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Barracas Free Tour, the thousand faces of the deep south

  • Buenos Aires
  • Available in: Spanish, English

About the guru GustaTrips

Hello! I am a Professional Tour Guide and I have the official credential of the city. If you think TRAVEL is freedom, joy, a state of well-being that heals, a need, a pure passion that increases with every place you know ... we have to share the experience! And if you feel that TRAVEL is to learn, it is to discover, it is the curiosity for new horizons, unknown cultures, i... More »

Hello! I am a Professional Tour Guide and I have the official credential of the city. If you think TRAVEL is freedom, joy, a state of well-being that heals, a need, a pure passion that increases with every place you know ... we have to share the experience! And if you feel that TRAVEL is to learn, it is to discover, it is the curiosity for new horizons, unknown cultures, incredible people... let's walk together Buenos Aires!

About the tour

WHAT IS BARRACAS, THE THOUSAND FACES OF THE DEEP SOUTH?

The perfect route for those who are more travelers than tourists.

Barracas is the neighborhood of aristocratic mansions, abandoned factories, design studios, recovered industries, collective worker housing, graffiti murals, bodegones and centennial bars, railroads, Jews from Syria. Barracas is the neighborhood of old spaces and new ideas, a small city within Buenos Aires, where thousands of styles coexist, treasuring countless stories, characters and well-kept secrets.

WHERE IS BARRACAS, THE THOUSAND FACES OF THE DEEP SOUTH?

We travel fifth and nineteenth century mansions of the upper class of Buenos Aires. We discovered cookie mills converted into modern housing complexes, and old markets became the Metropolitan Design Center.

We walk the urban art factory that are the streets of Barracas, where we see "El regreso de Quinquela", a 2,000 square meter mural that exceeded the Guinness record; or the passage Lanín, where the color of mosaics and ceramics transform the fronts of more than 40 houses, in one of the most characteristic interventions of the city.

We also visit a neo-Gothic church that recalls a tragic love of youth; an art deco train station in operation; an oriental synagogue of Mudejar style; the architectural jewel of the green working class Monseñor Espinosa; the mysterious Colonia Solá railway district; and the notable bars Los Laureles and El Puentecito, where we finished our southern expedition. A true journey through time, where trains, graffiti artists, workers, highways, designers, squares and cobblestones are the protagonists.

WHEN IS?

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:30 pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am

We meet at the corner of Av. Montes de Oca and Av. Caseros, at the door of the Olivera Pharmacy.

Estimated time: Approximately 4 hours.

Minimun 2 persons. Not suitable for children.

Does not include entrance to buildings or drinks.

It is suspended due to rain.

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How to find me: We meet at the corner of Av. Montes de Oca and Av. Caseros, at the door of the Olivera Pharmacy.
Tour duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

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Emily

4 months ago

Fantastic tour with a fantastic guide. Gustavo showed us hidden treasures we would not have found without him and helped us discover a neighborhood we may have skipped over otherwise. He has a lot of knowledge of the Barracas area and tells great stories, and is clearly passionate about the importance of truly getting to know a place. Highly recommend!

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Gregory

4 months ago

Great tour, off the beaten track

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Salomé

4 months ago

Con Gustavo recorrimos el centro histórico de Buenos Aires y nos encontramos mas que con un guía, con un amigo Porteño que disfrutó enseñándonos su bonita ciudad. El tour fue divertido, ameno, detallado y en ningún momento se nos hizo pesado. Gustavo, como ya sabes, nuestra mejor excusa para volver, es visitar las milongas contigo. Ha sido un placer, un fuerte abrazo, seguro que volvemos a vernos!

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Laura

4 months ago

It was an amazing tour!! Probably the best I’ve taken in Buenos Aires. Gustavo is a very kind, warm and knowledgeable professional guide. Highly recommendable!!!!

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Katja

5 months ago

Me encantó el tour de Barracas con Gustavo. Fue super interesante, muy buena onda y tenía oportunidad de encontrar lugares e información que sola no hubiera encontrado. Próxima vez en Buenos Aires haré otro tour con el. Muchas gracias!

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Jim Madison

5 months ago

Outstanding guide who clearly knew and loved the area. The tour was informative and provided depth in an area of town off the beaten path. The pace was well matched to the group and the guide readily answered questions posed by the group.

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