Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city, sits on the funnel-shaped estuary of the Río de la Plata. Known as ‘The Paris of Latin America’, the city bristles with rich history, European architecture, and resplendent public parks.
Buenos Aires’s other nicknames include ‘La Reina de La Plata’ (Queen of the River Plate) and ‘La Ciudad de la Furia’ (The City of Fury). The first nickname is for its enviable and supreme position on the Río de la Plata, the long estuary that pours into the Atlantic Ocean, and along which many of the city’s early European settlers made their wealth. The second refers to the high intensity you immediately experience in this metropolis: the passionate disposition of its inhabitants, the drama of its tangoes, and the intense flavors of the wines and stakes so beloved by Porteños.
Pedro de Mendoza founded the first settlement on the site of the city in 1536, before Juan de Garay established a permanent settlement in 1580. The city flourished and attracted immigrants from throughout Europe, before playing a crucial role in Argentina’s fight for independence in the 19th century.
More modern history saw the military dictatorship known as the ‘Dirty War’ that shook Argentina. But the resilience of Buenos Aires’s inhabitants meant that political activism, cultural development, and artistic expression bounced back and continues to thrive. Take the Best of Buenos Aires Bike Tour to get a holistic sense of the city’s rich history and culture, and acquaint yourself with Argentine icons like Eva Perón.
Home to over 15 million people, each neighborhood in Buenos Aires has its own unique character and charm. From the colorful streets of La Boca to the trendy Palermo and historic San Telmo, there is a neighborhood to suit every taste.
If you want to explore the lesser-known southern neighborhoods of the city, the Graffiti & Street Art of Buenos Aires Bike Tour offers an innovative perspective on the intersection of art, architecture, and social history in the city. Alternatively, pedal peacefully through the Northern barrios on the Parks & Plaza Bike Tour to encounter the city’s more tranquil side.