Buenos Aires, Argentina

Founded in the early 16th century, Buenos Aires was transformed from a colonial port into a cosmopolitan metropolis - the "Paris of the South" - by the cattle boom of the 1880s. As in the American West, boom was followed by bust. But that did not stop Buenos Aires from becoming the city it is today. With its air of haunted grandeur, Buenos Aires is a place of icy intellect and smoldering passion. It is a city where the elegant Colon Theater, one of the world's great opera houses, stands in counterpoint to the working class barrios that gave birth to the tango. Perhaps the city's enigmas and contradictions are best embodied by its two most famous citizens - the reclusive librarian and literary genius Jorge Luis Borges and the showgirl turned First Lady, Evita Peron.

The "Paris of the South" flaunts its European heritage. One of the pleasures of Buenos Aires is simply absorbing its charm and flavor, from Parisian-style confiterias - cafés - to the city's popular tango clubs.

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Points of Interest

  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Tango
  • Tigre Delta
  • La Boca District
  • Argentine Estancia
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
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  • Recoleta Cemetery

    This remarkable cemetery located in an exclusive Buenos Aires neighborhood is a virtual city containing 6,400 architecturally diverse mausoleums including the black marble crypt of legendary Eva "Evita" Peron.

  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada

    Since the revolution of May 25, 1810 that led to Argentine independence, this imposing city square and its Casa Rosada presidential mansion has played a pivotal role in the political life of Buenos Aires.

  • Tango

    The tango is a sultry dance form that originated in lower-class Buenos Aires during the 1800s. Still popular, it is performed with sensuality and style in tango cafes and ballrooms across the globe.

  • Tigre Delta

    The Tigre Delta boasts thousands of islands in a vast network of inlets, channels, rivers and backwaters. It is a popular weekend retreat for Buenos Aires residents.

  • La Boca District

    This historic neighborhood at the mouth of the Riachuelo river has a strong European flavor, multi-colored houses, a vibrant street art scene and a number of atmospheric tango cafes.

  • Argentine Estancia

    These authentic cattle ranches play a huge part in the local culture and economy. Visitors can enjoy a gaucho barbeque or asado and see a show starring the Argentine cowboy's famed horsemanship.

  • Colon Theatre

    This elegant opera house on Buenos Aires´ widest avenue, 9 de Julio Ave, sets the benchmark for fine acoustics and gilded magnificence. It is considered one of the most representative historic monuments in Argentina.

  • San Telmo

    The oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, San Telmo evokes colonial Argentina with historic buildings and cobblestone lanes. Musicians and tango dancers perform for passersby adding a festive touch.

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Debark Tour - City Drive: La Boca & Recoleta Cemetery

4.75 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-965
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • La Boca District

Take in the highlights of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on this half-day excursion. Visit the colorful La Boca district, the birthplace of the tango. Then take in one of the world's few monumental cemeteries - La Recoleta Cemetery.

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La Boca & Recoleta Cemetery

3.5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-200
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • La Boca District

Take in the highlights of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on this half-day excursion. Visit the colorful La Boca district, the birthplace of the tango. Drive through the Plaza de Mayo where Evita Peron once addressed adoring masses and then view her black marble crypt in Recoleta Cemetery.

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La Boca & Recoleta Cemetery (Guided in Spanish)

3.5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-202
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • La Boca District

Take in the highlights of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on this half-day excursion. Visit the colorful La Boca district, the birthplace of the tango. Drive through the Plaza de Mayo where Evita Peron once addressed adoring masses and then view her black marble crypt in Recoleta Cemetery.

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La Boca & Recoleta Cemetery (Guided in German)

3.5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-203
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • La Boca District

Take in the highlights of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on this half-day excursion. Visit the colorful La Boca district, the birthplace of the tango. Drive through the Plaza de Mayo where Evita Peron once addressed adoring masses and then view her black marble crypt in Recoleta Cemetery.

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La Boca & Recoleta Cemetery (Guided in Portuguese)

3.5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-204
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • La Boca District

Take in the highlights of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on this half-day excursion. Visit the colorful La Boca district, the birthplace of the tango. Drive through the Plaza de Mayo where Evita Peron once addressed adoring masses and then view her black marble crypt in Recoleta Cemetery.

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Evita - Her Life in Buenos Aires

4 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-245
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada

Walk in the footsteps of Evita, the legendary First Lady of Argentina and idol of the poor. Marrying Juan Peron and helping him get elected as President, she campaigned for social reform. Your tour takes in her tomb and museum for an intimate look into her life and times.

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Tigre Delta & River Cruise

4 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-290
  • Tigre Delta

Take a leisurely cruise through the Tigre Delta on this half-day excursion. Formed by the Paraná River, the delta has been a fashionable getaway for over a century. Its canals are lined with colorful shacks, fine mansions and English rowing clubs, a 19th-century passion of Buenos Aires' elite.

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Debark Tour - Tigre Delta & River Cruise

5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-975
  • Tigre Delta

Take a leisurely cruise through the Tigre Delta on this half-day excursion. Formed by the Paraná River, the delta has been a fashionable getaway for over a century. Its canals are lined with colorful shacks, fine mansions and English rowing clubs, a 19th-century passion of Buenos Aires' elite.

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Recoleta Cemetery, Countryside & Estancia

9 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-100
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Argentine Estancia

Visit the historic La Recoleta Cemetery where Evita Peron is buried. Then travel to the Pampas to visit a ranch, or "estancia", to savor a barbecue and a show of music, dance, and gaucho-style horsemanship on this active full-day excursion.

