Buenos Aires is a really popular tourist destination. It is both the capital city of Argentina as well as the most populous city. Because of this, Buenos Aires welcomes in tons of tourists and travelers.
Those of you who have a vacation planned will want to pay attention. While there so much to see and do in the city itself, such as delicious meals at local restaurants, days spent at a history or art museum, or places around the city to see pieces of culture and heritage, there are plenty of places to visit that are just a quick train ride away as well.
There are also plenty of trips and tours that travelers can take to see all of the natural landscapes that Argentina has to offer from Buenos Aires. A day trip to any of the surrounding areas can be a great way to see the finest or well-hidden places around Buenos Aires. Whether you’re traveling on your own or with a family for vacation, there’s something for everyone at all of the places surrounding the city.
Check out these amazing day trips from Buenos Aires:
1. Tigre Delta
To see some of natural landscape that Argentina has to offer, Tigre Delta is the place to be.
The Tigre River breaks into streams and deltas full of small islands, right before it enters the sea.
For a fun day trip, travelers can take a motorboat to some of the larger islands where they can explore the shops and towns set up on the island.
Martin Garcia is one of the larger islands that holds old buildings and local museums.
You can also go swimming or kayaking in the waters, or horseback riding along the islands.
People who are into both enjoying a quiet day exploring museums and shops as well as doing outdoor activities.
2. San Antonio de Areco
110 kilometers away from Buenos Aires is the town of San Antonio de Areco.
Here, travelers can find the expansive grasslands that hold the cattle ranches of Argentina.
Hundreds of artisans find their work here, with silverwork, pottery, woodworking and other centuries old art forms, keeping them all alive.
Not only that, but travelers can also visit some of the nearby ranches for tours or horseback riding.
Travelers who take a day trip to this old ranch town will find plenty local art pieces to take home with them.
3. Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
If you come from a place like America, you may be used to having to spend days traveling to another part of your own country, much less a new country altogether.
However, from Buenos Aires, you can ride the ferry across Rio de la Plata to the colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
You can walk or ride a golf cart around the streets of the oldest city in Uruguay, seeing the sights and exploring the attractions that the town has to offer.
With how easy it is to visit Uruguay from Buenos Aires, why not see two countries in South America at once?
Suggested tour: Colonia City Full Day Tour from Buenos Aires
If you’re a traveler who wants to immerse yourself in the local and nearby culture, spending a day with the gauchos at an Estancia is a good way to go.
Find a tour that includes transportation to and from Buenos Aires and you’ll be able to spend a full day on a ranch with plenty of activities, which can include horseback riding and demonstrations of all the work that a guancho does, as well as their skills from cattle herding to traditional games played on horseback.
Depending on the tour, travelers will even be able to enjoy a nice lunch, as well as carriage rides.
5. La Plata
La Plata was South America’s first completely planned city, and travelers will enjoy walking along the meticulously planned grid streets.
The buildings have a mix of different architectural styles that will please travelers far and wide.
For a day trip, you can plan a day at any one of the parks and plazas that are every seven blocks in the city, or explore the Museo de La Planta, which is a natural sciences and archaeology museum.
There are exhibits with mummies, dinosaurs and birds, reptiles and insects.
6. Puesto Viejo Estancia
For those who want to have a bit of fun, learning to play polo at Puesto Viejo Estancia.
Argentina is well known for polo, and if you want to learn how to play you can easily do so.
Buses from Buenos Aires run right to Canuelas, or you can book a day tour that includes transportation to and from Puesto Viejo Estancia.
You’ll be able to take a tour of the ranch and stables, and then find a horse that will fit your polo experience – and you’ll learn just how to play! You can also watch club members and professionals play a match after a nice, traditional Argentinian lunch.
Just southeast from the city of Buenos Aires, Tandil is settled in the pampas, surrounded by farms and the El Tigre mountain range.
Those who are into outdoors activities will find that the grasslands, mountains and streams make a perfect day trip.
Travelers can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding and even kayaking.
Spend a long day in the sun, enjoying the outside air and exploring the beautiful landscape of Argentina.
Outside of the town of Tandil, the Reserva Natural Sierra del Tigre is located, which is a natural outcrop of rocky hills where travelers can explore.
