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Hidden treasures: Congreso & Montserrat

Elisa

Hidden treasures: Congreso & Montserrat

About this experience

"Discover unique places that many Porteños don’t even know exist! We will walk along the first avenue in South America that is a faithful reflection of the European style of late 19th-century architecture in Buenos Aires.

We will also visit gorgeous palaces and other buildings and you will learn the interesting history behind them. You will discover where the criminals were held during colonial times when there was no jail to hold prisoners. I will show you beautiful monuments and sculptures including an original sculpture of “the thinker” by Rodin.
You will also see other sculptures that were designed by a Belgian architect who was one of the most prominent artists of that time. We will visit the oldest shop in the city: a fantastic pharmacy (the first one in the City) that is a living museum.

We will admire paintings related to the pharmaceutical industry. We will head into the station of one of the oldest subways in the world to view its original structure. Enjoy a journey to an amazing palace full of analogies and references to Dante’s Divine Comedy. The builder intended this place to be the resting place of the poet’s ashes. We will enter the artist’s interpretation of Hell. We will stop at the headquarters of the “Mothers of Plaza de Mayo” (mothers whose children disappeared during the last military dictatorship) and we will visit a quirky political bar loaded with objects and references to figures like: Evita, El Che, Martin Luther King, Fidel Castro, Chavez, Gandhi, etc. in a sort of "Hall of Fame"".

Also, hanging from the walls we can see pictures, posters and historical objects that show the Mothers’ many years of struggle and their relationship with the rest of the world. Finally, we will end our journey at a mystical, quiet and cozy tea and coffee place.

The duration of the tour is approximately 3 hours.

Number of visitors

1 to 6

Availability

Weekdays

Duration

3.0 hrs.

Languages

English, Spanish

Services included

Small group tour & Access to historical buildings.

Meeting point

To be Arranged

Requirements

Use comfortable shoes.

Booking conditions

Regular Booking

Elisa

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.

Reviews

  • Jimena

    Vivimos en BA desde siempre y fue un placer hacer esta experiencia para conocer un poco mas nuestra amada ciudad. Elisa es muy agradable y todo el tiempo nos daba datos que pensaba podian resultadarnos particular siendo locales. Lo recomiendo ampliamente.

    14 Feb 2018
  • Howard

    As someone who has led historical walking tours in his own home town, I can tell you that Elisa really knows her stuff. Doing this kind of tour well requires many, many skills, and Elisa`s good at all of them. She has a love of history and architecture (and how they intertwine), and she communicates her love of Buenos Aires well. Taking one of her tours is like ambling around town with a friend, rather than a tour guide. On this tour especially, you`ll see sights that most tourists don`t see, because on most tours, you can`t wander in and out of buildings without causing a fuss. Elisa`s tours were the best part of our visit to BA.

    22 Jun 2017
  • Victor

    Este fue mi segundo tour que reservé con Elisa después de "Caballito..." y lo disfruté mucho igualmente porque plantea un interesante recorrido arquitectónico por la Avenida de Mayo y lugares aledaños y nos dirige la mirada hacia edificios que quizá pasaran desapercibidos para nosotros y nos da también la posibilidad de entrar en muchos de ellos para descubrir los detalles arquitectónicos al tiempo que nos habla sobre las costumbres y la historia de Buenos Aires a finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX.

    20 Jun 2017
  • Jane

    This is the 2nd walking tour that I took with Elisa & as before, she was great - very knowledgeable & full of insights & historical facts of the places visited, the underlying events & people from the past that made the sites interesting & notable. Again, I had the privilege of her undivided attention (since I visited BA in May, it was a relatively low season for tourism) & she was very patient & good jumpers in answering all my questions - even rangrntial questions that were not directly related to the tour! The 3+ hours I spent in her company was well worth any number of hours Iight have spent trying to read up & visit the sites on my own. I highly recommend Elisa`s walking tours - they are enlightening, fun, insightful & well-paced. I certainly hope to revisit BA and take her other tours next time!

    19 Jun 2017
  • Patrick

    This is a great tour to do to get a local´s insight in to the micro centre of Buenos Aires. Elisa has an in depth knowledge of the country´s history and shows unique places and provides the history & stories to go with it. She showed me places I walked past and had no idea of what waited inside. Can´t recommend enough! Dante´s Building and the Revolutionary´s bar were personal favourites!

    18 Jun 2017
  • Jessica

    Elisa was a lovely tour guide. She grew up in the city and knows it well. Her English was very good. She`s well-traveled and could discuss the history and current events of Buenos Aires. She was very flexible to the group`s needs and interests. We had an unplanned coffee break, because we hadn`t had much sleep the night before, and Elisa was happy to accommodate us.

    17 Jun 2017
  • Bruce

    Loved Hidden Treasures of B.A. walking tour! Our guide rocked! The tour was unforgettable and interesting for the whole time! I would not have discovered half of what I did on my own. The tour groups are also very small making the experience even more personal It`s not some stuffy tour with a bunch of bored tour guides. Our guide was funny, charming and full of interesting information and great stories. Love this tour! I was intrigued not only by the architecture of our tour but by the volume of knowledge that Elisa shared with us. Elisa is so full of local knowledge which can’t be replicated by the big tour companies. And not only did she know a lot about her city but we could all tell that she loved her city and enjoyed sharing it with us. She also showed us beautiful and eloquent buildings, ones I would never have known were there but now I know would be devastated if I had missed. She is passionate, super nice guide very charismatic, opinionated and lively. She is the best guides ever!! If you want to get to discover and all kinds of secrets, gorgeous places ands see the Buenos Aires that Porteños keep for themselves, then book this amazing tour of a lifetime!

    15 Jun 2017
  • Salama

    Me and my friend enjoyed the tour with Elisa very much. It was one of the most exciting things we did in BA. It was like watching history documentary . Elisa was also helpful guide in what and where to get other things in BA. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone visiting BA. Salama From Oman

    16 Jun 2017
  • Angela

    We loved this walking tour. It was informative and we got to see things we had just passed by on the Hop On Hop Off bus. Elisa was friendly, easy to understand and knew interesting stories about the history of buildings in BA. She was open to questions about Argentine politics, both current and past. I definitely would recommend this tour early in your stay in BA

    14 Jun 2017
  • Robert

    Thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Elisa!! In fact so much so that I booked a second tour the very next day . Elisha is a true professional . Engaging , interesting and with a passion and enthusiasm for what she does that`s infectious !! She knows her history and also understands what to show us to keep our interest . All the best sites but also a great peek at things off the beaten path that give you a truer sense of the true culture and way of life in BA !!! Had to buy her flowers as thanks at end . Elisa you made my visit so much more enjoyable and interesting - thank you again !! Rob

    13 Jun 2017

ARS 1252 per person