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Dictatorship footsteps in Buenos Aires


Dictatorship footsteps in Buenos Aires

About this experience

Become an eyewitness to an obscure period of our history and have a unique experience with the dark side of Argentina. You will explore the following: An ex-Clandestine Center often called the Auschwitz of Argentina. Memorial plaques of the disappeared people. Incredible murals (paintings & graffiti) on the topic.

The individual's history, and struggles they represent. A Clandestine Center of Detention, Torture, and Annihilation that was a place dedicated to the kidnapping and torture of suspected dissidents. They functioned during the last military dictatorship that took place in Argentina from 1976 to 1983. This massive complex contained areas where political prisoners were detained and barbarously tortured. We are not going inside the place. You won’t be touring the areas that are closed while archaeological techniques of restoration, conservation, and evidence-gathering work proceeds. But the most interesting things, for the most part, are easily seen from the outside. These terrible places are important for understanding Argentina and are a visceral depiction of the wide reach of the military dictatorship in its ability to terrorize the local population. The kidnapped people were systematically dehumanized; they experienced atrocities and lived in terrible conditions.

All the while, they dreaded the infamous "transfer" military speak for execution; some of them were then dumped into the ocean from airplanes. As I am a living history, I will tell you the interesting facts you need to know to understand the worst, most brutal and violent dictatorship in Argentinean history. We will also talk about one of the worst aspects of the dictatorship: the babies stolen from their imprisoned mothers and raised by military families. And, finally, you will hear some testimonies.

Number of visitors

1 to 6


All Week


2.5 hrs.


Spanish, English

Services included

Small group tour.

Meeting point

To be arranged


Comfortable Shoes. Be punctual

Booking conditions

Regular Booking


Buenos Aires, Argentina. Member since 17 Nov 2016
I am a Buenos Aires native who loves interacting with people and sharing my deep knowledge and passion for this city: its history, art, architecture, food, literature etc. My Past and Present occupations: I was a bilingual assistant for a medical tourism company, history research assistant, and an adviser to a travel magazine about places and activities in Argentina. I have taken classes in Argentina's literature and history, tourism, History of Art, Latin American Art, architecture and history of Buenos Aires.

Each of my tours lasts around 3 hours. We could take longer, as I am flexible to accommodate the needs and questions you might have. And if you want to linger a while, don't worry -- this is your tour and, because I only book small parties, you can linger all you want. This is not your typical "hurry-hurry" tour.


  • Megan

    I definitely recommend Elisa! Her tour was very personalized and I enjoyed the fact that it was a private tour. The tour was super interesting and It went all along the darkest hour in Argentina's history.

    29 Jan 2018
  • Fabiana

    Tudo excelente! Muito boa experiência.

    06 Jan 2018
  • Valerie

    Very good and respectful tour over a dark passage of argentinian history. Overwhelming and really great experience. Totally recommend it

    26 Jan 2018
  • Joaquin

    Una experiencia única para conocer una parte oscura de nuestra historia. Excelente recorrido! Más que recomendable

    30 Sep 2017
  • Moreitz

    Eine tolle Tour durch die dunklen Tage der argentinischen Geschichte. Die Geschichte hinter jedem besuchten Ort war erstaunlich und wurde von Elisa sehr gut erzählt. Eine wirklich erstaunliche Geschichte von einer dunklen Periode. 100% empfohlen

    12 Sep 2017
  • Pam

    Unforgettable experience! My experience with Elisa was incredible! And I couldn’t have asked for anything more. She shared some of her personal experiences as a local Argentine, making the trip even more insightful. She was amazing, really professional and knew a lot about the dictatorships in Latin America as well as all the ex-clandestine centers in Argentina. I had a great tour and I learned a lot. I have a much deeper sense of the character of Buenos Aires and its inhabitants both present and past. This tour is also for people who like art because the paintings are amazing! Her interest and love of Argentine history and its culture brings to light interesting stories that have long since been forgotten. She explained the history of all the stops by giving a detailed background to what was happening in Buenos Aires at the time. I think this tour is a must in Buenos Aires and I would definitely recommend it

    29 Jun 2017
  • John

    I am a student from the United States studying human rights so I am specifically interested in history related to dictators. Elisa is very knowledgeable about Jorge Rafael Videla and the atrocities he committed in Argentina. I recommend this tour not only because she is professional, kind, and educated on the topic, but also because it is beneficial to go beyond the class room to see first hand where these human rights violations took place. By doing so I have become more passionate about human rights. Cheers.

    28 Jun 2017
  • Jack

    Over the years, I have been fortunate to have traveled to many places in the world and have had my share of tours. I have always looked for those chances to get a better understanding of the country I am visiting, its people and culture. So, I seek out Off the Beaten Path opportunities ....not the obvious tourist attractions. And, as the former President & CEO of a small company in the US, I understand the importance of customer service, knowledge and respect. My tour, "In the Footsteps of Dictators" was led by Elisa who was not only professional and personable, but someone who shared what it was like to live thru that dark period in Argentina`s history. More importantly, I found out that she leads other Off the Beaten Path tours sharing the hidden gems of Buenos Aires, places you would never see on a generic tour and stories you might never hear. She is the Go To person for those who are looking to experience the real Buenos Aires.

    27 Jun 2017
  • James

    This tour was an incredible experience. Elisa is compassionate but uncompromising in her pursuit and remembrance of this history. She told us many, many personal stories of growing up under the dictatorship, which really helped connect this often-overlooked period with Argentina as it exists today. If you are socially conscious, and have a thoughtful relationship to your humanity, I wholeheartedly recommend spending an afternoon with Elisa.

    25 Jun 2017
  • Mia

    This is my second trip to Buenos Aires and this tour has been by far the most memorable, worthwhile activity I`ve done. I can`t speak highly enough of Elisa. Many people here won`t, or can`t, talk about the dictatorship, but Elisa told me incredible and harrowing stories about her own life, family and friends as well as explaining the backdrop of Buenos Aires in the late seventies/early eighties. Elisa brought photos, documents, audio testimonies, explained the murals on Olimpo and answered any question I had. For anyone who is interested in history, politics, culture, or or for those who want to learn about the darker, hidden side of Buenos Aires, or for an `off the beaten track` activity, this tour is unmissable, and is a lot more personal and informative than a visit to the ex-ESMA. 10/10 - Brilliant.

    24 Jun 2017
  • Laurence

    Fantastic tour. Much original on a very unknown and maybe hidden part of Argentinian history. Elisa`s explanations were documented, passionate and insightful with her own family memories to illustrate. Highly recommended.

    23 Jun 2017

USD 33 per person