10 Best Places for Sightseeing in Buenos Aires

The beautiful and fascinating capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, is full of interesting monuments and breathtaking sights that showcase its colorful history and personality. Sightseeing here is equally fun by yourself as with a group.

The city’s two most recognizable sights are the Obelisco, a towering white stone obelisk that keeps watch over the widest avenue in the world (9 de Julio), and Caminito, a pedestrian alley and open-air museum chronicling the city’s hard-luck port origins. However, just as the city of Paris is so much more than the Eiffel Tower, Buenos Aires has a lot more to offer the visitor, such as monumental public squares, attractive gardens and historic sites.

The fairytale-like Rose Garden is easily the most beautiful spot in Buenos Aires. Amongst the roses, pergolas and fountains you will see local lovers embracing and families enjoying their slice of paradise. The nearby Evita Museum provides a charming look at the personal and political sides of Argentina’s most revered figure, Evita Peron, while the museum’s leafy terrace café is a hit as well.

Another Buenos Aires must is the city’s main opera house. The Colon Theater is as stunning on the outside as it is on the inside. You can go for theater tours or to attend operas and concerts. Or read on for more recommendations on Buenos Aires’ best sightseeing. 

This "little street" (as its name means) in the working-class barrio of La Boca is just a couple of blocks long, but, curiously, has the touristic pulling power of an attraction ten times its size. Its ramshackle, colored corrugated zinc shacks...  Read More


In a noisy metropolis like Buenos Aires, the romantic and fairy-tale setting that is the Rose Garden with its boating lake (with pedal boats and row boats for hire) and pretty white trellises (usually occupied by courting couples) is a...  Read More

The work of French landscape architect Carlos Thays, this Palermo park, which dates back to the late 19th century, is still a glorious oasis in the modern city. The gardens are dotted with sculptures, fountains and busts, and the green-minded...  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

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

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

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

Opened in 2002 on the 50th anniversary of the death of Evita, this Palermo museum is dedicated to the life of the most revered of Argentinian figures: Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, who died of cancer at the age of 33. The permanent collection,...  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

Teatro Colón

Considered one of the finest opera houses in the world and an impressive sight even from the outside, the Colon 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