Family-Friendly Guide to Buenos Aires

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Aside from its abundant love for football, many restaurants to try and amazing hospitality, Argentina is beloved by tourists for its variety of attractions and spots. For families looking to spend a few days in this renowned South American city, it is best to craft an itinerary interesting enough for all members of the family. Those inclined to learn about the city’s history can start at El Zanjon, Plaza De Mayo or San Telmo. On top of history trips, Bueno Aires is brimming with visual stimulation can be seen in the vibrant hues of El Caminito and Casa Rosada and the unusual shapes and architecture of La Bombonera, Puente dela Mujer and Florelis Generica. Each turn in the city offers a fun surprise, so do not be shocked to find a nature reserve right beside the city, or a cemetery, or even an underground restaurant, as all these and more make up Buenos Aires’ unique charms.

  • 3 day itinerary
  • Average of 4 stops per day

Buenos Aires in Full Colour

Facade in San Telmo, Buenos Aires by 139904

Argentina is known for its rich and colourful heritage and its main city, Buenos Aires. For families travelling to this lovely city, it is best to start with some fun activities and then venture into the parts of the city teeming with history and creativity. Start off with the El Caminito, where art and life line up the streets, and the iconic La Bombonera, which has a unique shape and holds exciting events. For some old-school fun, head on over to the San Telmo, one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Finally, make sure to add the El Zanjon, a mansion-turned-museum, to the bucket list as this place is a great primer for tourists looking for a glimpse into the early-settlement of Bueno Aires.

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Shades of Buenos Aires - La Loca/El Caminito

El Caminito is one of Buenos Aires’ more popular attractions thanks to its lively atmosphere. In the La Boca area specifically, one can find vibrantly-coloured houses, huge wall paintings and murals which will surely be a treat to anyone visiting. The Caminito is lined up with places to eat and buy trinkets from—a great way to discover Buenos Aires.

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The Chocolate Box - La Bombonera

Football fans would love to drop by the Estadio Alberto J. Armando, also known as La Bombonera (the chocoloate box) because of its amusing shape. It is a few minutes walk from El Caminito. This is also the home court of the Boca Juniors team where popular player Diego Maradona played for some seasons. Experience Buenos Aires and Argentina’s love for football here, or visit just because of its sheer unifying power, which helps the town cheer for their teams.

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Buenos Aires’ Oldest Town - San Telmo

San Telmo is Buenos Aires’s oldest neighbourhood and has antique shops, storied architecture, and cobblestone streets that have been perfectly preserved for the enjoyment of present-day visitors. Families can enjoy great food here plus rows and rows of shops to get lost into. At certain spots, live Tango performances can also be watched.

To get here from La Bombonera, walk to Olavarria Y Patricios, ride the 24A or 24B bus to Av. Belgrano X Chacabuco, then walk towards San Telmo.

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City’s Early Settlement - El Zanjon de Granados

For those up for some underground fun, be sure to put a visit to El Zanjon de Granados on the itinerary. This 200-year old structure sits atop a mind-boggling series of below the ground tunnels and sewers. The museum features an underground slave cell among other artefacts that give a glimpse of what Buenos Aires used to be like.

From San Telmo, walk to Defensa 1026, ride the bus 29b Parque Presidente Sarmiento going to Defensa 832, and walk to El Zanjon.

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Bird watching, Coffee Beans and Pink Buildings

On your second tour day, experience the morning calm at an Argentinian reserve. Pack your picnic baskets and some blankets and head to the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur where the whole gang can enjoy a trip around the area on bikes and experience fresh air. Cross the lovely Puente de la Mujer on your way back to the city proper and see this beauty of a bridge up close. Do not miss the city’s powerful pink building in its historic Plaza de Mayo Square. And not too far from here is one of Argentina’s oldest cafes, Café Tortoni, which is where you can grab a bite to eat or watch a show.

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Buenos Aires Promenade - Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur

A break from Buenos Aires’ bustling city life and noise is what drives locals and tourists to the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur. In this reserve, families can find trails that lead to various fun activities, such as birdwatching, strolling or cycling. This is also a prime spot for picnics thanks to its calm ambience and natural surroundings.

