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Walking tour - Monuments of Buenos Aires


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Walking tour - Monuments of Buenos Aires

As a major South American city, with hundreds of years of history, sightseers can rightfully expect Buenos Aires to be chock full of interesting monuments, demonstrating the history and culture of this rich capital. While some may only want to see the major sights, and others will want to take days to soak up every piece of historically relevant landmarks, there are a more than a few monuments that shouldn’t be missed. Follow this daytrip itinerary for an easy look at the best of Buenos Aires’ monuments. While it can all be done on foot, taking a cab for some of the longer distances may be advisable.

Start: La Americana café

End: Jack the Ripper

Time: All day

Tip: This tour doesn’t cover the sights of Plaza de Mayo, which could take another day entirely. See this Buenos Aires Travel Guide for more itineraries of this area.

Start your day with a satisfying breakfast at the traditional La Americana café, where you can enjoy a morning café con leche and some delightful facturas. From here, head east down Avenida de Mayo, one of the most historic streets in town. The avenue is lined with 18th- and 19th-century architecture, including Hotel Chiles Art Nouveau beauty, and Palacio Barolo, a Neo-Gothic building built based on Dante Aligheri’s “The Divine Comedy”.

Follow Avenida de Mayo east until you hit Perú street, at which point you will turn right. After two blocks, you will come upon Manzana de la Luces, a block full of 17th-century architecture, originally set up as a self-reliant mission. The complex is particularly interesting because of a series of tunnels that were hand excavated beneath this area, whose beginnings are still a mystery. Just a block over, on the corner of Defensa and Moreno, is the Museo de la Ciudad, documenting the history of the city through everyday objects.

Doubling back along Avenida de Mayo, you can stop into the famous Café Tortoni for a mid-morning snack, enjoying the historical ambiance, where famous thinkers, artists and musicians used to gather.

From here, you can walk farther west to Avenida 9 de Julio, which porteños boast as the widest avenue in the world. Walk north on the avenue until you come to Teatro Colón, arguably one of the best five opera houses in the world. Stop in for a tour of the newly restored building, where dozens of world-famous musicians and dancers have performed.

Next stop is Recoleta; jump in a taxi if you’re feeling a bit tired, or take Libertad north for six blocks and veer left on Pres. Quintana, which will take you right to the next stop. At the end of Pres. Quintana, you will find a row of great restaurants and cafes to your right, stop into La Biela for some good eats, either on the outdoor terrace or inside the historic café.

For a relaxing post-lunch stroll, head into the Cementerio de la Recoleta the above-ground cemetery which is the resting place of Argentina’s deceased elite. From here, head nearly next door to the Centro Cultural Recoleta, an important resource for theatre, art, and other cultural events. Right in front is Plaza Francia, which holds a lovely artisan fair on the weekends.

plaza-francia-buenos-aires

Crossing the plaza will bring you to Avenida Alvear; just a few blocks down this lush avenue will bring you to Alvear Palace Hotel, undoubtedly one of the most exclusive hotels in the city. Take some time to poke around here, taking high tea if you feel so inclined, before wandering the streets to window shop in the elite boutiques in the area. Head down Libertad to reach Jack the Ripper, a vintage-styled bar with light fare and appealing happy hours.

For more information about the locations mentioned above, see this Buenos Aires Travel Guide.

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  1. Lucile Jan 11th 2011

    Awesome free walking tour, thanks for the info! Lucile


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