It was Good Friday in Buenos Aires and we had arrived the day before on an overnight bus from Iguazu Falls. The sun was shining and we couldn’t wait to explore this city that we had heard so much about from other travellers. Astonishingly, we found a BA Free Tours that offered a free Walking Tour that was happening, even on one of the most important religious holidays!
Buenos Aires has so many cool things to see and do and even after spending a week there we still did not manage to see everything.
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- 1 Where to Stay in Buenos Aires
- 2 Our Highlights on our Free Walking Tour Buenos Aires
- 3 Travel Information for Buenos Aires
Where to Stay in Buenos Aires
Our top tip on where to stay in Buenos Aires if you want a self-catering apartment.
The Suites Leonardo da Vinci are located at Libertad 1224. Our apartment was modern, clean with a small kitchen and a lovely balcony. It was very comfortable and well located. A small supermarket was within a 5-minute walk away, and there were coffee shops and bars in the vicinity.
After walking the wrong direction down Libertad we realised our mistake, changed course, missed our morning coffee and arrived just in time to join the tour. We were quite shocked to see over 60 people turn up. Within minutes, another tour leader arrived and the group was split neatly into two groups which headed off into different directions. Our leader, Sol, was an experienced tour guide and definitely knew her stuff! We won’t spoil it all for you, but will share with you our favourites.
Our Highlights on our Free Walking Tour Buenos Aires
Piramide de Mayo
Avenue de Mayo
The main square in Barrio Montserrat. The Avenue runs from West to East spanning a distance of 1.5km. Since the revolution on the 25th May 1810 that led to independence, it has been the hub of political life.
Cabildo was completed in 1610 and was the administration centre for the City of Buenos Aires. Today it houses the National Museum.
Plaza de Mayo
At the end of Avenue de Mayo is Plaza de Mayo – it houses 3 important buildings of Argentina, the Cabildo, Casa Rosada ‘the Pink House’ and the Cathedral. The photo shows the Metropolitan Cathedral in the rear.
Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
Throughout the plaza, if you look down you will see white scarfs on the ground. The white scarfs are symbolic as a human rights association was set up to find the thousands of children that were stolen or illegally adopted during Argentina’s Dirty War 1976 – 1983.
Casa Rosada or “The Pink House”
Casa Rosada is the Office of the President of Argentina and is located at the eastern end of Avenue de Mayo.
Avenue 9 de Julio
The widest avenue in the world and aren’t the Argentinians proud of this. Many miss this but look up to the centre of the photo, you may notice a small chalet built on top of the roof. Located on a terrace of a 9th storey building, the chalet was built in 1917 by Rafael Diaz, an immigrant that arrived in Buenos Aires during 1890. Rafael used the chalet for lunch every day and then his afternoon siesta till 4 pm after that he returned back to his main home.
The icon of Buenos Aires and its national historical monument located in the Plaza de la Republic on the corner of Corrientes and Avenue 9 de Julio. It was built in 1936 to celebrate the 4th centenary of the first foundation of the city.
Updated Tours From 2020
Free Tour Recoleta Daily at 10.30 am
- Meeting at Tribunales
- Teatro Colon
- Palace of Justice
- 1st Synagogue of Buenos Aires
- Avenida 9 de Julio
- Plaza San Martin
- Recoleta Cemetery
Free Tour City Centre Daily at 3.00 pm
- Meeting at National Congress
- Plaza de los dos Congresos
- Avenida de Mayo
- Barolo Palace
- Plaza de Mayo
- Pink House
We loved Buenos Aires there is so much to see and do there. Walking down streets, you hear music, you head in that direction and in front of you is street tango.
Follow the amazing smells of meat being bar-b- qued down side streets. Wander the streets and discover parks and alleyways. Browse the bookshops and the boutiques and enjoy many of the bars and restaurants.
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