Recommended Tours in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Jocelyn Mandryk)

 

Buenos Aires Local Tours: Buenos Aires Local Tours are free tours of Palermo, Abasto, Congreso and Plaza de Mayo and are a great way to get to know the city and the public transport system! Jonathan, the friendly Englishman in charge, takes visitors to both city landmarks and to lesser-known charmers that are often overlooked, with the purpose of showing the unseen side of the city. The tour is by foot, public bus and subway so some coins are needed but other than that there is no cost (although a well deserved tip is welcome).  The meeting point is the Garibaldi Statue in Plaza Italia at 11 am on Mondays through Saturdays. More information here.

San Telmo Art Walk: The San Telmo Art Walk is offered by Juanele every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm and guides you through the who is who and what is what of these art-ridden streets. The three-hour walk includes a tour of both the street art and galleries. A great way to get to know the current Buenos Aires art scene whilst getting to know its charming old-style San Telmo neighborhood. More information here.

Foto Ruta: Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandryk (who took Fierro’s latest photographs) and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs so that they can explore the local colors and characters through the lens from a new perspective, finding what they normally wouldn’t on a typical tourist location. An added element is brought to the experience as the tour group gathers towards the end, sharing and discussing the pictures and different interpretations of the guidelines.

The Foto Ruta tour runs every Saturday from 2pm-6pm and costs 100 pesos. Upcoming locations are listed on the Foto Ruta webpage.

Graffiti Mundo: Aiming to promote the urban art scene in Buenos Aires, Graffitimundo offers off the beaten path tours of the city’s street art. Group tours, Bike tours and Private tours are available for those interested in learning more about these unique murals and the political and social context behind them.  For those looking to get involved in the creative process itself they offer a great stencil workshop as well.

More information on Graffitimundo tours, workshops and local street artists here.

Argentina Polo Day: To really get to know Polo, and why not, play it, Argentina Polo Day have put together an excursion combining a taste of traditional foods and wines, relaxing and leisure by the pool and amidst nature, and of course horseback riding, polo lessons, polo matches and the chance to interact with some of the best local players and coaches.

Argentina Polo Day takes place in a countryside setting at just a 45-minute car ride away from Buenos Aires, and transportation can be arranged if needed. The tours run every day and must be booked in advance. More information here.

Cooking Tours with Teresita: Different cooking classes and food tours are offered in this bed and breakfast in the outskirts of the city. Whether its a short empanada lesson, a one day food tour or a chance to make asado you’re sure to enjoy this popular option, where you will be able to cook and sample delicious local food and wines. More information here.

The Man Tour: Landing Pad BA offers this exclusive tour for gentlemen in which the Caballito, Congreso and Belgrano neighborhoods are toured with special stops at a traditional barber for a hot lather and straight razor shave, at a hatter for a fitting using techniques and equipment from the 1920´s, and finally at a cigar bar for a complimentary drink and cigar. More information here.

We Recommend: Argentina Polo Day

(Photo by ARGENTINA POLO DAY)

One of Argentina’s great attractions is its equestrian culture, manifested in the game of Polo, which Argentine teams are internationally renowned for.

To really get to know Polo, and why not, play it,  Argentina Polo Day have  put together an excursion combining a taste of traditional foods and wines, relaxing and leisure by the pool and amidst nature, and of course horseback riding, polo lessons, polo matches and the chance to interact with some of the best local players and coaches.

The day begins with empanadas, wine and an explanation of the sport and the horses. After filling up a bit, professional players play a match with bilingual commentators explaining what is going on. After the game a typical asado is served and in the afternoon beginner polo lessons are taught and poolside relaxing encouraged, completing a day full of fun filled activities and local culture.

Argentina Polo Day takes place in a countryside setting at just a 45-minute car ride away from Buenos Aires, and transportation can be arranged if needed. The tours run every day and must be booked in advance.

 

Contact:

153 108 1025

ruben@argentinapoloday.com.ar

http://www.argentinapoloday.com.ar

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Aracelota)

The Lunfardo and Tango bookfair kicked off yesterday in San Telmo, offering a variety of tango paraphernalia, readings and shows. The fair will be held until the 30th of December from 3pm-9pm at the Academia Porteña del Lunfardo.  Estados Unidos 1379, San Telmo. 4383.2393

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz  for a guitar concert by Alvarado starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012.

