Tours in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, -the cradle of tango- as it is called, can be a superlative introduction to your exploration of Argentina. What is certain is that this cosmopolitan city, European in appearance, can keep any culture-oriented visitor busy indefinitely. Different aspects of its architecture and the diversity of its districts and suburbs reflect times of grandeur and plenty, cultural influences and migratory waves. Buenos Aires has been a true melting pot of native inhabitants, Spanish, Italian, British, French, German, Central European, Jewish, Arabian, Greek, Japanese and more recently, Chinese and Korean immigrants.
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Starting the 1st of March 2020, ALL hotels in Buenos Aires will begin to charge directly to guests the Urban Use Law tax (Derecho de Uso Urbano - DUU). This tax applies to all passengers over 12 years old, for each night of their stay. The tax is as follows:
Sample Basic Tour Package:
Day 1 Arrival, reception at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we make a panoramic tour of the city. We start in Plaza de Mayo, witness of the most important events of the country since 1810. There, we are able to appreciate the surrounding buildings like the `Pink House` (Government house), the Cathedral and Town Hall. We continue towards La Boca to walk along the famous Caminito alley and its colourful “conventillos”. We leave the southern area of the city to head north towards Palermo and Recoleta, where we make a final stop to appreciate the contrast of what we have seen with this aristocratic district, famous for its cemetery where relevant personalities are buried. Return to the hotel.
Day 2 & 3 B Days at leisure. Buenos Aires offers many options. During these days, we suggest you experience the city through its history, art and gastronomy, in order to understand the passion that generates. Please, consult the great variety of tours we offer.
Day 4 B At due time, transfer to the local or international airport, to board the scheduled flight
Note: Can delete or add days, can add a tango and dinner show. Services can be in private or group
Day 1 Buenos Aires
Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy the city tour starting at Plaza de Mayo, witness of the most important events of the country from 1810. Then continue to the neighbourhood of La Boca and finish in Palermo and Recoleta. During the tour, we visit a city’s icon: Recoleta Cemetery, where we will be able to observe the architecture and the tombs of some of the most important personalities of the country, among them Eva Peron's.
Day 2 Buenos Aires. B
Today we dedicate our afternoon to the Colon Theatre, one of the five best opera houses in the world, due to its excellent acoustic design and its high architectural level. The tour starts at Plaza de Mayo, where the first Colon Theatre was installed in what the inhabitants called the "pozo de las Animas" (the well of the souls) because there used to be a cemetery. Then we continue with a visit to the Theatre where we walk through some of its facilities to finish at Colon Fabrica, a wonderful proposal that allows us to discover the magic that beats behind the scenes through its scenery, costumes and more.
Day 3 Buenos Aires. B
Our day will be dedicated to art to visit two museums related to different aspects and periods of Argentine art and culture. Depending on taste and preferences, the passenger will be able to choose between: National Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Decorative Art or Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA). In the afternoon, our encounter will be with Urban Art. Discover why Buenos Aires is one of the world capitals of Street Art by exploring fascinating stories behind the city walls.
Day 4 Buenos Aires. B L
Fair day. We leave the city and drive to the neighbourhood of Mataderos (in Spanish, ‘mataderos’ means slaughterhouses), where the countryside and the city lived for a while because in 1889 a slaughter of cattle was founded. When the neighbourhood began to populate with workers attracted by the new activity, it received the nickname ‘Nueva Chicago’ (the New Chicago), in allusion to the city from the United States, centre of the meat industry. Nowadays, an outdoor fair is held in the neighbourhood, in which is possible to see a mix of horse dressage and runs, lasso throwing, guitar-playing, live music and typical dances. At lunchtime, we can taste some of the typical foods of the country such as empanadas and locro (meat and vegetable stew).
Day 5 Buenos Aires. B
In the morning, we visit some bars of the city that have special historical relevance and for that reason deserve to be called ‘Remarkable’. During the tour, we stop at El Ateneo Splendid. It is an antique theatre that nowadays functions as a bookstore, which is known as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, by The Guardian. At due time, transfer to the airport.
Below are examples of some of the special Buenos Aires packages we can make up
Football Tango and Evita
Day 1 Buenos Aires. Arrival and reception at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we make a walking tour through the historic center of the city. Our walk takes us from the Plaza de Mayo, witness since 1810 of many popular expressions, to San Telmo Neighborhood, where we breathe a bohemian atmosphere. During the walk, we sit in a ‘remarkable’ bar to enjoy a tradition of people from Buenos Aires: coffee. In the meantime, we talk about some of the passions that we will understand better in the following days.
