In this walking tour, we will make an in-depth immersion into downtown Buenos Aires, "el centro". This area, in appearence just a touristic highlight, has been for centuries the politic and economic heart of the city--the expert eye will find in it great insights on Buenos Aires's complex history and identity. We will start at Plaza de Mayo, where we will appreciate the long-term as well as recent history of city and country. We will include a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral, Pope Francis's former workplace. From there we'll visit the financial district ("la city"), taking a look at its magnificent banking architecture. A variety of styles (from 1900s beaux-arts palaces to interwar art-déco and modernist experiments) will show us not only the beauty, but also the economic importance of this city in the region. In weekdays, we'll include a visit to three banks (Nación, Provincia and Hipotecario) and to the Galería Güemes. The visit continues along the Avenida de Mayo, first boulevard and symbol of the bustling cosmopolitan metropolis Buenos Aires was in the early 20th century. We'll include a visit to some of its famous cafés, plus a ride on the the beautifully-preserved A-line, oldest subway in Latin America (and the world's 12th!). This itinerary can be of course modified in order to suit the visitors' preferences.
I’m a historian, born and raised in Buenos Aires. My academic formation started at the University of Buenos Aires (BA in History, 2008) and continued at Princeton University, USA (PhD in History, 2017). Among all the fields of study, the history of my city and its architecture has always been my top interest and passion. I’ve worked for many years as a free-lance cultural guide in the city, and have also worked for local agencies. I love to share with visitors the highlights as well as the lesser-known areas of town, to discuss their history, and to appreciate the diverse and ecclectic styles of their architecture.
We'll continue our conversation over a cup of café con leche, in one of the traditional Avenida de Mayo's cafés.
Subway ride on the old A-line, appreciating its historic stations.
Metropolitan Cathedral: city main church, Pope Francis's former workplace. Bancos Nación, Provincia and Hipotecario: finest lobbies in town. Galería Güemes: a 1915 commercial gallery, art-nouveau gem and underground cabaret theater. Fundación Cassará: terrasse with panoramic view of Avenida de Mayo. Cafés: Tortoni, 36 Billares, and Iberia: literary, immigrant and tango cultures. Palacio Barolo (lobby): eccentric art-nouveau highrise.
Walk Buenos Aires with local historian