After joining us here at Foto Ruta for a photography experience or two, you may find yourself wanting to put those new found photography skills to use. In light of that, we’ve invited our friends at BsAs4U to share some of the best tours for travel photography in the Buenos Aires area.
1. Cruise the Rio de la Plata
Zoom out from the rich details of city’s architecture and street art, and get an overview of the city as a whole. Get great shots of the Buenos Aires skyline by taking a river cruise on the Rio de la Plata. This boat trip, starting in the ultra-modern Puerto Madero, is the perfect way to get panoramic pictures of the cityscape, while enjoying a relaxing afternoon, with a delicious three-course lunch included!
2. Walk through La Boca and the La Boca Juniors Museum
Discover Buenos Aires’ most eclectic and photogenic barrio. With the Boca Juniors Museum Tour you can combine a visit to La Bombanera – arguably the most famous football stadium on the continent and home of Boca Juniors – with a guided tour through this colourful dockside neighbourhood. Capture the soul of football in Argentina, the heart of tango in Buenos Aires and the city’s immigrant history in this working class area. La Caminito may be a tourist cliché, but it is one for a reason. Don’t stop at the normal touristy shots though – this neighbourhood is full of interesting textures, details, rough edges, and has whole lot of history and character to capture with your lens. Note that this is not the safest neighbourhood, and it is important to keep an eye on your belongings, which is why we recommend visiting with a tour, especially when taking expensive camera equipment.
3. Spending the day in Tigre & San Isidro
Change the focus from skyscrapers and busy city living to nature and tranquility in the nearby island town of Tigre. The peaceful rivers, channels and islands of the Delta of Parana will keep you clicking away, with a range of subjects including nature, water sports, colourful markets, colonial mansions, wooden jetties and stilt houses. Visit Tigre on a full day excursion, or take a half day trip including a stop at the picturesque neighbourbood of San Isidro, navigating either by boat or by bus.
4. Visit an authentic estancia with a Gaucho day
As much as Buenos Aires’ elegant French architecture, Italian-influenced Spanish, and European city-feel are part of Argentina’s identity, the traditions of the gauchos – Argentine cowboys – are as integral to Argentina’s culture. Find some balance in your photo album and take a tour outside the city to a gaucho estancia, like the family-run Don Silvano or the authentic Santa Susana. If you want to see a typical town of the Pampas as well, try the tour to San Antonio de Areco before visiting a ranch. Experience rural life and get great shots of real-life gauchos, cowboy sports, horses, and of course typical Argentine cuisine as you indulge in a countryside asado!
5. Attend a Tango show
No Buenos Aires travel album is complete without capturing the passion of tango. There are an overwhelming number of tango shows to choose from in the city, but for photography purposes, pick your show by its venue. Some of the most scenic tango houses in terms of architecture and décor are Piazolla Tango, for its grand theatre hall; Café Los Angelitos, a traditional tango house and café, and the perfect place to try out your vintage filters; and Rojo Tango, with its spectacular setting in the Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero, with incredible details for photography. Whichever tango house you choose, you are sure to find plenty of inspiration for great photographs!
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