Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

1. Highlights of Buenos Aires: Small Group 3-Hour Guided Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll have the opportunity to see the main site of Buenos Aires. Begin at the Plaza de Mayo or May Square, the site of the most important historical events since the city’s founding. Your guide will show you the most important buildings and monuments and tell you about the square’s history. Then enjoy Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) and marvel at the atmosphere of San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and explore its antiques shops and picturesque buildings. Feel the beat of the original Argentinian tango in the neighborhood of La Boca. Walk along Caminito Street and watch the dancers and browse the shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Experience the modernization of the city as you travel along Madero Port and see its docks that are home to large office buildings and an array of dining venues. Pass through the Retiro neighborhood and then on to Palermo, the most exclusive residential area in Buenos Aires. Later, in Recoleta, you’ll see the cemetery that is the final resting place of Eva Peron. Wander through the cemetery to locate her burial site.

Buenos Aires Private Half-Day City Tour

2. Buenos Aires Private Half-Day City Tour

Take a tour of Buenos Aires on an itinerary tailored exclusively for you. Design your own itinerary with suggestions from your private guide. Start with a visit to Plaza de Mayo and see the famous Casa Rosada, the executive office of the President of Argentina. Then, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral to admire the main Catholic church of Buenos Aires overlooking Plaza de Mayo. Head to the beautifully-preserved neighborhood of San Telmo, before going to the port district of La Boca to see where the first Italian immigrants settled. Admire the colorful buildings on the street museum of the "Caminito." Next, visit the exclusive area of La Recoleta (time permitting) and go to the cemetery where some of the most wealthy and historic Argentineans are buried. Benefit from some free time to make stops or enjoy lunch throughout the day. Whether you want to see a little of everything or spend more time at a few locations, your guide will organize a tour to ensure you get what you want. At the end, they will take you back to your accommodation or any other location in the city, depending on your own requirements.

Buenos Aires: Full Day Bike Tour with Lunch

3. Buenos Aires: Full Day Bike Tour with Lunch

Have an amazing time on this signature tour which will leave you with a true affection for this beloved city. Your full day tour will cover history, culture, fun, food and most importantly, cycling.   You will start in the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires, San Telmo, and wind your way through the narrow streets, stopping to soak up the architecture and charm of the neighborhood. Then on to the colorful Caminito at the heart of the old port of La Boca, via the famous football stadium La Bombonera. After a short break, you will head to the second port and newest area of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero, with its modern buildings and chic appearance. Then to absorb the feeling of space and tranquility in the Reserva Ecologica, you will stop for lunch in a local restaurant which offers meat and vegan options. After lunch, you'll ride north and visit the site where the city was born, Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by the Cathedral, Casa Rosada and Cabildo. Then you'll head up north to the transport hub of Retiro to discover one of the city's finest parks, the Plaza San Martin, which was the headquarters of the Liberator's Army. After this, continue on to the high society area of Recoleta, where you will have the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Recoleta Cemetery and the final resting place of Evita. You will then really stretch your legs with a ride around the lungs of Palermo, a wonderful park and lakes system which is the main outdoor meeting point in the city. Through Barrio Norte in Palermo and across downtown, your last stop is at the Congress square, right next to the magnificent Congress building.

North or South Buenos Aires Bike Tour

4. North or South Buenos Aires Bike Tour

Your tour will start with some safety instructions for the ride, then put your helmet on and explore the city. South Circuit When choosing the South Circuit you will start to explore the city by San Telmo, which is the current old quarter and the area where time has stood still since the early 1900s. Stop at the Lezama Park and talk about the first foundation of Buenos Aires, immigration and the history of Tango. Then, go down through La Boca's limit, where you will stop to stare at La Bombonera, one of the hearts of the area and symbol of the local passion for football. Visit the colorful area of Caminito, the first port of Buenos Aires, which today has become a district for local artists. After that, bike towards Puerto Madero, the second city harbor, which evolved into the most modern neighborhood in Argentina, redefining the skyline of the city. From there, continue to the Ecological Reserve, a 865-acre nature reserve that lies between the city and the Rio de la Plata. The last part of our tour will be at the Plaza de Mayo, where Buenos Aires was definitively founded back in 1580. See the Old Cabildo (city hall), Metropolitan Cathedral (the former home for Pope Francis) and the Casa Rosada (the presidential offices).  North Circuit If you prefer the North Circuit, you will see the heart of Buenos Aires' late 19th-century history, parks, and architecture. Discover the energy of downtown Buenos Aires, across the business district of the city center. You will then head to the hustling and bustling area of Retiro and Plaza San Martin, where you'll see magnificent palaces and architectural icons, products of Belle Epoque. A few stops later, the pace slows down as you take in Recoleta, the “barrio” best known for its cemetery, cafes, ice cream, and museums. Continuing north to Palermo, you'll pass the "Floralis Generica" (giant metal flower), the house of general San Martin and the Museum of Contemporary Art on your way to the wonderful open space of the Parks and the picturesque Rose Garden. On the way back, you'll stop at one of the main meeting points of BA, The Congress Square, right next to the magnificent building that holds the Legislative Power. After 4 hours of biking through the most important landmarks of Buenos Aires, you will return to the starting point to finish your tour. 

