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Buenos Aires Argentina Port Guide

When you’re leaving from Buenos Aires on a South America cruise, it’s effortless to soak up this romantic city steeped in history. Europe meets Latin America in Buenos Aires, where the area’s past of occupations and changing hands makes it even more unforgettable. There are over 150 museums in Buenos Aires, so lovers of art and culture will want to come a few days early before your cruise departs to take it all in.

The authentic Buenos Aires experience means going outside of your comfort zone to do something you’ve never done before. Excursions for travelers in the city are varied and exciting, from private tango lessons with a local expert to food tours featuring Argentina’s most famous delicacies. Whether you’re strolling the kitschy Caminito, searching for the perfect steak dinner at a classic parrilla, or catching an opera at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires offers something unforgettable for everyone.

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Top Sights & Attractions for Cruises to Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Cemetery

It may seem morbid to take a cemetery tour, but La Recoleta Cemetery is no ordinary resting place. See the graves of Eva Peron and generations of Argentine presidents and leaders in ornate marble mausoleums in every major architectural style. La Recoleta Cemetery has even been declared a national monument. Don’t miss a chance to walk through the grounds among the rich and famous of Argentina.

Caminito

Caminito is one of Buenos Aires’s enduring landmarks that provides travelers with an authentic glimpse of what life is like in Argentina. It’s a street museum in the neighborhood of La Boca, and the brightly colored buildings attract plenty of visitors along this “little path.” If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a steak dinner or catch sight of beautiful street art, Caminito is the place to be.

San Telmo Market

Step into Buenos Aires history at the San Telmo Market, which is heavily influenced by Italian architecture and has been in operation since 1897. Grab a bite, shop for antiques, browse souvenirs and trinkets, or just admire the splendor of this glamorous indoor market.

Teatro Colón

Lovers of music, culture, and the arts will find all three in spades at the stunning Teatro Colón, where the acoustics and the architecture are world renowned. At this local institution, come for an opera or dance performance before departing on one of our cruises from Buenos Aires.

MALBA

Don’t miss this memorable museum focused on 20th century and modern Latin American artists and their impact on culture, film, and daily life in Buenos Aires. Take the whole afternoon to explore everything this sleek spot has to offer.

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Shop the Galerias Pacifico

Catch up on your retail therapy close to the cruise port at Galerias Pacifico, which is one of the most ornate malls in the world. Gather your hauls before boarding a cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Galerias offers an impressive mix of international fashion, luxe decor and jewelry, leather goods, and more.

See the Gauchos Perform

In South America, the gauchos live in the plains of Argentina and have greatly influenced the culture of the country. On Buenos Aires cruises, you can watch an authentic gaucho performance, which usually includes weapon throwing and horseback riding.

Tour the Casa Rosada

Take a guided walk through the breathtaking mansion of the President of Argentina at the rosy pink Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. Inside, you’ll find stylish black and white tiled floors decorated with glamorous red carpet. You’ll learn about the history and government of Argentina during your time at this must-see palace.

Shop for Old Books at El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Named the most beautiful bookshop in the world, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a must-see bookstore in the heart of Buenos Aires. Head here for a relaxed afternoon of browsing, whether you’re shopping for the perfect read for one of our Buenos Aires cruises or simply catching the perfect snapshot of this Instagrammable spot.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Buenos Aires Cruise Port

One of the top reasons to visit Buenos Aires has to be the food. It’s a culinary haven where risks are encouraged. Buenos Aires also gets the classics exactly right, like empanadas at Cumana, or expertly cooked beef at La Cabrera. In fact, grilled meats are practically an art form in this part of Argentina, so be sure to sample a variety of parrillas, or steakhouses, while you visit. Salvaje Bakery is the place to go for pastries and fresh bread. Try a typical Argentine breakfast while you’re there, which usually consists of a cortado and a medialuna, or flaky croissant. Argentina is also a hub for wine production and is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world. Be sure to splurge on a bottle of Argentine red over a medium-rare steak for maximum gastronomical impact.