Day 2 Buenos Aires. B D We get to know some details of the life of a figure who aroused mixed feelings, throughout history: Evita, who was Argentina’s First Lady and became a massively popular celebrity and icon to Argentinians, as well as a source of great controversy. The tour takes us to places that tell us about her life, since the moment she arrived at the city, passing by those places that had historic relevance in the development of her legacy, to her final resting in Recoleta’s cemetery. After having a drink in a bar related to her history, we return to the hotel. In the evening, dinner at Santa Evita, a themed bar that pays tribute to Eva Perón.
Day 3 Buenos Aires. B L D If we talk about Tango, we’d better know about the history of Carlos Gardel, the greatest tango singer of all times. The tour covers important neighborhoods: San Nicolas, passing by some places where he was raised, Café Tortoni and Café los Angelitos, both remarkable bars that he frequented; El Ateneo Grand Esplendid, one of the most beautiful libraries according to foreign reviews, where used to function a theatre in which Gardel performed at some concerts; moreover, we visit Abasto, area that gave him the nickname of ‘Morocho del Abasto’ (Brunette from Abasto). Through a walking tour, we visit the house where he lived, today turned into a museum, Zelaya Passage with the singer's murals, Paseo Gardel with his monument and the corner ‘Chanta Cuatro’ where a ‘tanguería’ (where tango shows take place) called ‘Esquina de Carlos Gardel’ (Carlos Gardel’s Corner) was located. On the way back, we have lunch at a traditional restaurant related to the history of Gardel. In the evening, we take a tango lesson and attend a dinner show, in order to continue discovering the magnetism of tango.
Day 4 Buenos Aires. B L We say goodbye to the city, taking part at one of the passions that divides ‘porteños’: football. We drive to the neighborhood of La Boca, where Boca Juniors Club has its stadium. While we walk its streets, we observe its colourful buildings and we discover that the neighborhood turns around yellow and blue, the colours of Boca Juniors. We visit the Museum of the stadium to tour its facilities and understand why it is called ‘Bombonera’. We have lunch at El Cuartito, famous pizzeria for its fugazzetta (it is a pizza full of onions and mozzarella on a thick crust) and its walls decorated with photographs, flags and football team shirts. We taste pizza, part of the football ceremony. At due time, transfer to the airport.
Day 1 Buenos Aires Reception at the Buenos Aires’ International Airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, city tour passing by some of the most interesting spots: Plaza de Mayo, Goverment’s House, Cabildo (City Hall), the Metropolitan Cathedral, Avenida de Mayo, Congress, Colón’s Theatre, La Boca neighbourhood, Palermo, the Planetarium and La Recoleta. Then, we make a short visit at the Popular Art’s Museum of Jose Hernández that has been dedicated to collect, document, investigate, exhibit and promote the popular art. It has collections of many specialities and handcrafts (silverware, textiles, leather, glasses, basketry, poles and bones).
Day 2 Buenos Aires / San Antonio de Areco. B L D Early in the morning, transfer to San Antonio de Areco, a village located at 110 km (69 miles) from Buenos Aires and it is famous due to the conservation of the creole customs. In our way, we learn about one of the most popular traditions of the Argentinian people: the ‘mate’. This drink represents a language and code that are worth to share. As soon as we arrive at the historic quarter and before our first visit, we stop at some historic bars of the city where rural people used to socialize with city people. Many of these bars were stores and there is a lot of history over 200 years in their walls. After an aperitif, we visit the Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes Museum where we can appreciate the creole cultural heritage. It has seven exhibition halls, a recreation of the centery pulpería ‘La Blanqueada’ and objects that belonged to important characters of the Argentinian history. These buildings as well as the San Antonio de Padua Parochial Church, the Municipal Intendence’s house and the old quarter of Estancia La Porteña were declared National Historic Monument. Return to the historic quarter for lunch and then we have time for a walk along the centric roads that are perfect for the Antique and silverware lovers. In the afternoon, we accommodate at a traditional Estancia of San Antonio de Areco called ‘La Porteña’, built over 2 centuries ago and one of the oldest of the region.
Day 3 San Antonio de Areco. B L D Day at leisure to enjoy the activities that the Estancia offers. - Tour around the historic quarter, Ricardo Güiraldes’ room and his desk, named ‘El Rincón del Poeta’ (The Poet’s Corner). - Guided walks and horse rides through the Estancia as well as the forest, to the Areco River, passing through different pastures with views to the agriculture. - Carriage rides. - Show of creole skills.
Day 4 San Antonio de Areco / Buenos Aires. B L Time at leisure to enjoy the Estancia’s activities. After lunch, transfer to the airport to board on the scheduled flight.