Visiting Buenos Aires in a Hurry – 1/2 Day Itinerary
Visiting cities in a rush is becoming an unfortunate theme on here, lately! But fret not, I’ll be returning to Buenos Aires soon enough to give it the proper visit it deserves. However, if you do end up in Buenos Aires without much time to spare, here is one way to see some of its important landmarks in just a half day.
*Please note, to visit these places in a half day you will need to find a form of transportation – bus, subway, cab, Uber or a city tour. You will only be able to spend an hour or less at each stop too (to see them in a half day).
Buenos Aires – 1/2 Day Itinerary
Plaza de Mayo
After you’ve downed your cafe con leche and medialunas, head to Plaza de Mayo where some of the biggest events have happened in Argentina’s history.
In the plaza you’ll notice the Pirámide de Mayo – it is the oldest national monument in Buenos Aires. Click here to read more about it.
Also, take note of the many white scarves of “The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” in the plaza. Between the years of 1976 and 1983, Argentina was under a military dictatorship (The Dirty War). An estimated 30,000 people “disappeared” (were illegally detained in concentration camps, tortured and likely killed) during this time at the hands of the government. The mothers of the disappeared people gathered in the Plaza de Mayo to try to learn what had happened to their children, beginning in 1977.
Click here to read more about the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. I also encourage you to click here and read about the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
La Casa Rosada (The Pink House) is the office of the President of Argentina. (This is not where the president lives, however.)
The balcony is of particular interest for many, as this is where famous first lady Eva Peron would address supporters. It’s also the setting of the song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”
La Bocca is a colorful and touristy neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The colorful part is actually only about a block long – with some shops and restaurants. To be perfectly honest, it is a bit underwhelming. But nonetheless, it can make for some fun photos (if you can manage to avoid the throngs of tourists)!
La Recoleta Cemetery
And if you only have time to do one thing in Buenos Aires you have to see La Recoleta Cemetery. It contains the graves of many notable people, including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon. And I know that all sounds really morbid, however, this cemetery is BEAUTIFUL, and seriously feels as though it is its own city. I’ve visited notable cemeteries in New Orleans, and they don’t even compare to La Recoleta! Click here for more info.
*Please note, though, this is still a cemetery where people are being buried – be respectful if you see a funeral in progress.
If you have time…
A few other top attractions in Buenos Aires include:
*Puerto Madero – a beautiful waterfront district with many modern shops and restaurants.
*Teatro Colón – the main opera house in Buenos Aires.
*Museo Evita – a museum dedicated to Eva Peron (near the cemetery). *Please note – photos are not allowed.
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How would you spend a half day in Buenos Aires? Let me know in the comments!
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Great photos of BA! So happy to hear that you enjoy your visit, even though it was short 🙂 I could not help but laugh a bit when I read your comment about La Boca; “it is a bit underwhelming”. Haha, so true! I’m so happy to know that I’m not the only one having it that way with La Boca! 😉
Let me know when you come by La Captial again! xoxo
Aw, thank you! Haha! I really expected the colorful area of La Boca to be bigger! And I’m hoping to make it back there within the next month – I’ll let you know once it’s set in stone. 🙂
Haha, I know! I went to La Boca two times, and none of time I was impressed 😉 Would be so cool to meet up if you are in town – apart from some beach time this month I will be in town!
I should go to Rosario one day too. Have a friend from my post-graduate course who lives there too.
It really would be! I’ll send you a message when I figure out which weekend I’m going back there. And definitely, let me know if you make it to Rosario too! 🙂