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How to Spend 48 Hours in Buenos Aires

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26-May-2022 Karl Page

How to Spend 48 Hours in Buenos Aires

Colourful, cosmopolitan, and oozing character...

The capital and the largest city in Argentina, Buenos Aires is a bustling metropolis of culture, colour and creativity and the perfect location for a luxury family holiday. Considered one of the most developed cities in South America, a visit to the vibrant capital will open your eyes to colourful buildings, quirky vendors, cultural arts and crafts and an array of delectable food and drink options, all authentic to Argentina.

In this article, we take a look at some of the amazing activities and experiences that you simply have to experience when in Buenos Aires for 48 hours. You're not going to want to miss these!

Day 1 in Buenos Aires

Go on a bike tour

Your excitement may get the better of you knowing how much is awaiting you in Buenos Aires, but luckily for you, we have a jam-packed 48 hours planned just for you. With so much to take in, there is no better activity to start with than an all-encompassing bike tour allowing you to get your first glimpse at all of the sites.

Kimmie from the blog Adventures and Sunsets recommended a bike tour as one of the best ways to explore this wonderful city, she explained a little bit more:
"One of the activities I MOST recommend in Buenos Aires is doing a bike tour. It's a really large city with tons to see, so it's hard to cover on foot. The biking tour allow you to see a LOT of the city all in one epic day and allow you to learn all the important history and fun facts while you're at it (and try a classic lomo sandwich). Then you can decide your favourite parts of the city and go from there!"

Bikes are widely available and can be hired from a number of local vendors and since 2009, 195 kilometres (121 miles) of protected bike lanes have been added to the city roads, so it is one of the safest ways to explore the area, perfect for adults and children alike.

Watch a tango show

What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of this diverse location than by watching a traditional tango show? Locations across the city are teeming with eclectic music but there is no better location to catch the action than El Beso, known for having some of the best dancers in the city. The hall is also known for training the next wave of up-and-coming dancers, so if a tango lesson has always been something you've dreamt of, then there is no better place.

Try a Parrilla Steak

Cycling all that way will no doubt have built up an appetite, so why not tuck into a traditional parrilla steak at lunchtime? Parrilla steak is a speciality in many Argentinian steak restaurants, simply seasoned with salt and served with a chimichurri dipping sauce. Parrilla steak is something that Kimmie loves enjoying in Buenos Aires, commenting:
"In terms of foods, the most important things to try in Buenos Aires are a proper parrilla steak - this country has the best steaks in the world - dulce de leche and alfajor cookies, and some delicious Argentinian wine! For a parrilla steak the fanciest and best place is La Cabrera - but make sure to book a table in advance."
Buenos Aires sunrise
Buenos Aires

Day 2 in Buenos Aires

Go to the San Telmo district

The San Telmo district is the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. In this bustling area, you'll find independent street vendors, local arts and craft shops selling colourful creations, colonial architecture and so much more.
The Travelling King blogger speaks a little about San Telmo, explaining some of the activities you can enjoy: "On your second day in Buenos Aires, head south of the city centre to the bustling San Telmo district. This is the oldest barrio in Buenos Aires, and if you are here on a Sunday, then the San Telmo market will be in full swing. Explore the charming, colonial streets, sit out on the cobblestones at some of the best coffee shops in Buenos Aires, and soak up the local history in the plazas. In the afternoon, travel to the nearby district of La Boca Buenos Aires, one of the most vibrant and colourful parts of the city."

Enjoy some traditional Malbec

Malbec is a popular red wine from Argentina and is served across the country at restaurants, as well as often being enjoyed by locals. Widely available in Buenos Aires, you can't visit without giving it a try. Head to a local winery and enjoy a wine tasting session or find a quaint bar and sit back and relax with a glass.

Enjoy a performance a Centro Cultural Trivenchi

Want to enjoy an evening of entertainment for your last night in the city? Head to the Centro Cultural Trivenchi, a popular concert and performance venue in the heart of the city. Enjoy everything from musical acts, drama pieces and comedy, it really is a hub of activity and a great place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.

Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Alvear Palace Hotel

Alvear Palace Hotel is the epitome of luxury and offers any guest visiting a 5* experience. As a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World' and offering 197 rooms and suites, there truly is no better location to enjoy illustrious surroundings, exquisite fine dining, and tantalising facilities.
Buenos Aires really is a once in a lifetime destination and the perfect option for those looking for a luxury couple or family holiday due to its diverse and cultural nature. Check out our luxury travel blog to learn more about amazing destinations and get travel tips from destination experts.
Buenos Aires skyline
Buenos Aires
Karl Page

Karl Page

Digital Experience Manager

With a genuine love for all things travel, I love exploring new destinations and discovering something new, gaining a wealth of experience in luxury holidays along the way.

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