Bueno Aires: City Tour with Optional Boat Ride

5. Bueno Aires: City Tour with Optional Boat Ride

After pickup from your hotel or the meeting point, begin with a walk through the history of Buenos Aires. Discover the neighborhoods of Retiro, Palermo, and Recoleta, where you can see large green spaces and beautiful French-style mansions emblematic of the splendor of Buenos Aires' high society of the early 20th century. Continuing towards the center of the city, pass by the iconic 9 de Julio Avenue and the Colon Theater and the Obelisk. You will then reach the Plaza de Mayo, where the city was founded in 1580. Stop for 20 minutes to see the Government House, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Continuing towards the south of the city, you will visit the suburbs, where you can breathe the air of tango in its birthplace: San Telmo. Visit the neighborhood of La Boca, where one of the most famous stadiums in the world is located, La Bombonera, home of Club Atlético Boca Juniors. Enjoy a 15-minute stop. In the neighborhood of La Boca you can also admire the colorful houses known as "conventillos", homes to Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, and also the picturesque street Caminitom, where you will have 20 minutes to take in the colors and Bohemian spirit. To finish the tour, visit the modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, completely restored since 1990 and featuring one of the most varied gastronomic areas of Buenos Aires. At the end of tour, you can stay in Puerto Madero or be dropped off at select destinations in downtown Buenos Aires. If the option is chosen, at the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Madero Port to experience a short boat tour with incredible panoramic views of Buenos Aires from the Rio de la Plata. See a plethora of green spaces from the river including the Ecological Reserve, as well as iconic skyscrapers and different buildings. Head to the observation deck and take in the breathtaking views. Snap some photos of the Buenos Aires skyline. The ride will take about 25 minutes, and the boat's loudspeaker guide will help you identify all of the landmarks from the water.

Buenos Aires: Small Group Tour and Sunset Open Bar Cruise

6. Buenos Aires: Small Group Tour and Sunset Open Bar Cruise

Start your tour with a small group tour of Buenos Aires and finish your day with an open bar cruise on the Río de La Plata. Start in the northern part of the city and tour the neighborhoods of Retiro, Palermo, and Recoleta.     Next, take pictures at Floralis Generica and take a 30-minute tour of France square where is the Recoleta Cementery. Spend 30 minutes at Plaza de Mayo, where the city was founded in 1580. Enjoy a 30-minute tour of La Boca to admire the colorful conventillos - the homes of Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century - and the picturesque Caminito Street.   See the center of the city via the emblematic 9 de Julio Avenue, home to the Colon Theater and the Obelisk. Exploring the south of the city, breathe the air of tango in its hometown: San Telmo. At the end of the tour, board the Humberto M ship in Puerto Madero, where you will enjoy a 1-hour sunset cruise with a gorgeous view of the port. Enjoy a drink on the ship deck with an open bar included and finish your tour at 7:30 PM.

Buenos Aires: Full-Day Walking Tour

7. Buenos Aires: Full-Day Walking Tour

Start the tour in San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, and boasts a vibrant tango and arts scene. Its antique markets, street lighting (known as "faroles"), cobblestones, old buildings, and original decor add to the unique bohemian atmosphere of the place. Sundays are the busiest days as the street market comes to life around Plaza Dorrego. Explore the San Telmo market and browse through the shops selling meat, vegetables, and other groceries. Most of them offer local gastronomy and specialties from all over the world. You will also taste some delicious empanadas. Continue along Defensa Street, in the heart of the San Telmo neighborhood, and reach the park. Take the bus to La Boca neighborhood, known for the Boca Juniors stadium and the colorful Caminito Street. Be enchanted by street tango dancing and singing performances and learn how tango, soccer, and different immigration influences have made Buenos Aires one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Onboard another bus, enjoy the views of the modern skyscrapers of Puerto Madero until you reach the Plaza de Mayo, the main square of Buenos Aires, and the political heart of Argentina. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and observe the Cabildo, the colonial City Hall, and the Casa Rosada, the seat of the executive power. After touring the square, head to the Obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. Be a part of this incredible metropolis, going through the real experience of the daily life of an Argentine citizen, and walk along the lively 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world. Historical buildings, monuments, and streets will show the changes that the city has undergone since its foundation. Arrive in the Recoleta neighborhood by subway and see beautiful architecture, a large number of museums, elegant cafes and restaurants, exclusive avenues, and shopping malls. Visit the impressive Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of most of the aristocratic families of the country and of well-known historical figures such as Eva Duarte Perón. Optional: After touring the cemetery, take a bus to the Montserrat neighborhood and visit the Barolo Palace, inaugurated in 1923 and declared a National Historic Monument. Its architecture has rigorous symbolism and includes numerous analogies and references to the Divine Comedy, by the poet Dante Alighieri. The tour ends with a visit to a beautiful viewpoint at the top of the Barolo Palace, with views of the Plaza Congreso, Avenida de Mayo, and its surroundings. Here we can relax at the bar located on the rooftop, having a drink and enjoying a snack.

