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Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

1. Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll have the opportunity to see the main site of Buenos Aires. Begin at the Plaza de Mayo or May Square, the site of the most important historical events since the city’s founding. Your guide will show you the most important buildings and monuments and tell you about the square’s history. Then enjoy Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) and marvel at the atmosphere of San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and explore its antiques shops and picturesque buildings. Feel the beat of the original Argentinian tango in the neighborhood of La Boca. Walk along Caminito Street and watch the dancers and browse the shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Experience the modernization of the city as you travel along Madero Port and see its docks that are home to large office buildings and an array of dining venues. Pass through the Retiro neighborhood and then on to Palermo, the most exclusive residential area in Buenos Aires. Later, in Recoleta, you’ll see the cemetery that is the final resting place of Eva Peron. Wander through the cemetery to locate her burial site.

Buenos Aires: La Ventana Tango Show Ticket w/ Dinner Option

2. Buenos Aires: La Ventana Tango Show Ticket w/ Dinner Option

Experience a traditional show of tango and folklore from two tango orchestras, a sextet and the great orchestra of Juan d 'arienzo, five couples of dancers, two singers, an ensemble of music of the highlands, a show of boleros and the musical "Evita". Enjoy La Ventana in the heart of San Telmo, this restored tenement is a classic of Buenos Aires culture. La Ventana is a visit throughout old times. Its interior, which preserves the building’s purity, is the ideal ambience for a unique proposal Enjoy the music of the “Altiplano” and a folklore ballet with a show of “boleadoras”. You will see a wide menu of typical and international dishes like fish, pasta, chicken, pork, vegetarian options, and the best cuts of Argentinian meat. Also, you will taste our national grape the Malbec or Chardonnay wines during the night. Dinner time 20.00hs and show time 22.00hs. You can add additional services like wine tasting between 19.00 and 20.00hs before dinner time.

San Telmo: Guided Parrilla Foodie Tour

3. San Telmo: Guided Parrilla Foodie Tour

Join your guide on a food-centered walking tour of San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Learn about local traditions and visit the most iconic parrilla or grill restaurant in the old neighborhood. Find out why beef has become so culturally significant to Argentinians and discover the mouth-watering world of Argentinian beef as you enjoy a barbecue dinner. Round out the experience with a visit to Volta San Telmo for a taste of authentic Argentinian ice cream.

Buenos Aires: Full Day Bike Tour with Lunch

4. Buenos Aires: Full Day Bike Tour with Lunch

Have an amazing time on this signature tour which will leave you with a true affection for this beloved city. Your full day tour will cover history, culture, fun, food and most importantly, cycling.   You will start in the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires, San Telmo, and wind your way through the narrow streets, stopping to soak up the architecture and charm of the neighborhood. Then on to the colorful Caminito at the heart of the old port of La Boca, via the famous football stadium La Bombonera. After a short break, you will head to the second port and newest area of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero, with its modern buildings and chic appearance. Then to absorb the feeling of space and tranquility in the Reserva Ecologica, you will stop for lunch in a local restaurant which offers meat and vegan options. After lunch, you'll ride north and visit the site where the city was born, Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by the Cathedral, Casa Rosada and Cabildo. Then you'll head up north to the transport hub of Retiro to discover one of the city's finest parks, the Plaza San Martin, which was the headquarters of the Liberator's Army. After this, continue on to the high society area of Recoleta, where you will have the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Recoleta Cemetery and the final resting place of Evita. You will then really stretch your legs with a ride around the lungs of Palermo, a wonderful park and lakes system which is the main outdoor meeting point in the city. Through Barrio Norte in Palermo and across downtown, your last stop is at the Congress square, right next to the magnificent Congress building.

