Buenos Aires, Argentina is a big city with a plethora of sights. Each neighborhood in this city has more ‘must see’ sights than the total number of sights we had on our list for Uruguay – and we want to see them all. We plotted an ambitious one-day itinerary for Buenos Aires. Our plan was to complete a 7-mile walking tour of three neighborhoods: Centro, San Telmo and Puerto Madero. (Click here for a day in Recoleta and here for a walk through the Palermo neighborhood.)
Starting early in the morning from our Recoleta apartment (found on Airbnb), we quickly got to Centro starting at the Plaza Lavalle. The three blocks of green space is home to the famed Teatro Colon opera house and Palacio of Justicia. We proceeded down the Diagonal Norte to Avenida 9 de Julio (the widest avenue in the world, says wiki) to the Obelisco, the icon of Buenos Aires in the Plaza de la Republica.
Continuing south toward Plaza de Mayo, we arrived at the Catedral Metropolitana in time to catch the end of mass. As luck would have it, our timing – and seats – were spot on for the changing of the guard at the tomb of Argentina’s liberator Jose de San Martin (located inside the church).
The plaza has always been –and clearly still is – a place for political demonstrations. The Casa Rosado took most of my attention, as I wanted to do my best Evita impression and belt out, “Don’t cry for me, Argentina!” but with it being a quiet Sunday morning, I spared everyone within earshot and just took it all in.
From here, we headed south to La Manzana de Las Luces to the Iglesia de San Ignaciso de Loyola, the oldest church in town.
We said a quick prayer to get us through the next part of our one-day itinerary for Buenos Aires and we were off to explore the Feria de San Pedro Telmo, which is a street market that only happens on Sundays. Vendors – of everything from authentic antiques to dollar store junk – line the six blocks of the cobbled street, Defensa, south from Plaza de Maya to Plaza Dorrego. The only thing more densely packed than the vendors is the visitors.
It wasn’t long until an open-air Parrilla grabbed our attention. In in open area along the street, large grills were covered in meat and a band played in the corner. We settled in for a choripan (sausage sandwich), a little toe-tapping and a lot of people watching before continuing to wade through the crowds.
Only one more pit-stop at the Mercado de San Telmo, the indoor produce market, before finally arriving at the Plaza Dorrego. The square is in the heart of San Telmo and is the second-oldest plaza in the city. There was barely room to walk, but plenty of room to tango and we watched a few performances until a table opened at the Bar Plaza Dorrego for a chopp (draught) of local cerveza and peanuts.
Only halfway through our one-day itinerary for Buenos Aires, we left the madness of the market and headed east to our final neighborhood, Puerto Madero. The neighborhood is a sea of modern skyscrapers along the old port. A breezy stroll north along the old locks took us past upscale restaurants and the pedestrian bridge, Puente de la Mujer, right back to the boat terminal where we docked less than 24 hours prior.
We want to know: What would you add to a one-day itinerary for Buenos Aires?