Elisa D.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality:
Argentina
Education:
Tourism Guide.
Interests:
History, History of Art, Latin American Art, Architecture, Literature, Tourism, BA.
Categories:
Tours

Elisa D.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Biography:

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

  • Mauro

    Elisa did it again! She explained and theached us about history of tango with all the information she has in her head!! is really an amazing local!

    05 Oct 2016
  • Alex

    Elisa is very knowledgeable about Buenos Aires. She's very friendly and an awesome guide!

    05 Oct 2016
  • Graciela

    Elisa, notre guide, a été trés sympathique et accesible à nos questions.

    05 Oct 2016
  • Mario

    Elisa ist eine leidenschaftliche Kennerin ihrer Stadt und begeistert die Zuhörer durch ihr umfangreiches Wissen und ihre interessanten Anekdoten. Alles wird mit Begeisterung und Freundlichkeit vermittelt, und verwandelt diesen Besuch in Buenos Aires zu einem einzigartigen Erlebnis, welches ohne Stadtführung nur schwer zu erhalten ist.

    05 Oct 2016
  • Emiliano

    She was such a lovely Local. Very polite and helpful. She also seems to know a lot of what she does.

    07 Jul 2016
  • Mauro

    Elisa is great. She really knows a lot about a lot of things actually jaja. History, Art, Arquitecture, you can ask her whatever you want and she can answer with a smile on her face. :)

    08 Jul 2016
  • Carl

    We spent the morning with Elise on the Caballito tour in BA. It was a fun way to see a part of BA we would not normally go. THis was our thrid time in BA and we wanted something different. The tour had some intersting stops with the highlight being the subway ride on a wooden subway and a visit to a tango place that was really old and interesting. No tango dancing going on in the morning but the place was really interesting.Vayable is a great way to get to know the city with a local. We will try it in other cities we visit.

    10 Jul 2017
  • Michael

    Elisa is an excellent, friendly guide through this interesting and unusual part of Buenos Aires. You see some great stuff you wouldn`t otherwise see. She knows her history and you learn a lot. Definitely recommended!

    09 Jul 2017
  • Laura

    It`s a fascinating tour of an area you might not go to otherwise. This is the part of town where Elisa lives so she knows it really well. She is extremely generous with her time and knowledge and I really enjoyed spending time with her.

    08 Jul 2017
  • Maggie

    Elisa was fabulous! Our three hours with her gave us a wonderful glimpse into Buenos Aires, its history and people. We were early... she was already there & we started right in. In addition to being willing to share her city, she`s an experienced traveler and fluent in English. She`s chosen sites off the beaten track that even other Argentinians might overlook, she`s done her research, and we stepped right through closed or locked doors we would never have braved to enter. If we had more time, we`d do more of her tours!

    07 Jul 2017
  • Ben

    Me encantó este tour por el barrio de Caballito, pasear por sus calles llenas de historia y descubrir lugares extraordinarios pero que las guías turísticas suelen pasar por alto. Elisa tiene un conocimiento profundo sobre su ciudad y no hay pregunta que quede sin respuesta. Además, por el hecho de ser un tour privado hace que puedas demorarte más o menos en los lugares sin ningún tipo de apremio por su parte. Sin ninguna duda un paseo para recomendar a todos los que visiten Buenos Aires.

    06 Jul 2017
  • Jackie

    Elisa was wonderful & very knowledgeable as a guide, sharing insights on not only the history and interesting past events of the area visited but also weaving them into the present day context. I had the pleasure & privilege of her undivided attention and greatly enjoyed an insider`s view of parts of BA that were off the tourist track e.g. the milonga was one of the highlights of the tour for me ! I`d highly recommend this to anyone !

    05 Jul 2017
  • Nicholas

    This is an absolutely stunning tour! Elisa asked me to name the favourite part of the tour and I could not, because every part was very special. I have been in many areas of Buenos Aires before and some non-tourist areas too so I was not sure that I could be surprised, but I was. Selection of places is really great since they are different and one does not get bored at all, e.g. residential area of Caballito which feels more like Europe (except dog poo which is Buenos Aires classic of course! haha!), an unexpectedly dynamic market with very local feel, the most beautiful church in BA which surprisingly stands in the middle of quite ordinary area, barber`s shop is a real time machine and tango salon is just bizarre. Let alone that Elisa is a very intersting storyteller. Defiinitely recommended!

    04 Jul 2017
  • Peter

    I give this tour 5/5 stars. I was lucky enough to have a one on one tour with Elisa. She was extremely flexible and accommodating with arranging the tour. The experience takes in local treasures and Elisa is a wealth of knowledge with regard to the history. I would recommend this tour to anyone who would like to experience the non tourist side of Buenos Aires life!

    03 Jul 2017
  • Mike

    Elisa was a wonderful tour guide. Gave a very personalized tour that went through non-tourist areas of Buenos Aires. She was very knowledgeable with the area. It was a fantastic way to spend our afternoon. I would 100% recommend tours through her again

    02 Jul 2017
  • Nicholas

    It was an amazing experience for me and my sister. We booked only a few hours before the tour started and Elisa showed us some hidden gems in her neighbourhood. Caballito is a bit off the beaten track which makes it even more interesting. Elisa is a great tour guide and I can highly recommend a tour with her. Her English is perfect and the tour is done in a very pleasant non-rush way. Great day!! Thank you Elisa!!

