Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, is a destination filled with so much to see. However, sometimes, you just have to get out of the city. I get it, I really do. Cities can sometimes feel dauntingly huge and overwhelming. That's why I reached out to other bloggers to bring you the best day trips from Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is only a small piece of Argentina - there are so many things to see outside the city. It's my hope that these day trips help you see more of what the country has to offer.
El Tigre is one of the easiest day trips from Buenos Aires. This lovely small town is located at 35 km from the Argentine capital. A favorite of Portenos, who crowd it at the weekend, this is a much more relaxed place compared to the hectic Buenos Aires. Other interesting sights in El Tigre include the Art Museum, located in a truly gorgeous building; and the market of Puerto de Frutos, which is a nice place to buy souvenirs. There even is a mate museum you may want to check out to learn more about the history of Argentina's favorite drink and how it is best prepared.
Colonia del Sacramento
In order to take a break from Buenos Aires (and Argentina in general), a great day trip is a quick ferry ride away. Cross into Uruguay and step back in time in Colonia del Sacramento. Not only is this a great day trip, but it's one of the best things to do in Uruguay in general! The cobblestone streets date back to the 16th and 17th centuries so be sure to wear flat shoes or sneakers. You can even explore an original drawbridge used to protect the city from invaders. The gate (pictured right below) is still in its all original glory.
La Plata is located about 35 miles from Buenos Aires and is considered to be the first completely planned city of South America. What will strike you about La Plata is that it has plazas every seven blocks, which earned it the name the 'City of Diagonals'. It's home to one of the oldest cathedrals of Argentina- a neo-Gothic cathedral with French and German-stained windows and European-style architecture. It's both huge and beautiful.
There is a world-class natural history museum that exhibits Egyptian mummies, pre-Colombian cultures, and more. And if you have children, there is a big theme park called La Republica De Los Niños. Love beaches? You can visit the Punta Lara beaches popular for windsurfing and sailing. If you want to venture a little outside of the city, you can go camping and bird-watching in Pereyra Iraola Park. La Plata has trendy craft beer bars, local music joints, and great restaurants all over. Since it's the capital of the Buenos Aires province, you will come across many elaborate government buildings as well.
San Antonio de Areco
You can take a break from the city in this tiny, rural town. San Antonio de Areco is about 70 miles (115km) from Buenos Aires, but it feels much further away. Wandering the streets, perusing the shops for antiques, and getting a refreshment in an old bar is a great way to spend the day. You can find some amazing souvenirs like boina hats, hand-crafted knives, and other gaucho wares.