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Private City Tour And Visit To A Museum

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Must Visit City
Buenos Aires
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With 150 museums and countless art galleries, cultural centers, and exhibition halls, Buenos Aires is arguably the art capital of Latin America. Besides getting to know the citys main attractions, this tour will allow . .
Country: Argentina
City: Buenos Aires
Duration: 5 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Half Day Tour
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With 150 museums and countless art galleries, cultural centers, and exhibition halls, Buenos Aires is arguably the art capital of Latin America. Besides getting to know the city’s main attractions, this tour will allow us to appraise the strong presence of art in the city’s everyday life, and to visit its finest museums.

Our journey starts at the famous Plaza de Mayo. There we’ll visit the Pink House, our Government House, the Cabildo, our primitive town hall, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, a true Neoclassical masterpiece.

We then visit San Telmo, formerly the residential district favored by the upper classes until the late 19th century, when yellow fever epidemics in 1871 caused the wealthier families to leave northwards. The area was utterly marginalized, until the 1970s when many artists and artisans came to San Telmo to install their workshops. Nowadays, thanks to its amazing architecture and the opening of many art galleries and design stores, and to its Bohemian-chic atmosphere, this ancient neighborhood is really blooming. We’ll walk its lovely cobbled streets and visit the famous Plaza Dorrego, where every Sunday a traditional antique fair is held.

Next, we’ll pay a visit to La Boca, one of Buenos Aire's most authentic districts. There we’ll note the enduring presence of the Italian immigrants, who settled during the last decades of the 19th century. These cheerful immigrants brought with them their customs, their language, and their peculiar lifestyle. We’ll walk across mythical Caminito Street, one of the city’s most recognizable icons.

Puerto Madero, our next stop, is the spearhead of an urban renovation project which started in 1991 on an abandoned port area, a sophisticated residential, commercial, and hotel district that has finally managed to integrate the river into the city.

After a brief visit to Plaza San Martín, where we’ll feel transported back to Argentina’s Belle Époque, we travel to Recoleta, one of the most distinguished neighborhoods in town, and certainly the one that concentrates the most monuments, art galleries, and museums. After walking down the very posh Alvear Avenue, we’ll visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, which dates to the Colonial era, and is surprisingly well preserved, and the legendary Recoleta Cemetery, a true collection of magnificent masterpieces of funerary art.

We travel further northwards, to the area known as Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), the city’s main source of fresh air, designed by renowned French landscape architect Charles Thays.

Ending our tour, we’ll visit one of the city’s main museums. You can choose either to visit the National Fine Arts Museum (MNBA) which houses a vast collection of 11,000 pieces, between canvases, sculptures, tapestry, engravings, drawings, and objects, and possesses a small but precious European art collection, with works by Corot, Manet, Boudin, Cézanne, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Rodin, as well as pieces by important Argentine and Latin American artists, such as Morel, Pueyrredón, López, Sívori, De la Cárcova, Fader y Quiroz, among others, or the modern, state-of-the-art Latin American Arts Museum in Buenos Aires (MALBA) a space devoted to the collection, conservation, study, and divulgation of Latin American art from the early 20th century to the present. Some of the artists in the permanent exhibition are Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Antonio Berni, Pedro Figari, Xul Solar, and Guillermo Kuitca, among others.

You may also choose to extend your tour to visit the Fortabat Collection, recently opened in the modern, sophisticated district of Puerto Madero. The collection houses piece by international artists, such as Jan and Pieter Brueghel, Chagall, Dalí, Klimt, Miró, Turner, and Warhol, among others, but specializes in Argentine art: its truly outstanding collection hosts works by Aizenberg, Alonso, Roux, Berni, Macció, Badii, Berni, Castagnino, Fader, Petorutti, Pollesello, Soldi and Xul Solar, among others.

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

Approximate duration: 5 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.

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

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