    01 Jul 2017
  • Susan

    Amazing Tour! First Elisa is a wonderful, interesting guide. Her research and knowledge shows through in her narration. She is a delight! We were a family of 6 adults and actually did 2 of Elisa`s tours back to back one day. This tour gave us a chance to immerse ourselves in historic neighborhoods. We enjoyed hearing the stories of buildings/areas and then being able to go INSIDE and get a feel for the history there. Elisa had old photos for many of the places so we could appreciate how the area once looked and see the changes in front of us. We loved the market, the church of Pope Francis was beautiful, the cafe and the tango milonga were such a treat to visit. Also the barbershop was so interesting and the owner is a character! Thank you Elisa and Vayable for providing a connection to cultures

    30 Jun 2017
  • Alex

    We had a great time with Elisa walking around one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. She guided us through an old market with traditional butcher shops and colorful vegetables stands. We visited a century-old barber shop and rode the bus to a beautiful Church where Pope Francis and Tango singer Gardel were baptized. We also visited a "milonga", a popular tango place, what an amazing experience!!

    05 Oct 2016
  • Mauro

    Amazing way to know BA non turistics neigboorhoods. The tour guides you through history of the city. We saw main spots of Capital Federal, eat Empanadas, and took a coffee at an incredible bar.

    08 Jul 2016
  • Emiliano

    I live in Buenos Aires and I know Caballito. What I've never imagined was all the history and hidden spots of the neighborhood. Literally I felt like a tourist! In my own city! I loved the antique Barber shop, right next to the market and the possibility to access a famous Tango dance floor during the day! Super recomendable.

    07 Jul 2016
  • 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
  • Valerie

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

    26 Jan 2018
  • Fabiana

    Tudo excelente! Muito boa experiência.

    06 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
  • Mauro

    Extraordinary to check some tango places out of the traditional tours, or places you got on other tours. You can see the other face of Tango in BA

    05 Oct 2016
  • Silvia

    This was the first time that I used Localife and I'm really glad that I did! Our group of four was lucky enough to have Elisa as a guide to see some great places in Cabllito. It was a perfect three hours that we could have happily stretched out to a whole day. Elisa was really fun, had perfect English and knew a lot of history about the area. For anyone looking for a wonderful companion as you explore Caballito you'd do very well to choose her. We had a truly excellent day.

    29 Jan 2018
  • Henrique

    I had an excellent tour through Caballito with Henrique. What a great lady Everything was so well organised, and I really enjoyed seeing the city through Elisa's eyes, she told me so much about the city's history and showed me places I wouldn't have known to go myself. We talked like old friends! Even went overtime we were so deep in conversation (sorry Elisa...but thanks for the great chats). A really great experience, I'd definitely recommend everyone book her quick smart! 

    15 Jan 2018
  • Robert

    As a gracious and delightful hostess, Elisa is rightfully so, the friendly local! She enthusiastically shared her love of Buenos Aires its history and culture and made my visit most memorable off the beaten path. I enjoyed visiting the neighborhoods and listening to her stories and lesser known facts about Caballito as a whole. After her tour I’m excited to book my next trip!

    01 Jan 2018
  • Mike

    Having been lucky enough to do three of Elisa´s tours I can´t recommend her highly enough. This tour is great to see a unique part of Buenos Aires´ history and especially become acquainted with the famous Carlos Gardel! I feel that after doing Elisa´s tours that I have seen the "real" Buenos Aires and had the bonus of being able to discuss differrent topics with a native Porteño! 5 stars!

    12 Jul 2017
  • Ruth

    If you want to experience Buenos Aires a very different way from the tour books, try Jewels off the Beaten Path. Elisa will show you The Abasto Mall where there is a kosher McDonalds and beautiful architecture. You will feel the real pulse and "feel" of the city as you walk with Elisa and see the neighborhood of Carlos Gardel, the King of Tango. The best is that Elisa really knows her city and she is always learning more about Buenos Aires! Her talk is not a talk she gives by memory but by love!At the end of your "experience" you will really have a feel for this amazing city

    11 Jul 2017
  • Mario

    Die Führung gibt eine ausgezeichnete Möglichkeit, in dieser faszinierenden Stadt Buenos Aires einige „Juwelen“ zu besichtigen, welche die meisten Besucher nicht kennen. Die Stadtbesichtigung beinhaltet sowohl die Entdeckung markanter Gebäude als auch die dazugehörigen geschichtlichen Erzählungen über deren Protagonisten. Sie werden den Einfluss der verschiedenen europäischen Einwanderungsströme auf die Kunst und die Bräuche beim Besuch dreier Stadtteile „Barrios“ entdecken, als auch die Geschichte des Tangos, vor allem in der „Abasto“ Gegend. Der Ablauf der Führung ist entspannt, kurzweilig und Sie können dabei in aller Ruhe fotografieren, während Sie den interessanten Kommentaren und Erzählungen der stets freundlichen Führerin Elisa folgen.

    05 Oct 2016
  • Graciela

    Je connaissais déjà Bs. As, alors je voulais faire un tour différent et J'ai trouvé un excellent choix. Avec les explications de la guide j'ai pu en apprendre davantage sur les origines des quartiers que nous avons parcouru et sur l'architecture des bâtiments emblématiques . C'est que m 'a plu beaucoup c'est la librairie Ateneo, une des plus belles, sur la rue Santa Fe.

    05 Oct 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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