Plaza de Mayo: The Heart of Buenos Aires Private Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself into 200 years of the history of Buenos Aires exploring Plaza de Mayo, the heart of the city with some of the most emblematic buildings, on this 2-hour private walking tour.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

The Plaza de Mayo has been the hub of Argentina’s national life since its foundation, and its inception moment at the Cabildo, located in Plaza de Mayo.  Walk around this historic space with a private guide who will show you where Argentina’s national story began and has continued to unfold. 

On this short walking tour, you will:

  • Explore Plaza de Mayo: the oldest and most important square in Buenos Aires which has witnessed many powerful political and social moments;
  • Walk by the Cabildo: the old headquarters of the Rio de la Plata Viceroyalty in the colonial era;
  • Step into Buenos Aires Cathedral: a peculiar neoclassical style church where Pope Francis used to lead mass as Archbishop of Buenos Aires;
  • Learn about Casa Rosada: where the president holds office with a particular pink colour;
  • Visit Museo del Bicentenario (also known as Museo Casa Rosada):  Argentina's past presidencies museum to learn more about its rich history. Note: presently the museum is only open on weekends.  
Starting with the Cabildo, you will learn about the history of the square, which was set up by the Spanish to be the centre of their new colony. Telling the story of how Buenos Aires developed during the Spanish Empire, when the building was the seat of local government, your own personal guide will take you back in time to the May Revolution when Argentina achieved its independence. 

Walking around the square, your guide will point out important buildings that have all played a part in Argentina’s development and you will learn all of their stories. There will also be poignant reminders of the square's role as a centre for dissent, from Peronist demonstrations to the maternal anger of the Madres and Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo

Overlooking the plaza, at the far end of the Cabildo, stands the Casa Rosada. Despite only holding the Presidents’ offices, the pink-painted building retains a distinctive role as a symbol of Argentina. 

Your tour will end at the Museo del Bicentenario, where each exhibit tells a story, whether of presidential extravagance or the lives of Spanish soldiers hundreds of years ago. Your guide will highlight the most interesting sections you must see so you can enjoy them at your own leisure if you wish to stay longer.

Please note: the museum is only open on weekends. This is a minor part of your tour, and your guide will substitute it with other equally impressive attractions. However, if you wish to visit the museum with a guide, be sure to book a weekend tour. 

Tour duration
2 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour: no transportation is included

Tickets included
- English-speaking tour guide

Other inclusions
- Gratuities optional
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off are not included
- Food & drinks are not included

Suitable for
Couples, Family, Friends, Seniors

Attractions along this route:

Casa Rosada
The Casa Rosada or Pink House is an emblematic building of Buenos Aires located in Plaza de Mayo square. It holds the House of Argentina's Government and you can find the President's office and a Museum for past presidencies in Argentina.

Museo Casa Rosada
The Museo Casa Rosada is located in the old galleries of the Buenos Aires Customs building and it was inaugurated in 2011. It showcases a big number of memorabilia objects of past presidents and it's the perfect opportunity to learn Argentina's history from 1810 to present in a glimpse.

Plaza de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo is the most emblematic square and the main foundational centre of the city of Buenos Aires. It has witnessed many moments of huge historical value for Argentina such as the May Revolution, which the square was named after.

The Cabildo de Buenos Aires is the former colonial town hall that witnessed epic debates during the May Revolution of 1810. It used to be the former seat of the council in the colonial era and It was built in 1751. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, part of the building was demolished to widen the Avenues that run on the laterals.

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires
The Catedral Metropolitana is an important Catholic Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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