Buenos Aires, Argentina

Destination Buenos Aires, Argentina: Looking for eco-friendly hotels, authentic travel experiences or urban adventures in the Argentinian capital? Or perhaps a healthy, vegetarian restaurant? Here our recommendations for environmentally conscious, discerning city travellers.

Overview

  • Introducing Buenos Aires
  • Eco-friendly hotels and hostels
  • Eco-friendly tours and urban adventures
  • Healthy and authentic eateries & restaurants
  • Insider tips and travel advice

About Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a vibrant city in South America, unique for its European heritage buildings, plazas and palaces. The “porteños” (local people) love cinema and theater (there are over 300 of them, including the famous Teatro Colon – Colon Theater), which means many performances every day, often at very little or no cost.

Tango, of course is what the city is known for around the world, and the dance flourishes in emblematic neighborhoods such as San Telmo and Almagro. Showcases and dance halls (“milongas”) entice you to participate and learn your first tango steps by watching old “tangueros” (people who dance tango as a passion).

Buenos Aires has also plenty of green areas, such as the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), well-known for its groves, lakes, and rose gardens. Next to the new and trendy Puerto Madero neighborhood and only a few steps from downtown area lies the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, a great place for walking and cycling close to the Rio de la Plata (Plata River).

Sustainability in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has been working hard to improve its environmental sustainability. Although there is plenty of work to do, the city has achieved important goals. In 2014, it received the Sustainable Transport Award for its Sustainable Mobility Plan, which includes the EcoBici network, a Metrobus system and a Pedestrian Priority Program. The plan’s purpose is to encourage use of bicycles and public transport over private vehicles.


Eco-Friendly Hotels and Hostels

Palo Santo Hotel

A beautiful eco-hotel in the city center. The hotel was built to LEED standards. Palo Santo’s operations are environmentally friendly, including careful selection of materials, equipment and suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of the hotel’s construction and operations. Palo Santo Hotel’s mission is to provide a modern, intelligent, luxurious, green stay and the hotel emphasises comfort, privacy, elegance and beauty.

Read our review of Palo Santo Hotel or check availability and rates

Home Hotel

This boutique design hotel is set in a quiet area of “Palermo Hollywood”, an area with several TV, radio and film studios nearby. The neighbourhood is famous for its art galleries, design furniture shops and some of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires. It is only 15 minutes walking distance from the Botanical Gardens & the Zoo.

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Casa Calma

Casa Calma is a hidden wellness hotel in the heart of the city, next to Plaza San Martín, Santa Fe Avenue and Florida Street. Only 15 minutes walking distance to Plaza de Mayo and trendy Puerto Madero area. The hotel has strong environmental policies and initiatives and informs guests on conservation issues.

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Tours, Experiences and Urban Adventures

Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure

Malbec! Empanadas! Dulce de Leche! If you don’t know what these are you soon will on this tour that will have food freaks and gourmet gluttons primed for piggery. Click here to start your food adventure.

Malbec Trail of Palermo

Think you know your Malbec? Become a bona fide expert in Argentine wine with a customized lesson and tasting session, led by a local connoisseur who truly knows the ways of the grape. Click here to start your wine adventure.

Tango, Tango, Tango!

Buenos Aires tango tour with a real tango dancer, ready to show you the steps of this sultry dance! An in-depth, authentic tango experience – are you ready? Click here to start your tango adventure.

Cycling in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is becoming a more bicycle friendly city and was even mentioned in musician David Byrne’s “Bicycle Diaries”, a book about his adventures cycling in cities around the world. As part of the “Sustainable Transport Plan” the city recently developed a “Public Bicycle Sharing System” for both residents and tourists. The service allows you to take a bike free of charge from Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM, and on Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.

There are several companies offering cycling tours and experiences. Want to try a tour on bicycles made of bamboo cane? Visit Urban Biking or check our review here.

Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve

The perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires downtown area. The Coastal Reserve environment was formed by the entrance of the old Pampa wetland in a former land-fill project that was abandoned in the late 1970s. Once left to itself, plants started to grow between debris, aquatic lilies emerged from the river and birds found a new home. The Reserve has three lagoons and is a good place for bird watching, walking, jogging or cycling.


Healthy, Authentic Eateries and Restaurants

Exploring a city on an empty stomach is no fun. Here is a list of vegetarian and organic restaurants and cafes in Buenos Aires.


Travel Tips & Info

For all sorts of useful information on Buenos Aires as travel destination, check wikitravel.org.

Visit like a local

Visit and enjoy Buenos Aires like a local: In this post, South America responsible travel expert Susana shares some insider tips on how to make the best of your city trips to Buenos Aires, the Argentinean capital.

Weather in Buenos Aires

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Our thanks to Buenos Aires resident, Susana of ViajeroResponsable.com.ar for contributing to this page.


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