Who doesn’t want to make a trip through Buenos Aires to visit its major attractions and see the most beautiful parts for free? For our Spanish students in Argentina and for everyone interested in getting to know Buenos Aires, we created a list with the most important, interesting, fun, and free activities and attractions.
If you will be travelling to Buenos Aires – and /or living here to learn Spanish – you should get to know the city when you arrive. This is really simple with a free English city tour of 2.5 hours. These tours run daily between 11:00 and 17:00 and are operated by BA Free Tours . Do you prefer to go by yourself? There is a solution for that! On the website of Buenos Aires Tourism, there are 18 do-it -yourself walking routes offered that guide you to the best parts of this amazing city.
One of the oldest and most important squares in Buenos Aires is Plaza de Mayo. It is surrounded by the famous Casa Rosada and some impressive government buildings. This square is frequently used for demonstrations as well as for the commemoration of the children that disappeared during the “Dirty War”. The mothers of Plaza de Mayo have been coming together every Thursday for the last 30 years between 15.00 and 16.30 to remember their beloved children.
From here you can continue your walk to the “Feria de San Telmo” at the Plaza Dorrego“, a market that takes place on Sunday. Here there are many different handmade and vintage products, souvenirs, jewelry, books and more sold. Besides all that, you can enjoy the creativity of Tango dancers, mime artists, bands and other musicians. Finally, take a break from all that walking and enjoy eating a typical Argentine Choripan, a sandwich made with bread and sausage.
The “Feria de Mataderos” is another market we recommend visiting. Here you will find traditional, handcraft products sold, mostly related to the Gauchos (Argentine cowboys). Unfortunately, the market was closed in January. However, in February and March it is open on Saturdays and Sundays and the rest of the year you can go every Sunday.
Another place you do not want to miss is El Obelisco, the obelisk, in the center of the Avenida 9 de Julio. The Obelisk, built in 1936, is a characteristic of the city of Buenos Aires and a place where people meet for cultural events and demonstrations. The Avenida 9 de Julio is one of the widest avenues in the world and truly impressive to see. From Avenida 9 de Julio you can easily walk to the always bustling Avenida Corrientes, which is known for all its theaters and restaurants.
To escape the crowded city, you can find some rest in the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur (Ecological Reserve). It is big enough to tour around on a free rental bike. Another option is to visit the green Bosques de Palermo, which is a big park with two lakes where you can rent a little boat or just walk around the gorgeous rose garden. This park is also used to do sports, such as cycling, skating, and running. The Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays, also known as the “lung” of Buenos Aires, is a very peaceful and beautiful green area in the middle of Palermo. Besides walking around yourself, there are tours given as well.
What you definitely cannot miss is the Cementerio de la Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery), which contains nearly 15 acres of impressive tombs. Among all these people are former presidents and the famous Eva Peron (Evita).
And last but not least, the neighborhood of La Boca is a popular attraction in Buenos Aires. It is known for “El Caminito”, an open air museum that has been created due to the bright colored houses and decorations of famous characters from Argentina. Although it is more crowded on the weekends, it is still worth if you do not want to miss the street-artists and market.