The largest city in Argentina, as well as its capital, is Buenos Aires, which lies on the western banks of the Rio de la Plata. The Greater, Buenos Aires region, is one of the most populous in the western hemisphere, with nearly sixteen million inhabitants. The City of Buenos Aires, however, is not a part of the province and is an autonomous district, much like Washington D.C. in the United States.

1.Aquafan Water Park

Aquafan Water Park

Visitors looking for an exciting water theme park in Buenos Aires need to look no further than the Aquafan Water Park. The park features waterslides, a bowling alley, laser tag, a swimming pool and wave pool, and a children’s water slide area for young visitors. There are also several places to eat throughout Aquafan Water Park, including a sandwich shop, snack kiosks, and Winners—a pub-style restaurant. Visitors to the park will pay admission, and there are many rules regarding what can and cannot be brought into the park. People visiting for the day should make sure to check the park website while planning their trip. The website will also tell visitors about the ongoing special events scheduled at the park, such as family day, New Year’s Eve celebrations, and more.

Gral. Bartolomé Mitre 2, B1648 AAD, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-40-02-60-00

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2.Carlos Keen

Carlos Keen
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Carlos Keen is a rural railroad town in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that stopped growing around the time the trains stopped running. Carlos Keen is now a popular town for tourists visiting the countryside from Buenos Aires City due to the freeway that now runs by. People often visit Carlos Keen from the capital city for the delicious restaurants in the town. Today a small museum is located in the old train station, and a craft fair is also held there. Other population attractions include Basilica de Lujan, La Casa de la Nata, and the Complejo Mueseografico Provincial Enrique Udaondo.

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3.Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento
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Just over the border from Argentina is Colonia in Uruguay. The charming city is only an hour ferry trip from Buenos Aires over the Rio de la Plata, and the historic quarter called the Colonia del Sacramento is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where visitors get lost back in time. A popular landmark in Colonia del Sacramento is the Barrio Historic, which dates back to the town’s founding in the 17th century and the Convent of San Francisco ruins and Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse. Many people that visit Colonia del Sacramento spend their day walking the historic quarter and taking in the beautiful, preserved architecture at places such as the Puerta de la Ciudadela drawbridge, Street of Sighs, and Plaza Mayor. The Basilica of the Holy Sacrament is a great place to visit as well and is one of the oldest churches in Uruguay.

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4.Don Silvano Ranch

Don Silvano Ranch
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Visitors to Buenos Aires that want to explore a beautiful ranch not far from the city can take a tour of Don Silvano Ranch. This ranch has been in the Silvano family for four generations, beginning with Don in the 1940s. Each generation added more properties to the 380 hectares of land, including a large mansion that has been expanded to include dining rooms with capacity for 200 people, a ballroom to fit 350, and a 16-room hotel on-site and others. Visitors to the ranch will enjoy horse and carriage rides, folk dances, singing, races and other sports demonstrations, and fantastic Argentinian lunch of chorizo, blood sausage, beef, chicken, salad, wine, beer, and desserts. Visitors can also stay overnight in the Victorian-style mansion and receive breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner.

RN8 300, B2812 Capilla del Señor, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-52-63-30-27

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5.El Monumental Stadium

El Monumental Stadium
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The Stadium opened in 1938 and can host 64,000 fans at the sports club. El Monumental was the host venue for the World Cup in 1978, and three of the first phase games were held there. The Stadium was renamed in 1986 to Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti and has seen few changes since. The Argentine National Team also plays the majority of their games at The Stadium. El Monumental Stadium is on the north end of Buenos Aires City. The Stadium is near the Rio de la Plata and just a few kilometers from the exciting Palermo nightlife scene. The neighborhood surrounding the stadium is a high-end residential neighborhood with nearby hotels, bed & breakfasts, and spas.

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6.Estancia Puesto Viejo

Estancia Puesto Viejo
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Visitors to Buenos Aires who love polo can spend the day at Estancia Puesto Viejo, a countryside destination in Buenos Aires that serves as an events center and polo club. The Clubhouse at Puesto Viejo is two levels and hosts corporate and private events as well as weddings and banquets. The Puesto Viejo Estancia is affiliated with the Polo Club in Argentina, and many famous polo players are seen with their horses at the club. Visitors visiting the club for the first time can engage in polo lessons and a full day of polo attractions. Visitors to the polo club can also stay overnight in the hotel, and there are special packages available. The restaurant at the clubhouse is open on Sundays only.

