Traveling is an endless passion for millions of people. Some sources show that the total number of tourists worldwide is more than 1.4 billion people. Of course, there was a decrease in tourist numbers in 2020 because of COVID-19, but it will not last forever. That is why we should begin to plan our post-pandemic travel route starting from today. For this purpose, today, I would like to present 12 Instagrammable places in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. In this blog, you will learn what places to visit in Buenos Aires, when is the best time to travel to Buenos Aires, where is Buenos Aires, what to do in Buenos Aires, where to take the most liked Instagram photos, and more. Before starting to discover 12 Instagrammable destinations in the city, let's learn some basics. Where is Buenos Aires? Buenos Aires is the largest city in Argentina, and it is on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. The data shows that almost 16 million people live in Buenos Aires province (roughly three million in the city). The city hosts three million visitors per year. What is the best time to travel to Buenos Aires? Most people share the same opinion that the period between April and June is the best time to travel to Buenos Aires. The official and most used language of the country is Spanish. But in most touristic spots you can freely use English.
1. The Colon Theatre (Teatro Colon)
Colon Theatre is one of the best places to visit in Buenos Aires. You can see the name of this theatre on the same list as the best opera houses in the world, such as La Scala in Milán, the Opera Garnier in Paris. The building has astonishing architecture and phenomenal acoustics. The architectural beauty was designed by three architects Francesco Tamburini, Vittorio Meano, and Julio Dormal. The construction of the opera house lasted 20 years, and finally, it opened gates to visitors in 1908. Since that day, many well-known singers, conductors have shown their performances on this stage. Some of them are Maximiliano Guerra, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Rudolf Nureyev, and Julio Bocca. Also, ten years ago, in 2010, there were renovation works, so the building is in much better condition now and waits for you to take your most liked Instagram photos.
2. The Cabildo
The city is rich with historical and colonial buildings, and the Cabildo is one of those historical places to visit in Buenos Aires. In the past, it was the administrative center of the Spanish army, and during the first century of independence of Argentina, it was the administrative center of the new government. The original building was built in 1580, but the current one in the second half of the 18th century. Today the Cabildo is an Instagrammable museum where you can find artifacts and documents from the Spanish colonial era, British invasion, and the first years of independence. In 2016 there was a renovation in the museum, and now it is suitable to capture your most liked Instagram photos. What are the opening hours? It changes depending on the days of the week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10.30 am - 5 pm, Thursdays 10.30 am - 8 pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays: 10.30 am - 6 pm. The Cabildo National Museum has guided tours, but they are in Spanish.
What places to visit in Buenos Aires? If you are a curious person, I recommend you to go to Caminito to have an exciting time in Buenos Aires. Where is Buenos Aires, Caminito? The street museum Caminito is located in La Boca. Here you will see plenty of colorful houses that belong to migrants that came here in the 19-20th century. Interestingly, in the mid-1950, the street was almost abandoned by citizens. Only some groups of people were here, and they decided to regenerate the area, and the result is in front of our eyes. What to do in Buenos Aires, Caminito? Besides walking in the streets and observing colorful dwellings, you can go to restaurants, cafes, dance schools, or you can buy various handicrafts from shops. As you see, there are plenty of things to do in Buenos Aires, Caminito for everyone.
4. Ecological Reserve
Another example of places to go in Buenos Aires is the green heart of the city. Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve is heaven that covers 350 ha and hosts more than 2000 flora and fauna species. Among all species, the most attractive one for visitors of this Instagrammable location is birds. The reserve has more than 340 bird species and one or two hours of walking is enough to see more than 40 of them. While hiking in the park, you will notice a lot of Instagrammable places, so keep in mind to take a good camera with you before your travel to Buenos Aires. Another activity for visitors is cycling. Cycling and observing the charming nature are the best things to do in Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve.
5. Palermo Rose Garden
If we talk about the Instagrammable places in Buenos Aires, we should mention Palermo Rose Garden, which is known as a Parque Tres de Febrero. The main feature that makes the garden one of the places to go in Buenos Aires is 18000 roses. The fifty years old spot is famous for its beauty and calmness. It is not surprising that Parque Tres de Febrero received the Garden Excellence Award from the World Federation of Rose Societies. Also, there is a lake and statues of 26 famous writers, such as Jorge Luis Borges, Alfonsina Storni, Dante Alighieri, and more. Visit the rose garden to have a peaceful and enjoyable time in Buenos Aires.
6. Bombonera Stadium
What to do in Buenos Aires as a football fan? Thousands of people travel to Buenos Aires only to watch a match between Boca Junior and River Plate. Many football fans think that it is the most exciting match of the year. Even more interesting than El Classico (a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona). If you do not have information, Bombonera is the home arena of legendary Maradona's favorite club, Boca Juniors. Boca fans are well-known worldwide because of their love for the club and craziness. Find a ticket and watch the match live. I assure you that it will be your most unforgettable time in Buenos Aires. Besides watching competitions, you can participate in tours to the club museum and stadium.
7. Plaza Dorrego
One of the best things to do in Buenos Aires is to visit the Plaza Dorrego. It is a historic square in the center of San Telmo. The area is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and bars. I know that even it is enough for many readers to add Plaza Dorrego to the list of the greatest places in Buenos Aires, but it has more than it. The main feature that makes Dorrego one of the top places in Buenos Aires is The Feria de San Telmo. It is an open sky market that is held every Sunday. More than 250 stalls offer various antique photographs, collectible toys, books and magazines, coins, etc.
8. Palacio Barolo
The next spot on our list of places to go in Buenos Aires is Palacio Barolo. It is an extraordinary landmark designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti. The architect was inspired by many various architectural styles when he designed the building. We can see some references to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Rajarani temple, and even to the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Also, it was the first building in many aspects, such as the tallest in South America, the first reinforced concrete building measuring more than 100m, and more.
9. El Ateneo Grand Splendid
One of the dream places in Buenos Aires for book lovers is El Ateneo Grand Splendid. The Guardian (British Newspaper) called this bookstore the second-best one in the world. Although now it is a bookstore, originally it was designed as a theatre and used for such kind of art purposes for many years. In 2000 owners converted it into a bookstore but kept the original architecture at the same time. Nowadays, there are more than 120000 books in the store.
You should add Mataderos to your list before you travel to Buenos Aires. Mataderos is a region that is famous for its weekly fair, where you can find more than 700 stands to buy various gaucho crafts (ponchos, blankets). Besides, you can taste delicious local cuisine, enjoy dance and music performances, and watch Argentina's national sport, Pato (mix of polo and netball).
11. Galerias Pacifico
Undoubtedly, Galerias Pacifico is one of the unique shopping centers. Differ from other shopping centers, people come here mainly not for shopping, but for watching the mesmerizing dome, which has murals by Juan Carlos Castagnino, Demetrio Urruchúa, Antonio Berni, etc. Besides being a unique shopping center, Galerias Pacifico has historical value, and if you want to learn more about the history of the building, you can join guided tours.
12. The Obelisk
What places to visit in Buenos Aires? The last answer to this question in our list of places to visit in Buenos Aires is the Obelisk. We can say that it is the symbol of the city and is located between two crucial streets: Avenida 9 de Julio and Avenida Corrientes. The monument was constructed in 1936 in the spot where the Argentina flag was raised for the first time. These reasons aren't enough for you?! Book your flight, obtain your Argentina visa, and have a fun-filled journey!