Buenos Aires: the land of tango, empanadas, yerba mate, Evita and Perón. Where to start in the “Paris of the south”? We’ve curated the “must see” sights and flavors of this cosmopolitan South American city into a compact day and a half itinerary. This option is especially geared toward travelers new to the city and wanting the full context but who have limited time. While this is our recommended itinerary, we can customize your experience according to your time and interests.
Day 1 : The Basics in Context
- 9am: Welcome coffee and city orientation
- 10am: Introduction to Argentinian history tour
- 1:30pm: Lunch in cafe downtown
- 2:30pm: Free time for independent exploration or rest
- 4:30pm: Tour of tango history, music and dance in a local milonga (tango club)
We’ll start the adventure at your doorstep and a short taxi ride to a nearby café. Over a coffee or snack, our expert guide will introduce you to the city and you’ll plan the rest of your time together and gain insights on exploring this cultural megalopolis. We’ll dive right in to our best-selling history tour
which covers the entirety of Argentina’s intricate history from pampas and Spanish colonization, through dictatorships to today’s republic. With appetite for knowledge satiated but tummy quite empty, we’ll grab a bite at a sandwich shop, a favorite by locals for their steak sandwiches. Here our guide can engage a discussion on the country’s famous meat culture.
After lunch, you have a few hours free to use as you wish. Perhaps the traditional crafts and antiques market is calling your name? Perhaps the jetlag has you wishing for a quick siesta? Our guide can offer suggestions for structured wandering or tips for beating the traffic to your desired location. Finally, as dusk grows near, we will meet up with another expert to switch the topic to a favorite of the Argentine people: tango. At a little-known afternoon locals-only milonga, tango dance hall, we will have the chance to discuss the multifaceted history of this complex artform. We’ll learn some of the hidden milonga codes of conduct, and watch the dance as locals do it, which is a more authentic alternative to the flashy and touristic tango dinner shows. We’ll also grab a tasty local snack here before we bid adieu for the evening.
Day 2: The Golden Age in Context
- 10am: Welcome at accommodation and transport to start point
- 10:30am: Belle Epoque architecture tour in downtown and Retiro neighborhoods
- 1pm: Annotated lunch, the “Bodegón” experience
Day 2 also begins at your accommodation and a short taxi ride to the meeting point of the first tour. A great compliment to day one’s activities is our Buenos Aires Architecture Tour: the Belle Epoque Era
. On this tour, you’ll get the background on the city’s most picturesque neighborhoods and learn why Buenos Aires is known as the “Paris of the south.”
Following the 2 hour architecture tour, we will meet up with a food expert and take a deep plunge into the Italian and Spanish influence on the city’s culinary tradition. Known as “Italo-hispano” cuisine, this bodegón experience with a food expert will enlighten both your knowledge and taste buds to new flavors developed uniquely here.
You may book The Full Context package as you would any tour on our website. However, due to the logistics of organizing the package, we cannot accept requests for dates under 9 days in advance at this time. Also, as the package covers a diversity of topics, you will be assigned several experts during the experience so that all topics are covered in the depth of expertise Context is known for.
What if I arrive in the morning? Can the itinerary adjust to begin in the afternoon of my arrival?
Yes. For simplicity, we would switch Day 2 with Day 1, and it could begin as late as 4pm. If this work-around is not idea for your schedule, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our US office and we can fully customize an itinerary for you.
What is included in the package?
Besides the time with the expert guide, you’ll notice there will be a per-person add on fee to cover the costs of lunch on both days, taxi rides, entry fees, coffees and small snacks. If you prefer to order beyond what is included in the package, the guide can assist you in ordering and paying for those additional expenses. Please let us know if you have any dietary preferences or restrictions in the notes section during checkout. For maximum flexibility and comfort, we did not include a snack during the tango outing so that you are free to order according to your interest. For this, it would be helpful to have about 300 pesos per person in cash with you.
What if we need to cancel our tour?
Due to the increased complexity of this booking, we must adhere to a stricter cancellation policy where all sales are final 4 days (96 hours) prior to the start time of package, and any cancellations outside of this timeframe would be refunded at a rate of 70% of full price.
Are the guides flexible as to meetup times and locations?
We understand that you have limited time and may have other obligations. Please let us know of any special requests or time constraints as early as possible and we will do our best to accommodate. Once the booking is confirmed and charged, you may be subject to a change fee of $30, and changes may not be possible within 9 days of the tour date.