Touring with Cultura Cercana was the best decision we made while planning for our trip to BA. The positive reviews (like this one is going to be) are absolutely accurate. We spent two full days with the folks from this company, and it enhanced our trip immeasurably. Our first day was the full day driving tour of Buenos Aires, and our guide, Luciano was warm, funny, and a virtual encyclopedia of Argentine history, lore and personal tidbits of life in BA. We explored sights, monuments and neighborhoods all over the city.....but before we started, Luciano took the time to ask US questions about our interests and wishes. From the bullet holes in the buildings surrounding the Casa Rosada, to the history behind the nature preserve adjacent to Puerto Madero, to the "real" restaurant in an off the beaten path for lunch, he pointed things out that we would never have learned elsewhere or from some generic tour company. This tour is a must. Our second day with Cultura Cercana was equally amazing, and in fact, created lasting memories for our family that we still often talk about. We took the full day tour up to Tigre -- Andreas and Milta are truly wonderful people and we actually felt like portenos, going up to the "country" for a day. Stopping around San Isidro for a bit (we love real estate and wanted to see some of the spectacular homes), we arrived in the small town of Tigre and almost immediately boarded Andreas' speedboat for an incredibly ride through the winding rivers of this facinating part of the country. With literally thousands of tiny islands, many of which are lined with homes and docks, zipping around on our way to Andreas' home was a real experience. If any readers feel reluctant uneasy about visiting someone's private home, don't......these two guides make you feel so at ease, it is like you are with your own family. The house is clean and quaint -- but most of the time is spent in the outside covered living space in the back. Lunch was wonderful -- starting out with the homemade peperoni and sausages and cheeses, and followed by delicious ravioli, which is delivered daily by the "ravioli boat" -- there is an entire system of commerce that exists in this region, with different boats selling their wares and going from dock to dock -- good wine, good food and great people was a terrific combination. After lunch, a walk around the island, meeting a few of the locals and even having someone's puppy follow us all the way back to Andrea's house, who wound up staying with us for the rest of the day. (we nicknamed him "Pedro") who was heartbroken and chased our boat from along the shore when we had to leave.). What could be better? A tango lesson. Milta and Andreas are professional dancers and after a little demonstration, we actually tried ourselves and had so much fun. Eventually back to Tigre and then we were driven right back to our hotel in Recoleta. My point is that if you want to do something a little bit out of the ordinary, and have a truly amazing day, Cultura Cercana's day in Tigre is what you must do. We give our highest recommendation to this company, and to Luciano, Andreas and Milta for giving us experiences that we will remember for years.
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