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Avenida de Mayo 1370, Buenos Aires C1085ABQ Argentina
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Premium City Tour of Buenos Aires
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Discover all the different sides to Buenos Aires on one 3-hour city tour, including hotel pick-up. See the grand presidential buildings of Plaza de Mayo, the modern waterfront of Puerto Madero and the cobblestone alleyways of San Telmo. This tour also includes a visit to La Boca neighborhood. Visit the tomb of Argentina’s beloved first lady, Evita, in Recoleta Cemetery, and admire the European-style mansions and parks of Palermo, the capital’s most exclusive residential area.
US$23.00 per adult
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WImom wrote a review Apr. 2020
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,339 contributions386 helpful votes
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It was interesting to see this as we saw its sister Palacio Salvo in Montevideo. We made online reservations in advance via What's Ap. You will have to give your passport information once they confirm that there is availability for your tour. They were flexible to change the time of my tour when I realized that another tour in Buenos Aires had changed their time. Answered promptly in good English on What's Ap. It said on their website that tours were limited to 25 people in the afternoon but there were actually 32 on our tour. The tours last 90 minutes long. There is a good amount of stair climbing and it is not air-conditioned. You can only go on the first floor if you don't take a tour. Our guide spoke in two languages-Spanish and English. She was very understandable and informative. There is a great city view and skyline where you can take photos on one of the floors. Near the end of the tour is a small glass dome that you can enter to take more skyline photos. However, that is not recommended for the claustrophobic, especially when it is hot outside as it is not air conditioned. The included lemonade at the end of the tour was watered down and not good.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Duquesadiner wrote a review Mar. 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom1,366 contributions374 helpful votes
If you are walking or doing a city tour and end up in the downtown area this is a building worth studying. I had no idea of the connection with Dante’s Divine Comedy but do now. Really worth going inside but you would benefit if you had a guide to explain everything in detail and your language. We didn’t have enough time so had to settle for the external experience then read about the building separately, which was a pity.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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lowryepp wrote a review Mar. 2020
Epping, United Kingdom749 contributions229 helpful votes
Designed to retell Dantes story. Admire the almost Harry Potterish style. Inside only the ground floor foyer was open, the lifts and terrace were closed (March 2020). The staff were not helpful - I can read the sign! Maybe pop in when calling on Tortini's / teatro Avida?
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Flavia L wrote a review Mar. 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina33 contributions30 helpful votes
It has a twin building Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay. I love to see the surprise in the top lighhouse and also the Divine comedy respresented in different levels
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Date of experience: May 2019
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IN_Travelers47906 wrote a review Mar. 2020
West Lafayette, Indiana4,569 contributions733 helpful votes
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This is one of many beautiful buildings in Buenos Aires. It is ornate inside with 22 floors topped by a tiny lighthouse that provides unobstructed 360 views of Buenos Aires. Our tour in January began at 7:00 pm which allowed us to be in the lighthouse at sunset. Around the perimeter of the rotating light is a narrow walkway with balconies to the outside that offer wonderful views of the city as the sun goes down. Although this is a 2-hour Evening with Cello tour, you are really paying for guided access to the building and the tour is a creative attempt to add ambiance to the visit. At about $75 for a couple, this was one of the more expensive tour activities we encountered during our three weeks in Argentina; however, after seeing similar tours advertised for much more, I guess I got a good deal going directly to the Palacio Barolo website, clicking on Tours and then Extraordinary Nights. Their ticket sales certainly indicate there are plenty of people willing to pay for the experience. The tour kiosk is toward the back of the main lobby as you enter. I’m not sure why they require you to arrive 60 minutes early, but we were there on a nice summer evening so we spent the time touring Constitution Plaza just a short walk away. Be sure to take a moment to cross the street and admire the buildings impressive edifice. The attendants at the kiosk were young women, as was the guide and the cellist. They did their best to provide a pleasant experience, but the tour was clearly scripted and the guide did not deviate from her memorized text. The tour began in the lobby and then used a combination of original elevators and very narrow stairs to reach the higher floors. The interior architecture was interesting, but this is clearly an older building that has seen its better day. The bathroom one floor down from the lobby was frighteningly dirty. The capstone of the tour is clearly the walk up the tight spiral staircase to the lighthouse where we watched the sun set. This is the experience you come for. Our tour probably had 20 people, so we had to go up to the lighthouse in two separate groups. As advertised a cello is played during the visit to the lighthouse, but the young lady sounded more like an advanced student rather than an accomplished professional. At the end of the tour, we were taken to a small office where an array of hats from the building’s period were available, supposedly for guests to wear for pictures. Not a big fan of sharing hats with strangers. A glass of champagne was also offered, although many in our group opted for water given the number of steps that had been required for the climb. Given that it was dark outside, we needed to return to our hotel 1.5 miles away. We could have taken a taxi for about $5, but chose to walk and are glad we did. Heading east, you arrive in a mile or so at the beautiful Plaza de Mayo and then the upscale Puerto Madero with its restaurants, cafes and street performers. BA is a big city, so walking at night concerned us, but we knew where we were going and the streets were well lit with plenty of foot traffic, so the walk back turned out to be a pleasant experience. Very glad we reserved our tickets on line and took the tour. Given that so much was made of the building’s relationship with Dante’s Inferno, I was expecting a more academic discussion of the building and the literature rather than a script recited by a guide barely out of her teens, if that. However, she did her best, the building is interesting and the view from the top is one-of-a-kind.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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