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16 Cool Day Trips from Buenos Aires

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What are the best day trips from Buenos Aires? You’ve got plenty of excellent options!

Buenos Aires is a fabulous destination on its own, and honestly, you could easily fill a week-long trip without ever leaving the city. I nearly did. But there are also plenty of worthwhile day trips you can take from the Argentine capital.

Whether you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, learn more about Argentine culture, or discover another country, here are the best day trips from Buenos Aires worth taking!

This post was published in May 2024 and was co-written by Adventurous Kate and Dale Peterson.

A street with stone buildings leading up to a tall white skinny lighthouse.

Best Day Trips from Buenos Aires

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento is one of the best day trips from Buenos Aires — and it allows you to visit a different country in just a day! Located across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento is a pretty coastal town in Uruguay.

I love this as a day trip from Buenos Aires because it’s so quiet and calm by comparison — it’s a perfect balm after a few days in the big city.

Simply referred to as Colonia, this town is full of historic charm and has a romantic atmosphere. Colonia’s Barrio Histórico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well-preserved 17th-century colonial architecture.

The great thing about Colonia is that you don’t need more than a day here. It’s a small town, and you can see most of the historic quarter in just a few hours. If you want to visit another country while on your Buenos Aires trip, this is a pretty easy way to do it. 

Best things to do in Colonia del Sacramento: You can easily spend the better part of an afternoon just wandering the tree-lined, cobblestone streets of Colonia, before stopping for a coffee or lunch at one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants in town. 

Don’t miss the Plaza de Armas, Colonia’s central square. This is where you’ll find Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, the oldest church in Uruguay, dating back to 1680, and a cafe with excellent dulce de leche frappes across the streets. You should also walk down the Calle de los Suspiros, or Street of Sighs, one of the oldest streets in town.

You can also visit the ruins of San Francisco Convent and climb to the top of nearby El Faro Lighthouse, which offers a panoramic view of the town and the…

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