Monumento al General San Martin

A large statue honouring a very important Argentine founding father.

Nearby Attractions

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Monumento a Caidos de Malvinas
A touching memorial to the Argentine servicemen who died in the 1982 conflict.
Museo de Armas de la Nacion
This museum hosts a large collection of weaponry in rooms covering Argentina’s military history.
Museo Mundial del Tango
A compact museum focused on Argentina’s most popular dance.
Plaza San Martin
Historic park surrounded by belle epoque buildings from Buenos Aires’ glory days.
Teatro Colón
An architectural icon of Buenos Aires, this concert hall can accommodate up to 3000 people.
Torre Monumental
Red-brick tower that is a symbol of the relationship between Argentina and the United Kingdom

Related Tours

Hallowed Ground: the Plaza San Martin
·        Walk around the Plaza San Martin, where a key battle was fought in 1807
·        See the General San Martin Monument
·        Visit the main memorial for the 1982 conflict at the Monumento a los Caidos en Malvinas
·        See Argentina’s main military museum: the Museo de Armas de la Nacion

The military history of Argentina is very nuanced, even confusing. Few people agree on everything but three parts of its story are widely seen as very important. First, the defeat of the British in 1807 had an enormous effect on how Argentina developed as a country. Second, General José San Martin was a military hero. Third, the dead of the 1982 conflict should be honored and remembered.  

It is rare to find a place where so much of a nation’s history are covered, but we had one big advantage when creating this tour: the Plaza San Martin is a unique place. 

A National Centre

Your private guide will take you on the Plaza, telling the story of the ill-fated British invasions of Spain’s River Plate colony during the Napoleonic Wars. Here, beneath the huge Ombu trees, they will help you step back in time two hundred years to when General Whitelocke surrendered his sword on what would be named the “Field of Glory”. You will also hear the heroic tale of how José San Martin led the Army of the Andes to liberate Peru beneath his epic monument, imagining the Andes in the middle of Buenos Aires. 

Modern Memories

Argentina’s recent military history is remembered more sombrely, and your guide will be able to tell you how the 1982 conflict – known in the English-speaking world as the Falklands War – was planned, and lost, in Buenos Aires. It is fitting that the main memorial to those dead is in the Plaza San Martin. Your guide will also be able to tell you how this conflict drastically changed Argentina’s relationship with Britain by the Torre Monumental, a red-brick building still bearing the British national coat of arms that used to be called the “Torre de los Ingleses”. They will also take you around the Museo de Armas de la Nacion. This museum, with the largest collection of weaponry in South America, covers all parts of Argentina’s military history with aplomb while giving a great view of pieces from across the globe.   

Full-day Introduction to Buenos Aires
·      Experience Argentina’s history in the Plaza de Mayo by the Casa Rosada
·      Go into the ruins of the old fort at the Museo del Bicentenario
·      Drive along the Avienda Rivadavia to the Congreso de la Nacion Argentino
·      Stop at the Plaza San Martin and see both the General San Martin Monument and the Monumento a los Caidos en Malvinas
·        Walk along the streets of the dead in the Cementerio de la Recoleta

Buenos Aires is a special place; a small piece of Europe in South America that is imbued with Latin charm. It holds a special place in Argentina’s history and cultural scene which can intimidate the first-time visitor. A superb guide makes this all fall away, so join us as we provide a panoramic view of the grandiose eccentricity that is Buenos Aires.   
Historic Heart

The Plaza de Mayo has a special place in Argentina’s consciousness. In the centre of the colonial city, it has been at the forefront of Argentine politics since the 16th century. Starting by the Cabildo, your personal guide will take you back in time for a taste of the revolutionary sentiment in the air when it was the focus point of the May Revolution in 1810. Walking through the square to the oldest political monument in Argentina, the Pyramide de Mayo, you will hear the stories of the surrounding buildings; from the strangely classical Catedral Metropolitana to the base of Argentina’s intelligence services. 

The jewel of the square though is most definitely the Casa Rosada. This pink presidential mansion has been the scene of many famous moments in Argentina’s history, not least Eva Peron’s addressing the “shirtless”; an event featured in the film on her life where she was played by Madonna. Going beneath the building, you will step into the ruins of the old colonial fort that once stood in the Casa Rosada’s place. Covered with presidential memorabilia, the Museo del Bicentenario is a great place to see interesting archaeological finds from throughout Argentina’s history. 

A Cultural Centre

Prepare for a ride with your personal driver along the Avienda Rivadavia. This key artery of the city has existed since the 19th century and is a superb place to witness Buenos Aires’ own unique version of chic. There is even a chance to experience Argentine café culture at its finest at the Café Tortoni. This unique establishment feels like a little piece of Paris in Buenos Aires and has been a great place to unwind since it was founded in 1858.

At the end of the route along the Avienda Rivadavia, you can stop for a walk outside the Congreso de la Nacion Argentino. This grand building, with a distinctive dome, has been the base of Argentine lawmakers since the early twentieth century and your guide will be able to show you the building’s artistic allegories. You will also be able to see some important artwork – including an original casting of Rodin’s The Thinker – in the Congressional Plaza just outside the building. Popping back into your car, there will be the opportunity to see the Teatro Colon; a majestic building which has played a central role in Argentine cultural life for over a century. 

City of Memory

Going to the Plaza San Martin, you will be visiting the site of a crucial battle in Argentina’s history; where the British General Whitelocke surrendered to the colonial forces in 1807, leaving the park with the nickname “Field of Glory”. Since then, it has only grown as a national site for Argentinians, and an excellent place to observe its very nuanced relationship with Britain. The location of the main memorial to the 1982 conflict, it also has a grand monument to Founding Father José San Martin and the Torre Monumental; a red-brick tower that locals still call the Torre de los Ingleses. 

Going for another drive in your private car, you will be able to see the famous Cementario de la Recoleta at sunset. This vast and brooding necropolis, a haven for the city’s wild cats, holds tombs with many interesting stories. Hear your guide speak of them, from Luis Vernet – Governor of the ill-fated Puerto Luis colony – and Rufina Cambaceres, who was reportedly buried alive in 1902.   


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