Buenos Aires, Argentina

Caballito Through the Ages

with Elisa D.

58 reviews

Elisa D.

A unique walking tour that explores the hidden gems of Buenos Aires found in a neighborhood that you will not find in guidebooks.

We will travel back in time to the 19th and early 20th century to get a taste of the rich cultural and culinary history of B.A. We will visit an amazing historic market built in 1889, and there you will learn about our local food, fresh produce, etc.

I will show you an unusual place: an incredible old fashioned barber shop and gauchos’ bar (gauchos= Argentine cowboys) that also functions as the only living museum of its type in this hemisphere. It is a very cool place that feels like it is from a century ago and it was named as one of the best barbershops in the world.

We will stroll through “the English district” discovering its gorgeous diversity of architectural styles.

I will take you to some other interesting places that are also far from the usual tourist stops so you will have an authentic local experience of the real B.A. Also, this tour is not done in the traditional tour group style as we go inside several places.

We will take a short ride on the bus, an important part of the everyday life of porteños (people from B.A). - Bus ticket incl.-

We will visit a19th century colorful alley and the church Pope Francis was baptized in. It is one of the most beautiful churches in the city and the most awe-inspiring you have ever seen!

We will also visit a legendary tango salon that was once used as a grain silo. This unbelievable salon will amaze you with its bizarre variety of artifacts and art.

Finally, we will check out a truly impressive 19th century tea/coffee house and bakery with golden chandeliers, Italian marble floors, and French stained-glass windows.
Some say that it looks like a Roman Palace from the movies!

Availability: Tours run Tuesday through Saturday (except on holidays). Morning tour starts at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon tour stars at 4:00 p.m. Please message me before booking to confirm availability.

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$33
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for 3 hours


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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


58 Reviews

Ruth H.

Walking around the Caballito with Elisa makes you feel like you are part of Buenos Aires and not a tourist. Walking in the market place and eating empanadas made in front of your eyes, seeing the cathedral where Pope Francis was baptized, going to a tango club where the real locals go, and see the beautiful, quiet streets of the English District just immerses you in the flavor of the area that Elisa loves and wants you to love. Elisa is a wonderful guide because she loves her city and shows you things that the tourist does not usually see. Elisa is full of knowledge and is constantly expanding that knowledge. Time just flew by and left us wishing for even more!!

Jennifer H.

Warm, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and kind — Elisa gives a wonderful tour of a neighborhood that is not on the tourist radar but has very interesting sights/sites. She has researched the history of Buenos Aires and how Caballito developed from a gaucho crossroads and cattle station into a summer place for the rich and now a thriving “real” neighborhood of Porteños. The result is a tour in which you are shown how bits of the old district still exist in the new city: a lovely market, great neighborhood architecture, a beautiful Belle Epoque cafe, a quirky milonga, and other spots that only locals know about. Enjoyed this tour very much. Learned a lot, walked a lot, laughed a lot. Elisa was a great guide and has put together an experience you could not have on your own. Highly recommended for those interested in architecture, culture, and conversation to gain an understanding of the real Buenos Aires and its people. Thank you, Elisa.

Christopher

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Maxim C.

If you want to see a less touristy side of Buenos Aires, guided by a local person from the area, this tour is for you. Caballito is very interesting area filled with many gems that we would never discover by ourselves, as it's quite off the beaten path. Elisa possesses a wealth of knowledge about the lifestyle of local people, as well as the history of this neighborhood. We also found her to be a very personable and clear presenter. I would absolutely recommend taking a tour with her - if we are ever back in Buenos Aires we would certainly do so again.

Lucy O.

It's a fascinating tour of an area you might not go to otherwise. This is the part of town where Elisa lives so she knows it really well. She is extremely generous with her time and knowledge and I really enjoyed spending time with her.


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