 

Tuesday

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For an off the beaten path activity, don’t miss Fueguia in Palermo, a scent lab where you can sniff out nature, or aromatic blends reminiscent of writers such as Borges. Cabello 3791, 2 J, Palermo. 4806-5619.

In the evening starting at 7pm you can explore the city’s art galleries and museums at the last Gallery Night of the year.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Colombia Travel)

The International Artisan Fair is being held this week at La Rural and is a great chance to see and purchase local and international artisan designs whilst getting to watch the artisans at work. Open 3-10pm daily, until 11th December. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

In the evening catch one of the circus shows being put on at Campus Polo Circo starting 7pm. Av. Juan de Garay and Combate de los Pozos, Parque Patricios.

 

Thursday

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Head to the Japanese gardens in Palermo and visit the annual exhibit of Japanese paintings. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

(Photo by Argentina Polo Day)

Book you place with Argentina Polo day and spend the day out in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. The day includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons , the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado,  and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Argentines cross over to Uruguay frequently for weekend getaways to lovely towns and summer holidays at the beach. One of the common destinations for a weekend away is Colonia del Sacramento, a historic town founded in 1680 with a combination of Portuguese, Spanish colonial and Post-Colonial styles. Take a ferry to this unique town for a short rest from the busy city.  Ferry rides available form Buquebus and Colonia Express.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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A special exhibit of renowned artist Quinquela Martin´s drawings is being showcased at the Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca.

In the evening Julio Morales y los Afro Argentos  will be playing their new material from “Un Pasaje a otro Planeta” featuring funk, Afro Cuban rhythms and electronic music at the Teatro Alvear

For dinner head to one of the city’s Italian restaurants (we suggest Doppio Zero) and order a plate of gnocchi. Local tradition says that on the 29th of every month money must be placed under a plate of gnocchi in order to increase fortune!

 

Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca Quinquela Martin

Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca

4301-1080 ‎

 

Teatro Alvear

Av. Corrientes 1659, downtown

4374 6076

 

Doppio Zero

Soldado de La Independencia 1238, Las Cañitas

4899 0162

Open Tue- Sat 8.30pm- closing and Sun 12.30pm-4pm

 

Wednesday

Aiming to promote the urban art scene in Buenos Aires Graffitimundo offers an off the beaten path tour of the city streets. Group tours are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting at 3pm for those interested in learning more about the local street art and the political and social context that is behind it. This is a great option to get to know another side of Buenos Aires. More information on meeting points and prices here.

In the evening head to the Abasto neighborhood for a taste of tango presented by the Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro at the Club Atletico Fernández Fierro starting at 10pm.

 

Club Atlético Fernández Fierro

Sánchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto

caff@fernandezfierro.com

 

Thursday

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If your planning to visit the city center to see the obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colón Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas (the local water company) headquarters and also as a museum.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

 

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm

Tel: (54-11) 6319-1104

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by ag2078)

Take a walk down Puerto Madero to the ecological reserve where you can get the best view of the city and see some of the local flora and fauna!

In the evening join the BA Palermo Pub Crawl and get to know other travelers and the Buenos Aires nightlife. The pub crawl includes pizza, beer and wine from 10-11pm, complimentary shooters at 3 bars, drink discounts, and a club admission to Crobar, for a total of 100pesos. The night begins at Kuantum, in Palermo at 10pm.

 

BA Pub Crawl

15 5464 1886

Kuantum

 El Salvador 5567, Palermo

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Simba tango)

The annual Campeonato Abierto de Polo is being held every Saturday and Sunday until the 10th of December at the Campo Argentino de Polo. This is a great chance for those looking to participate in a truly Argentine experience and watch top quality Polo. Tickets available here. Av. Del Libertador 4350, Palermo. 4777-8005

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Start the week by browsing books and sitting down for a read over coffee at the stunning Ateneo Grand Splendid. The impressive bookstore is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty.

 

Ateneo Grand Splendid

Av. Santa Fe 1860

4813.6052

 

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

 

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

 

Tuesday

(Photo by doisporai)

Head to the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano where an impressive display of antique and religious objects, furniture, silver, and paintings dating back to the 1700´s are sure to take you back to a key historic moment where two very different cultures collided to define what South America is today. The museum will also be showcasing a special exhibit of renowned photographer Franz Mayer’s work.

