Top 5 BA Activities on a Budget

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1- Costanera Sur Ecologic Reserve (and a chori): One of the most spectacular views of the city can be found at the ecologic reserve behind Puerto Madero, plus, on the outside, it is surrounded by choripan carts where you can get scrumptious chorizo  filled sandwiches for a fair price.

2- Buenos Aires Local Tours: Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the centre of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

3- The Recoleta Cemetery: Surrounded by some of the city’s most beautiful parks, this is a classic city landmark that is free for roaming and discovering, plus, nearby are the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the MNBA (national museum of fine arts), and the Palais de Glace which all host free exhibits regularly.

4-Palermo 3 de Febrero Parks: The Botanical Gardens, the Palermo Rosedal and the rest of the surrounding green areas are all beautiful city landmarks with sculptures, monuments, (a significant cat population) and even paddle-boats to enjoy on a sunny afternoon.

5- La Bomba del Tiempo: This unique percussion orchestra event has become one of Monday’s highlights in the city and is a great alternative for dancing and experiencing a one-of-a-kind environment. The ticket is 50 pesos (same as for a cinema ticket) if bought in advance here, or 60 pesos at the door.

And on a Sunday, stopping by the Feria de Mataderos is a great way of getting a dose of the typical local gaucho customs for next to nothing if you don’t get too tempted by the leather goods and crafts on sale!

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