Did you ever wonder where the locals gather to sing tango, dance tango, and what they really like to do, eat and drink in Buenos Aires?
We will be catching public transport, and walking around three of the traditional tango neighborhoods, so you’ll get an authentic daytime tango experience.
This cultural journey provides a fascinating introduction into the history of tango, exploring the places off the beaten track in the heart of the city.
Here are some of the places we will be visiting, sharing the myths and legends handed down over the generations:
- Balvanera neighborhood: where the tango dance acquired its notorious erotic overtones. The tango relationship with organized crime and the white slave trade.
- Abasto: The area of Carlos Gardel – an area where you can feel tango and art on every corner-.
- An incredible large shopping mall that used to be the city’s central wholesale fruit and vegetable market. The original art deco building & structure remain largely untouched.
- The monument to Carlos Gardel, the most famous tango singer in history, and the monument to the bandoneon.
- Houses facades and shops covered in “fileteado” artwork. A creative art, one-of-a-kind, full of vivid colored ornaments and symmetries. The style of painting associated with Buenos Aires that has much to do with tango and that have been part of the culture of the Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) since the beginnings of the 20th century.
- A tango clothes and shoes store.
- Carlos Gardel museum (closed on Tuesdays): The chorizo (sausage) style house where he lived.
- A legendary tango salon where the locals gather at night to dance, in a refurbished grain silo. This unbelievable salon, a historic building from the 19th century, will amaze you with its bizarre variety of artifacts and art.
- A truly impressive traditional porteño stop: one of the oldest tea/coffee houses in the city that Carlos Gardel himself used to visit. Here you can enjoy fresh coffee and delicious argentine pastries.
- An old fashioned barber shop and a living museum, named as one of the best barbershops in the world. It is also a pulpería where the neighbors gather to sing tango on Thursdays and Fridays. A pulpería was a place were gauchos used to gather to drink and to play the traditional game of payadas that contributed to the creation of tango. Here we can have a drink, joining the spirit of the gauchos, tasting an Argentine liquor whose aroma and flavor are something truly unique and different.
- One of the best preserved historical neighborhood markets in the city.
- And of course all the little places and cultural goings on in between that you would never have the opportunity to explore if you didn’t know a local.
Note: Because we enter most of the buildings that we visit you will receive a truly personal experience of each place that most large walking tours won’t be able to offer.
Availability: Tours run Tuesday through Saturday (except on holidays). To coincide with the opening hours of the places, the tour starts at 3:30 p.m. Booking ahead is required.
If it fits into your schedule, we recommend that you take this tour on a Thursday or on a Friday so you can listen to the locals singing tango.
Duration: 3 1/2hours (approximately)
Price: US$35 p/p. Small group tour.
Public transportation tickets and the entrance fees to the Carlos Gardel museum and the tango salon are included.
What’s not included: Transportation to and from the meeting place, snacks, coffee and drinks during the tour.
Meet: Corrientes Ave. 3300 (corner of Corrientes Ave. and Aguero Street) outside the Credicoop Bank, opposite the Abasto Shopping Mall. Map
To get to the meeting point you can take a taxi or subway line “B” (red color). If you take the subway get off at “Carlos Gardel” station . When you arrive and you are at the street level, just check out the corner of the Credicoop Bank.
Please contact me to reserve your spot: