What to see in Buenos Aires?

Buenos Aires, like Madrid or Berlin, is a city to live more than to visit. You can love it or hate it, but it will leave some impression on you. In the City of Fury (En la Ciudad de la Furia – click to play on Spotify) you don’t need more than two days to see all the touristic attractions, but you would need a lifetime to feel what Buenos Aires is really about.

Constantly changing and surrounded with chaos, this is one of the most European cities of the southern continent where everybody speaks at least some basic english, which for travelers looking for adventures usually means it’s a boring city and can’t wait to leave to see the amazing landscapes that make the country famous. But it’s vibe is an interesting mix of inmigrants from all over the world, which makes it 100% Argentinean, and if you are open to it, it will welcome you with it’s arms wide open.

Everybody will warn you to be safe, to take care, to be careful while walking the streets of the Capital (or any big city in South America), as in a city with a lot of inequality and corruption, the insecurity levels are quite high and mugging is a regular occurrence. You just need to be a smart tourist, and most of the time, nothing will happen. But still, here are my tips to stay safe:
  1. Don’t wear jewelry and avoid carrying purses.
  2. Don’t carry around big DSLR cameras or other expensive items such as new iPhones or iPads. And if you do, try to hide them.
  3. Don’t go to the bad neighborhoods. Seriously, don’t be stupid, I’ve met quite a few foreigners who out of “curiosity” decided to go by themselves to see the “villas” and then complained when they got robbed.
  4. Don’t walk at night (even if you are a guy). Taxis are not that expensive, use them.
  5. If you get stopped by someone trying to mug you, give them what they ask without a fight. Your life is more valuable than anything they can steal from you.

If you follow these tips, you will have a great time in Buenos Aires, as it has a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, bars and entrenainment, although it can be quite expensive as it’s always adjusting to the country’s crazy inflation.

Best places to visit:

La Boca y Caminito

Casa Rosada y Plaza de Mayo

Puerto Maderos y Puente de la Mujer

Ateneo Grand Splendid

Floralis Genérica and the Law University

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

Teatro Colon, Obelisco and 9 de Julio avenue

La Recoleta Cementery and around

Palermo

If you need any help planning your trip to BA, think that I’m forgetting some places or just like the post and pictures, please leave a comment below and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

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Photography by Marko Kecman

Collaborator:
 Fede Zimerman: Aeroline expert and photographer in the making. Works long hours even on nationational holidays, but knows how to take advantage of working for an airline company. Has travelled around the world 22.4 times and can find the best local places to drink a beer in less than a day. Impossible to keep track of him as he will be on a plane as soon as he has more than a day off, but luckily he writes about his adventures in his blog Planes & Beers.

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5 thoughts on “What to see in Buenos Aires?

  • Joe January 2, 2017 at 00:20 Reply

    Grandioso, loved it. Listening to “ciudad de la furia”, as I read. ?????? Great comments about Federico.

  • Olga January 3, 2017 at 15:58 Reply

    Gorgeous photography! Especially giving the fact that you had to have your camera hidden most of the time, I guess 😉

    • Cecilia January 4, 2017 at 01:34

      Yes, Marko has a very nice camera which is small and still takes amazing quality pictures. Maybe soon he will be posting some of his photographic tips 😛

      And Fede lives in Buenos Aires and has been taking really good pictures which I’ve also included here

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