Wednesday 13 : Leaving USA
10:00-12:00: Arrival. We will provide transportation from the airport to the hotel
¨2:00: 7:00: Presentation of the participant and the program
¨Corrientes/Florida, downtown Buenos Aires, an obelisk points out the intersection between 9 de Julio Av. and Corrientes Av., the cultural heart of the city and its incredible amount of bookstores, cinemas and theaters, and restaurants.
¨Calle Florida: By the end of century 17th, it became the first street made of cobbles pavement in Buenos Aires that is why it was called “the cobble street”. It has become a pedestrian street since 1970 so far. Florida is one of the most important shopping circuits throughout the city.
¨Galeria Pacifico: It is one of the most luxurious constructions in the city. the galleries were redesigned and reopened in 1990 as a shopping centre.. Four murals by artists Rómulo Macció, Josefina Robirosa, Guillermo Roux, and Carlos Alonso were added
¨The Centro Cultural Jorge Luis Borges , the Dance Studio of Julio Bocca and The Argentina School of Tango, are located in this building.The Center works with artists who have a demonstrated awareness and reflective view of art and life today. There are approximately 10 annual exhibits in which artists develop their projects keeping in mind the different characteristics of the space in which they will present their work.
¨Borges spaceare is also located in this building: This exhibition, made up of photographs, texts, drawings, and Borges´ own poems, uncovers essential aspects of his life and work.. The exhibit is structured around six major themes that correspond to the different periods of his life: ancestry, birth and childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle-age, and final years of his life
2:00 -6:00: Participant will learn how the tango was created through it's dances, Music, poetry and the relationship with the immigrants.
¨Boca : is a traditional neighborhood set up by the first Italian immigrants. It’s well known for its multi-colored houses, for the nostalgic atmosphere of its pubs and the live street shows offered by tango musicians. La Boca is the most colorful neighborhood in Buenos Aires. You can appreciate it for its charms. Cobblestone pedestrian streets lined with artists and interesting little shops compete with shabby metal houses painted in wild colors for your eye's attention
8:30- .......Tango Class and Milonga EL BESO
2:00- 7:00 Participant will learn simple steps, small choreographies rhythms and the history of some folkloric dance from Argentina . El Gato (Argentinean folk Dance) to be able to Dance in the Matadero fair
¨Recoleta is a sophisticated neighborhood, with beautiful European-styled residences, elegant cafes, restaurants, art galleries and a traditional craft fair. It offers also many places of tourist interest such as the historical Recoleta Cemetery, the Fine Arts Museum, or Buenos Aires Design.
¨Cementerio: This cemetery was a church graveyard until 1882 when the Governor opened it to the general public and renamed it Cemetery of the North. Small, and situated on the city's most valuable land, its importance resides in the many illustrious people that rest here. One of the most visited tombstones is Eva Peron's and important sculptural works grace many of the tombs.
¨Museo: Built in 1716 by the Franciscan Recoleto monks, this complex later served as a hospital during the English invasions. In 1928 it was reduced to make way for the expansion of the adjacent Recoleta Cemetery. Years later it became an asylum for over 800 homeless and elderly until in 1978 it was destined for use as a cultural centre. It now bustles with cultural and educational activities for young and old. There is a small cafe, a gift shop and bookstore on the premises. Offices of the United Nations are also found here.
¨Paza Francia This plaza, founded in October 1909, comprises some 15,400 square meters of local flora surrounded by cultural centers and the largest outdoor handicrafts fair in the city, La Feria de Recoleta. The Museum of Fine Arts, monolithic National Library and imposing University Faculty of Law flank the area
Sunday 17: These two fairs are open only on Sunday, You cannot miss them!!!
¨11:00- 3:00: Feria Mataderos. This fair was created in 1986 as a space to show handicrafts and promote Argentine popular traditions. It is located opposite to the National Market of Cattle, a historic monument. You may find a wide variety of stands surrounding the Resero monument. This market is divided into three areas: traditional handicrafts, artistic festivals and gaucho abilities. Different activities are organized, such as lectures, exhibitions, videos, competitions, traditional games for kids and adults, popular dances and regional food. The exhibition of gaucho abilities includes “jineteadas” (similar to a rodeo), “doma” (horsebreaking) and “carrera de sortijas” (a horse race). Free workshops of weaving loom, guitar, wood engraving, folklore and tango dance, folklore shows among others, are also organized.
