Buenos Aires Guided Sightseeing Option:
Meet your expert local guide for the drive to Buenos Aires. Your journey begins at Plaza de Mayo, the city’s foundational site and an important witness to the country’s political history. You will visit the Pink House, the Presidential Palace, the Cabildo, the colonial town hall, and the neoclassical-style Metropolitan Cathedral, final resting place of Argentina’s founding father, General José de San Martín.
Then you will head for San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It was the residential district of the Buenos Aires “aristocracy” until the late 19th Century when a yellow fever epidemic caused the wealthier families to move northwards. The area was marginalized until the 1970s, when many artists and artisans came to install their workshops. Nowadays, thanks to its amazing architecture and convenient location, this classic neighborhood has undergone a process of gentrification and is blooming. Walk its cobbled streets, where the city’s colonial past seems to come back to life, and make a stop at Plaza Dorrego, best known for its traditional antiques fair.
Continue southwards to La Boca, one of the city’s most authentic and charming neighborhoods. It is a working-class district, heavily shaped by Italian immigrants who came to the country in large numbers during the last quarter of the 19th Century. The neighborhood’s colorful buildings and its characteristic tenement houses reflect the cheerful spirit of the Italian community. La Boca is being renovated, and more and more artists and TV producers are choosing this neighborhood to set up their workshops and studios. Here, you will make a special visit to Caminito Street, which embodies everything that gives La Boca its distinctive spirit: the strong passion for soccer, the heavy presence of art and color, and the tango atmosphere.
Next, head back north across the river and pay a visit to Puerto Madero, a port district that contrasts the other neighborhoods. Puerto Madero is the result of an ambitious urban project, which began in 1991 and renovated more than 170 hectares of an abandoned port area, transforming it into the city’s new international district and at the same time accomplishing an old dream: integrating the river and the city. The huge warehouses and grain storage buildings have been renovated and redesigned to create a new business, residential, hotel and gastronomic neighborhood.
Finally, you will visit La Recoleta to the north which is in sharp contrast with the neighborhoods in the south of Buenos Aires. Here you will learn about the dream of the local aristocrats in the late 19th early 20th Centuries, when they sought to build a small-scale Paris in the heart of Buenos Aires. After visiting the impressive Plaza San Martín, and admiring the sumptuous Belle Époque palaces, which contrast with the modern concrete mass of the Kavanagh Building, Latin America’s first skyscraper, walk down
Avenida Alvear, chosen by the world’s most distinguished brands to locate their exclusive boutiques. You will see the many wonderful French style palaces which nowadays house many embassies. Once in Plaza Francia, visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, one of the city’s oldest churches, which dates to the colonial era. Lastly, you will admire the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, resting place of the most important characters of Argentina’s history and political and cultural life. You will make a stop at Eva Peron’s grave, one of the country’s most recognizable icons.
Your tour will conclude at the pier.
- Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 4 hours
- Entrance fees for listed sights
- Gratuities to guide and driver*
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
- Items of personal nature
*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.