6 Free Attractions to See in Buenos Aires

Save your pesos and centavos. You can visit Buenos Aires for FREE!

It’s true. Plane tickets aside (and accommodation and food and souvenirs…), you really can visit Buenos Aires for free. Buenos Aires has your typical European city appeal — architecture, romance and charm — but without the ridiculous Euro price tag attached. Great food, historical landmarks, charming neighborhoods and shopping districts, it’s the perfect city for the budget traveller.  Here are some ways to get the most of your Buenos Aires visit.

Free Walking Tour.

The best way to see Buenos Aires is via their free walking tour. You heard it, FREE! BA Free Tour offers two tours per day. One in the morning and the other one in the afternoon.

BA Free Tours | Aristocratic Tour BA Free Tour guides wear bright green shirts!

City Tour

The City Tour is a day tour and gives a great overview of the downtown area. The tour starts at 11am at Plaza del Congreso. Some highlights include:

  • Playa de Mayo
  • Obelisco
  • Casa Rosada (or the big pink house!)
  • and much more..

I think the tour lasted a good 2.5 – 3 hours. And I have to say, my feet felt every hour. It’s a great tour, don’t get me wrong, but there are no rest stops and you’re constantly on your feet. By the time we reached the big pink house, you can tell, everyone was wiped. So consider this a slight warning and be prepared. Also, bring a snack bar and water. You’ll need it especially on a hot Argentinean summer day.

Buenos Aires Casa Rosada and the Obelisk iconic landmark

Aristocratic Tour

The Aristocratic Tour is an early evening tour and starts at 5pm at Plaza San Martin. The 2 hour tour consist of a relaxing stroll through the history of the Aristocratic Buenos Aires and the European influences. Some highlights include:

  • Cementerio de la Recoleta
  • Av.9 de Julio
  • Torre Monumental
  • and much more..

I really enjoyed the afternoon tour. The pace feels slower and you can truly get a sense of the French and Spanish influences in Buenos Aires architecture. Also, it’s not as crowded — the tour itself and the city.

Floralis Generica.

Why is there a giant metal flower in the middle of Buenos Aires? I have no idea but it looks cool, right? Even better, the flower opens and closes with the sun by hydraulic machinery. In the morning or day time, the flower is wide open and in the evening time, the flower closes almost all the way. I hear it’s better to visit in the evening because the flower lights up! We had loads of fun practicing our jumpin’ shots here.

Flor de Metal Big Metal Flower

La Recoleta Cemetery.

It’s not like I venture to many cemeteries back home to compare, but La Recoleta is definitely the most impressive, unique cemeteries I have ever seen. Aside from New Orleans and our brief visit to Boston, you don’t get to see many cemeteries built from the ground up, rather than buried below.

Fun Fact: It took over 25 years before Eva Peron, more famously known as Evita, is buried at La Recoleta. She’s locked up in a vault 18 feet below the ground.

La Recoleta Cemetery La Recoleta Cemetery

Caminito in La Boca.

La Boca may be small, maybe the size of a neighborhood block (if that), but it’s the most eclectic, vibrant part of town. You can’t come to Buenos Aires and not visit La Boca. 30 minutes tops but I’m willing to bet the best pictures you’ll take during your entire BA stay.

But fair warning, you’re not going to want to venture outside of La Boca. Yup. You guessed it. You’re in the ghetto so unless you’re willing to risk it all, it’s tourist suicidal. Cabs are plenty so be smart, get in one.

Caminito in La Boca Caminito in La Boca

San Telmo may be famous for its shops and boutiques, but if you ask me, this is the place to get your Boca gear and souvenirs! I recommend saving La Boca towards the end of your trip because I guarantee most of your souvenir shopping will be done here. One thing I regret is not coming home with a Boca jersey. :(

Tango.

I was so expecting to see a flood of tango dancers throughout the city at every corner cafe in Buenos Aires. Isn’t that how you’d picture BA too? Sadly that’s not true. However, you can see street tango dancers in La Boca. It’s more of a tourist getup along with the silly tango cutout boards you can pay to take a picture in. Or, if you choose to dine at one of the few restaurants on the strip, they’ll have tango performers entertain you while you enjoy your lunch outdoors. But if you’re like us, we just walked up and down the streets and watched the show for free! 😉

Tango in La Boca Tango in La Boca

Museums.

We didn’t get a chance to visit museums. The weather was too perfect to be stuck indoors. But Buenos Aires is home to some awesome museums. Some like Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and MALBA are free!

