5-Day Buenos Aires Itinerary: Top Attractions and Map

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Buenos Aires Itinerary

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with historic buildings, museums, parks, and offers excellent cuisine.

If you are planning your trip, below you will find our suggested 5-day itinerary with the main attractions and must-do things in the city.

The Perfect 5-Day Itinerary in Buenos Aires

Day 1 in Buenos Aires

Day 1 in Buenos AiresPhoto Credit: Gustavo Sánchez

On your first day in Buenos Aires visit the Microcentro area and Puerto Madero.

Start at Avenida 9 de Julio, where the Obelisk, one of the city’s most emblematic monuments, is located. Head to the commercial street in Calle Florida.

Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral are within walking distance from Calle Florida. Take the opportunity to visit the Museo del Bicentenario (open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays).

Head to the Puerto Madero and walk along the Puente de La Mujer. Have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area (Sorrento and Cabaña Las Lilas). Visit the Buque Museo Fragata A.R.A and continue to Plaza General San Martín to the Monumental Tower.

Have coffee and cake at Café Tortoni, and end the day watching a tango show at Madero Tango.

Day 1 – What to Visit in Buenos Aires – Summary

  • Obelisk
  • Calle Florida
  • Plaza de Mayo
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Casa Rosada (Bicentennial Museum)
  • Puente de la Mujer
  • Fragata Museum Buque
  • Plaza General San Martín
  • Monumental Tower
  • Café Tortoni
  • Tango Madero

Day 2 in Buenos Aires

Day 2 in Buenos AiresPhoto Credit: Matías Ramos

On your second day in Buenos Aires, take time to visit Recoleta, the most elegant neighborhood in the city.

Start the day by visiting the square where the Recoleta Cemetery and the Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar are located. Head towards the Facultad de Derecho building and right next to it, you will find the Floralis Genérica.

If you are an art lover, visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (located in a beautiful palace and home to the charming Croque Madame restaurant).

Walk along Avenida Alvear (known to be home to luxury stores, is home to the Alvear Palace and Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires hotels that serve afternoon tea). Head to Calle Arroyo, the most Parisian street in Buenos Aires.

End the day by visiting one of its numerous bars or rooftops that offer spectacular views of Buenos Aires.

Day 2 – What to Visit in Buenos Aires – Summary

  • Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Facultad de Derecho (UBA)
  • Floralis Genérica
  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of Decorative Art
  • Alvear Avenue
  • Arroyo, Buenos Aires

Day 3 in Buenos Aires

Day 3 in Buenos AiresPhoto Credit: Javier Saint Jean

On the third day in Buenos Aires, visit Palermo and Las Cañitas neighborhoods. Start the day at the MALBA museum. A short distance from the museum is the Japanese Garden.

Head through the Bosques de Palermo to El Rosedal. Enjoy relaxing and taking beautiful pictures of the park.

The Palermo Hippodrome is also worth a visit. The area is home to excellent restaurant options such as Kansas, Tucson, and Casa Cavia.

Day 3 – What to Visit in Buenos Aires – Summary

  • MALBA
  • Japanese Garden
  • Palermo Woods
  • El Rosedal
  • Palermo Race Track

Day 4 in Buenos Aires

Day 4 in Buenos AiresPhoto Credit: Jeffrey Eisen

On the fourth day in Buenos Aires take the opportunity to make a short trip to Colonia del Sacramento or Tigre.

Another option (if you love shopping) is to reserve the day to visit some of Buenos Aires’ malls and outlets.

Day 4 – What to Visit – Summary

  • Day trip to Tigre or Colonia del Sacramento

Day 5 in Buenos Aires

Day 5 in Buenos AiresPhoto (Modified) Credit: Gustavo Sánchez

On the fifth day in Buenos Aires visit the colorful area of Caminito and the “La Bombonera” stadium and museum.

Continue to the San Telmo neighborhood, where the Mafalda statue and Plaza Dorrego are located. In the late afternoon head to the Plaza del Congreso and visit the Barolo Palace.

To end the day, attend a classical music, opera, or ballet performance at the spectacular Teatro Colón (visit the official website to see the current performance).

Day 5 – Things to See in Buenos Aires – Summary

  • Caminito
  • La Bombonera
  • San Telmo
  • Barolo Palace and Plaza del Congreso
  • Colon Theater

Free Tours and Excursions in Buenos Aires:

Paid Tours and Excursions in Buenos Aires:

Neighborhoods to Stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Recoleta, Palermo, Las Cañitas, and Puerto Madero – the best neighborhoods to stay in with a wide variety of 4 and 5-star hotels, and which also offer some options for more economical and cost-effective hotels.
  • Microcentro and San Telmo – commercial and historic neighborhoods with a choice of budget hotels that offer easy access to the city’s main attractions.