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7.Estancia Villa Maria

Estancia Villa Maria
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The Estancia Villa Maria is a beautiful resort in Ezeiza Buenos Aires, whose 74 hectares of grounds were designed by Benito Carrasco in 1917. There are over 300 tree species and plants that grow in the grove that visitors can explore on nature trail walks. The club offers polo, golf, football (soccer), spas, swimming pool, and personal training. The clubhouse also provides billiard and table games while the onsite hotel features eleven suites, a private lounge for members only, bar and wine cellar, a gourmet restaurant, and a cigar room. There are also art galleries and terraces that overlook the 74 hectares of parks.

Avenida Pereda s/n, Máximo Paz, Ezeiza Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-15-09-89

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8.Feria de Mataderos

Feria de Mataderos
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The Mataderos Fair is located in the Mataderos neighborhood in Del la Torre across from the National Livestock Market. The fair is open on Sundays from 11 am-8 pm March through December and stays open on holidays that fall on Sundays as well. More than 15,000 people visit the market on the weekends and more than 700 vendors like the street selling authentic Argentine wares such as leather and silver crafts, ponchos, and hot prepared food like tamales and empanadas. There are also music and dance performances, horseback riding demonstrations, and pato games—The Argentina national sport.

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9.Isla Martin Garcia

Isla Martin Garcia
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The Rio de la Plata has an island called Martin Garcia Island, which is where Juan Diaz de Solis landed in 1516. The island was said to be named after Martin Garcia, a member of Solis’s crew who died at sea and was then laid to rest on the island. During Colonial times the island was used as a defensive military enclave and was also used as a prison island for a time where many political defectors were held at different times. Visitors to the island can stay overnight at the hostile or on campsites. There is one restaurant on the island that also has a swimming pool. Most people visit the island and follow the coast to coast path with stops at Chinatown, Heroes Park, the airstrip, lighthouse, and cemetery. There is also a museum, theater, and civic center on the island, as well as several beaches.

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10.La Plata

La Plata
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The province of Buenos Aires' capital city is La Plata, a city located six miles from the Rio de la Plata Estuary. The town was modeled after Washington, D.C., and some of the best attractions include a municipal library, cathedral, museum, an astronomical observatory, which are included in the government buildings. The museum is connected to the National University of La Plata and has some of the most important collections of paleontology and anthropology artifacts found in South America. The university is also one of the best in all of Argentina and has a student population of 75,000. La Plata is also host to many festivals and special events, including the Burning of Momos, the city anniversary, and the first day of spring celebrations.

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Lujan city is found in the northern part of the province of Buenos Aires and is a historic town named after Pedro Lujan, a conquistador who died on the battlefield there in 1536. Lujan became a pilgrimage site in 1630 when a statue of Virgin Mary became immovable during transit. A chapel was constructed on-site, and today a neo-Gothic basilica houses the original structure. Lujan officially became a city in 1755 and welcomes more than six million pilgrimage visitors and thousands of secular tourists as well. In addition to the basilica, visitors can enjoy many grill restaurants and the Enrique Udaondo Museum Complex, where visitors can see the house of Viceroy, the first steam engine in Argentina, the first hydroplane to cross the Atlantic from Europe to Argentina, and antique vehicles along with military memorabilia.

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Situated between the Andes mountains and South Atlantic Ocean is Mendoza, which is known to be a wine capital of the world that offers lots of gourmet restaurants, boutique and resort-style hotels, spas, and outdoor adventure. Visitors to Mendoza can take specialized tours of the city, including olive oil tours, wine tasting tours, adventure tours, or combinations of all of them. There are also several great attractions to see during a day in Mendoza, such as the Wine Museum of San Fekuoe, Espacios del Monte, Espacio Contemporaneo de Arte, Familia Zuccardi, and much more. Visitors looking for adventure can go hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even white water rafting in the Andes Mountains.

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Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital city and is just across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Portuguese built Cerro Fort in 1723 with the Spanish starting construction of the Montevideo at the same time just across the bay. Montevideo has remained a part of both cultures ever since and was even occupied by the British for a time in 1807 and owned by Brazil and Argentina, before being recognized as the capital of Uruguay. Some of the best attractions to see in Montevideo include Plaza Independencia, where museums are open to the public for free on Saturdays, Palacio Salvo, the Monument to Jose Gervasio Artigas, Estevez Palace, Puerta de la Ciudadela, and the Tango Museum of Montevideo. Visitors can also spend an entire day in Old Town where there are many historic buildings and museums.

