Beyond the usual highlights Buenos Aires offers, there is another part of the city which remains largely unknown and mostly inaccessible to most tourists. We’ll visit the “forgotten” and unknown neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, far off the typical tourist circuits, while delving into the remarkable stories of these off-the-beaten-path areas, as well their most important highlights.
In a cultural journey that explores both the past and present of the working class sectors of Buenos Aires, this tour rediscovers the important contributions made by workers and immigrants; as well as the history of tramways, tango, and soccer… all mixed into a melting pot of historical development.
The first stop on our off-the-beaten-path tour of Buenos Aires will be at Masonica Logia House, a meeting place for the freemason society of the city. Freemasonry began in Argentina in 1795 as a new branch of the world’s oldest and largest secular fraternal society. Often referred to as a “secret society,” freemasons learn and promote an ethical approach to life. This secret society has always been shrouded in mystery, and our expert guide has the key knowledge to give you an insight into this mystery! We wll then make our way to the working class neighborhood of Barracas, which was once home to some of the wealthiest families in Buenos Aires during the 18th century. However, this dramatically changed in 1871, when Yellow Fever swept through the neighborhood, forcing the elite to move out, and transforming it into the working class area that remains today.
Next up on our tour, will be the colorful Lanin Passageway, which is a quiet and visually-stunning street which acts as a permanent exhibition of urban art. As you walk down the short and winding passageway, you will see more than 30 façades of houses covered in bright colors and unique designs. You’ll also get to see murals created by local artist Marino Santa Maria.
Our journey will also also include a visit to the Nueva Pompeya district, known as the “cradle of the tango”, and a favorite haunt of the notorious tango lyricist Homero Manzi. Here, we will visit the Church of the Rosary Nueva Pompeya, where you will have the chance to bask upon and admire its gothic features.
Finally, we’ll explore the Boedo Avenue area, where along the way we’ll pass by the Alsina Bridge, a unique structure that is sure to catch your eye, as it is built to look like the façade of a castle! Boedo is home to some of the most emblematic cafes; the preferred places of dwelling of important writers and “tangueros” (tango dancers or singers), the likes of Homero Manzi Café (founded in 1927) and the Margot Café (founded in 1904).
After your half-day of blending the past and present of this usually unknown side of Buenos Aires, the tour will wrap up with a transfer back to your hotel, with a camera filled with pictures of places most tourists don’t ever get to know about!
Tour Itinerary: Masonic lodge, Hipólito Yrigoyen Station (1st Stop), Barracas, Lanín passageway (2nd Stop), Florentino Ameghino park, Parque Patricios and Nueva Pompeya districts, Nuestra Sra. de Pompeya Church (3rd Stop), Alsina bridge, Boedo Avenue (4th Stop), Margot and Manzi cafes.
Since you’ll be doing this tour with your own private vehicle and guide, you’ll be able to enjoy each attraction at your own pace; making all the stops you want, while enjoying personalized assistance and care from your expert guide. You’ll also enjoy more convenient and faster transfers to and from your hotel, as there will be no other travelers to pick up or drop off at other hotels
Important: the tour’s exact itinerary, stops and duration may change subject to decisions made by the tour guide, in order to optimize your tour experience.