Buenos Aires, Argentina cruises

Buenos Aires is the cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina, located on South America’s southeastern coast. Combining rich architectural and cultural heritage with contemporary attractions and exciting nightlife, in Buenos Aires you can experience both traditional and modern highlights.

Buenos Aires port guide

Buenos Aires port is based along the Rio de la Plata estuary, and when you arrive here, you’re sailing into the heart of the city.

Founded by the Spanish navy in 1580, until the 19th century Buenos Aires port was a natural harbor with little infrastructure. By 1925, however, Buenos Aires port was the largest port in the southern hemisphere. Today, Buenos Aires Port is a major seaport in Argentina that welcomes thousands of tourists each year.

As the port continues to grow, so do the surrounding areas. A thriving dining scene, colonial architecture, and exciting art culture flank the impressive waterfront. Then, deeper into the city, you’ll quickly discover it’s steeped with historical points of interest, new trends, performing arts, and Latin passion. Buenos Aires is truly an energizing city.

Here is our guide on everything you need to know about exploring the port city of Buenos Aires.

Top landmarks and sights in Buenos Aires

The Obelisk

The Obelisk, or Obelisco, is a national historic landmark and an icon of Buenos Aires. Erected in 1936 to commemorate the founding of the city, the structure stands 65 meters tall and each side is over 8 meters wide. Arguably the most famous monument in Buenos Aires, the Obelisk is a focal point of the city.

Woman’s Bridge

A rotating footbridge in the Puerto Madero commercial district of Buenos Aires, the Woman’s Bridge, or Puente de la Mujer, was completed in 2001 and declared a Cultural Heritage of the City in 2018. This striking pedestrian bridge was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and has been described as an image of a couple dancing the tango.

Plaza de Mayo

The oldest public square in Buenos Aires, the Plaza de Mayo has been significant throughout history. A place of protest and celebration over the years, the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo have been walking around the square once a week since 1977 to silently protest the disappearance of their children under the dictatorship of the military junta that ruled from 1976 to 1983.

Palacio Barolo

A historical office building, Palacio Barolo was Argentina’s tallest building for more than a decade. Famous for its unique architectural style showcasing a neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic appearance, it’s widely thought of as one of Buenos Aires' most beautiful monuments.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museo Nacional de Ballas Artes

Museo Nacional de Ballas Artes hosts work from Van Gogh, Mane, Goya, and many more notable artists. With collections, exhibitions, and activities ranging from Picasso in the Museum’s heritage to Treasures of the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto, this museum showcases over 13,000 pieces from different periods.

Jardin Japones

The Jardin Japones are Japanese-inspired gardens created by the non-profit Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation. They are, in fact, the largest Japanese gardens outside of Japan. For something a little different, perhaps come here to roam the Zen Garden, admire the fishponds, and pop into the traditional tea house for a quiet hour or two.

Rojo Tango

The Tango has been an important part of Buenos Aires since the 18th century and has worked to shape Argentinian culture and society. Rojo Tango is a cabaret club serving European flare, where tango dancers perform the country’s sacred dance over a three-course meal and open bar.

Eating and drinking in Buenos Aires

In Buenos Aires, be treated to a great range of typical Argentine food alongside international cuisine, with thousands of restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops to choose from.

While fast food chains and take-out bars influenced by Western society are common, traditional plates such as Argentine-style barbeque and the classic parrilla dish remain the most popular choices.

Food is an important part of football culture in Argentina, with the Argentinian choripan - a chorizo sandwich - being a popular pre- and post-match meal. Street food also perfectly complements the passion of the sport. Before each match fans gather to eat fast food from street vendors - a tradition since the 20th century.

Getting around, Buenos Aires transport

From the port, taxis are readily available to take you to neighboring towns or the city center. Taxis are metered in Pesos but often US currency is accepted. Alternatively, a free shuttle bus service is provided from the port to shopping districts. In the center itself, you’ll find Buenos Aires is an extremely walkable city with many neighborhoods best explored on foot.

Buenos Aires port facilities

Located in the heart of the city, the port at Buenos Aires is close to shops, restaurants, and hotels. Many restaurants at the port have dedicated cyberspaces with Wi-Fi.

Buenos Aires quick tips


The Peso is the local currency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Card payments are widely accepted throughout the city, however a foreign transaction fee will likely be charged. It is recommended that you carry cash for small shops and street food vendors – you’ll find plenty of ATMs all over.

In most restaurants in Argentina, a 10% tip is required. For excellent service, an additional tip is appreciated.


Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and cooler winters. Typically, Buenos Aires enjoys warm weather all year round. Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 29°C during the summer while the winter months reach lows of 8°C.