Buenos Aires: Walking City Tour with Colón Theater & Museums

8. Buenos Aires: Walking City Tour with Colón Theater & Museums

Discover the most representative sites of the districts of San Telmo and Puerto Madero. San Telmo neighborhood is one of the oldest districts, known for its vibrant tango and arts scene, its antique markets and 19th-century decorations. Puerto Madero is the most modern part of the city with the revolving bridge of Puente de la Mujer, representing a couple dancing the Tango.  At Plaza de Mayo, admire the Metropolitan Cathedral, the colonial town hall of The Cabildo, and the Casa Rosada, the official residence of the President of Argentina. Then, walk to the Obelisco de Buenos Aires in the center of Avenida 9 de Julio, erected to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the city, and finish the walking tour in front of the Colon Theater.  The Colon Theater is considered one of the 5 best opera houses in the world for its size, acoustics, and trajectory. You can choose to add a 50-minute guided tour of the Colon Theater. Admire the stunning auditorium, main foyer, Gallery of Busts, and Golden Hall. Marvel at the stunning details of the building's stairs, sculptures, ceilings, stained glass, and more.  You can choose to add a visit to the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires). Board a public bus to the Palermo neighborhood to enter the museum that collects, preserves, studies, and disseminates Latin American art in all mediums. See approximately 400 works of art at your own pace and take the time to explore each room at leisure. You can choose to add a visit to the Teatro Colón and the MALBA. Your guide will wait for you while you take the guided tour of the theater before escorting you to the MALBA. 

Buenos Aires: History & Local Culture Bike Tour

9. Buenos Aires: History & Local Culture Bike Tour

In a group of no more than 6 people and the expertise of a local guide, get to know the lively city of Buenon Aires by bike. From the convenient meeting point, travel the urban terrain on a bike with gears and suspension for a comfortable ride. Take in the best historical sights and most notable areas of the sprawling city. The tour will visit the Plaza de Mayo, the most important historical site in Buenos Aries. From there venture onward to the newest area in the city, Puerto Madero. Cycle down to the old riverside at Costanera Sur and stop by La Boca where old traditions are very much alive. See the Boca Juniors Soccer Stadium, the open-door Calle Museo Caminito museum, and the beautiful grounds of Lezama Park.   Along the way, there will be time to experience a traditional mate tasting. Enjoy the national drink of Argentina — an infused caffeine drink originating from South America — in the company of locals. Spend around 30 minutes talking about the mate tradition and other topics, of course. This is an important part of social culture in Argentina, so feel free to ask questions and the friendly guide will share their local point of view. There is an additional option to enjoy a delicious sandwich at a traditional food truck and where you can feel like a real "porteño".

Buenos Aires: Small Group 4-Hour City Tour & Optional Cruise

10. Buenos Aires: Small Group 4-Hour City Tour & Optional Cruise

Experience the past and present of Buenos Aires, visiting neighborhoods, admiring architecture, and seeing the best attractions the city has to offer on this 4-hour sightseeing tour.   The tour starts in the northern part of the city. Explore the neighborhoods of Retiro, Palermo and Recoleta, which are full of large green spaces and beautiful French-style mansions. Here, you’ll make your first stop: a 5-minute picture stop at Floralis Generica, a sculpture made out of steel and aluminum.   Then, stop for a half-hour tour of the France square. here is the Recoleta cementery In 2013, CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Pass by Colon Theater and the Obelisk to reach your third stop, Plaza de Mayo, where the city was born in 1580. Admire the Pink House, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral for about 20 minutes.   Continuing towards the south of the city, breathe in the air of tango in its hometown: San Telmo. You’ll also visit the neighborhoods of La Boca, where one of the most famous stadiums in the world is located: La Bombonera. In La Boca, you can also admire the colorful conventillos (tenement houses), home to Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, as well as the picturesque street Caminito. Afterward, you can be dropped off at the meeting point or various other attractions. If the hotel pickup was selected, you can be taken back to your hotel.  If option is chosen, at the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Madero port, where lunch is included aboard Humberto M boat.

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What people are saying about Plaza de Mayo

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Very interesting tour in a van with small group. Very good explanations from the guide. Disembark and stop briefly in several places. Those who are good on foot can save themselves the hop-on tour later

It was really a wonderful experience worth every minut spend. Route was not too long but covered most well-recognized parts of the city. Best way to start with this beautiful Buenos Aires.

The tour was very well organized. Sabrina knew a lot to tell about the city and the living conditions and did so with enthusiasm. My personal highlight was the district of La Boca.

Matias was a great tourist guide. Very kind with me. I would highly recommend it. A great way to visit the city.

It was a great tour, Fernando and Fabio were super helpful and knowledgeable - definitely recommend