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Casa Rosada

A pink building, with an iconic balcony, that is the executive mansion of Argentina.

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Nearby Attractions

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Café Tortoni
An 1858 establishment that is the epitome of Argentinian café culture.
Manzana de las Luces
One of the earliest sites in the city, with accessible Jesuit-built tunnels.
Museo del Bicentenario
An underground museum covering Argentina’s history.
Museo Mundial del Tango
A compact museum focused on Argentina’s most popular dance.
Plaza de Mayo
The symbolic centre of both Buenos Aires and Argentina
Cabildo
Former colonial town hall which saw epic debates during the May Revolution of 1810.

Related Tours

Plaza de Mayo: Buenos Aires’ Beating Heart
·        Learn to appreciate the Plaza de Mayo: a place of government and protest
·        Step below the Casa Rosada to walk around historic exhibits in the Museo del Bicentenario

The Plaza de Mayo has been the hub of Argentina’s national life since its foundation, which actually occurred next door in the Cabildo. Walk around this historic space with a private guide who will show the human side of Argentina’s national story. 

Colonial Centre

Starting by the Cabildo, you will learn about the history of the square, which was set up by the Spanish to be the centre of their new colony. Telling the story of how Buenos Aires developed during the Spanish Empire, when the building was the seat of local government, your own personal guide will take you back in time to the May Revolution where Argentina achieved its independence. 

Political Heart

Walking around the square, your guide will point out important buildings that have all played a part in Argentina’s development. Discussing topics ranging from its tumultuous financial history and the state terror between 1976 and 1983, you will learn how each building has its own story. There will also be poignant reminders of the squares role as a centre for dissent, from Peronist demonstrations to the maternal anger of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo. 

Pink Office of Presidents

Overlooking the plaza, at the far end from the Cabildo, stands the Casa Rosada. The executive presidential mansion it has actually only ever been lived in by one president. Despite only holding the Presidents’ offices, the pink-painted building retains a distinctive role as a symbol of Argentina. Standing on the ruins of the old colonial fort, your expert guide shall take you below ground into its catacombs. Now occupied by the Museo del Bicentenario, each exhibit tells a story, whether of presidential extravagance or the lives of Spanish soldiers hundreds of years ago.   

1976 - 1983: the Years to Remember
·        Walk around the Plaza de Mayo that saw many protests against the dictatorship
·        See the memorial to the dead of the 1982 conflict in the Plaza San Martin
·        Go into where the dictatorship murdered and tortured its victims in ESMA

Argentina’s political history is riven with strife, but the state terror of the military Junta between 1976 and 1983 explored terrible lows of inhumanity. This tour covers that depressing period and looks at both the domestic terror, and the defeat in the 1982 conflict which proved a catalyst for its downfall. 

Place of Protest

Walking around the Plaza de Mayo, your own private guide will tell you the general story of the dictatorship and why where you are standing is so important. From being a place of protest for the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, who demanded information on their missing children, to where headquarters of the state secret police was based, it became a symbol of the experiences of many ordinary Argentinians. 

Hubris and Memory

Venturing with your private guide to the north of Buenos Aires, you will walk around the Plaza San Martin. This is where the Argentine dead from the 1982 conflict are remembered at the Monumento a los Caidos en Malvinas, where a guard from one of the three services is always present during the day. Your guide will also point out important buildings surrounding the bucolic park, from the historic headquarters of Argentina’s Foreign Ministry to the Circulo Militar, where the influential Military Officers Club is located. 

Place of Horrors

Even further north is where the Junta did some of its most horrific acts. The Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos is now a museum but the site used to be a military site (known by its Spanish initials as ESMA) where people were murdered, tortured and imprisoned.  Walking around the grounds is a sobering experience when you know what happened in each building. It is tough to leave the place and forget you visited.   
Half-Day Welcome to Buenos Aires
·        Go around the Plaza de Mayo
·        Step into the Casa Rosada and the Museo del Bicentenario
·        Taste delicacies at Buenos Aires’ great culinary icon: Café Tortoni
·        Learn about Argentine politics from the 19th century to the current-day at the Congreso de la Nacion Argentino

Buenos Aires’ charm rests on its unique identity, where each of its different waves of immigrants have left an indelible mark on the city. Go on a trip around its centre with your own private guide, who knows the intimate secrets and stories of Buenos Aires. 

A Nation’s Hub

Venturing into the Plaza de Mayo, you will smell the dissent by the Cabildo; an iconic building in Argentinian history that was the centre of the 1810 May Revolution. Walking around the square, point you about why each of the surrounding buildings is so important, your personal guide will tell you the tales of SI, the state intelligence service, and Argentina’s tumultuous financial history. Stopping at the presidential executive mansion of the Casa Rosada, you will venture into the catacombs of the old colonial fort where the Museo del Bicentenario now stands; a place where presidential memorabilia stands alongside old finds from Buenos Aires’ colonial past. 

Boutique Buenos Aires

Stepping into your private taxi, you will watch the best of Buenos Aires’ chic go along the Avienda Rivadavia. A crucial road for the city since the 19th century, it is a prime area for the classier side of the city’s society. If you wish, you can pop into Café Tortoni; a place synonymous with Argentinian delicacies and with a history going back to 1858. You will also see the Congreso de la Nacion Argentino. Situated as a counterweight to the Casa Rosada at the end of the Avienda Rivadavia, it is where Argentine lawmakers meet and deliberate. A fantastic place to learn about the multiple deviations of Argentine politics, such as what exactly is Kitchnerism and why Eva Peron is still so popular.
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