Live jazz and tarot readings will be held at Centro Cultural Matienzo staring 6pm.

 

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano

Isaac Fernández Blanco

Suipacha 1422

4327.0272

 

Centro Cultural Matienzo

Matienzo 2424, Belgrano

info@ccmatienzo.com.ar

15-6610-1520

 

Wednesday

Head to the Carlos Gardel Museum to see the special exhibit on Tita Merello, a famous Argentine actress and singer.

In the evening Manu Chao will be playing at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets available here.

 

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Abasto

4964-2015

 

Estadio Malvinas Argentinas

Gutemberg 360, Caballito

 

Thursday

(Photo by neural.it)

The Cultura y Media 6 festival kicks of on Thursday and runs through to Saturday showcasing visual art work and mixed media which incorporates new technology and interesting ways of rethinking culture. Check out the full program here.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by blmurch)

Take a day trip to the local bakery, butcher shop and market where Teresita will show you all the traditional foods and ingredients. Afterwards go back to her home and learnt to make empanadas before having a delicious gourmet 4-course meal with wine pairings! More on Teresita’s culinary tour here.

In the evening head to the Teatro Verdi to participate in the great milonga that will be held as part of the Festival de Tango de La Boca! (make sure to arrange for transport to and from the location with the Hotel as La Boca is dodgy at night).

 

Teatro Verdi

Almirante Brown 763, La Boca.

4361-2547

4361-7837

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by El Garza)

The IV Festival de Musica de la Revolucion Mejicana will be held at the Palermo Rosedal this Saturday starting at midday and offering a variety of activities related to the Mexican revolution including live music and a food and culture fair. Av. Alcorta and Sarmiento.

The annual Campeonato Abierto de Polo is being held every Saturday and Sunday until the 10th of December at the Campo Argentino de Polo. This is a great chance for those looking to participate in a truly Argentine experience and watch top quality Polo. Tickets available here. Av. Del Libertador 4350, Palermo. 4777-8005

 

Coming Up: Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo

(Photo by Bruno Belcastro)

The annual Campeonato Abierto de Polo will be kicking off this weekend in Palermo. The event, which was first carried out in 1893,  is the most important Polo competition of the year and is also one of the most frequented social functions by the local elite and international polo players.

The tournament will begin this Saturday 19th of November and will be held every weekend until the 10th of December at the Campo Argentino de Polo. This is a great chance for those looking to participate in a truly Argentine experience and watch top quality Polo.

Tickets available here.

 

Campo Argentino de Polo

Av. Del Libertador 4350 – Palermo

4777-8005

Spring in Buenos Aires

Spring festivities are common in most countries as it is the season of renewal and rebirth. In Argentina, every 21st of September students celebrate their day and the arrival of spring by gathering in parks to share picnics and listen to live bands anticipating the months to come.

Buenos Aires is particularly nice in the spring as the moderate temperatures, flowering vegetation and wide range of activities bring it to life.

Some of the city´s spring highlights are:

The City Flowers:. The Palermo rose garden (Rosedal) is one of the most stunning parks of the city and is at its brightest in spring when its over 12000 variety of roses are in full bloom. The purple jacarandas also pop up paving the city streets with their unique purple flowers whilst the abundant orange blossoms perfume the air. There is also currently an exhibit of flower sculptures by local artists being displayed at the Plaza San Martin.

(Photo by ag2078)

High Handicap Polo Season:  Buenos Aires is known for it’s Polo tournaments which are held from the end of August to the beginning of December. More information on matches herePolo Elite also offers polo lessons and English speaking polo player guides for the tournaments.

(Photo by daveoleary)

Live music and performances: Spring is the season for international rock and pop acts and festivals, the Creamfields electronic festival, the independent theatre festival and jazz festival, all held through the months of September-December. More information of this year’s line-up and tickets here.

(Photo by alrom)

Spring is also a wonderful season for short trips to estancias, to Tigre and to small towns like San Antonio de Areco, amongst others. Outdoor tango is also danced in many parks at dusk and you’re sure to smell weekend asados comming from the peoples houses.