Guided walking tour along Avenida del Mayo, one of Buenos Aires' principal stately arteries, linking the capital's colonial and political heart at Plaza de Mayo with the Plaza de Congreso, crossing the even more grandiose Avenida 9 de Julio. Built in the 1880s and often compared with similar boulevards in European capitals, it has a definite Old World ambiance, with art deco, art nouveau and neo-classical façades, shaded by leafy trees, lining the route. The guided walk includes a stop at the world famous Café Tortoni, crammed with memorabilia, the barber's shop attached, and one of the first metro stations outside the USA and Europe, preserved in its original state as a museum. Visit the very ornate Barolo Palace, designed in accordance with the cosmology of Dante's Divine Comedy with floors representing heaven, purgatory and hell.
Make your own way (radio taxis may be ordered from most hotels' reception) to the start of the tour at the Pyramid of Mayo on the Plaza de Mayo, on which sits the government palace, the Casa Rosada. Your guide will meet you there at 10:00am. The walk follows the avenue to end at the palace housing the Italianate National Congress, which took 20 years to build.