Budget Scale: 1-5
1-least expensive; 5-most expensive
2– It isn’t as cheap as it was about 10 years ago, but Buenos Aires is still a super cheap travel destination for what you get.
Indie Travel Scale: 1-5
1-not a good Indie Travel destination; 5-a great Indie Travel destination
4– While there are plenty of touristy activities in Buenos Aires, there are also plenty of ways to have an indie travel experience.
Indie Travel Tips
Luckily the locals here are about as friendly as they get, so getting some assistance from them and finding off the beaten path activities to take part in is not difficult.
- Part of the charm of Buenos Aires is its barrios, or neighborhoods. They all offer a distinct feel to them, so explore each one and find what they have to offer.
- While there will be crowds, and many of them will be tourists, exploring San Telmo’s Sunday Flea Market is an awesome experience, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet locals.
- Take a tango class and dance with some of the most talented and sultry dancers in the world.
- Hop on a forum or hook up with someone from Couchsurfing and try get yourself invited to a traditional Argentine asado (barbecue).
- If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, go to Paque 3 de Febrero and enjoy the greenness of a massive park plopped right down in the middle of the city. Bring a picnic lunch (complete with red wine of course) to enjoy.
- Head to a local bar when the Argentine national team or the Boca Juniors are playing a futbol game.
Why you should add to your RTW travel list
- Buenos Aires is one of the world’s largest cities
- Party like a rock star, just remember that they don’t start the party here until after 2am.
- Eat red meat and drink red wine for a paltry amount of money.
- The friendly, laid back vibe of the locals is contagious.
- Enter Argentina here, and explore this varied country
- Experience a soccer/football game in a country that is truly mad about the sport
- Hike and trek Patagonia
- Access the bottom of the world at Tierra del Fuego
Why you should not add Buenos Aires to your RTW travel list
- It’s a massive, crowded city that can get pretty dirty and grimy in areas.
Are you heading to Buenos Aires? What do you need to do?
- Buy a plane ticket to/from Buenos Aires
- Book a Buenos Aires hostel
- Book a Buenos Aires hotel
- Talk to travelers on the Central & South America message boards
- Read travel articles on Buenos Aires