Great One Day Walking Tour
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Great One Day Walking Tour Buenos Aires Reviews
Free Walking Tour in BA May 12, 2012
My friend and I met up with BA Free Tour to see the major sites of BA (http://www.bafreetour.com). There are a few other tours in BA and our hostel even had their own free walking tour, but we went with our original plan for our visit in April 2012.
They have a City Tour in the morning and an Aristocratic Tour in the afternoon and did the morning tour. We gathered in Plaza de Congreso and there were about 40 people on the tour in early April! The website gives you the exact location of where the tour starts and we had a great tour guide-Virginia (aka Vir). She was so energetic and vivacious for the entire tour and she rightfully gained a worthy collection of tips when the tour was done.
The tour takes you past several of the city major attractions and she gives a wonderful history of several places and can answer many questions. You take a break at Casa Rosada, but bring water and feel free to quickly stop at any little store for a soda, water or a snack along the way. Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather as the tour can last just over 2 hours. Enjoy!
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Feb 06, 2006
Full Day (or More) Walking Tour.
Start at the Plaza San Martin. It is a beautiful plaza with a large statue of Gen. San Martin on horseback. On the north side of the plaza is the Circulo Militar. A stunning marble building that is named after retired military officers. (Tours are available) On the south side of the plaza is the start of Calle Florida.
Begin walking down Calle Florida towards Plaza de Mayo. It will take you 1 ��"2 hours to get to Plaza De Mayo depending on how many shops and eateries you decide to explore. Calle Florida is a pedestrian walkway lined with great shopping. Both stores and indoor malls featuring leather clothing, housewares, shoes, artwork, decorative items and more.
Upon crossing Ave Roque S. Pena, take a left and you will come across the Metropolitan Cathedral. It was refurbished in the 1830’s and has a Greek style colonnade on the front. It is a magnificent cathedral with chapels along both sides of the interior. Gen. Jose de San Martin, "Father of Argentina" is entombed here. At his tomb, there are two military guards dressed in 19th Century military uniforms for your picture taking pleasure.
From the Cathedral, continue to Plaza de Mayo. In the Plaza you will find the most famous building in Argentina, The Casa Rosada. It is here that Evita Peron rallied the working class to take over the government. To the side of Casa Rosada is the Presidential Museum showcasing the history of the building and its tenants. Opposite Casa Rosada, on the other end of the plaza is The Cabildo. This was the original government house built by the Spaniards. It is a white building with a bell tower on top. Inside is a small museum with pictures and artifacts from colonial times and their fight for independence.
From The Cabildo, walk the Av. de Mayo westward. If you were to walk to the end of this avenue you would end up at the Congress Building, but we won’t be going that far. Av. De Mayo is lined with outdoor cafes and shops. About a half mile up the avenue is Café Tortoni. Stop in for a rest, you deserve it. Have some café and a bite to eat. Café Tortoni , founded in 1858, is an historic café that is an institution in Buenos Aires.
After your break, continue along Av. De Mayo until you reach Av. De Julio. Make a left and walk along this grand avenue. Av. De Julio is an avenue in the style of the Champs-Elysees. Take it all in while you stroll down the avenue. Your feet hurt yet?
Once you reach Ave. Independencia, make a left. You are now walking into one of the oldest parts of Buenos Aires known as San Telmo. Once you reach Defensa Street, take a right. Denfensa turns into a cobblestone street lined with antique and leather shops. Continue into the heart of San Telmo to the Plaza Durrego. This Plaza has outdoor cafes under the trees and in the afternoon tango dancers entertain the patrons for tips. The surrounding streets have building dating to the colonial times. The buildings have tourist plaques explaining the buildings significance. This area is known for its artisans and is going through a rebirth with new owners renovating the inside of the old houses and shops.
Relax, your full day of walking is over and by now your feet are throbbing or at best sore. Have no worry; taxis in Buenos Aires are very inexpensive. Have a drink or two or three and take a taxi back to your hotel.
Part of the Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina 2006 travel blog