Jorge Luís Borges, a great writer from Buenos Aires once said: “Argentineans are Italians who speak Spanish, think in French, and would like to be English.” A quote which perfectly reflects the well-earned reputation of Buenos Aires as being the most European city in the Americas. On our Free Tour of Retiro and Recoleta we will explore the most sophisticated area of the Argentinean capital which is so European in appearance and style, you can’t help but feel as if you’re walking down the streets of a capital from the old continent.
Discover how the wealthy 19th century bourgeoisie made a massive effort to “Europeanise” the city, materialising projects of great magnitude and worthy of Pharaohs; such as the Argentinean Pavilion of Paris’ 1898 World Exhibition which was dismantled piece-by-piece only to be put back together again on the other side of the Atlantic, or the Monumental Tower which is made only of British materials shipped across the ocean.
Learn about the ever-so-complicated relationship between the U.K. and Argentina, which was so fertile at the end of the 19th century, when the Victorian empire financed the construction of the railway and commerce was plentiful between both countries, yet so difficult at the end of the 20th century due to the Falklands War.
Walk through French shopping galleries built in imitation of the Bon Marche of Paris, but which copy the structure of the indoor streets of the Galleria Victor Emmanuel II of Milano. Admire the contrast between the late 19th century buildings and the impressive rationalist architecture from the mid-20th century, perfectly exemplified by the wonderful Kavanagh Building, an icon of Buenos Aires’ architecture. Finish the tour at the famous Recoleta Cemetery, one of the most beautiful in the world were you’ll be able to see mausoleums of some of the most famous individuals who called Argentina their home, including the mausoleum of Evita Perón.
On our Free Tour of Retiro and Recoleta, amongst palaces and monuments that will make you doubt over which side of the Atlantic you are on, you will not only understand the Argentinean idiosyncrasy - so different to the rest of America- but also enjoy the most elegant and sophisticated Latin-American capital of all!