Buenos Aires: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Museum Ticket Combo

5. Buenos Aires: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Museum Ticket Combo

Explore the city of Buenos Aires on this insightful bus tour. Get on and off at the stop you prefer and tour the city at your own pace. If you're passionate about sports, you'll love this ticket combo, that allows you to visit both River Plate Museum and Boca Junior Museums, both local staples. While riding the bus, listen to the comprehensive audio guide to discover every corner of Buenos Aires, including the traditional neighborhoods of La Boca, San Telmo, and Puerto Madero. See emblematic buildings, historical places, and cultural spaces. From the stop in the Nuñez neighborhood, you can walk toward the River Plate Museum and Stadium for your visit. Learn about the history of one of the most important Argentine teams and admire its showcases of achievements. Tour its stadium and access the teams' locker rooms. To visit the Museo de la Pasión Boquense (Boca Junior Museum), you can take the bus all the way to the stop in the La Boca neighborhood. Walk through the different thematic exhibitions with photos, videos, trophies, and the collection of shirts belonging to famous players.

Buenos Aires: Small Group 4-Hour City Tour & Optional Cruise

6. Buenos Aires: Small Group 4-Hour City Tour & Optional Cruise

Experience the past and present of Buenos Aires, visiting neighborhoods, admiring architecture, and seeing the best attractions the city has to offer on this sightseeing tour.   The tour starts in the northern part of the city. Explore the neighborhoods of Retiro, Palermo and Recoleta, which are full of large green spaces and beautiful French-style mansions. Here, you’ll make your first stop: a 5-minute picture stop at Floralis Generica, a sculpture made out of steel and aluminum.   Then, stop for a half-hour tour of France Square. Pass by Colon Theater and the Obelisk to reach your third stop, Plaza de Mayo, where the city was born in 1580. Admire the Pink House, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral for about 20 minutes.   Continuing towards the south of the city, breathe in the air of tango in its hometown: San Telmo. You’ll also visit the neighborhoods of La Boca, where one of the most famous stadiums in the world is located: La Bombonera. In La Boca, you can also admire the colorful conventillos (tenement houses), home to Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, as well as the picturesque street Caminito. Afterward, you can be dropped off at the meeting point or various other attractions. If the hotel pickup was selected, you can be taken back to your hotel.  If the option is chosen, at the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Madero port, where lunch is included aboard Humberto M boat.

Buenos Aires: Graffiti and Urban Art Bike Tour with Lunch

7. Buenos Aires: Graffiti and Urban Art Bike Tour with Lunch

This is a strictly off the beaten path tour that takes you pedaling through the hidden southern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires to find the city’s most impressive street art. Far more than strictly urban art, this tour examines the cultural and historical background of Buenos Aires’ cutting edge design district and seldom-visited vibrant neighborhoods, tracing the connection between tags and art, the city’s architecture, its use by artists, and their expressions that give a voice to the voiceless.

Bueno Aires: City Tour with Optional Boat Ride

8. Bueno Aires: City Tour with Optional Boat Ride

After pickup from your hotel or the meeting point, begin with a walk through the history of Buenos Aires. Discover the neighborhoods of Retiro, Palermo, and Recoleta, where you can see large green spaces and beautiful French-style mansions emblematic of the splendor of Buenos Aires' high society of the early 20th century. Continuing towards the center of the city, pass by the iconic 9 de Julio Avenue and the Colon Theater and the Obelisk. You will then reach the Plaza de Mayo, where the city was founded in 1580. Stop for 20 minutes to see the Government House, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Continuing towards the south of the city, you will visit the suburbs, where you can breathe the air of tango in its birthplace: San Telmo. Visit the neighborhood of La Boca, where one of the most famous stadiums in the world is located, La Bombonera, home of Club Atlético Boca Juniors. Enjoy a 15-minute stop. In the neighborhood of La Boca you can also admire the colorful houses known as "conventillos", homes to Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, and also the picturesque street Caminitom, where you will have 20 minutes to take in the colors and Bohemian spirit. To finish the tour, visit the modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, completely restored since 1990 and featuring one of the most varied gastronomic areas of Buenos Aires. At the end of tour, you can stay in Puerto Madero or be dropped off at select destinations in downtown Buenos Aires. If the option is chosen, at the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Madero Port to experience a short boat tour with incredible panoramic views of Buenos Aires from the Rio de la Plata. See a plethora of green spaces from the river including the Ecological Reserve, as well as iconic skyscrapers and different buildings. Head to the observation deck and take in the breathtaking views. Snap some photos of the Buenos Aires skyline. The ride will take about 25 minutes, and the boat's loudspeaker guide will help you identify all of the landmarks from the water.