Next time you’re in BA, save a little, experience a lot. Because the best things in life are really free!

Got any more? Share your Buenos Aires free tips in the comments!

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  • Christopher Allen

    Great post and overview of Buenos Aires. It’s on my list.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It’s on my list too. Probably I would say on my top 5 fav cities in the world. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • Christopher Allen

    Great post and overview of Buenos Aires. It’s on my list.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It’s on my list too. Probably I would say on my top 5 fav cities in the world. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://www.expanish.com Expanish

    For an alterntaive tour, try Foto Ruta http://www.foto-ruta.com they offer explorations of less touristy parts of Buenos Aires and teach you how to take great photos!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      How fun. We wish we knew about this before hand. Looks very cool!

  • http://www.expanish.com Expanish

    For an alterntaive tour, try Foto Ruta http://www.foto-ruta.com they offer explorations of less touristy parts of Buenos Aires and teach you how to take great photos!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      How fun. We wish we knew about this before hand. Looks very cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

    That mechanical flower is badass!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yeaa! We had lots of fun with that thing. Lol. Have you been? Just wished we came back at night to see it closed and lit up. We’ll have to come back again soon. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

    That mechanical flower is badass!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yeaa! We had lots of fun with that thing. Lol. Have you been? Just wished we came back at night to see it closed and lit up. We’ll have to come back again soon. =)

  • http://akiltandacamera.com Peg and Brian Peter

    Thanks for the info! We’re hoping to get to Buenos Aires early next year and I had no idea about the free tours. That cemetery is not top of my list!

    I’ve been enjoying browsing through your blog, and especially love the photos. Looking forward to reading more!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Peg & Brian. Yeah, cemetery doesn’t sound fun… But if you have spare time in BA, the Recoleta Cemetery still might be worth a trip. It’s in the middle of the city and quite unique. We have lots of blogging to catch up on from our past travels. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://akiltandacamera.com Peg and Brian Peter

    Thanks for the info! We’re hoping to get to Buenos Aires early next year and I had no idea about the free tours. That cemetery is not top of my list!

    I’ve been enjoying browsing through your blog, and especially love the photos. Looking forward to reading more!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Peg & Brian. Yeah, cemetery doesn’t sound fun… But if you have spare time in BA, the Recoleta Cemetery still might be worth a trip. It’s in the middle of the city and quite unique. We have lots of blogging to catch up on from our past travels. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://twitter.com/thatbackpacker Audrey Bergner

    Great list! I took a bike tour (which wasn’t free, but wasn’t expensive either) and it was a great way to explore many of the neighbourhoods in Bs As. And awesome jumping shots! You guys look like you’re flying 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      We did a bike tour once and I think it’s a great way to explore a city. Not to mention fun too!
      We’re getting better at jumping although I will admit, G is more creative in his “flying”. That’s probably why he’s featured more. Lol. Haha. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://twitter.com/thatbackpacker Audrey Bergner

    Great list! I took a bike tour (which wasn’t free, but wasn’t expensive either) and it was a great way to explore many of the neighbourhoods in Bs As. And awesome jumping shots! You guys look like you’re flying 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We did a bike tour once and I think it’s a great way to explore a city. Not to mention fun too!
      We’re getting better at jumping although I will admit, G is more creative in his “flying”. That’s probably why he’s featured more. Lol. Haha. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://roundwego.com RoundWeGo

    Guys – I need to send your photography a “Get Well Soon Card” because it’s pretty sick. Good stuff.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Haha. Thanks guys! Your blog is pretty ILL too. =P

  • http://roundwego.com RoundWeGo

    Guys – I need to send your photography a “Get Well Soon Card” because it’s pretty sick. Good stuff.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Haha. Thanks guys! Your blog is pretty ILL too. =P

  • http://one-giant-step.com Gillian @OneGiantStep

    Great tips! I loved the BA Free Tour and highly recommend them! We took two of their tours and were impressed each time. It’s a great way to see the city, learn about it’s culture and ask questions of the Porteno guide. The cemetery is amazing – don’t miss it!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      I was surprised myself visiting the Cemetery. Nothing else like it. Felt like a gothic maze at times!. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://one-giant-step.com Gillian @OneGiantStep

    Great tips! I loved the BA Free Tour and highly recommend them! We took two of their tours and were impressed each time. It’s a great way to see the city, learn about it’s culture and ask questions of the Porteno guide. The cemetery is amazing – don’t miss it!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      I was surprised myself visiting the Cemetery. Nothing else like it. Felt like a gothic maze at times!. Thanks for trippin’ by!

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