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A nod to the Ladies

Within Puerto Madero are streets with female names, so it should not come off as a surprise that an iconic bridge is named “Puente de la Mujer” (Woman’s Bridge). Aptly named for it’s eye-catching and highly polished finish, this bridge catches the attention of anyone who crosses it. In photographs, its asymmetric design and modern features are prominent, but seeing it in person is an entirely new experience.

Pass by this bridge when you’re coming off the nature reserve. Simply walk to the Calabria, ride the 28 Bus - Las Heras Y Avenida Eva Perón, reach Azucena Villaflor 235 and walk towards this hard-to-miss bridge.

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Buenos Aires' Birth Place

You can count on great big cities like Buenos Aires to have its own iconic public square. Drop by Plaza de Mayo, considered the foundational square of the city, where other museums are also situated. While here, be sure to take snapshots of the beautiful Casa Rosada, a pink building which is home to the Argentinian President.

From Puente de la Mujer, walk to Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo and ride the 111B Bus - Italia Y San José, alight at Avenida Rivadavia 319-371, and walk to Plaza de Mayo.

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Oldest Café in the Country

Treat the family to a nice cup of coffee at one of Argentina’s pioneering coffee places, the Café Tortoni. This place is inspired by French design and is undoubtedly one of Argentina’s most beautiful cafes. Aside from gastronomic treats, it is also a place where one can catch live shows, concerts and Tango performances. It is a short walk from Plaza de Mayo and the whole family will really enjoy dining here.

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Buenos Aires Surprises

Do not be shocked if you find more surprising turns on your last day in Buenos Aires. An unassuming building lies in a business area, and little do passers-by know that it is heavily inspired by a classic. Palacio Baralo is a tall and sturdy nod to Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. In relation to heaven and hell, a beautiful piece of death tradition is also present in Buenos Aires in the form of head-turning mausoleums in the Cementerio de la Recoleta. Head over to the Floralis Generica for a breath of life after in the form of a gigantic metallic flower that closes and opens depending on the time of day. Finally, have your last go at Argentinian cuisine and hospitality at the Floreria Atlantica.

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Piece of Dante - Palacio Barolo

Kick off your last day at the Palacio Barolo. Those who have read Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy will appreciate this landmark office building as each floor is designated to hell, purgatory or heaven. On the outside, it showcases what looks like a neo-Romanesque, even Gothic combined with a Hindu-inspired dome, which are all still nods to Dante and Beatrice from the aforementioned book.

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Beauty in Death - Cementerio de la Recoleta

Not many cities can boast of cemeteries being one of their most-visited attractions. Buenos Aires is home to the Cementerio de la Recoleta, the resting places of the country’s most notable personalities, including Eva Peron. Vaults of the dead all lay above ground. This cemetery features Argentinian creativity and architecture, where the mausoleums are designed to look like elaborate churches or temples.

To get here from Palacio Barolo, walk to Presidente Luis Sáenz Peña 136 and ride the 102 A Palermo bus. Alight at Vicene Lopez 1933 and walk towards this grand cemetery.

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Gigantic Metallic Flower (Floralis Generica) by Flaviani

Colossal Bloom - Floralis Generica

At the heart of the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is a steel and aluminium sculpture that stuns visitors in all its flower-shaped glory. It is a short walk from the Cemetery. What sets this big bloom apart is that it is mechanically designed to open in the day and fold at night, just like how a real flower would. It sits on top of a pool, which the sculpture mightily reflects for a truly eye-catching finish.

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Flowers for the End

By this time, you and your family have experienced the best of what Buenos Aires has to offer. It is time to relax and make the most of your trip. From the outside, Floreria Atlantico is a standard shop selling flowers and wine, but look closely to see a large refrigerator door, which is the entrance to an underground restaurant. Mark this as your last exciting stop in Buenos Aires with the family.

To get here, walk to Avenida Pueyrredón 2567-2577 and ride Bus 92 Olimpo – Tribunales. Alight at Avenida Del Libertador 420 and walk to the Floreria Atlantico.

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This article was first published on Jun 1, 2019 21:26 UTC.

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