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14.Parque de la Costa

Parque de la Costa
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People looking for thrills and adventure can head to Tigre, a Buenos Aires northern suburb, and explore the Parque de la Costa amusement park. The 35-acre park on the banks of the Parana River is a popular tourist attraction that was opened in 1997. A total of investment of $400 million was made to create the amusement park that features roller coasters, water rides, fountains, spinning rides, children’s rides, educational attractions, bumper cars, paddle boats, and catamaran rides. Visitors who wish to dine at the Parque de la Costa can choose the food court, a bar, Winner’s Pub, or two of the onsite restaurants. There is also a Trilenium casino adjacent to the waterpark that also has excellent restaurants.

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15.Peru Beaches

Peru Beaches
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The beaches in Peru are some of the most beautiful in the world. The country is on the western side of South America and borders the Pacific Ocean for more than 2,400 kilometers, and spans from the tropical dry climate to the subtropical desert climate and the hot and cold currents are water makes the wildlife and plant life on the shores and in the ocean so diverse. The beaches themselves are very different, with some having high waves and lots of cliffs while others have waves as soft as the sand and clear, turquoise waters. Some of the best beaches to visit in Peru include The Party Beach in Mancora, which is one of the most popular for tourists and features bars, clubs, and vibrant nightlife. The Paradise Beach in Punta Sal is tranquil, offers amazing seafood, luxury spas, and whale watching tours, and The Secret Beach in la Mina, Paracas is hidden within the Paracas Natural Reserve and is an oasis in the middle of the dessert.

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16.San Antonio de Areco

San Antonio de Areco
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Visitors who want to experience gaucho culture and the Pampas that Argentina is famous for can visit the historic 1730 town of San Antonio de Areco, just over an hour from Buenos Aires. Many resorts surround San Antonio, and most visitors are people who drive or bus in from the resorts and Buenos Aires to see the old colonial church that the town was built around. San Antonio de Areco is full of cobblestone streets and 19th-century buildings. A fascinating place to visit is the Plaza Ruiz de Arellano. This central square of the town many of the historic buildings and shops are located. The Rio Areco cuts San Antonio in two and creates a section along the river that has green space, monuments, and museums.

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17.Santa Susana Ranch

Santa Susana Ranch
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Visit the rural Pampas lowlands and an authentic gaucho ranch at Santa Susana Ranch in Los Cardales in the province of Buenos Aires, just over an hour from the city of Buenos Aires. Visitors to the 1200 hectare ranch can spend the day enjoying an Asado barbeque lunch with drinks, a folk performance with tango and horseracing, and can even go horseback riding through the property themselves. Spanish and English tours are both available, and each begins with an educational ranch tour with stops at the museum, church, and barns that are still being used today. Visitors also do not need to worry about their transportation to and from the ranch as there is pickup available when you make a tour reservation from hotels in Buenos Aires.

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Located 360km from Buenos Aires, the relaxing town of Tandil rests in the Tandilia Hills and is perfect for people looking for outdoor adventure. In addition to exciting extreme outdoor sports such as parachute jumping, canopying, and rappelling, there is also hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping available. Visitors can also choose between one golf clubs or take a tour of the funicular railways or El Calvario. There is also a casino and beautiful public park, lots of restaurants, and a specialty grocery store called Cheese Times, Epoca de Quesos, that draws visitors from all over Argentina.

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19.Temaiken Biopark

Temaiken Biopark
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People who like botanical gardens, zoos, museums, and aquariums, can find all of those places under one roof in an innovative Biopark in the Ruta Province. The Temaiken Biopark educated visitors on animals and their natural world as well as the relationships between animals and humans. The Biopark features an Aquarium with three Argentine ecosystems and an exotic species tank; The Farm where domestic country animals of Argentina live; a 360-degree movie theater, Interactive exhibits, and a bird habitat with more than 2,500 birds from around the world.

Temaiken Biopark, Ruta Provincial 25 Km 1, Belen de Escobar 1625 Argentina

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20.Tigre Delta

Tigre Delta
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Tigre is a beautiful waterside getaway just outside of Buenos Aires that features thousands of tiny islands, a labyrinth of canals, and opportunities for outdoor recreation along the river, which is lined with historic mansions, rowing clubs, boutiques, stilt houses, and more. Many visitors come to Tigre to enjoy shopping in the open-air market, Puerto de Frutos. This market has hundreds of vendors selling everything from home decorations to food, antiques, and homemade crafts. The Paseo Victorica Promenade is one of the most picturesque places in Argentina and is home to the Tigre art Museum where the 19th-20th-century figurative art of Argentina is displayed.

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20 Best Weekend Getaways and Day Trips from Buenos Aires