Buenos Aires' 10 Best Attractions near the Cruise Port

Cruises can be a lot of fun as a way of getting from here to there, or even for the experience of cruising itself, but they may or may not leave you with much time to appreciate all the sights on land. There are many things to see and enjoy in fascinating and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires; however, even if you have a limited amount of time, you can still see most of the city’s top sights, as the majority are located relatively close in neighborhoods like Retiro, Recoleta and Puerto Madero.  

No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without a visit to La Recoleta Cemetery, the gorgeous resting place of the city’s rich, famous and/or politically important. Also stroll around Plaza San Martin, an historic oasis downtown; admire the grand clock tower and take a look at the Monument to the Fallen in the Falklands War. Then go gaze up at the Obelisk, a giant icon of Buenos Aires, that stands at the intersection of Corrientes and 9 de Julio.

A central square has existed on this site since the 16th century, but the current name, Plaza de Mayo, commemorates May 25, 1810, the day the Argentine Congress declared independence from Spain. Many of the dramas of Argentina's history (and...  Read More

Puerto Madero

Looking for a bit of nature in the big city? Though there are many parks in Buenos Aires, the Reserva Ecológica is the city's favorite and most rugged green lung. At this 350-hectare park you can enjoy walking, running and cycling along the...  Read More

The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is a splendid church with soaring ceilings, beautiful stained glass, marble columns and frescoes on the walls. The Rococo-style altarpiece features the Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity, and the large...  Read More

Puerto Madero

While gondolas are forever associated with Venice's charms, Buenos Aires has joined mother Italy in offering visitors a unique type of boat ride. Local gondoliers navigate the calm waterways of Buenos Aires' Puerto Madero area, including under...  Read More

Puerto Madero

A landmark in the Puerto Madero neighborhood, the Puente de la Mujer (meaning Women's Bridge in Spanish) is a white, asymmetrically-shaped footbridge designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava and said to resemble a couple dancing tango....  Read More

Built in 1936 from white stone to commemorate the city's founding, the Obelisk, or Obelisco, is one of Buenos Aires' most important monuments and an icon of the city itself. The Obelisk stands 67.5 meters tall at the intersection of 9 de Julio...  Read More

This delightful, city-center park stretches from the grand, British-built Retiro station at the bottom of the hill up to shady, tree-lined walkways at the top, which is the northern end of the pedestrian shopping street, Calle Florida. The park...  Read More

One of the world's great cemeteries and one of the city's most memorable sights, Recoleta tops most tourists' Buenos Aires itineraries. A city in miniature, the cemetery, which opened to the public in 1822, is a dreamy vision of domes, pantheons...  Read More


Located on one end of the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada (in English, the Pink House) was once a beautiful post office, but today it is Argentina's presidential palace. It is where the Argentine president works, but not lives. Some of the...  Read More

Teatro Colón

Considered one of the finest opera houses in the world and an impressive sight even from the outside, the Colón opened its first season in 1908, after some 20 years of construction. Its classical horseshoe auditorium makes for great sight lines...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah