Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jewels Off the Beaten Path

with Elisa D.

60 reviews

Elisa D.

Discover the architectural jewels of Buenos Aires that most tourists miss.

In this distinctive walking tour, first we will connect some unique spots that are not in the touristic circuit. Then, you will enjoy discovering the jewels of a neighborhood (not listed in guidebooks) that you would never have the opportunity to explore without knowing a local.

We will visit the following:

The second most-beautiful book shop in the world: an old theater that was converted into a book shop. A prominent British periodical named it second in its 2008 list of the World's Ten Best Bookshops. Just stepping inside this former grand theater will take your breath away.

A massive Victorian structure that many people stop and look at in wonder: A fantastic palace of more than 300,000 lustrous, multicolored tiles and glazed and enamel bricks.

The area of Carlos Gardel – the most famous tango singer in history.

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.

Impressive buildings with a variety of architectural styles (including art nouveau).

House 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.

Carlos Gardel museum (closed on Tuesdays - entrance fee included-): The chorizo (sausage) style house where he lived.

Also, expect to view creative street art and murals painted by local artists, a tango clothes and shoes store, etc. for a most memorable experience.

Availability: Tours run every day (except on some holidays). Morning tour starts on or after 10:00 a.m. Please message me before booking to confirm availability.

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Elisa D.

I am a Buenos Aires native who loves interacting with people and sharing my deep knowledge and passion for this city: its history, art, architecture, food, literature etc. The tours I offer are meant for people who love to explore places off the beaten track, and for those who enjoy discovering hidden gems. My Past and Present occupations: I was a bilingual assistant for a medical tourism company, history research assistant, and an adviser to a travel magazine about places and activities in Argentina. I have taken classes in Argentine literature and history, tourism, History of Art, Latin American Art, architecture and the history of Buenos Aires and its neighborhoods. Each of my tours lasts around 3 hours. We could take longer, as I am flexible to accommodate the needs and questions you might have. And if you want to linger a while, don't worry -- this is your tour and, because I only book small parties, you can linger all you want. This is not your typical "hurry-hurry" tour. Full profile

60 Reviews

Ruth H.

If you want to experience Buenos Aires a very different way from the tour books, try Jewels off the Beaten Path. Elisa will show you The Abasto Mall where there is a kosher McDonalds and beautiful architecture. You will feel the real pulse and "feel" of the city as you walk with Elisa and see the neighborhood of Carlos Gardel, the King of Tango. The best is that Elisa really knows her city and she is always learning more about Buenos Aires! Her talk is not a talk she gives by memory but by love!At the end of your "experience" you will really have a feel for this amazing city.

Julian L.

“An Awesome, Meaningful Experience and an Absolute Must Do on your visit to Buenos Aires” What a wonderfully delightful time! I absolutely loved it. Elisa is incredibly knowledgeable gained from extensive research that she will share with you in such an entertaining way that you won't even realize how much information you are soaking up. She is an exceptional guide, engaging, professional and very friendly, and has a passion for the history she imparts. She really enjoys giving the tour. She introduced me to a Buenos Aires that I had never seen. What I learned was amazing and far more than I expected. Who knew that the European immigrants made such a contribution to Argentinian’s art. This terrific walking tour was culturally enriching, very educational, the sites were captivating and most importantly a memorable experience of a lifetime. I am forever appreciative. You also get to some parts of the city that aren't on the standard tourist routes. (BA is just so large!). Above and beyond anything else, the information I received from this tour helped me to understand the culture of BA; the flavor of the city. This was one of the most interesting tour and I have ever done. My only wish is that it would be longer.... I could've listened to her all day It was just amazing to listen and learn as Elisa vividly narrated delightful historical facts told in entertaining stories you've never learned in any history class. You will have a number of "aha' moments as you learn the whys and hows the palaces were built. I have taken all of Elisa’s tours and they all exceeded my expectations. I explored BA like you would not believe. I encourage anyone visiting BA to include them in your itinerary. Don't hesitate! . I Highly recommend them .She always takes you to the most amazing places, she takes her time to answer your questions with a smile and takes into consideration each person's particular interest. I was also allotted time to stop for photo ops! Before, I always told folks, "You have not experienced Buenos Aires until you have watched tango dancers, sipped wine and eat beef", I now amend that statement to say, "You have not fully experienced Buenos Aires until you have taken Elisa’s tours. I truly enjoyed spending the three hours with her. Don't miss this tour. It is fantastic!!!

Lucy O.

It was fascinating discovering buildings and other features of Buenos Aires that I would never have found on my own. Elisa is very knowledgeable and passionate about her city and I had a great time. I even went back on my own to one of the places she took me to take another look.

Patrick C.

Having been lucky enough to do three of Elisa´s tours I can´t recommend her highly enough. This tour is great to see a unique part of Buenos Aires´ history and especially become acquainted with the famous Carlos Gardel! I feel that after doing Elisa´s tours that I have seen the "real" Buenos Aires and had the bonus of being able to discuss differrent topics with a native Porteño! 5 stars!

Laurence A.

Very nice tour with Elisa. We've had an off the records insight of Buenos Aires with a glimpse of History. She's walked us to places that not all tourists go to . Thanks .

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