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Buenos Aires City Tours

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Buenos Aires is a large city, chock full of attractions, points of interest and things to do. The tourism industry here is happy to provide many different activities exclusively for tourists, but most of the things you will want to see are simply an integral part of the city, with their own histories and interesting facts. So what is the best way to see these places? How do you even know which things are best to spend your time on? And once you’re there, how do you learn about the rich history ingrained in what you’re seeing or experiencing?

One of the best solutions to all these questions is a taking a city tour. City tours come in many forms, but they all provide the same thing: a quick but in-depth view of this beautiful city, and all it has to offer. The knowledgeable guides give interesting information about the sites that you see, and usually provide time to stop and take photos. Depending on the size of the group, you will have the opportunity for an interactive tour, asking questions as you go.

Bus tours are perhaps the most common way to see the city. In this way, it is possible to cover many areas of the city in a matter of hours. As of 2009, the City of Buenos Aires offers bus tours. These tours are thematically based, so you can see exactly whatever it is that makes you tick, be it tango, literature, sports, art or general history. Operating with a “hop on, hop off” system, you are able to spend as much time as you would like at each site, rejoining the tour later. Audioguides are provided in ten different languages, offering an enjoyable time for visitors from all over the world.

The City’s open-air bus starts on the world-famous Florida Street and heads south, stopping along the way at Congreso, Plaza de Mayo, passing through Monserrat, the antique-filled San Telmo and down to La Boca, where the colorful streets are brimming with tango dancers. From there, you will head over to the Ecological Reserve and Puerto Madero, and then north to the green Plaza San Martín. Palermo is next, followed by Plaza Italia and the exclusive neighborhood of Recoleta. See this Buenos Aires Travel Guide for more information about these activities.

Although busses are perhaps the most efficient way to see the city, there are many other types of tours, as well. Walking tours are especially popular, as they allow you to get some exercise and stretch your legs while you get your bearings. There’s no better way to get a feel for the culture and its people than walking among them, hearing snippets of their conversations, watching them interact with their own surroundings. And if you feel walking is a bit too slow for you, hop on one of the numerous bicycle tours, such as citytours.com.ar, where you can pedal your way through the cobblestone streets.

Finally, there are dozens of specialized tours, each of which operate in their own unique way. The graffiti tour takes you through various neighborhoods, looking at Buenos Aires´ finest street art. Tango tours visit different milongas, offer lessons and take you to expert shows. If you’re a football fan, join one of the football tours and experience the craziness of a local football game firsthand.

Buenos Aires is a huge city, with so much to see. But with a little planning and some knowledgeable tour guides, you will be able to make the most of your time here.

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