Travelers visiting Buenos Aires have infinite options when touring the city’s countless sights and destinations. This enormous city boasts five-star hotels and gourmet restaurants, tons of green spaces and parks, plazas, tango shows and some of the best shopping in South America. There’s also the Hipódromo for horse racing and betting, and of course, the Boca Juniors’ and River Plate games for those looking for the true Argentine fútbol experience. In Buenos Aires, you’ll never run short on things to do. If you’re looking for a more unique, off the beaten path Argentine experience though, try one of these alternatives. You’ll see the city in a whole new way!
Think mountain retreat or luxury ranch with ponds, riding horses and endless fields and gardens. Estancias, which are available just an hour outside Buenos Aires, offer a rich, lodge experience. You’ll enjoy acres and acres of perfectly manicured land, fresh air, and a quiet break from the constant sounds of the city. At a typical estancia, you can participate in activities such as horseback riding, trail hiking, birdwatching tours, swimming and asados (Argentinean BBQ) just to name a few. The enormous estates offer bed and breakfast-style lodging with rustic rooms that overlook the many fields or gardens. Billiards, lounges, and open-air patios will often grace the common areas of these grandiose properties. For those looking to satisfy some carnivorous cravings, many estancias host gourmet chefs and high quality, grass-fed beef on the grounds.
There are hundreds of tours to choose from in Buenos Aires. From the more basic city tours to the specific and niche, there’s a tour for everyone and every budget. Recently, there’s even a tour just for men. The Man Tour is a half day, upscale jaunt through the city with a mix of history and hands on experiences. Participants will enjoy an authentic Cuban cigar paired with a scotch or whiskey, a hot lather & towel straight razor shave, and will be properly fitted for a custom-made hat. With these testosterone-inducing activities, this tour is perfect for those searching for the more masculine (and traditional) side of Buenos Aires.
If you’re looking for something more romantic, try a Tango tour or Tango show. The historical dance that Argentinians claim as their very own is a must-see when visiting the city. With a tango tour, you’ll watch the famous dance, meet the dancers and practice with professional artists in tango’s natural setting, a milonga. Many offer private, bilingual guides, visits to multiple milongas and a lesson. If you’re feeling like more of a spectator then the tango show is for you. Most provide a gourmet dinner and a beautiful tango show. If a rich glass of Malbec, gourmet dinner and dimly lit auditorium sounds like your thing, check out the Cafe de los Angelitos or Esquina Carlos Gardel shows.
Yet another interesting, alternative thing to do in Buenos Aires. For both experts and beginners, a day of polo lessons can be a great way to stay active on your vacation-after you’ve eaten all the steak you can handle. An expert trainer will teach you the basics of the rich sport; 90% of beginners will be striking the ball at the end of the lesson! To engage in the “sport of kings,” check out our polo lessons.
If the city’s constant bustle and buzz start to get to you, or if you’re looking for a more unique way to see the wonderful Buenos Aires, check out any of these unique, alternative options. For more options on what to do in Buenos Aires, check our other articles or leave comments of your suggestions below!