Buenos Aires, Argentina

Walking Off the Beaten Belgrano

with Ari E.

8 reviews

Ari E.

I’d like you to know the city off the beaten track, not just what you can find yourselves. So I thought of a full Belgrano tour, the neighbourhood where I was born and I grew up!!

Join this tour walking with me through the neighbourhood where I grew up. We'll visit different areas of Belgrano, from South to North, discovering the St Patricks massacre, a XIX century Spanish Garden and a memorial park on the river's shore. To remember is to build a future.

A city transformed into a neighbourhood. Summer houses turned into 20 level's towers. A disappeared river appearing once again. Let's tour through past stories and present memories.

We'll begin at the "Historic" Belgrano, the center of the Barrio at La Recova, a tidy and nice place where you can see the blueish church's dome. (on weekends the Manuel Belgrano plaza turns as in many barrios into an interesting craft's fair). We will see a few houses surrounded by buildings which tells the story about how the summer houses in this past suburb gave place to the present commercial and tower neighbourhood.

From the train station, the first three streets through Arribeños street its China Town. A traditional brand new arch shows you the entrance and welcome you to everything you can expect from a site like this. Stores packed with chinese imported products, oriental food restaurants, a korean community club and else. Pay attention in the year schedule because its a magic experience to visit here on the Chinese New Year's date. A MUST DO: Melona Icecream.

We'll cross the plaza and go straight to a nice slope's park. This is where everything started, well not E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G just the neihbourhood. We'll be carrie back away through a imagery reconstruction video. It is cool to watch the park's kiosk when are used to dance tango by local aficionados. Don't forget the surprise about the only Statue of Liberty (dammit, I've just spoiled the surprise didn't I?)

During the Long tour we'll reach Plaza Castelli. A quite and cozy little park surronded by coffe shops ("Cafeterías") where the sound of the trees is only interrupted by the train near by. We can sit here and make a round of Mate (or two, or three or more) If it rains we'll crash into the first Irish Pub in the area for a beer.

We'll visit some spots which will tell us a story about last dictatorship, when everyone were obliged to remain silent, we speak up about it now. Students kidnapped, Priests murdered and Ideologies represssed. We'll take the road from the southest limit to the river shore. To the memory park which will help us remember and don't ever forget. To remember is to build a future. Let's remember together!

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Ari E.

Since I was a kid many people has been asking me where I was from. I’ve never understand why they were really asking me that much. Possibly because I look like european, but who in Argentina doesn’t have european grandparents, right? I’ve always loved big adventures and I feel like travelling is the most intense way of experience them. Like the time I walked down 6km through the rain into darkness of Chirripó Mountain in Costa Rica, only with the Iphone’s note app, as a flashlight. #bestappever I was born and raised in Belgrano neighbourhood and because its a very dinamic barrio, I’m never tired of knowing new spots, trying out new restaurants and walking its streets I lived in Buenos Aires for all my life and I love this city. I believe everyone should experience daily Porteño's activities... I'll do all my effort for you to feel the urge to move to Buenos Aires! Let me show you!... Full profile

8 Reviews

Vero I.

Ariel, thank you very much for showing me the "other side" of Buenos Aires. You were an excellent guide. I recommend you to any other international tourist who wants to have a great and unforgettable experience in B.A. Veronica Ixtla- México

Camila L.

Ariel organized a custom tour considering our interests. We discover different neighbourhoods and we had a horrible storm during the day! So he tooked us to a great music museum and we enjoy it a lot too. Thanks Ari! I recommend the tour!

John M.

Ari was a fantastic guide who showed us so many interesting areas of Buenos Aires. He was affable and answered my ceaseless questions with ease. He was friendly and knowledgeable and definitely put us at ease on our first day in Buenos Aires.

Matt C.

We connected with Ari through Vayable to help us assemble a "local perspective" tour for the very last day of our South America trip. Not an easy undertaking, after two weeks of travelling and having seen lots of sites and taken lots of pictures. However, Ari admirably met the challenge and took us on a great trip through the Recoleta and nearby neighborhoods. He was very conscientious of our schedule and safety (especially travelling with our young daughter), and helped us discover some truly unique aspects of Buenos Aires we would not have found on our own. When we entered Recoleta cemetery, his research helped us see some of the lesser known sites that revealed some great stories about Argentina's history. Part historian, part travel companion, Ari is 100% a genuinely helpful, thorough guide who was the perfect end to our South America journey. We look forward to our next trip to Argentina and can't wait to see what tours he's developed next.

Girish S.

the real currency of the tour is ari's chill, laidback personality, and his willingness to be open about any and all things buenos aires! we just wanted to explore the city and bombard him with questions, and he was totally cool with that. we learned a A LOT of buenos aires, ended up getting caught in a random torrential downpour (from which ari quick thinkingly had us on a bus and safe) highly recommend

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