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Debark Tour - Countryside & Estancia

9.5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-960
  • Argentine Estancia

Explore Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and enjoy a guided drive of Buenos Aires passes through Palermo, a district of parks, gardens, mansions, and embassies. Then travel to the Pampas - Argentina's plains - to visit an "estancia", to savor a barbecue and a show of music, dance, and gaucho-style horsemanship on this active full-day excursion.

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Dinner and Tango Show

4 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-235
  • Tango

The smooth and sensual tango is the national dance of Argentina. Enjoy a live dinner theater performance of this legendary dance accompanied by a full orchestra on this magical evening dedicated to Argentina's celebrated artistic form. Your tour includes round-trip motorcoach transportation, a sumptuous dinner and Argentinean wine.

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Tango Show & City Drive

6.5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-230
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Tango
  • La Boca District

This full-day excursion provides the consummate Buenos Aires experience. It combines a scenic drive highlighting important city landmarks with walking tours of the La Boca district and the Recoleta Cemetery. Lunch and a colorful performance of Argentine tango in a traditional Buenos Aires dance hall add the finishing touch.

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Debark Tour - Tango Show & City Drive

7 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-970
  • Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada
  • Colon Theatre
  • San Telmo
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Tango
  • La Boca District

This full-day excursion provides the consummate Buenos Aires experience. It combines a scenic drive highlighting important city landmarks with walking tours of the La Boca district and the Recoleta Cemetery. Lunch and a colorful performance of Argentine tango in a traditional Buenos Aires dance hall add the finishing touch.

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Bon Appetit Recommended: From Mate to Malbec

4 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-320

Join in the fun and camaraderie of this group participation dining tour. It combines an empanada cooking class and "competition" followed by luscious grilled beef with chimichurri" and make-your-own desert of "alfajores" and free-flowing Argentine wine. With roundtrip transportation, it's a must for anyone who wants a unique Argentinian experience.

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Home Hosted Dinner Tour

3 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-865

Home hosted meals are for travelers who really want to get to know the world and the people living in it. On this exceptional dinner tour, you'll dine with a host family in their home, enjoying a unique cultural exchange you're not likely to get any other way.

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PRIVATE CAR & GUIDE (HALF-DAY)

4 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-900

Explore Buenos Aires at your own pace with your own two-passenger car and guide. You'll have plenty of time to sightsee, shop, and eat. This half-day tour offers you the opportunity to design your own itinerary and can be as in-depth as you choose to make it.

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PRIVATE VAN & GUIDE (HALF-DAY)

4 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-910

Explore Buenos Aires at your own pace with your own 14-passenger van and guide. You'll have plenty of time to sightsee, shop, and eat. This half-day tour offers you the opportunity to design your own itinerary and can be as in-depth as you choose to make it.

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Polo Lessons

7.5 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-350

Argentina is renowned in the international sport of polo, and this exclusive experience invites you to spend the day with professional polo players to learn the art of the "game of kings." Watch a game, then take a lesson yourself and play a mini-game. A traditional lunch is included.

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$399.95

PRIVATE CAR & GUIDE (FULL-DAY)

8 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-905

Explore Buenos Aires at your own pace with your own two-passenger car and guide. You'll have plenty of time to sightsee, shop, and eat. This all-day tour offers you the opportunity to design your own itinerary and can be as in-depth as you choose to make it.

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$499.00

PRIVATE VAN & GUIDE (FULL-DAY)

8 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-915

Explore Buenos Aires at your own pace with your own 14-passenger van and guide. You'll have plenty of time to sightsee, shop, and eat. This full-day tour offers you the opportunity to design your own itinerary and can be as in-depth as you choose to make it.

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A Discovery Exclusive - Iguazu Falls

13.25 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-375

Journey by plane to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Iguazu Falls. Stretching almost two miles, it is one of the world's great natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the majesty of these massive cascades surrounded by subtropical foliage, including the highest of the falls, Devil's Throat, via a walking tour and eco-train ride.

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IGUAZU FALLS OVERLAND - DOUBLE OCCUPANCY PER PERSON

120 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-802

Discover the natural wonder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls on a five-day overland adventure spanning Argentina and Brazil. You'll visit both sides of the powerful cascade and engage in walking tours, river cruises and train rides through this spectacular natural rainforest replete with over 275 thunderous plunges.

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IGUAZU FALLS OVERLAND - DOUBLE OCCUPANCY PER PERSON

125 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-800

Explore the wonder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls on a six-day overland experience spanning Argentina and Brazil. Visit both sides of the powerful cascade and engage in walking tours, river cruises and train rides through this spectacular natural rainforest with magnificent waterfalls. A highlights tour of Rio concludes the adventure.

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IGUAZU FALLS OVERLAND - SINGLE OCCUPANCY

120 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-803

Discover the natural wonder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls on a five-day overland adventure spanning Argentina and Brazil. You'll visit both sides of the powerful cascade and engage in walking tours, river cruises and train rides through this spectacular natural rainforest replete with over 275 thunderous plunges.

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IGUAZU FALLS OVERLAND - SINGLE OCCUPANCY

125 hours | Buenos Aires | BUE-801

Explore the wonder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls on a six-day overland experience spanning Argentina and Brazil. Visit both sides of the powerful cascade and engage in walking tours, river cruises and train rides through this spectacular natural rainforest with magnificent waterfalls. A highlights tour of Rio concludes the adventure.

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