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LEAVE YOUR URBAN ART MARK IN BUENOS AIRES

Street artists place urban art in plain sight. What was once clandestine, today is celebrated in the most popular neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Feel like a street artist for a day!


The streets of Buenos Aires are today a colorful open sky gallery; art is spread around everywhere. Amateur and renown urban artists display their talent on the city walls. You might think that the artistic intervention is spontaneous, but not always this is the case.

On this street art experience, first we will take an “inspiration walk” to watch some of the most impressive murals and learn about the artists behind them. Coming to know about the past and present of urban art in Argentina will give us an overview of its context. Among street art there’s many other media besides the traditional spray paint graffiti, such as stencil art and stickers.

Not everything is about history and facts. We will also soak in the fundamental graffiti techniques and skills. Hopefully, after all this information, we will be eager to get down to work and contribute to the city with our own artistic intervention.

Beginning the open air workshop guided by an urban artist, we will loosen our hands sketching a little bit. At this point we already know that -usually- they actually prepare their work before setting it up on the wall. One mate after another, we will chat and have fun immersing in this particular artsy world. 

 

Once we are ready, we will finally go to a specially prepared (and authorized) wall in the streets, to leave our mark in Buenos Aires. An attempt at permanence in an impermanent arena of contemporary art.

After having finished up our work, we will relax at the first gallery ever dedicated to promoting, exhibiting and selling street art in this city.

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 3 hs regular excursion. Operates on Wednesdays and Saturday at 3 pm.
  • Meeting point to be confirmed closer to the operation date. 
  • No minimum age required. Participants can also bring their children under 2 years old.
  • Includes: Materials and art tools. The guidance of a contemporary top notch street artist. Exclusive access to his/her workshop. Class on urban art techniques and street art walking tour. Visit to a street art gallery.

 

THIS IS NOT ANOTHER CITY TOUR

This is an original cultural immersion experience, highly recommended for visitors looking for a behind the scenes encounter with Buenos Aires.


The best way to really learn a language is to live it through day to day situations. That is why we bring you this fun, unique and friendly city promenade, joined by a local person that doesn’t even seem to be a guide, but a friend that shows you around and tells you facts and stories about Buenos Aires.

Walking through the lively and charming streets of Palermo neighborhood, you will merge with locals, hop into designer shops and fascinate yourself with the current street art scene in Buenos Aires.

In the course of the walk, you will experience a different basic Spanish class, distinguished by the introduction of Lunfardo, the porteño slang. Words, expressions and/or verbs such as bondi, laburo, chabón, afanar and al divino botón might be heard and learnt.

Lunfardo was born in Buenos Aires during the second half of the 19th century, due to the contribution of immigration – specially Italian – and words of indigenous, African, and Gaucho origin.

At first, this jargon was used by criminals and soon by people from the lower and lower middle classes. At the beginning of the 20th century, lunfardo began to spread among all social classes, either by the usual use, because it was common in the lyrics of tango, or both.

Nowadays, some of its terms are part of the natural language of almost all of Argentina, Uruguay and, to a lesser extent, Paraguay. While some words of the old lunfardo of the early 20th century have been modified, new ones have also been added. In 2011 it was considered that the lunfardo already consisted of around 6000 words.

On this “city talk”, while going in and out of every kind shops, you will learn how to apply the porteño slang to feel like a local living the everyday life, and learn about the history and present of the capital city and Argentina, interacting with great venues in a real social, cultural and fun immersion.

This unique experience is not only an amusing way to get to know Buenos Aires, but  a must for everyone who wants to get an insider!


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Duration: 2.5 hs
  • Regular excursion operates Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30 hs.
  • Meeting point: Plaza Serrano, in the corner of Honduras and Borges streets. Tour ends in Plaza Armenia.

 

Buenos Aires 360 degrees Immersion

You already visited our city. You need to go deeper. Feel the Buenos Aires 360 degrees immersion.

You already had contact with locals, experienced our great gastronomy, probably went to an Estancia in the countryside or enjoyed a great Tango Show.  Now what is left is to  experience Buenos Aires from the top of some buildings, taste our flavours in selected cafes and venues (including breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea) and get a different view of this cosmopolitan city from the River. That’s the experience you’ll have in this Buenos Aires 360 degrees Immersion. Keep reading and you will  know why we love this outing!


