RECOLETA NEIGHBORHOOD - BUENOS AIRES
It is considered to be on of the finest and most expensive areas of the city. It boasts many french style buildings, large green spaces and first class restaurants. Originally, this area was made up of simple houses or "ranchos". During the XVII century though, the lands were bestowed to the Recoleto fathers (Padres Recoletos) where the place takes its name from. Both the Convent and the Pilar Church were built by them in 1706.
During the yellow fever epidemic in 1871, many rich families fled to this area and built large houses and palaces surrounded by large gardens. Some people consider this district a copy of París. Many cultural events take place here. On weekends there is a large handicrafts market where you can find high quality items, and legions of street performers. Every day you will be able to enjoy tipicaly argentina mate or delicious tea at LoiSuites Recoleta Hotel.
There are a great number of restaurants, pubs and night clubs on the streets surrounding the cementery, which gives a special atmosphere to the place.
Recoleta Cementery: Junín Street and Quintana Avenue. It is one of the most famous cementeries in the world. It was founded in 1822 by the Recoleto Fathers. It is sex hectares in size. There are famous sculptures, crypts, and gaves where famous people rest, some of which are considered Historic Monuments.
Important mausoleums, such as Eva Duarte´s, worldwide known as Evita, Federico Leloir´s, Meddicine Noberl Prize, Luis Angel Firpo´s, the boxer, as well as those of other national heroes, writers and former Argentine Presidents, can be found there.
Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilic: 1892, Junin Street. It is one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires. It was built in 1732 by the Jesuits and it was designed by architect Giovanni Andrea Bianchi. It is 30 meters tall and it has only one aisle. There is an Inca Style sun made in silver in front of the main altar.
Recoleta Cultural Center: 1930, Junín Street. It was an old convent, built in 1732 by the Recoletos monks. From 1886 onwards, it was a home for aged people and in 1979 it became a cultural center. Young and avant garde exhibits prevail at the center. Permanent painting, sculpture, photography and theatre exhibitions take place at the 25 auditoriums.
Fine Arts National Museum. 1473, Libertador Avenue. It is one of the most important art exhibition centers in Argentina, where 10 thousand works of art are permanently exhibited and expositions by contemporary artists take place. Works of art by Goya, El Greco, Tintoretto, Zorbarán, Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandisky, Miró, Toulousse, Lautrec, Klee and by well known Argentine artists such as Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Sivori, Castagnino, de la Carcova, Quinquela MArtín, Soldi and others, stand out at the exhibition.
Palais de Glace: 1725, Posadas Street. This circular building is a National Exhibition Hall. In the early 1900´s it was a spectacular ice skating rink and later became an important place where tango was danced.
National Decorative Arg Museum: 1902 Libertador Avenue. It was an old private neoclassic residence. In 1937, it was bought by the National government and turned into a museum. Flamenco tapestry, chinaware, ivory, silverware, glassware and baroque furniture collections are exhibited there.
DAY 2 - Traditional City Tour, visiting the best of Buenos Aires: La Boca, San Telmo, 9 de Julio Avenue and the Obelisk, Colon Theatre, The Congress, The Governor House called "Casa Rosada", Puerto Madero, La Recoleta...
DAY 3 - Excursion to a traditional "Estancia" or farm in the Pampas. Meals and Activities included. This excursion is usually called "Fiesta Gaucha"
- Transfer to airport
RIPIO TURISMO - Incoming
Tour Operator Argentina & Chile- Leg. 10.687 Secretaría de
Turismo de la Nación Argentina.