The Best Free Things in Buenos Aires

Buenos AiresBuenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo.

1. Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

This beautiful marshy nature reserve is surprisingly close to downtown Buenos Aires, and on sunny weekends hundreds of picnickers, cyclists and joggers come for fresh air and views of the city skyline. Keep your eyes peeled for river turtles, iguanas, nutria (river rats) and bird species that migrate here.

2. Cementerio de la Recoleta

You could wander for hours in this 14-acre necropolis, where countless lanes are lined with impressive statues and marble sarcophagi. Peek into crypts stacked with dusty coffins cradling the remains of BA’s elite, including presidents, military heroes and politicians, alongside the grave of Evita herself.

3. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

The grand, Neoclassical national art museum makes for an ideal escape if rain showers hit town. Stop by for inspiration from European impressionists such as Cézanne, Degas and Van Gogh, while also getting to know Argentina’s own masters – Benito Quinquela Martín, Xul Solar and Eduardo Sívori.

4. Feria de San Telmo

Every Sunday, the picturesque neighbourhood of San Telmo puts on a street fair. Hundreds of vendors hawk souvenirs, knick-knacks and edible treats like choripán (sausage sandwiches), empanadas (savoury turnovers) and fresh orange juice, but the best attractions are the boisterous street performers.

5. Casa Rosada

Buenos Aires’ pink palace, on the east side of the Plaza de Mayo, is home to current president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s offices, but visitors are welcome on weekends, when free tours are available. Check out the balconies from where Evita crooned to her adoring masses – as did Madonna.