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“Brilliant introduction to the city”

Buenos Aires Local Tours
Ranked #35 of 281 Tours in Buenos Aires
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Owner description: A "Pay What You Want" tour, Buenos Aires Local Tours, is a great introduction to the past and present of Buenos Aires. You'll travel by public bus, subway and foot to see the Buenos Aires most tourists miss. Visiting Abasto, Congreso and Plaza de Mayo and it's the perfect way to get to know the city as a local does. Run by English & American expats, there are regular group "Pay What You Want" tours, and a private custom tour service is also available if you would like to visit other areas such as Recoleta (& the cemetery), La Boca or San Telmo.
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3 reviews
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“Brilliant introduction to the city”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

What a great way to be welcomed to BA. A friendly informative gallavant around the city. Much needed intro to public transport too.

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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“An informative and entertaining tour!”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Jonathan was fantastic. We learned a lot. Afterward he sent us lots of helpful info about things to do, bars and restaurants,etc. And he offered to answer questions via email. This is a great intro to BA.

Visited January 2013
Thank Mary W
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230 reviews
77 attraction reviews
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“A snap shot of the city”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Do this first to know where to go and where not to bother if short on time.
We wanted to go to La Boca but after doing the trip are glad we didn't. Equally after the tour we revisited Recoletta many times

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Get around like a local”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

After reading the reviews for Jonathan's tour, I decided to book the tour for 18 January. Once the group assembled at Plaza Italia, Jonathan explained that we'd be using local transportation to get around the city. He also explained how to decipher the "Guida T" (bus guide) to find a proper bus route and that the buses only take coins. I suffered a brief panic when I realized I had no coins; however, Jonathan quickly relieved the panic by offering to exchange paper for coins.

Once everyone in the group had the proper coinage our tour commenced by queueing for the bus (the locals are very serious about queueing) and subsequently riding the bus to the home of the face of Tango -- Carlos Gardel -- in the Abasto district.

After learning about Carlos and his various exploits we had a short break for lunch at the Abasto indoor shopping mall, formerly the Buenos Aires central market.

From there we traveled by subway to congressional plaza. The trip didn't require coins since there were attendants on hand to make change. After learning about Kilometer Zero and other Buenos Aires history we walked down Avienda de Mayo (pronounced "MAH sho" Jonathan explained) to Casa Rosada, the offices of the executive branch of the Argentinian government. Along the way we passed several points of interest, including a reference to Dante's Inferno, Cafe Tortoni, and ultimately the symbols of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo.

For anyone wanting to know how to get around Buenos Aires like a local and absorbing some Argentinian history along the way, one would be well informed by taking this tour.

A few hints if you take the tour:
* Have $2 and $1 pesos on hand for the bus
* If you must carry a bag, carry an old one.
* If you carry a bag, keep it in front of you when riding public transit.
* I never felt unsafe while on the tour, but be vigilant. As Jonathan told us: "a little paranoia goes a long way"

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Great insight into BA!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

This tour is the first thing that you should do when you arrive in Buenos Aires
- Jonathan shows you how to use the bus and train system which is extremely useful and can save you heaps of money on taxis
- Very clear and easy to understand
- A great insight into Argentinian culture and its history
- Find about the main attractions in Buenos Aires and how you can spend the remainder of your stay.

I would definitely recommend this for anyone who has just landed in Buenos Aires and has no idea about what to do and how to get around.

Visited December 2012
Thank Arvind K
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