Getting Around Buenos Aires:

With our suggested itinerary above, many of the attractions can be visited on foot. It is also very easy to get around the city by taxi or public transport.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires – 5-Star Category

Where to Stay in Buenos AiresPalacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

  • Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires – a hotel divided into a contemporary mansion and tower, it features an outdoor pool and gardens in the Recoleta neighborhood. The rooms have a TV, coffee machine, and minibar. Posadas 1086, C1011 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires – hotel located in a palace in the heart of Recoleta. The rooms are equipped with a TV, work desk, coffee machine, and minibar. The hotel features an indoor pool and a spa. Alvear 1661, C1014AAD CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Alvear Icon Hotel – a hotel with modern facilities located in Puerto Madero. The hotel has a rooftop bar and a pool with panoramic views. The rooms are cozy and have a TV and minibar. Aimé Painé 1130 piso 32, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Book here.
  • Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta – a hotel located in front of the Patio Bullrich shopping center in Recoleta. The rooms have a TV and minibar. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool. Posadas 1232, C1011 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires – Mgallery – a hotel located near the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore. The rooms are modernly decorated and have a TV, coffee machine, and minibar. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool. Callao 924, C1023AAP CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Hilton Buenos Aires – hotel located in Puerto Madero near the Costanera Sur Park. The rooms have a TV and minibar. The hotel features an outdoor pool. Macacha Güemes 351, C1106BKG CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Melia Recoleta Plaza Hotel – a hotel located on Calle Posadas in Recoleta. All rooms have a TV, work desk, and minibar. The hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool. Posadas 1557, C1112ADA CABA, Argentina. Book here.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires – 4-Star Category

Where to Stay in Buenos AiresDazzler by Wyndham Buenos Aires Palermo

  • SuMa Recoleta Hotel – a hotel located within walking distance of the luxurious Avenida Alvear and Calle Posadas in the Recoleta neighborhood. The rooms have a TV and a work desk. Parera 183, C1014 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Dazzler by Wyndham Buenos Aires Palermo – located in the Palermo neighborhood, the hotel features an outdoor pool and offers modern, cozy accommodations. The rooms have a TV and minibar. Humboldt 1650, C1414 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Mine Hotel – charming hotel located in Palermo Soho. The rooms are equipped with a TV, electric kettle, and minibar. The hotel features a swimming pool in the garden. Gorriti 4770, C1414 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Blank Hotel Recoleta – a modern hotel located near the main attractions of the Recoleta neighborhood. All rooms have a TV, work desk, electric kettle, and minibar. The hotel features a spa and jacuzzi. Peña 2049, C1126 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Sileo Apart – cost-effective hotel in Recoleta. The rooms have a TV, electric kettle, and kitchenette. Some rooms have a balcony. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool. Azcuénaga 1968, C1119 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Madero Urbano Studios – hotel with modern accommodations and compact kitchen facilities near the Puerto Madero area. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool. ADL, Azopardo 770, C1107ADL CABA, Argentina. Book here.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires – 3-Star Category

Where to Stay in Buenos AiresRibera Sur Hotel

  • Up América Plaza – hotel located near the Barolo Palace and the Plaza del Congreso. The rooms have a flat-screen TV and a work desk. Bartolomé Mitre 1744, C1037 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Hotel Costa Rica – located in Palermo Viejo, the hotel offers comfortable and well-equipped accommodations. The hotel features a terrace. Costa Rica 4139, C1176ADE CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Up Recoleta Hotel – a hotel located near several attractions in the Recoleta neighborhood. It offers excellent rates depending on the date of your trip. The rooms have a TV and minibar. José León Pagano 2684, C1425 CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Feel Buenos Aires – hotel located in Palermo near the Distrito Arcos outlet and Plaza Serrano. The rooms have a TV and a kitchenette. Fray Justo Sta. María de Oro 2047, C1425FOA CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Ribera Sur Hotel – located in San Telmo, it is a cost-effective hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms have a TV and minibar. Paseo Colón 1145, C1063ACL CABA, Argentina. Book here.
  • Hotel Chemin – a hotel with excellent reviews by many travelers near Plaza del Congreso. The rooms are comfortable and have a TV. Sarmiento 1775 3º, C1042 CABA, Argentina. Book here.

See + cheap hotel options in Buenos Aires.

Transfer from Buenos Aires Airport to the Hotel:

Buenos Aires is served by 2 airports.

The Aeropuerto Internacional Ezeiza is located approximately 30 km from downtown Buenos Aires and the Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery is right in the city.

Whatever the airport of arrival or departure, it is worth booking the transfer in advance to not have any surprises with the prices.

The transfer costs $20 (depending on the airport of arrival).

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Map of Buenos Aires

Featured Photo (Modified) by Benjamin Rascoe

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