Buenos Aires audio tour: Heart of Colonial Buenos Aires

Heart of Colonial Buenos Aires

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

Travel five hundred years in the span of just a few blocks through the historic center of Buenos Aires. Follow the city's transformation from a remote Spanish colonial outpost to the cosmopolitan capital of an independent nation.

Tour Producer


Derek Sandhaus

Derek Sandhaus is an American writer. He is the author of three books, most recently Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits (Penguin, 2014). His writing has appeared in magazines, anthologies and literary journals. He is also the editor of numerous of titles, including the memoirs of controversial sinologist Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, Décadence Mandchoue (Earnshaw, 2011). He lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and dog.

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Major Landmarks

  • Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo

  • Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires

  • Manzana de las Luces

Directions to Starting Point

This tour is easily accessible by subway via lines A, D, or E. Take Line A to Perú, Line D to Catedral, or Line E to Bolivar. Once you reach street level, walk east toward the Plaza de Mayo. Alternately, you can take a taxi to "Plaza de Mayo." The tour begins on the southwest corner of the Plaza de Mayo, facing the Cabildo, a white two-story colonial structure with five sets of archways and a tower.

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Places to stop along the way

You can complete the walk without entering any of the sites, but I highly recommend stepping inside the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Guided tours are given at the Manzana de las Luces (daily 3pm, Spanish only) and the Casa Rosada (Saturday and Sunday only, bilingual English and Spanish).

Best time of day

If you would like to tour the Casa Rosada (the presidential palace), try the walk on Saturday or Sunday. On Sunday mornings some of the religious sites will be inaccessible, but the San Telmo Street Fair, a popular souvenir stop, will be in session.


As in any popular tourist district, be wary of pickpockets and keep an eye on your belongings.


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