Evita Tour – Half day Tour
Friday, November 20th, 2009
This 3 hour tour traces the life of Eva from her early beginnings arriving in Buenos Aires to become a stage, radio and film actress, her marriage to Colonel Perón rising to her position as First Lady when Perón became President. Her involvement in politics and social work gained her a powerful position and she became known to all as Evita, unofficial saint to millions. Her untimely death at age 33 magnified her saintly aura and gave place to the legend that has surrounded her name ever since. The streets and landmarks of Buenos Aires are seen through her eyes and you will learn the secrets behind the myth.
Plaza de Mayo, the political heart of Argentina, brings one face-to-face with the Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace) and the famous balcony from which Evita addressed her adoring fans. The tour also visits the old quarters of the city, San Telmo, and the Congress Building so closely connected to the city’s political life. A stop at the Recoleta Cemetery in the elegant residential Recoleta neighborhood is included. Here, Evita was laid to rest in a tomb belonging to her father’s family. Even in death she snubbed in the aristocracy of Buenos Aires, being one of the only non-aristocratic figures in this most elite of final resting places.
The tour ends at the Evita Museum where the story of her life is unfolded through her personal objects. The Museum is housed in a mansion where her charity, the Eva Perón Foundation, once gave shelter to single mothers.
Highlights of Buenos Aires – Half day Tour
Saturday, November 21st, 2009
A fascinating 3 hour tour of the elegant turn of the century districts that earned Buenos Aires the soubriquet of the Paris of South America. From the charming cobbled alleys and colonial architecture of San Telmo along to the Plaza de Mayo, dominated by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Nación Bank, the Cathedral and original Parliament House, up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress and then on to finish at the elegant district of Recoleta, home to haute-cuisine and haute-couture alike as well as the famous cemetery where the country’s founding fathers and patrician families lie in style, including Eva Perón. Here, the leafy avenues among towering stone angels and mausoleums the size of country cottages occupy a full four blocks on the opposite side of a delightful esplanade lined with some of the city’s best restaurants. It is worth stopping for a cup of tea, coffee or drink at La Biela on the corner of presidente Quintana Street and the pedestrian esplanade of R. M. Ortiz. This is one of the best places from which to people-watch, seated outside on the esplanade under the vast leafy shade of the ancient gum trees.