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Private Cultural Buenos Aires City Tour & Lunch At Cabaña Villegas

Country: Argentina
City: Buenos Aires
Duration: 8 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

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Buenos Aires, one of the greatest cities in Latin America, is huge and complex, and hosts many secrets. That’s why it took our guides so many years of work and study to get to know it like the back of their hands. Now we’re offering a crash course for those who are eager to learn everything that can be learned about Buenos Aires in a mere eight hours.

We begin our journey at Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ foundational site, where we’ll visit the Pink House, where our President works; the Cabildo, Colonial town hall; and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the final home of Argentina’s founding father, José de San Martín.

Our next stop is at Avenida de Mayo, a Paris-inspired boulevard that opened to the public in 1894, which symbolically unites the Pink House with the Congress. Despite the mostly French architecture, Spanish immigrants arrived in large numbers and gave the Avenue its distinctive spirit, opening many cafés and restaurants, as well as the magnificent Teatro Avenida, the city’s second opera house. We’ll make a stop at the mythical Café Tortoni, founded in 1858 by a Frenchman, who named it after the famous Parisian café. At the Tortoni, we’ll feel transported back to the 19th century.

We’ll then head for San Telmo, once the residential district chosen by the primitive Buenos Aires aristocracy until 1871, when a yellow fever epidemics and the relentless growth of immigration forced the wealthier families to relocate to the north, abandoning the area. A hundred years later, San Telmo appeared on the map again, since many artists and intellectuals started moving to this charming barrio, drawn by its fascinating architecture and its vibrant Bohemian atmosphere. We’ll tread San Telmo’s lovely cobbled streets, where we’ll feel transported back to Colonial times, stopping by Plaza Dorrego, one of the most traditional spots. On weekends, an antique fair takes place in this square, where you can purchase anything from art and antiques to old magazines and records. Before we leave the neighborhood, we’ll pay a visit to the Zanjón de Granados, a true labyrinth of underground tunnels discovered in 1985 underneath a Colonial manor from 1830, which nowadays is the city’s main archeological site.

Next, we head to the port district of La Boca, one of the city’s most authentic and characteristic spots. It’s a working class district, where most of the Italian immigrants settled during the last decades of the 19th century. These immigrants left their mark on the neighborhood’s architecture: there, we’ll see the typical and colorful tin houses, and also the traditional tenement houses. In La Boca we’ll admire perhaps the most famed icon of the city: the mythical Caminito Street, an outdoors museum dedicated to Tango and soccer,

Heading back northwards across the river, we’ll pay a visit to Puerto Madero, a rather contrasting port district. Puerto Madero is nowadays Buenos Aires’ most modern and sophisticated area, and the spearhead of an urban renovation project started in 1991 with the remodeling of a series of huge warehouses and silos, which were transformed into trendy apartment buildings, restaurants and night clubs. Nowadays, it constitutes the playground for the pretty Porteños and the international jet-set.

Before we continue our journey, we’ll pause for lunch at Cabaña Villegas. Located in the heart of Puerto Madero, the city’s most chic and modern neighborhood, there is something really special to this parrilla: its owners possess a vast amount of experience in the cattle-raising business, and before opening this restaurant they had a network of 80 butcher’s shops. This guarantees the prime quality of their beef, which is certainly the most important thing about a parrilla.

After lunch, we head for Retiro and Recoleta. Around the majestic Plaza San Martín, we’ll admire the luxury of its Belle Époque buildings, which sharply contrast with the modern mass of concrete of the Kavanagh Building, Latin America’s first skyscraper. We walk down Avenida Alvear, where one can find the top designer houses in the world. In Plaza Francia, we’ll visit the colonial Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, extraordinarily well preserved. Next to it we find the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, a true labyrinth of ornate mausoleums, where many of the greatest personalities in Argentinian history are buried, Eva Perón included.

Next, we visit Palermo Chico, probably the city’s most traditional and exclusive residential district, where we’ll admire the lush parks designed by illustrious French landscape artist Charles Thays.

Ending our journey, we’ll get to visit one of the two most important museums in town: the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), which hosts an impressive collection of around 11,000 pieces of art, both European and Argentinian, or the Museo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), recently opened, which is dedicated to the conservation, study and promotion of Latin American art since the early 20th century to the present.

Itinerary: Montserrat, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Retiro, Recoleta, Palermo.

Approximate duration: 8 hours.

Included services:

Bilingual guide specializing in Buenos Aires’ History, Arts, and Architecture.

Transportation and transfers in a comfortable, top of the line vehicle. Uniformed driver.

Snack at Café Tortoni or remarkable bar.

Entry tickets to ancient tunnels of Buenos Aires and guided visit.

Lunch at Cabaña Villegas steakhouse or similar (Appetizer / Main Course / Dessert / Coffee / Water or Soda / Glass of Wine).

Entry ticket to selected museum and guided tour of its collection.

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