Buenos Aires: Casablanca Tango Show Ticket & Transportation

9. Buenos Aires: Casablanca Tango Show Ticket & Transportation

Casablanca is located on Balcarce street, a street that crosses the historic center of the San Telmo neighborhood, the most tango neighborhood in the city and which is also known as "music street." Passed by: Virginia Luque, Susana Rinaldi, Enrique Dumas, Jorge Sobral, María Graña, Hugo Marcel and Néstor Fabián; the orchestras led by Leopoldo Federico, Raúl Garelo, the Sexteto Mayor and Jaime Torres. Juan Carlos Copes and María Nieves, El Chúcaro and Norma Viola, Gloria and Eduardo and the Ballet Brandsen, among others, also left their mark on that stage. The chords of the main theme of the film Casablanca begin to sound on the piano and that indicates the starting point for what is to come: a great stage display that highlights the virtuosity of a group of young and talented artists. These are the people who carry the new tango, the stage tango, very aerobic and visually very beautiful, that is what the tourist is looking for and loves, Casablanca returns to settle in the Buenos Aires night with four pairs of dancers who demonstrate their skill in this dance and two singers, a woman and a man who fall in love with their voice and unique style. Casablanca is the title of an unforgettable movie and also the name of this legendary and emblematic tango house. With this beautiful coincidence as a starting point, Casablanca Tango Show offers a show to remember and dream about... to let your imagination run wild and feel that anything can be possible. Through tango and for 80 minutes, we invite you to the heart of San Telmo to enjoy a high-impact, elegant and sophisticated show. Designed not only to seduce foreign travelers but also those locals who want to rediscover the identity of the River Plate, the show also accentuates its elegance and sophistication in clothing. The performances will go on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 pm, then there will be tango classes and later milonga for those who want to stay and dance in this site recognized as being of Cultural Interest by the City government. For those who have dinner included, the appointment is at 8:00 p.m. Both the dinner show service and the drink show service include transfers.

Buenos Aires: South and North Full-Day Bike Tour With Lunch

10. Buenos Aires: South and North Full-Day Bike Tour With Lunch

Discover the main attractions in Buenos Aires on a full-day bike tour with a local, professional guide. Soak up the vibes of the different areas in the city, and sample some traditional Argentinian drink and food. In a small-group bike tour, with a maximum of 6 persons, you will visit: • Bosques de Palermo - the biggest green area of the city • Avenida del Libertador • Palermo Chico area - a traditional posh area • Law University - an impressive building • Floralis Generica - a modern icon • Mate tasting stop - enjoy the most traditional drink in Argentina as locals do • Microcentro - pedal through the city center • Plaza de Mayo • Puerto Madero - the newest area in Buenos Aires • Costanera Sur - the old riverside • Lunch at a traditional food truck • La Boca - a traditional area in BA • La Bombonera - Boca Juniors Soccer Stadium • Caminito - open-door museum • San Telmo - one of the oldest areas in BA • Plaza Dorrego - a famous square for its bars and street market • Recoleta - a posh area in BA • Recoleta Cemetery - the fancy cemetery (Ticket included) You will stop at the various locations to talk about history and culture and other interesting facts. The bike tour will finish at the same place than the meeting point.

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What people are saying about San Telmo

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4.4 / 5

based on 163 reviews

Booked from Germany, everything worked super organizationally. We experienced an interesting and informative day with our very nice guide Nico. BA is versatile, colourful, full of contrasts and full of nice people. With the bike we were able to gain a lot of impressions. Thanks very much!

Great introduction to this splendid city. Our guide, Enrique, is a charming and knowledgeable gentleman who obviously loves Buenos Aires.

Our tour guide was great and vary knowledgeable about the city and the locations we visited.

It was a good way to see the city. We took the bus and we’re able to walk in core parts.

Great way to see the city. A very active and exhilarating experience.