Destination Buenos Aires, Argentina: Looking for eco-friendly accommodation and travel activities in Buenos Aires? The following are our favourite environmentally friendly and sustainability-minded hotels, hostels, tours and activities in the Argentinian capital.
Further down you’ll find a list of organic and vegetarian restaurants, the latest weather forecast for Buenos Aires and other useful travel information. Enjoy!
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 Buenos Aires 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, Buenos Aires 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 in Buenos Aires
Palo Santo Hotel
Palo Santo Hotel is a beautiful eco-hotel in the center of Buenos Aires. 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.
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.
The hotel is committed to recycling and reusing as much material as possible and collaborates with recycling community (El Ceibo). Home Hotel has received many Awards, including the Wallpaper Design Award. It features a solar panel-heated pool surrounded by native trees, soft bushes and flowers. Check rates and availability
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.
To make you feel right at home, the hotel’s “Honesty Bar” allows you to take whatever you want and to decide on the charge yourself. Rooms are designed for a relaxing experience and are equipped with a “wellness boutique”. Check rates and availability
Eco-Friendly Tours and Activities in Buenos Aires
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.
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.
Visit and enjoy Buenos Aires like a local: In this post, our South America Green City Trips expert Susana shares some insider tips on how to make the best of your city trips to Buenos Aires, the Argentinan capital.
Learn about when to visit, where to eat and how locals spend a nice Sunday. And just in case you feel like escaping this massive city for a day, we’ve also asked Susana for her favorite day trip. Enjoy! Read more
Organic and Vegetarian Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Because exploring a city is no fun on an empty stomach, here is a list of vegetarian and organic restaurants and cafes in Buenos Aires.
Weather in Buenos Aires and Other Useful Travel Information
For the latest update on weather in Buenos Aires, Argentina, check meteored.com.ar
For all sorts of useful information on Buenos Aires as travel destination, check wikitravel.org.
Buenos Aires City Travel Expert
This page on eco-friendly things to do and places to stay in Buenos Aires was curated by Susana , our expert for South America. Susana is about to offer hew own bicycle tours in Buenos Aires – more soon!
For more about Susana, visit her blog with travel stories and tips for responsible travellers (in Spanish).
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