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Argentina is chock-full of extraordinary outings beyond Buenos Aires. However, keep in mind that while there is much to see in the rest of the country, Argentina is vast, and many of its treasures require long bus rides or flights between them. But there are several nearby destinations that can easily be visited in a day – and make great overnights, too, should time permit.

Day Trips from Buenos Aires

Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay

Head to the barrio histórico and climb the lighthouse for a commanding view of this picturesque colonial Portuguese settlement, a UNESCO world heritage site.

25 miles north of Buenos Aires, www.turismo.gub.uy
Tags: historic | culture | day trip | world heritage site


Get in touch with your inner gaucho by booking either a day’s visit or an extended stay at an estancia (ranch) near the traditional town San Antonio de Areco.

69 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, www.la-bamba.com.ar or www.estanciaelombu.com
Tags: culture | day trip | culinary

Mar del Plata

With its long coastline, this is the hottest spot along the Argentine Riviera; post-beach season, the city plays host to one of the country’s major film festivals.

250 miles south of Buenos Aires,
Tags: beach | weekend getaway | day trip

San Antonio de Areco

Artisan workshops producing gaucho-inspired leather and silver goods, a gaucho museum, and the annual Día de la Tradición celebration with barbecues, parades, and cattle roundups (November 10) pay homage to Argentina’s rural ways of life in this historic town on the Pampas, where the afternoon siesta is still observed.

70 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, www.visiteareco.com
Tags: editor pick | culture | day trip | museum


Weave through the waterways of the Paraná River delta on boat tours and pore over local handiwork at the outdoor Puerto de Frutos (Fruit & Craft Market).

20 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, www.vivitigre.gov.ar
Tags: culture | tour | day trip

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