BUENOS AIRES | WHAT TO DO

Casa Rosada
Plaza de Mayo
+1 54 11 4344 3804

The pink-hued presidential palace houses the Argentine president’s offices, but perhaps is most famous as the site where Evita Peron addressed her crowds of supporters from the balcony. Free guided tours are given on weekends and need to be booked in advance. When you visit Casa Rosada be sure to spend time wandering around the beautiful Plaza de Maya where Argentines gather in protest and celebration.

El Zanjon de Granados
Defensa 755 1065 Ciudad
+1 54 11 4361 3002
These archeological ruins, dating back to the city’s earliest settlements in the 1500’s, were discovered in 1986 under an historical mansion. After a meticulous restoration, El Zanjon opened as a private museum where you can tour the actual network of underground tunnels and see the artifacts found during the restoration.

Estadio Boca Juniors
Brandsen 805
+1 54 11 4309 4700

Portenos are intensely passionate in their love for soccer (futbol) and it’s worth catching a game at Estadio Boca Juniors to experience the intensity of the fans alone. The official season goes from February until November but a summer season takes its place so soccer never really stops in B.A.

Eva Peron Museum
Lafinur 2988
+1 54 11 4807 0306

Housed in a stunning 1923 mansion, the Museo Evita is a tribute to the life of Argentina’s iconic heroine and first lady. Filled with historical photos, videos and memorabilia, as well as a stunning collection of her designer wardrobe including dresses, shoes, handbags and hats. The museum gives perspective charting Evita’s rise to fame from humble beginnings, her championing of rights for women and workers, and the political and social evolution of Argentina during her lifetime.

La Boca and Caminito
Wander around these dockside neighborhoods and colorful streets filled with live musicians, street artists, tango dancers and touristy shops. La Boca is a former slum with colorful tenements and houses painted in vibrant colors. It’s safest and best seen in the daytime.

La Bomba de Tiempo
Ciudad Cultural Konax, 3131 Sarmiento
La Bomba de Tiempo is a truly unique musical performance with improvisational percussion music and dancing. The weekly drum jam is performed on Mondays in a warehouse-like space where you’ll stand – and dance – the entire time. The crowd is a mix of locals and tourists all there for a dance party that can’t be missed! Note: Only 18 and over.

MALBA
Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta
+1 54 115 288 9900
A stunning collection of European and Latin American art from the early 20th century to the present. The beautiful, modern space showcases the works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and many other Argentinian masters.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta
+1 54 115 288 9900

Aside from the largest collection of 19th and 20th century Argentine art, this important museum also houses a large collection of European masters like Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso.

Recoleta Cemetary
Junin 1760, Recoleta
+1 54 114 803 1594
The tomb of Eva Peron is located here as well as many other Argentinian past presidents, military heroes and dignitaries. Over 5000 uniquely designed tombs and mausoleums are arranged on little streets like a mini city of the dead. Sounds gruesome, but it’s actually a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon.

Teatro Colon
Pasaje Toscanini 1180
+ 1 54 11 4378 7100
Completed in 1908, the Teatro Colon is one of the world’s most beautiful opera theaters and is an important part of Argentine history. Get tickets to an opera or ballet so you can experience the auditorium’s legendary acoustics and elegant design. But if that’s not an option then take a guided tour to see the majesty of this gorgeous theater.

Tango, obviously

Bar Sur Tango
299 Estados Unidos, San Telmo
+1 54 11 4362 6086

Argentina is known for the tango and offers lots of options to see different styles and interpretations of the sensual dance. Bar Sur Tango offers a casual way to see authentic tango without being at a staged performance. Pay a cover charge and you can have drinks, watch tango and stay as long as you want.

Rojo Tango at the Faena Hotel
445 Martha Salotti, Buenos Aires
+1 54 11 4952 4111
See this swanky, elaborate cabaret show complete with a 10-piece orchestra and professional tango dancers performing nightly at the Faena Hotel. This experience is more like a Broadway show in terms of performance (with delicious food and wine), but is a great way to get the whole history of tango.