Buenos Aires, Argentina

Passionate, and alive with an infectious crackling energy, the Argentine capital is a breathlessly romantic city, which blends old-world colonial architecture with a down-to-earth Latin American clamour. Famed for steamy tango interplays, and expertly seared steak slabs, a visit to Buenos Aires is a fiery fiesta for the senses. Parque Tres de Febrero is a 400-hectare oasis where 18,000 rose bushes bloom, and skyscrapers give way to still lakes and pretty paths of rollerblading locals. Mighty palm trees - that look like exploding fireworks - stand tall in Plaza de Mayo, the heart of this sprawling cosmopolitan capital of 48 barrios. The square has served as the stage for many fundamental events in this country’s history, and the location where the seeds of independence were sewn continues to serve as the city’s gathering point - and is a place for solidarity, rebellion and revolution.

The presidential Casa Rosada’s salmon-hued Palatial Palace borders the plaza, while nearby Museum Nacional de Bellas Artes houses the largest collection of public art in Latin America. Teatro Colón, the opulent 1908 opera house, is one of the world’s finest venues - musical performance here take on an ethereal quality, with the exceptional acoustics transferring every quiver of bow, and tremor of vocal cord, to the audience in spine-tingling clarity. The gargantuan, precipitous terraces of Bombonera Stadium form another of Buenos Aires’s incredible venues, and a wall of noise emanates from it when Boca Juniors take to the field. Juicy steak and punchy Malbec flow in the city’s parrillas – steakhouses - while glitzy bars and thumping nightclubs welcome revellers late into the night. It’s not just the meat that sizzles here either - tango dancers fill milongas - dance halls - to strut passionately until the early hours. Sip steaming mate, the country’s national drink, shop in covered markets, and explore Cementerio de la Recoleta - a city of grand graves and intricate memorials honouring presidents, politicians and notable Argentine heroes from history.

We were in Buenos Aires in 2010

and in 2013

 

tour 1 El Zanjón De Granados Tunnels & Tango Lesson

Discover the origins of Buenos Aires and tango dancing during a picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion to this historic city. Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to La Boca, one of the first neighbourhoods where the earliest Italian immigrants to Buenos Aires started building this unique city. Upon arrival, a visit is made to Caminito Street, a colourful street museum and alley in La Boca. Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the neighbourhood of San Telmo, where it is believed that the Tango was born. Upon arrival, a stop is made at El Zanjón de Granados, a series of excavated ancient tunnels that serve as both an archaeological museum and event space.

Following your guided visit to the tunnels, proceed on-foot to a local Tango House. Tango dancing reflects the origins and feelings of Buenos Aires immigrants, their nostalgia and the bohemia of the late-1800s. At the Tango House you are taught the basic steps of the mesmerizing tango dance, with its sensuous moves and gestures, including the 'Walk', 'Rock', 'Stroll' and 'Chase'. By listening to the beat, get the feel for the alternating quick and slow steps, and the seductive embrace known as the 'Tango Lean'.

tour 2 Buenos Aires Bike Tour

Explore the splendid sights of Buenos Aires in an invigorating new way during this panoramic, half-day bicycling excursion. After receiving your cycling and tour instructions, beach cruiser bike, helmet and bottled water, depart the pier and begin your guided bicycle journey through Buenos Aires. Breathe in the fresh air whilst cycling through the city's quieter area, which is comprised mostly of parks and plazas. Traverse the picturesque Palermo Lakes and Woods districts, which span approximately During your scenic, eco-friendly journey, stops are made at renowned landmarks such as the Plaza San Martin, Recoleta Flower and Cemetery, Barrio Parque, MALBA Museum, The Planetarium, Rose Garden, Evita's Monument, Floralis Generica Monument, and more. Your tour concludes back at the pier.

tour 3 Inspiring Evita & Lecture With The Museum’s Expert

Evita's involvement in politics and social work gained her a powerful position and she became known to all as Evita, unofficial saint to millions. Her untimely death at age 33, magnified her saintly aura and gave place to the legend that has surrounded her name ever since. The streets and landmarks of Buenos Aires are seen through her eyes and you will learn the secrets behind the myth.

Plaza de Mayo, the political heart of Argentina, brings us face-to-face with the Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace) and the famous balcony from which Evita addressed her adoring fans. Then visit the Recoleta Cemetery to view Evita's tomb and finally the Evita Museum where the story of her life unfolds through her personal objects. The Museum is housed in a mansion where her charity, the Eva Peron Foundation, once gave shelter to single mothers. The tour concludes with the Lecture of one of the Museum's experts.

tour 4 Live Horse Race & Hippodrome In Buenos Aires

Visit the Palermo Hippodrome, get to know the history, architecture and stud, where the the horses are trained, fed and taken care of during its "professional life". Although the golden ages of racing took place during the first half of last century, the Hippodrome still packs a lot of fans who attend the weekly races.. The National Grand Prix is ​​the most important event of the year, and takes place during November, over a distance of 2500 meters in track of sand. Savour some local snack with a fantastic of the horse race field and get a chance to try the slots, and roulettes before tour transfer back to the pier.

Silver Cloud Dakar to Buenos Aires