Mixing European elegance and an edgy Latin American flair, Buenos Aires is a beautiful port city which is as seductive as one of its most famous exports: the tango. The cosmopolitan and diverse nature of the city is a delight, especially when it comes to the food, and it is a little-known shopping paradise. There is certainly something for everyone in this wonderful South American destination, whether you are there for a few hours or a few days and nights.
History buffs will adore Buenos Aires, with its grand heritage buildings and interesting museums. Points of interest include the Cementerio de la Recoleta, a slightly morbid but fascinating â€œcity of the dead,â€ the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Argentina's primary arts museum, and the pink Casa Rosada which houses the nation's president.
Buenos Aires cruise lines and destinations
You'll be a bit spoilt for choice when selecting a cruise out of Buenos Aires, as there are a few different lines departing the port. From the traditional and low-key voyages of Holland America to the European vibes of MSC Cruises, there is something for everyone. Luxury cruises from Buenos Aires are also available, with sailings by Seabourn and Silversea. Larger cruise lines including P&O cruises, cruises with Princess, Carnival cruises and Royal Caribbean also pass through the area from time to time.
There are two primary directions which cruises from Buenos Aires take: north and south, up or down the eastern coast of South America. To the north lies Brazil and its vibrant ports including Rio de Janeiro, while in the south, cruises visit more Argentinian highlights such as Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia. Some itineraries head out to sea a little for a stop at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and the longer journeys may round Cape Horn to visit Chile.
Buenos Aires cruise port
Cruise ships in Buenos Aires dock close to the city centre at the Terminal de Pasajeros Benito Quinquela Martin, a modern terminal with shops, restaurants and waiting areas. Buses are often used to take passengers between the ships and the terminal.
It's a short walk from the terminal to the city centre, and even shorter to the closest metro station. Alternatively, take an official taxi - these will often have set fares for pre-determined destinations. From downtown, it's easy to catch a local bus or deluxe bus to either of Buenos Aires' airports - make sure you go to the right one! Ezeiza services most international flights, while Aeroparque Jorge Newbery services domestic and regional.