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12 Hours in Buenos Aires

Posted February 1st, 2017

The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is one of South America’s most visited cities and a popular cruise destination drenched in fascinating culture and history. Below, we’ve put together a suggested 12-hour guide outlining just some of the ways you can spend your time here.

8am – Explore Recoleta.

Step off your cruise ship, move through the cruise terminal, and then make your way to the beautiful neighbourhood of Recoleta, known for its stunning French-inspired architecture. One of the most affluent areas in the city, Recoleta is home to several tourist attractions, such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Plaza Francia, which buzzes on weekends with arts and crafts markets, and the Recoleta Cemetery. Filled with tree-lined walkways, the Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place for famous Argentinians, including several presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and Eva Peron.

10:30am – Learn about Evita.

Discover why Eva Peron is one of the most beloved figures in Argentina’s history at the Evita Museum. Open from 11am to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday, the museum houses a collection of artefacts and exhibits showcasing Peron’s short but impactful life. Guided tours are available too.

12pm – Wander Palermo in search of a meal.

Now’s your chance to indulge and recharge. Walk through the streets of this huge barrio and you’ll discover an endless array of cafés, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, galleries and shops. Within Palermo is the hip Palermo Soho, a vibrant and trendy area popular with artists and backpackers.

2pm – Walk off lunch.

Enjoy a quiet stroll through the Parque Tres de Febrero in Palermo and be at one with nature. This spectacular green space features lakes, paddleboats, groves, gazebos and a number of exquisite gardens. Highlights include the breathtaking Rose Garden and the Japanese Gardens. If you fancy, you could even go on a quick boat ride at one of the lakes.

3pm – Enjoy a tango class.

Visiting Argentina without seeing tango in action is like visiting Italy and not eating pizza. Instead of a standard show with dinner, why not put yourself in the mix and acquire some new moves? There are many tango schools and professionals in the city who give both private and small group lessons, so do some research before your cruise and make a booking. Alternatively, speak with the concierge on your cruise ship for some advice.


6pm – It’s dinnertime.

After a long day, head to the central vicinity of Buenos Aires for a sumptuous meal and some quality wine. Here, you’re well positioned for a quick journey to the port. For classic Argentinian cuisine, you can’t go past local empanadas, provoleta (a cheese) and steak cooked asado-style (barbecued).

8pm – Return to your cruise ship.

Following your delicious dinner, it’s time to head back to your home away from home for some rest and relaxation.

Discover spectacular Buenos Aires for yourself by booking a South America cruise today. With years of experience, our friendly cruise consultants can help you find a voyage that ticks all the boxes. Call us now on 1300 954 661 to get started.

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