Reviews for In the Footsteps of Dictators

Laurence A.

Fantastic tour. Much original on a very unknown and maybe hidden part of Argentinian history. Elisa' s explanations were documented, passionate and insightful with her own family memories to illustrate. Highly recommended.

Laurence A.

Fantastic tour. Much original on a very unknown and maybe hidden part of Argentinian history. Elisa' s explanations were documented, passionate and insightful with her own family memories to illustrate. Highly recommended.

Mia H.

This is my second trip to Buenos Aires and this tour has been by far the most memorable, worthwhile activity I've done. I can't speak highly enough of Elisa. Many people here won't, or can't, talk about the dictatorship, but Elisa told me incredible and harrowing stories about her own life, family and friends as well as explaining the backdrop of Buenos Aires in the late seventies/early eighties. Elisa brought photos, documents, audio testimonies, explained the murals on Olimpo and answered any question I had. For anyone who is interested in history, politics, culture, or or for those who want to learn about the darker, hidden side of Buenos Aires, or for an 'off the beaten track' activity, this tour is unmissable, and is a lot more personal and informative than a visit to the ex-ESMA. 10/10 - Brilliant.

Jack C.

This tour was an incredible experience. Elisa is compassionate but uncompromising in her pursuit and remembrance of this history. She told us many, many personal stories of growing up under the dictatorship, which really helped connect this often-overlooked period with Argentina as it exists today. If you are socially conscious, and have a thoughtful relationship to your humanity, I wholeheartedly recommend spending an afternoon with Elisa.

Jim M.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to have traveled to many places in the world and have had my share of tours. I have always looked for those chances to get a better understanding of the country I am visiting, its people and culture. So, I seek out Off the Beaten Path opportunities ....not the obvious tourist attractions. And, as the former President & CEO of a small company in the US, I understand the importance of customer service, knowledge and respect. My tour, "In the Footsteps of Dictators" was led by Elisa who was not only professional and personable, but someone who shared what it was like to live thru that dark period in Argentina's history. More importantly, I found out that she leads other Off the Beaten Path tours sharing the hidden gems of Buenos Aires, places you would never see on a generic tour and stories you might never hear. She is the Go To person for those who are looking to experience the real Buenos Aires.

Jonathan L.

I am a student from the United States studying human rights so I am specifically interested in history related to dictators. Elisa is very knowledgeable about Jorge Rafael Videla and the atrocities he committed in Argentina. I recommend this tour not only because she is professional, kind, and educated on the topic, but also because it is beneficial to go beyond the class room to see first hand where these human rights violations took place. By doing so I have become more passionate about human rights. Cheers. Jonathan Lampe

Natalia

I would like to start by saying if you have time, I highly recommend anyone do all the 3 tours that Elisa offers. They are all so different, incredibly interesting and most importantly give you a fantastic overview of different periods in history - from the gauchos' gatherings and local markets and birth of tango, via Art Nouveau that touched the architecture of Buenos Aires in the 20's-30's and all the way to the recent tragic events of the 1976-1983 dictatorship period. I attended all three and they were the highlight of my trip to Argentina/ Buenos Aires. I found Elisa incredibly well read and educated as well as very passionate. More specifically to this tour. You will spend around 3 hours in one part of the city (you will be amazed how central it is considering what was going on there!....). So unlike the other tours Elisa offers - where we walked a lot - this one is "centred" around this one site (so a good idea to combine it with one of the other 2 if you are thinking of doing 2 tours in a day). Given how recent this slice of history is, it really is important one learns about it if you want a full picture of the make up of Argentina today. And what a better way to learn about it than from a local who lived through it ?!..... I appreciated very much the personal account of certain events Elisa and her family lived through and what an honour to have an opportunity to learn about it all first hand from such a passionate, interesting, educated lady! Come prepared with some questions - Elisa is a rich source of knowledge about her beloved country!

Daniel M.

So pleased I did this interesting experience! Highly recommended!!!! Elisa is really nice, friendly, personable and wonderful guide who really loves her job and obviously enjoys it. She is the kind of guide who really knows what a tourist wants. Her reputation is 100% deserved. Her interpersonal skills work superbly well in providing a tour which is educational, informative and enjoyable. Her extensive knowledge of the historical site (which had the greatest impact on me) and its amazing history was second to none. She provided enough information without overload. She led me around this eerie place, giving me details I couldn't have known had I visited on my own. She was always pointing out all interesting things along the way and on the murals. The whole tour was full of emotion and awe and I was under no pressure to 'move on'. This gave me plenty of time space to absorb everything and thought gathering, which was important; whilst also leaving enough time for reflecting upon the site and the situation. What is especially good is that you can feel Elisa's genuine pride and interest in helping her customers enjoy their tour. I can say I learned a lot from her. She was also very well versed on local information. . Her knowledge about the city and its attractions is superb. I spent the morning trying to get some understanding of the horrors of the dictatorships while Elisa professionally answered any questions that I asked, providing great information, context and history of both the dictatorships and history of Argentina in general. She told me interesting stories and her personal anecdotes about the time of the last military dictatorship that made the tour very personal and unique. All this means that you learn so, so much more than you could possible imagine. (And there's not a lot of walking!). I have done extensive travelling and I can tell that if you like history and if you want someone who really "knows her stuff" no other experience would be as good as this one. I took another tour with Elisa which I also wouldn't hesitate to recommend (and I have already done so) if you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires. Both tours are really fantastic and very good value for money. Her tours will be the highlight of your trip of Argentina and definitely the best choices you can make. There is no way I would have had the experiences that I did without Elisa! I can only say great things about her and the service she offers....Book her unique tours you will not regret it. They are absolutely first class!

Patricia G.

Unforgettable experience! My experience with Elisa was incredible! And I couldn’t have asked for anything more. She shared some of her personal experiences as a local Argentine, making the trip even more insightful. She was amazing, really professional and knew a lot about the dictatorships in Latin America as well as all the ex-clandestine centers in Argentina. I had a great tour and I learned a lot. I have a much deeper sense of the character of Buenos Aires and its inhabitants both present and past. This tour is also for people who like art because the paintings are amazing! Her interest and love of Argentine history and its culture brings to light interesting stories that have long since been forgotten. She explained the history of all the stops by giving a detailed background to what was happening in Buenos Aires at the time. I think this tour is a must in Buenos Aires and I would definitely recommend it.