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Experience Buenos Aires Like A Local With These 10 Tours

Gaby
Updated Aug 07, 2018

Buenos Aires is the cultural soul of Argentina. Steeped in history and brimming with cosmopolitan excitement, Buenos Aires is the focal point of your Argentina vacation. The city epitomizes Argentina’s paradigm juxtapositions by seamlessly integrating rich Latin American culture with European roots and metropolitan adventure with outdoor activity. On your next trip to Buenos Aires, combine this mix of packaged tours for the complete experience.

1. Tour an estancia with local cowboys

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Dive deep into Argentinean history on this tour of a local estancia. On this tour, you’ll leave behind the hustle and bustle of downtown city life and experience life on a traditional countryside ranch. Accompanied by your gaucho tour guides, you will feast on a “parrillada” barbecue and enjoy performances of local songs and dances.

This full day retreat is perfectly tailored to suit your needs, starting with a morning pick-up from your Buenos Aires hotel and a drive across the pampas (plains). Once you arrive at the Estancia Santa Susana, you’ll be welcomed and given a tour of the working ranch. You’ll meet gauchos (horsemen similar to cowboys of the American West) and ride horses and horse-drawn carriages through the surrounding farmland. The tour concludes with an Argentinian barbecue of grilled meats, salads, regional wines, sweet pastelito (pastry) and a cup of mate which you enjoy during a performance of traditional music and dancing before the return shuttle to your Buenos Aires hotel.

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2. Learn to play polo!

Polo is the heart and soul of up-scale Argentina. Brought originally to Argentina by British settlers to the pampas (plains) who practiced the sport during their free time, Polo quickly became popular amongst the gauchos of the Argentine countryside. On this tour, you’ll visit a local country club and learn about the game by watching a match while relaxing with a snack and some wine. During the match, you’ll learn about Polo’s history, the horses, the rules, and the players as you immerse yourself in the complete experience.

After the match, a professional player will provide a lesson tailored to your ability level so you can experience the fun for yourself. The tour concludes with a traditional barbecue, local wine, and a stroll of the club or a swim in the pool before you return to your hotel.

Learn to play polo!

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3. Visit the Colonia del Sacramento UNESCO World Heritage Site


Across the border from Buenos Aires is the Uruguay city of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich and vibrant culture. This half day walking tour shows you the best of Colonia del Sacramento’s colorful cityscape. This tour begins at your Buenos Aires hotel where you’ll be greeted and driven to the ferry. After an hour long ferry ride, you’ll begin your hour and a half long walking tour in Colonia’s historic quarter. From there, you’ll admire the Porton de Campo (city gate) and walk to the Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs), an old, narrow cobbled street surrounded by rustic buildings. Then, you’ll walk to 25 de Mayo Square (Main Square), the historic center of the city complete with well-preserved Portuguese-style houses, a museum, and towering stone walls.

The tour ends after a visit to an archeological site and the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament. After the tour, you’ll have a free and relaxing day touring and shopping in Colonia del Sacramento before walking back to the ferry terminal, which will transport you back to Buenos Aires where your driver will bring you back to your hotel.

Visit the Colonia del Sacramento UNESCO World Heritage Site

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4. Cruise around town on two wheels

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The best way to see Buenos Aires is on two wheels. This tour starts in San Telmo, where your guide will meet you, give you your bike and provide a safety briefing and demonstration. After strapping on your helmet, you’ll hit the road and cruise around town for a leisurely ride. Your journey begins in Puerto Madero, one of the newest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. After Puerto Madero, you’ll visit Recoleta, a tiny neighborhood renowned for its French-style architecture and city parks. Then, you’ll travel to the Recoleta Cemetary, where numerous famous Argentinians are interred, before heading through Barrio Parque, a residential area of mansions and green spaces.

The tour concludes with a ride through Palermo, the city’s largest neighborhood, where you’ll see the Buenos Aires Zoo, Galileo Galilei Planetarium, the Polo fields, and the Botanical Garden before returning to your original start point. This tour is perfect for anyone yearning to experience Buenos Aires’ rich history. On this bike tour, expect to take a leisurely ride through the city and take frequent stops for photo opportunities and interpretive information from your guide while immersing yourself in the culture of Buenos Aires.

Cruise around town on two wheels

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5. Explore the Tigre Delta


Take a step away from the excitement of Buenos Aires on this tour to the Tigre Delta. On this day trip, you’ll travel to the Tigre Delta, a unique suburban town built on the land surrounding the Rio Parana and the Rio de la Plata. You can choose between a full day (8 hour) or half day (4 hour) tour to best suit your needs.

On the full day tour, you’ll meet your guide in central Buenos Aires and board a river cruise to Tigre. You’ll learn about the history of the delta while floating past some famous shoreline landmarks, yacht clubs, markets, and local residents’ stilted homes. Once you reach the town of Tigre, you’ll board a bus to Puerto de Frutos, a port town that connects the islanders to the mainland. In Puerto de Frutos, you’ll have time to freely explore the port, treat yourself to lunch, and visit a local museum. You’ll finish your tour with a scenic hour-long train ride back to Buenos Aires.

