charm as well as the Obelisco, but I think It’s advisable to meet them at the end of the route at night to enjoy the lighting that enhances their beauty.
Although, there are many other wonderful places to know as Los Bosques de Palermo, The Japanese Garden, The Rose Garden, The Pink House, the bars of Palermo, the streets of San Telmo, The Cemetery of Recoleta, as others… There are also the different Shopping Centers such as Galerías Pacifico, Recoleta Mall, Alto Palermo, Unicenter Shopping. The destinations that I mentioned are among the most visited by tourists and that is easily accessible and at a low cost.
After visiting these places, you will love the city and you will want to return as soon as possible but next time with more free days to meet everything calmly, in that case, you could meet everything you want to, for example, try more of the Argentine cuisine also their wonderful people and sights. Surely, this information will serve as a reference for your next visit.