11 Cool Things to do in Buenos Aires (In 3 Days)

Frommer’s has hailed Buenos Aires as one of the 20 best destinations to visit this year, and we couldn’t agree more.

Your journey to Buenos Aires promises unforgettable experiences amidst its colorful streets, the sultry embrace of tango, and the irresistible charm of its people. With a perfect blend of culture, history, and iconic neighborhoods, Buenos Aires is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Here are our tips on what to do in Buenos Aires in 3 days.

Day 1: Immerse in Cultural Treasures

La Casa Rosada: Where Politics Meets Pink

Begin your adventure at La Casa Rosada, Argentina’s government palace. The iconic pink facade, which symbolizes unity, dates back to the 19th century when Argentina was politically divided. Don’t miss the chance to see this national landmark painted in a unique and symbolic color.

Obelisco: An Iconic Tribute to Buenos Aires

A visit to Obelisco is a must. This towering monument, erected in 1936, commemorates the city’s four centuries of history. It stands at the intersection of two major streets, Av. 9 de Julio and Calle Corrientes, where the Argentine flag was first raised in the city.

Palacio Barolo: A Divine Journey in Architecture

Palacio Barolo, inspired by Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy,” offers a unique and immersive experience. As you explore this stunning palace, discover its references to the epic poem, from Latin quotes to a meticulous design that reflects the three realms of the afterlife: hell, purgatory, and heaven. We recommend taking a guided tour to fully appreciate its architectural and artistic qualities.

El Ateneo: Where Literature and Theatre Converge

El Ateneo is a renowned bookstore transformed from the historic Gran Splendid Theatre, preserving the architectural grandeur of the past. National Geographic named it the world’s prettiest commercial library in 2019. Step inside this vast space, where literature meets the elegance of the theater.

Day 2: Explore Touristic Neighborhoods

Now that you’ve absorbed the cultural essence of Buenos Aires, it’s time to delve into its most touristic neighborhoods: La Boca, Palermo, and Recoleta.

La Boca: Where Art and Football Collide

Embark on your day in the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, known for its iconic Caminito, a museum street adorned with vibrant walls. Stroll through this cobblestone street, where tango music and captivating street art fill the air. Don’t forget to visit La Bombonera, the famous stadium of Boca Juniors, the beloved Argentine football team.

Tip: Don’t forget to store your belongings somewhere safely to enjoy the city luggage-free!

Palermo: A Shopper’s Paradise and More

Spend your afternoon in Palermo, where boutique stores and unique fashion finds abound. This is the ideal place for leisurely strolls, window shopping, sipping coffee, and appreciating the street art that adorns the neighborhood. Explore the lush Parque 3 de Febrero, featuring serene lagoons, gardens, and a romantic rose path.

Recoleta: A Day of Elegance

Conclude your day in Recoleta, known for its sophistication. Visit the Parque de las Naciones Unidas, home to Floralis Genérica, a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture resembling a blooming flower. Explore the Recoleta Cemetery, a national treasure for its architectural beauty. Finish your day with a visit to one of the neighborhood’s charming bars or restaurants.

Day 3: Discover Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero: Where Elegance Meets Modernity

Begin your third day in Puerto Madero, one of Buenos Aires’ most upscale areas, featuring towering skyscrapers, pristine parks, and upscale restaurants. Leave your luggage with Airkeep for a day of carefree exploration.

Puente de la Mujer: A Tango-Inspired Bridge

Admire the simple yet striking design of Puente de la Mujer, a rotating bridge symbolizing a tango dance. The bridge’s pole represents the man, while the curved base symbolizes the woman. It’s a captivating structure you must see.

Museo del Humor: A Journey Through Argentinean Humor

Explore the Museo del Humor, which offers an enlightening journey through the evolution of Argentinean humor using comic strips. Marvel at the drawings and illustrations that reflect the humor of different eras.

Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur: A Natural Oasis

Conclude your adventure at Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, a vast green space along the Rio de la Plata. Explore the park’s rich biodiversity, take leisurely walks, enjoy bike rides, or savor a delightful picnic amidst the lush surroundings.

We hope your visit to Buenos Aires is filled with unforgettable experiences, and we invite you to return for more than 3 days to explore the rest of Argentina. There’s so much to see, from the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls to the enchanting regions of Bariloche, Cordoba, Mendoza, and even a hop across to Uruguay.

With Airkeep, leave your luggage behind and travel carefree, embracing the beauty and diversity of this incredible country. Safe travels!