Buenos Aires is a historic and magnificent city, which can be explored by walking. The city is filled with tree-lined trees and beautiful architectures, no matter from where you plan to embark on your walking tour. If you are visiting Buenos Aires for the first time and decide to explore the city all by yourself, just count on the friendly Porteños who will readily help you out in case you get lost. They will even provide you tips regarding the important attractions that shouldn’t be missed in any case. You can also visit the numerous Buenos Aires City Tourism kiosks found in most places across the city from where you can have city maps for a self-guided tour. However, you can ask for the Golden Map from the hotel where you are putting up for your stay in the city.
It would be a good idea to begin your walking tour with a visit to the Plaza Lavale and the Tribunales area. The tour will take around two hours. However, if you decided to visit all the historical buildings then it will take around 3 to 4 hours to complete your tour. The best time to undertake the tour is between 11 am and 4 pm from Monday through Saturday. Don’t venture out in the night as most of the attractions would be closed.
You will need to begin your tour by taking the metro to Tribunales. After having reached there, now get ready to start your tour from Teatro Cervantes, which overlooks Plaza Lavalle. Your tour will conclude at Obelisco. All along the way you will come across many attractions, the most prominent ones being Teatro Nacional Cervantes, Templo Libertad & Jewish History Museum, Teatro Colón, Escuela Presidente Roca, Lavalle Monument, Tribunales (Palacio de la Justicia), and Obelisco.
Plaza Lavalle area represents the heart Argentina’s judicial system, and derives its name from the Tribunales Building or Supreme Court, which is the focal point of the plaza. Earlier, it was also renowned as one of Buenos Aires’ main theatre districts before Avenida Corrientes was widened in the 1930s. The world-famous Teatro Colón and Teatro Cervantes are prominent landmarks here testifying to the thespian grandeur. You won’t find it difficult to explore this area with the tour’s easy walk and sidewalks. The tour is also wheelchair-accessible. Here’s a brief description of some of the important attractions to be explored.
The Teatro Nacional Cervantes was founded in the 1920s. Spanish actors who were then working in Buenos Aires took active part in its opening. Later on, the government took it over after it went bankrupt and made it a national theater. The Teatro Nacional Cervantes has been designed in a Spanish imperial style and adorns Habsburg double eagles at the main entrance of the building. After seeing this historic theatre your tour will now bring you to the Templo Libertad & Jewish History Museum. The Byzantine-style Templo Libertad was built in 1897. The Jewish Museum is situated next door. It is also popularly called the Kibrick Museum. Here you will find historical and religious items preserved that are related to Jewish community residing in Buenos Aires.
The Tribunales neighborhood is the main highlight during your walking tour. The neighborhood derives its name from the name of this building, which is also renowned as the Palacio de la Justicia. The massive building has strong Greek elements. You will find the building quite impressive from inside with the pilasters and columns lining the central courtyard. The walls have ornamentation and symbols imitating the smiling sun taken from the center of the Argentine flag are found in between the columns. The majestic building gives you every reason to visit the Tribunales neighborhood.