Navigating yourself around a mega metropolis like Buenos Aires can be daunting. And if you’ve only got a few days to spare, it’s hard to know which sites to put on the to-do list. To help you make the most of your time in the city, there’s a great range of guided tours on offer. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a history buff or a party animal, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. Here are some of Buenos Aires’ best rated tours:
Hands down one of the most popular tour operators in Buenos Aires is Buenos Tours private walking tours. Choosing a walking tour is a great way to interact with the city like you wouldn’t normally be able to in a bus tour. Buenos Tours will take you to all the major attractions like Plaza de Mayo, and the Buenos Aires Cathedral, while entertaining you at the same time. Alan the founder has lived as a BA expat for 4 and a ½ years and knows the ins and outs of Buenos Aires. One of his customers said “ He shows you things you won’t access on your own and he tells you stories you can’t read in your guide book.” If you’re looking for a introduction to Buenos Aires from a local’s perspective, you can’t go wrong with Buenos Tours.
Buenos Aires Free Tour
No-one knows a city like its locals and this particular group of English-speaking porteňos (or locals) love their city so much that they’re willing to show you around it for free. The organization offers two walking tours every day, one at 11am (around the center) and one at 5pm (around Recoleta). They also organize trips to the see the famous Boca Juniors football team in action on the pitch and day excursions to a Matederos Fair, as well as private customized tours. www.buenosairesfreetour.com
Urban Biking Tours
Night owls can discover the city’s vibrant nightlife culture by bike with Urban Biking’s evening tours, taking in the sights and sounds of Puerto Madero, San Telmo and Recoleta. The group also offers various four-hour day tours around the city as well as a full day trip to Tigre. Group tours start at around US$35. Bikes, helmets and refreshments are included in the price as well as an initiation into drinking mate (the local tea). www.urbanbiking.com
Urban Running Tours
An even more novel way to see the city is on the run and some of the city’s trained runners are offering to show you the way. You can pick and choose your route from the secluded leafy paths around Palermo Woods to the upmarket streets of Belgrano. You don’t need to be an expert runner but it might be wise to go easy on the Malbec the night before. Group tours start around US$50. www.urbanrunningtours.com.ar
Shop Till You Drop Tours
Fashionistas looking for insider information on the local scene should contact BA Local. The company, run by a fashion-savvy New Yorker, organizes Shop Till You Drop tours as well as personalized shopping tours depending on whether you’re after a pair of stylish leather shoes or avant-garde threads. Art gallery tours and other specialized outings are also available. Pricing depends on individual requests, preferred mode of transport and size of group. www.balocal.com
Unless you’ve been walking around Buenos Aires with your eyes closed, it will have come to your attention that some of the locals are big on graffiti. If you’re interested in seeing some of the best tagging in town, join Graffitimundo’s tour. These tours are led in English and often accompanied by an Argentine artist. www.graffitimundo.com
Buenos Aires Bus Tour
For sedentary types, the open-top Buenos Aires bus tour is just the ticket. The bus does a circuit of the entire city and stops at 12 major attractions. Rig yourself up to a multi-lingual audio guide and sit back and enjoy the two hour and 45 minute ride. Alternatively, you can hop on and off the bus at the designated stops as you please. A day ticket costs 50 pesos and buses run every 30 minutes. The company also runs night tours and dinner and tango show packages. www.buenosairesbus.com
Featured Product From MPTours.com
Download Buenos Aires walking tours for your iPod.