Like any city that has a lot of tourism, Argentina’s capital has many tour options much available, and much more than your typical city tours of Buenos Aires. Walking tours, bus tours, art tours, even a graffiti tour – not to mention that most attractions have guided tours available. Here is a list of the best tour options available.
Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tours
Whether you’re walking, biking, or busing, there are plenty of options for Buenos Aires city tours. we recommend some of your options for seeing the sites of Buenos Aires.
Walking Tours in Buenos Aires
BA Free Tour
BA Free Tour offers two separate tours offered daily from Monday through Saturday. Tours are free, but this is slightly misleading as tips are expected. However, this will still be much cheaper than other tours available.
The tour guides are native Argentineans, and they are all trained in tourism. They are very knowledgeable about Buenos Aires, and although they are not native English speakers, they are able to express themselves cleanly. A great option for those who don´t want to spend the extra money for a premium tour.
More Info: http://www.bafreetour.com
Alan, an expat from the UK, started Buenos Tours a few years ago, and it has become one of the premium walking tours of Buenos Aires. Although one of the more expensive walking tours, they are some of the best, and all tour guides are very well informed and most importantly, native English speakers!
More info: http://www.buenostours.com
Wine Tours in Buenos Aires
Wine Tour Urbano
There aren´t many “wine tours” per say in Buenos Aires, although there are plenty of options for wine tastings. The closest you will find to a wine tour in the capital is called “Wine Tour Urbano.” Every season, they team up with different shops in one of Buenos Aires’ most popular neighborhoods (usually Palermo or San Telmo). You are given a glass, and go from shop to shop where they serve you different wines.
It is a fun, social event and will provide you a great opportunity to learn more about Argentine wine. The organizers speak English and Spanish, as do most of the shop owners.
For more information: http://www.winetoururbano.com.ar/
Buenos Aires Tours by Bus
Tour Buenos Aires in an open-topped double decker bus that stops at various points of interest in the city of Buenos Aires. Between stops, you can listen to information about the city as you pass by the city’s landmarks. You can get off the bus at any of their stops, and get back on any of the following buses, which come by every half hour.
This is a great way to see the city while learning more about it. The information about the landmarks isn´t as good as what you get on an organized tour, but still helps you gain a better understanding of Buenos Aires. It also makes it easy to get around to the different landmarks, without having to worry about taking taxis or buses.
You can buy tickets at any of the city’s tourism offices, online, or on the bus itself. It is an expensive service, but if you plan on going all over the city in one day, it is worth it, especially if you’re not comfortable taking a taxi.
Tours of Attractions
Most of Buenos Aires’ major attractions offer tours, and there is nearly always an option for tours in English. The tours in English are often offered less frequently, and depending on the attraction, may not be available every day. To make things even more complicated, times and days that tours are offered are always changing….which is why you should contact the attractions in advance.
We recommend you do tours of the attractions as much as possible, especially for the cemetery, the MNBA, the MALBA. You will gain a far greater appreciation for them, and learn much more about Buenos Aires. A visit to these attractions without a tour is a totally different experience.
Buenos Aires Bike Tours
This is a great way to see a lot of Buenos Aires without ever taking a taxi or bus. There are plenty of places where you can rent bikes in BA, and most of these places offer organized bike tours of Buenos Aires.
La Bicicleta Naranja
They offer four different tours throughout the city, and if you prefer to go on your own, they have their own maps that they give out with suggested circuits. The also offer GPS service, which is great for those who don´t know their way around the city.
They have two rental locations, one in San Telmo and one in Palermo, meaning there is probably one close to you.
More info: http://www.labicicletanaranja.com.ar
They offer a nice selection of tours, including a full day trip out to Tigre and San Isidro. They meet right by the San Martin statue in the Plaza San Martin, and provide you with everything you need, including rain wear and even a bottle of water.
Art Tours in Buenos Aires
Artists Atelier Tour
En exclusive tour that gives you the chance to meet some of Buenos Aires’ top contemporary artists, in their own studio.
The tour meets at the Galeria de Arte 5006, followed by a visit to 3 or 4 studios where you meet with the artists. Tours are never more than 10 people, meaning you can really meet and converse with the artists. After visiting the studios, the tour ends with a cocktail reception back at Galeria de Arte 5006.
The tour is one of the most expensive you will find ($100 US) but this can be used towards the purchase of art from the gallery.
More info: http://www.arttour.com.ar/
If you are looking for something a little different, Graffiti Mundo offers street art tours, where they take you around Palermo and talk about the different works of Graffiti and the artists that put them there.
More info: http://graffitimundo.com
Self Guided Tours of Buenos Aires
If guided Buenos Aires day tours are not your thing, you may want to try some self guided tours.
The government of Buenos Aires Aires has put together 18 different circuits, accompanied by a small pintable guide with information about the points of interest. 12 of these circuits are supported by “cellphone audio guides.” This means you dial a number on your cellphone, and it will talk about the point of interest you select. If you have an ipod, you can download the audio information, and listen to the points of interest through your headphones.
Personalized Tours to Buenos Aires
Are you looking for someone to plan and arrange your trip for you? EntreArgentina is a tour company that organizes custom tours in Buenos Aires and throughout Argentina. The company is run by an Expat who has lived and explored Buenos Aires for two years, and they offer an on-call bilingual tour guide who can help you whenever you need it. They know the city inside and out, making this is a great option for those who want to organize the perfect trip to Argentina.
More info: Buenos Aires Tours
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