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TREASURE HUNT IN BUENOS AIRES

An original and fun way to learn secret facts and curiosities about this very European Latin city, perfect for families with children!


Buenos Aires is a curious city. From its foundation under the Viceroyalty of Peru of the Spanish Empire in 1536 and then again in 1580 (yes, twice), there is no doubt that it has accumulated many secrets during its almost 500 years of renown existence. What could be more fun than a scavenger hunt to discover what this beautiful city has been hiding for so long? 

Meeting at the iconic neighborhood of Recoleta, where the prosperous upper class lived during the 20th century, you will learn how to play the game. You will receive a map with a list of places to visit, clues to find and riddles to solve. 

The search will begin guiding you through some of the most famous areas of the city such as Alvear Avenue, the Recoleta Cemetery, Del Pilar Church and the Recoleta Cultural Centre.

Walk around and look out for details that can not be noticed at first sight. Buenos Aires hides corners often unknown to the porteños themselves; it is up to you to discover them. Find out fascinating stories and fun facts, solve the mystery within the time frame and you will receive a reward! Keep in mind to record or take pictures of your findings along the hunt.

Once you finish the hunt, you will have to return to the meeting point  to complete the adventure and try to be the first one to open the treasure chest and reveal the prize.

Do you want the experience to be even more fun? Try the evening hunt starting at sunset!

 


 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Includes: Bilingual guide to instruct you / Mate / Map of the hunt.
  • For travelers from 8 years old.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Private departures available  upon request in the morning, afternoon or evening.
  • Regular departures: Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm
  • Highlights: Avenida Alvear, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, Del Pilar Church, La Biela, Recoleta Cemetery, El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookshop.

Enjoy the city like a real porteño

In Buenos Aires, we would like to tell you about an original tour that combines electric bikes, mate and tango. Sounds good, right?


As always, in Kallpa we look for and offer original and sustainable experiences that focus on culture and local traditions. That’s how we found Martin and Laura, with whom we share the same ideals and passion for traveling.

On a Sunday afternoon, we met at Recoleta Cultural Center. This spot itself is an attraction, given that we find the famous cemetery and that lots of people are strolling across the park and taking a look at the typical craft fair.

We mount the e-bikes and the tour starts. Without effort, we wander through Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods and enjoy the city like a real porteño! As we ride, through intercoms we hear the guide telling us the city’s secrets and local traditions.

First, riding across Recoleta we can see French style palaces. Along Figueroa Alcorta Avenue we pass by the Buenos Aires University’s Law School; a monumental architecture building from the 1940’s. Right next, the famous Floralis Generica, a metal sculpture of a huge flower on the United Nations Park, made by the Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano.

Following Recoleta, we move towards the Bosques de Palermo – Palermo Woods – and its great green parks. We pass by the Japanese Garden, the Palermo Horse Racetrack, the Argentinian Polo Field and the famous Rosedal. Then, we make a stop at the woods to taste and share some mate and pastries, like many locals do here on the weekends, as a traditional friendly and family ritual.

At last, back on the bikes we ride towards Palermo Soho, a trendy and bohemian area of this neighborhood, to visit one of the main milongas in the city. Milongas are the traditional places where locals attend to dance and listen to tango.

Here, a tango expert joins us. Thanks to his expertise, we learn about this intense and passionate dance history, codes and the milonga dynamics. Finally, a live orchestra entertains us with a dazzling tango performance following an instructor that teaches us some steps to introduce us to this dance.

This is the end of this original, fun and enriching experience, but if you want, you can stay and enjoy the milonga to keep on practising your steps until 4 am.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Operation: Sunday at 3:30 pm
  • Duration: 6 hs
  • Languages: Spanish & English
  • Meeting point: Across Recoleta Cultural Center, next to Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church.
  • Ending point: Armenian Center, Palermo
  • Min. 2 pax – Max. 6 pax
  • Min age is 16 and max is 60
  • Highlights: Recoleta – Palermo Horse Track and Argentinian Polo Field – Rosedal and Bosques de Palermo – Palermo Soho – Milonga.
  • Included: Electric bicycle with intercom – Bicycle tour guide – Insurance – Snack (pastries) & Mate – Water – Entrance ticket for the milonga – Tango guide – Live orchestra show – Tango lesson – One soft drink per person.
  • Not included: Roundtrip transfers – Food and extra drinks – Tips.