Our walking tour begins at our offices, located right at the heart of the San Telmo neighborhood. This is one of the oldest parts of Buenos Aires and boasts a vibrant tango and arts scene. We’ll begin the tour by making our way down Calle Defensa, heading south to visit sparkling antiques markets, see unique architecture and admire the distinctive street lanterns (known locally as ‘faroles’), cobbled streets, traditional buildings and old-fashioned décor.
We will soon arrive at Parque Lezama, known for its tree-lined avenues, amphitheater and the ravine which runs down towards Martín García and Paseo Colón avenues.
Once we leave the park, we’ll walk down two blocks until we get to the southernmost point of Puerto Madero. Here, we will cross the dock and walk along the riverbank facing the city. This area is far more modern than the centre, made up of skyscrapers and exclusive restaurants and hotels. We’ll reach the Puente de la Mujer, a revolving bridge designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to represent a couple dancing the tango.
We’ll head across the bridge and take a stroll along the other riverbank, up towards Avenida Belgrano where we will turn in to Avenida Paseo Colón and wander along for another three blocks until we reach the historic Plaza de Mayo. Here, we can make a stop at the Catedral Metropolitana and admire the Cabildo, Ayuntamiento Colonia and Casa Rosada, the presidential mansion. The guide will take this opportunity to tell us about the many historical and social events which have taken place here over the years.
Heading over to the other side of the square, we’ll set off on the Diagonal Norte, an important link between judicial and governmental power in its uniting of the Corte Suprema de Justicia and Casa Rosada. We’ll reach the famous Obelisco, a symbol of the city which sits in the centre of the widest street in the world, the Avenida 9 de Julio. After crossing this street, we’ll continue on down it until we get to the Teatro Colón. This distinctive opera house is often cited as one of the top 5 in the world for its size, acoustic and history.
If you choose to visit the Teatro Colón, the trip will end with a guided tour of this spectacular opera house. We’ll go into the Teatro and meet our guide and a small group of other visitors. From here we’ll see the Hall, Main Foyer, Hall of Busts and the Golden Hall, throughout which you can learn amazing facts about the architecture, striking stairs, sculptures, ceilings and windows.
After an in-depth 50-minute visit, the tour will come to a close at the entrance to the Teatro.
If you choose to visit the MALBA, we’ll hop on the bus outside the Teatro and head to the Palermo neighborhood.
The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires was founded in September of 2001 with the aim of collecting, preserving, studying and showing the world Latin-American art created between the beginning of 20th Century and the present day. It contains around 400 pieces from the most influential modern and contemporary regional artists.
The tour will finish with entrance to the museum (included), where you’ll have the chance to explore at your own pace, to take your time in each different room and on each exhibition.
You can also choose the tour which includes a visit to both the Teatro Colón and the MALBA. In this case we would have our guided tour round the Teatro, then head to the MALBA where entrance is provided. The tour would then come to an end, leaving you to explore the museum at your own pace.