The Political Tour: Traces of Buenos Aires is a cultural experience that stands out among the classic city tours of the Argentine capital, since it shows emblematic places and nooks that are truly hidden from the downtown of Buenos Aires and resignifies them in their historical context. The Argentine society is so politically active that you can’t miss this tour specially designed to discover the nuances of this interesting and complex country.

The Political Tour in Buenos Aires explores the city from another perspective / Photo: Daytours4u

This guided walking tour took place on a Wednesday and started at 11:00 a.m., not a minute late nor a minute early. The punctuality of our guide and the group of tourists that took the tour were essential to take advantage of every second of the tour and move forward through the microcentro at a steady pace. The first place we visited was the Church of San Ignacio, the oldest in the city built between 1686 and 1722. Here, our guide explained the importance of Catholicism in the country and its role during the colonial era.

We then walked to the monument dedicated to General Julio Argentino Roca, the place where we were able to realize why it is a political tour and not a historical one, because rather than narrating the facts, our guide presented us with at least two versions of the opinion that the Argentines have about Roca: was he a hero or a genocide? This opportunity to reflect and even debate was made possible during the entire trip, especially regarding sensitive issues such as the last Argentine dictatorship that took place between 1976 and 1983.

The guided tour also includes inside information about Buenos Aires architecture

We also visited the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires; not for religious reasons, but rather for historical ones, since the Mausoleum of José de San Martín -one of the liberators of America-is there. We also discovered the most important events in the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada (seat of the Executive Power of the Argentine Republic), as well as the succession of multiple presidents in just 11 days during the year 2001.

We had room to learn a bit about the charming and varied architecture of downtown Buenos Aires and even entered a secret garden, known by very few locals, which is located inside a convent on Reconquista Street. A true oasis in the middle of Buenos Aires euphoric everyday life! We also had the opportunity to talk about Maria Eva Duarte de Perón and our guide did his best so that at the end of the tour we would remember Evita for what she meant for Argentina and not for the musical starring Madonna.

Our tour ended at the popular Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo where we were lucky enough to see the talented artists from the area performing their musical presentations. This excursion was undoubtedly an excellent opportunity to discover the complexity of Buenos Aires and as we are just a few days away from commemorating the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice for the missing people from the last military dictatorship (March 24) it seems appropriate to offer this tour as an enlightening and unique experience.

The tour, ideal to discover the complexity of Buenos Aires, ended at the Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo / Photo: Daytours4u

Details about the Political Tour in Buenos Aires

- Includes bilingual guide and private walking tour.

- Days and hours: Monday at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

- Length: 4 hours approximately.

- Price: USD 15

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By: Keilma Rojas, web content editor for Daytours4u