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Puerto Madero

Buenos Aires

Puerto Madero

Known for Dining, Ports and Scenery

Museums and art galleries, a riverboat casino and a lively nightlife await at Buenos Aires’ sparkling waterfront neighborhood.

How do you get to Puerto Madero?

Puerto Madero is Buenos Aires’ thriving redeveloped port area. Although it lay abandoned for almost a century, a major redevelopment in the 1990s gave it a new purpose. Today, wide tree-lined walkways follow the waterfront, offering views of luxury apartments, refurbished redbrick warehouses and yachts bobbing in the river.

Start your visit at Dock Four, the northernmost dock. It is home to fine dining restaurants and upscale bars and cafés. If you are on a budget, bring a picnic and eat your lunch along the waterfront or in the nearby urban park called Parque Micaela Bastidas.

Step aboard the ARA Uruguay, the oldest naval ship in the country, to see an example of a captain’s cabin and shipwreck artifacts. Go to the Fortabat Art Collection to see work by Argentine and international artists, including Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí.

Stroll to Dock Three to see the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge). The structure depicts a couple dancing the tango and was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Visit the Fragata Sarmiento, another navy ship that has been converted into a floating museum.

Rows of renovated warehouses characterize the two southern docks, which are home to a university campus, restaurants, hotels, a casino on a Mississippi-style riverboat and a cinema complex.

Take a walk around the Ecological Reserve. It spreads from the eastern side of Puerto Madero to the banks of the Rio de la Plata. Follow the trails that lead around its four lagoons and see if you can spot the birds, butterflies and reptiles that live here. The area is free to enter and is popular with joggers and cyclists as well as local families. Try a traditional choripan (chorizo sandwich) from the food stands located on the road outside the reserve.

Divided into four docks and with minimal car traffic, compact Puerto Madero is best explored on foot or by bike. It’s within easy walking distance from the Plaza de Mayo, the city's main square, which is located to the west of the port.

Things to do near Puerto Madero

This unique bridge is a symbol of Buenos Aires’ Puerto Madero neighborhood and is a great setting for photography and sunsets.  

Admire the pink façade of one of Argentina’s most recognizable buildings, take a tour of its halls and galleries and visit a museum displaying political artifacts.

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

Visit one of the world’s finest theaters to watch operas, ballets and concerts or take a guided tour of the salons and auditorium.

The stadium of the illustrious soccer team, Boca Juniors, is renowned for its superb atmosphere. It is uniquely shaped like a box of chocolates.

A visit to this beautiful building provides an insight into the nation’s political life and a look at an architectural masterpiece.

Wander the grounds of one of Buenos Aires’ largest university campuses and visit the institution’s museums, galleries and urban parks.

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Experience an incredible world of art and entertainment at Piazzolla Tango, with over 32,000 square feet (3,000 sqm) dedicated to the tango. Have dinner at the theater's restaurant and witness a spectacle of dance and music featuring works by Piazzolla, Pugliese, Gardel, Mores Discepolo, and others.

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Learn about the notable personalities, heroes, and icons who have shaped Argentina's history on this walking tour, with a special focus on the beloved and controversial First Lady Eva “Evita” Perón.

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Just across the La Plata River, the winding cobbled streets and colorful houses of Colonia del Sacramento offer you a look back in time. Visit the town's quaint historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn about its unique history and design during your day in the charming community.

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Escape to the countryside with a day spent at the Santa Susana ranch. Experience the daily life of the gauchos—the cowboys of the fertile Pampas lowlands—as you're introduced to their rural traditions, folk culture, and culinary delicacies during an authentic barbecue.

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Experience the living culture of Buenos Aires Province with a horseback ride that shows you the customs and scenic landscapes of the country. Every detail of your adventure offers you a new perspective on the local fixture of the Criollo horse and the beautiful plains themselves.

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Set out for a day-long excursion to Montevideo, Uruguay’s beachside capital. Cruise by ferry to this vibrant and eclectic city for a guided city tour and free time to explore the historic Ciudad Vieja, the colorful homes of Barrio Reus, and the waterfront Rambla.

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