During this “unique” Buenos Aires 360 degrees immersion we learnt more about Buenos Aires, its spirit, its mystique and its charm. A way to go back in time and discover a different and  unforgettable city.

Buenos Aires 360 degrees immersion

So we are ready to start the tour: We meet our guide and after a small introduction talk we begin to walk along the renowned Avenida De Mayo until we reach Café Tortoni, this famous Notable Bar epitomizes the “porteño café”, Little is known about its origins. Just that a French immigrant named Touan decided to open it at the end of 1858, and name it after an establishment on Boulevard des Italiens in Paris where the elites of the Parisian culture used to meet. Time seems to have stood still like in an old photograph, when people used to come here to play billiards, cards, or just to share a coffee with friends. Here, we stop for a typical porteño-style breakfast.

buenos aires 360 degrees immersionAfter having coffee we walked three blocks along Avenida De Mayo up to Plaza de Mayo where we are  able to see monuments and buildings related to our history. The surroundings  show us the Cabildo( old town hall), the Cathedral and the Casa Rosada (or Government House as it is popularly known).

buenos aires 360 degrees immersionWe continue on our trip walking along  Roque Saenz Peña Avenue where we can enjoy a direct view of the Obelisk, and find ourselves just one block from the pedestrian Florida Street and half a block from the Guemes Gallery (arcade). This beautiful gallery built in Art Nouveau over spectacular passages, has a viewpoint on the 14th floor, where you can see the tops of the wonderful domes of Buenos Aires. This building used to be  considered  one of the skyscrapers of the city at the beginning of the 20th century with its 87 meters in height. From the 14th floor were able to take amazing pictures of the city.

buenos aires 360 degrees immersionWe walked down four blocks along Reconquista Street to go to a private restaurant, the Club Aleman (German Club) located in a building situated on Corrientes and Alem Avenues where we’ll have lunch. This restaurant has, unquestionably, the best panoramic view of Buenos Aires. It gives you a nearly 360° degree view of the city scenery.

buenos aires 360 degrees immersion

Just a few blocks away is Puerto Madero: We walked four blocks along Corrientes Avenue until we reached  Puerto Madero and then up to the Juana Manuela Gorriti dam. We walked past the Buenos Aires city harbor´s attractions, such as the Bridge of Women (Puente de la Mujer). And on our return, we walked past the Cossetini and Pierina Dealessi dams, and then visited a Havanna Coffee-Shop, a trade mark famous for its coffee and “alfajores”, and also past the Amalia De Fortabat Art Collection Museum. This museum´s main collection is about  Argentine artists ranging from the 19th Century up to the present days.

buenos aires 360 degrees immersion

Finally we found ourselves passing by the Pierina Dealessi dam, Then we walked up to the river in Puerto Madero. where  we took an enjoyable  Boat ride. We were able to see the City of Buenos Aires from the water as we sailed the Rió de la Plata while having great panoramic views.

It is important to know that this is a full day and small basis tour (max. 6 pax). The tickets to the Guemes and Fortabat Galleries are included. The breakfast at the Tortoni Cafe, Lunch at the Club Alemán (German Club) and the snack at Havanna Coffee Shop, the transfers and the navigation through De La Plata River are also included.

If you are a true traveler you’ll want to take this tour and take a great experience back home with you. If you are interested in this or more experiences in Buenos Aires, you can contact your Account Executive to enlighten your trips to Buenos Aires.

Also try the navigation through La Plata River to visit Tigre and Delta


FACT SHEET

Minimun Pax Requirements: 2

INCLUDED

  • Transfers
  • Breakfast at Tortoni Cafe
  • Entrance at Guemes Gallery
  • Lunch at Club Aleman Restaurante (German Club Restaurant)
  • Entrance to Amalia Fortabat Gallery
  • Snack at Havanna Coffee Shop
  • Navigation through La Plata River

NOT INCLUDED

All that is not mentioned as included.