On the half day tour, you’ll ride a motorcoach along the Rio de la Plata to the suburb of San Isidro, home to impressive cathedrals and mansions. You’ll then take a 40 minute delta river cruise where you’ll learn about the locals and how they incorporate the waterways into their daily lives. The cruise ends in the town of Tigre, where you’ll take a scenic motorcoach ride back to Buenos Aires.

Explore the Tigre Delta

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6. It takes two to tango - an authentic dinner and tango show

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There is no better time to perfect your dance moves than on your Buenos Aires vacation. Take a four and a half hour evening tour where you’ll immerse yourself in the complete Tango experience. The tour begins with transportation from your Buenos Aires hotel. You’ll arrive at the facility, where you’ll enjoy dinner and drinks during a professional tango dance show.

After the show, you can choose to participate in a Tango lesson taught by the professional dancers or you can sit back and enjoy while your travel companions try out their new-found dance moves. The tour ends with a hotel drop-off after an evening of fun and dancing. This tour is perfect for new and experienced dancers alike!

It takes two to tango - an authentic dinner and tango show

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7. The ultimate culinary experience - learn to make empanadas and more!


During this interactive half day culinary experience, you’ll enjoy and learn to make authentic Argentine cuisine. Once you arrive at the restaurant, you’ll learn how to make traditional empanadas before sitting down to a dinner with dishes from all corners of the country. The dinner is always different, but rest assured that each dish is always expertly paired with a glass of wine. The dinner finishes with a lesson in how to make your own mate, a traditional tea drink, which you’ll enjoy alongside a traditional Argentine dessert. You can also choose to enter the “aroma room” and learn how to identify wine and create cocktails. This tour is perfect for every foodie on your trip!

The ultimate culinary experience - learn to make empanadas and more!

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8. Get an inside look at Argentina's favorite sport: futbol

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Soccer fans can rejoice on this half day tour that brings you behind the scenes of Argentina’s favorite athletic pastime. During this tour, you’ll visit Argentina’s two famous soccer stadiums: Boca Juniors (La Bombonera) and River Plate (El Monumental). Your guide will give you insider access to the two stadiums and teach you about the culture and history of the sport in Argentina. You can chose to visit one, or both stadiums, each with a unique history.

El Monumental is the home stadium of River Plate. The stadium opened in the 1930s and hosted the FIFA world cup in 1978. La Bombonera is home to the Boca Juniors. The stadium has been an iconic landmark in the city since the team was created by a handful of local boys in 1905. At this stadium, you’ll visit parts of the stadium normally closed to the public and walk out onto the soccer pitch. The tour concludes with a visit to the Passion of Boca Juniors Museum and its trophy room.

Get an inside look at Argentina's favorite sport: futbol

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9. Take a city tour of Buenos Aires's famous cultural and historic sites

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For those short on time, or those simply looking to pack a lot of adventure into a half a day, this three hour city of tour of Buenos Aires’ most popular sites is the perfect excursion. This trip starts at your hotel, where you’ll be greeted by your guide and transported to your first destination - the May Square. Then, you’ll move onto one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city, San Telmo, and enjoy walking along its cobble stoned streets before moving onto the neighborhood of La Boca. In La Boca, you’ll explore Caminito Street and its brightly painted houses.

After you enjoy the street dancers and souvenir shops in La Boca, you’ll see the Boca Juniors soccer stadium. From La Boca, you’ll move on to Madero Port and all of its modern restaurants and office buildings before passing through the Retiro neighborhood. Finally, you’ll see the exclusive residential area of Palermo before heading to the Recoleta cemetery and back to your hotel.

Take a city tour of Buenos Aires's famous cultural and historic sites

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10. Sample Argentina’s famous Malbec wines

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This tour is the ultimate immersion experience into Argentine wine culture. During this three hour wine tasting you’ll venture deep into hidden wine cellars in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, where you’ll learn about the grapes and winemaking process of Argentina’s best wines.

This tour begins at an art gallery in Palermo, where you’ll meet your guide and enjoy a glass of locally made Malbec. Then, you’ll travel to a hidden wine cellar where a local sommelier will explain the finer points of Argentina’s viniculture. You’ll taste different wines while learning about the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and bottling techniques that produced them. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy traditional Argentine picadas (finger foods) that perfectly complement your wine selections. After, you’ll move on to a popular local bar where you’ll sample Argentine fernet, a famous bitter and aromatic spirit before heading out to explore the neighborhood with your group.

Sample Argentina's famous Malbec wines

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Discover Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a vibrant city and the soul of Argentine culture. Whether by foot, bike, or boat, Buenos Aires is sure to please. Be sure to check out all that this magical city has to offer on these great tours!

This article was originally published on Jun 22, 2017

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Gaby is a climbing guide based out of wherever work and life happen to bring her. While traveling, Gaby seeks out the best outdoor adventures she can find, but appreciates a cold beer and a warm...Read more

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