8. Mar Del Plata
You’ll want to plan your Buenos Aires vacation during the off season if Mar Del Plata is one of your must-see day trips.
January and February are when Argentina experiences summer time, but anything before and after will mean that the Mar del Plata, a beach resort, will be much less crowded.
The urban beaches have dunes and cliffs, as well as places to enjoy watersports on the ocean: sailing, surfing and diving are just some of the few activities that sports-oriented travelers will enjoy.
Other than that, Mar del Plata is full of shops and restaurants, with all kinds of delicious local cuisine.
9. Montevideo, Uruguay
If you’re interested in taking that ferry to Uruguay, here’s another day trip that you can take.
You’ll of course need your passport, but entry between the two countries is quick and easy.
The ferry to Montevideo is only two and a half hours.
Most of the tourist attractions are located in the Old Town, full of historic, colonial buildings, art galleries and museums.
Travelers who want a taste of history, heritage and culture will find that Montevideo is just the place to be.
There’s also plenty of shopping geared towards tourists, as well as nearby restaurants.
10. Carlos Keen
This small town grew up around the train station that passed through, as did many of the Argentinian towns.
However, it seemed to stop growing and expanding after the trains stopped passing through.
It’s not as big of a town as some of the others on the list, but it’s still worth visiting for a unique trip.
Now the freeway brings by tourists that keep the city alive.
This particular town is both picturesque and strangely eerie.
It’s much like a southwestern American ghost town.
Travelers will enjoy a quiet lunch here and explore the small shops.
It’s a great place to take photographs so you never forget your day trip.
11. Mundo Marino
If you’re traveling to Buenos Aires with your family, or even with just a group of people, Mundo Marino is the perfect place to take a day trip to.
Mundo Marino is the largest entertainment complex in Argentina.
The trip to the complex takes about 3 and a half hours, and you can even book a tour to take you to and from the complex through small, provincial routes so that you can see all of Argentina.
Inside Mundo Marina is a sea world, with whale and dolphin performances, penguin shelters, and underwater viewing of all of their sea animals.
Because of the long travel between Buenos Aires and Mundo Marino, it’s best to start this day trip early in the day so you can enjoy the entire complex.
During the war of independence, Rosario was where the Argentine flag was first raised.
Travelers who want to take a day trip to a city full of history and heritage, and plenty of places to see it all, will want to travel to Rosario.
Rosario is located on the Parana river, which means that there’s plenty of places to enjoy the beach and watersports, as well as restaurants with delicious fish.
There are also plenty of places to go shopping, and the train service from Buenos Aires means that it’s easy to travel to for a day trip.
13. Temaiken Biopark
North of Buenos Aires, Temaiken is a biopark located in Escobar.
It’s a great place to visit for a day trip, especially if you’re traveling with your whole family.
There are all kinds of exhibits that include hippos, lemurs and tigers, as well as species of animals that are native to Argentina.
Temaiken puts a big emphasis on conservation and education, so it’s a great place to take kids for travelers who are in Buenos Aires with their families.
It’s quite easy to get to, as the bus travels right to the park from the center of Buenos Aires.
14. Iguazu Falls
This day trip is a little more exciting, and probably best for just one or two travelers exploring Buenos Aires together.
Travelers can book a tour that will include an early, domestic flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu.
Tour guides will be able to lead travelers through the Argentine Iguazu Falls National Park.
The trip concludes late in the afternoon, so travelers who are visiting Buenos Aires and have a full day off will really enjoy going to explore the Iguazu Falls.
A tour guide will be with travelers the whole day, leading them through all of the sights.
15. Fishing Trip at Parana River
Into fishing? Or think you might be? Ready to try something new? Try planning a fishing trip from Buenos Aires to the Parana River.
Travelers will enjoy a day away from all of the busy streets of Buenos Aires.
You can book a tour that includes pick up from your Buenos Aires hotel that takes you right to some of the greatest sport fishing spots in the world alongside the Parana River.
You’ll be taught how to fish and you might even get a chance at catching the much sought after Golden Dorado.
A trip like this will start early in the morning, and it’s a two-hour drive to the river, where you’ll spend about eight hours fishing.