Culture & History of the Buenos Aires Cruise Port

With 13 million residents known as Porteños, Buenos Aires is the largest city in Argentina and is an urban hub for arts, culture, and cuisine. European-influenced architecture and its reputation as a melting pot of cultures give Buenos Aires a cosmopolitan feel. Buenos Aires possesses a worldly quality that’s a touch more sophisticated than grittier cities like London or New York. Each neighborhood, from La Recoleta to La Boca, have a different style and individual neighborhood feel. Tango and dance is a staple of the culture in Buenos Aires, and the overall culture is one that encourages community, connection, and introspection about the state of the world. Talking about politics and otherwise taboo conversation topics are welcome in Buenos Aires, where residents share a passion for tackling the tough issues.

 

Buenos Aires Port Facilities & Location

Cruises from Buenos Aires board at the Benito Quinquela Martín Passenger Terminal, located just half a mile from the heart of the city. At the port, there are shuttles ready to take passengers from one side of the terminal to the other if necessary. The cruise port is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including souvenir shops, free WiFi, and currency exchange to make your departure from Buenos Aires easy and simple.

Transportation in Buenos Aires

Getting around Buenos Aires requires a little knowledge of what’s available and a hustling city spirit. Walking is possible in the heart of the city, but getting around or outside of Buenos Aires to neighboring towns requires more than your two feet. There is a free public bike system in Buenos Aires for those who are eager to explore the city on two wheels. The quick and efficient Subte, or underground metro system, has six different lines ready to take you through the city. You won’t have to wait long to catch a traditional yellow taxi, either.

Shopping Near the Buenos Aires Cruise Port

Buenos Aires is definitely a shopper’s town, filled with a broad selection of upscale shopping to bargain markets and vendor stalls peddling handmade goods. Check out the Galerias Pacifico and San Telmo Market for all types of shopping. Shopping can be glamorous here, particularly when you’re surrounded by Italian Renaissance art and architecture as you try on clothes, jewelry, and poke around the massive food courts. Leave a little room in your bag or suitcase to pick up a few new trinkets before departing from Buenos Aires.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The currency of the region is the Argentine peso (ARS), and you’ll find carrying cash or a debit card will get you far in Buenos Aires. Credit cards are commonly accepted at restaurants, hotels, and bars as well. There may be a charge if you use a credit card in some places, which is meant to encourage locals and travelers alike to carry cash. You can find ATMs throughout the city if you need to get some extra pesos. Tipping is 10-15% for tour guides and servers. Round up to the nearest peso when paying your taxi driver.

 

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The capital of Argentina throbs with creative energy. In this melting pot of cultures—native American, Spanish colonial, Italian, French, British, and more—the local
Porteños greet you warmly with a kiss. Connoisseurs of culture find 300 theaters and 160 museums. Explore the French neoclassical Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, near the port, or Teatro Colón, an opera house with interiors as beautiful as the acoustics, in the Centro. You'll shop till you drop in Buenos Aires, a leader in design. Find clothing, jewelry, and art at lavish Galerías Pacifico, near the port, or browse the fashionable Recoleta quarter for exclusive boutiques. Shop elegant Calle Florida, bustling with bustling with office workers by day and street performers at night. Look for native leather, antiques, and crafts. Eat and drink like a king on your cruise to Argentina, from elegant 19th-century bars to contemporary cafés and restaurants. Discover maté,
the local tea, and don't miss the renowned steaks and excellent Malbec wines. Find pizza, pasta, and ice cream on every corner. For dessert, try alfajores, chocolate-covered double-decker cookies filled with dulce de leche.


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Librería

Easily one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, this former theater—which opened as the Teatro Grand Splendid in 1919—features marble columns, elaborate sconces, ceiling frescoes, and ornately carved cherubs. Customers can leaf through books from seats in the old theater boxes or in the café on a stage still framed by red velvet curtains.

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