"Do a walk from the Casa Rosada..." Walking Tip by wadekorzan

Walking, Buenos Aires: 19 reviews and 30 photos

  La Prensa building
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Do a walk from the Casa Rosada ('the pink house') down Avenida de Mayo all the way to the Congress building. Buenos Aires is famous for its 'café society' and in that way is very much like Vienna. When doing this walk, don't miss going into the cafe called 'Café Tortoni', which is located on the Avenida de Mayo. It is the most famous cafe in all of Buenos Aires.

First of all, no visitor to Buenos Aires can leave without seeing the famous Casa Rosada, where the president of the country does his business (if he is doing anything at all, that is). More importantly perhaps is the fact that Evita and Madonna shared the same balcony, though not at the same time. If you are at the square on a Thursday, you would be able to see the Mothers marching on the square...making a symbolic march for their missing loved ones who disappeared in the so called 'Dirty War' which just ended 18 years ago...When walking from the Casa Rosada down Avenida de Mayo, you really have to look UP...look at all of the buildings, look at their doors, the doorknockers, their facades...and you will feel like you are in Europe. Be sure to see the building called "La Prensa", the most important press building in Argentine history.

Cafe Tortoni makes for a nice break especially because it is beautiful and famous. Not only tourists go there---'Porteños' who want to sort of feel like 'high society' go there...and they have been going there for 150 years. It is the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires. And upon arrival at the Congress, well, you will simply see a mini version of the US Capitol, a nice building aging with a bit of decay, just like the current government. Architecturally, though, it is beautiful.

Address: Plaza de Mayo, Avenida de Mayo

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  • Updated Jan 15, 2004
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