¨3:30 19:00 San Telmo: With narrow sidewalks, stone streets and colonial mansions, San Telmo still preserves some features of the old Buenos Aires. It is the place chosen by street artists and intellectuals, home of important antique shops and art galleries. Feria De San Telmo
¨11:00 6:00: El Tren de la costa: which runs along the coast just blocks from Tigre’s popular market, Puerto de Frutos. Passengers can get on and off as often as they like, making it worthwhile for those planning to make several stops along the coast. A
¨Day in Tigre , a great place to wander and relax on a sunny day, shopping at the market, visiting the stunning art museum, and eating and drinking along the river. Round-trip tours through a small part of the Delta near Tigre;, quick glimpse of the Delta and the river lifestyle.
¨9:00- 12:00: Tango Dinner Show
2:00-18:00 Avenida de Mayo: Outing to a beautiful and active avenue surrounded by lovely buildings that show the style of the turn of XIX century."Avenida de Mayo is the central avenue in the city of Buenos Aires. The street connects the two main government buildings in the city, the Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo with the National Congress and Plaza Congreso.
¨Cabildo Inaugurated in 1740, this is where Buenos Aires leaders met during colonial times. and the May Revolution,1810.
¨Casa Rosada: Governor's offices and Cabinet
¨Plaza de Mayo (May Square) is the symbol of the historical manifestations of the Argentine people. It gathers the Republic Powers: the Casa Rosada - the government house -, the Nation Bank and the Metropolitan Cathedral. North to the square it is the "city porteña", area of streets and avenues that gather the financial center of the capital. Going west, it is Mayo Avenue which finally leads to the magnificent National Congress Palace Congress Building. Asosiacion Madres de Plaza de Mayo
¨Palacio Barolo. Halfway between the Casa Rosada and Congreso, this eclectic, 22-story office building is an homage to Dante’s Divine Comedy designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti.
¨Palade los Dos Congress: Named for its location directly across from the National Congress Building, this plaza contains a large monolith that represents the start (Km 0) for all its national highways. This plaza almost encompasses three city blocks, its western-most point along Ave. de Mayo. One of the city’s best and most valuable sculptures is a bronze reproduction of "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin.
¨Avenida Theatre: Inaugurated in 1908 after a work by Lope de Vega, this theatre keeps the memory of Spanish companies from the beginning of the century.
¨Café el Tortoni: This cafe has formed part of the Porteno landscape since 1858. A shrine to local tango culture, it houses the Academia Nacional del Tango and stages performances as well as literary events in the basement. Legendary literati such as the disquieting poets Argentine, Alfonsina Storni and Spanish Federico Garcia Lorca gathered here. Porteno bohemia and nostalgia fuse here over a game of chess, domino and billiards.
¨Academia Nacional del Tango: Museo
¨9:00- 12:00: Folklore- Dinner Show
¨2:00- 8:00: Palermo Chico: "An attractive upper-middle class borough known for its wide-open spaces that combine perfectly with houses that date back to the start of the century ".
¨Museo Malba: aims at promoting Latin American art in all its disciplines. Constantini donated to this post-modern gallery works of art that take us on a journey through the history of Spanish American art
¨Evita Museum: This museum features memorabilia from Evita's careers as an actress and as apolitical leader. It also describes the story of her life and death
¨Palermo Soho: This part of Palermo neighborhood is today called “Soho” because it is the place preferred by artists and crafts men. Around the square, you can find coffee shops, restaurants, bookshops, ateliers, furniture, accessories and clothes shops. Buenos Aires vanguard design can be found in this area
¨Dinner in Puerto Madero
Leaving Buenos Aires
Friday 22: arriving USA
You can choose one or more optional activities we will accommodate them on your free time
¨Spanish classes( all levels) While it is certainly possible to travel to a Spanish speaking country without knowing any Spanish, your trip will in no way compare with the incredible adventure that awaits the traveler who speaks Spanish. Learning Spanish will enable you to keep pace with Hispanic influence on culture which is strong and getting stronger. Research indicates that knowing and using two languages reduces your chances of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Other studies show that studying languages can improve your memory and slow age-related decline in mental acuity. Learning a second language stimulates creativity!
Tango dance classes( all levels)
While in Buenos Aires, there will be opportunities for group tango lessons with some of the most renowned masters of the art. Every day you could take two hours of classes and practice with the best tango instructors of the city.
Everybody has the option of having a TANGO ESCORT to two milongas The advantage of these options is that you will have in the milonga a dancer that will help you break the ice, and learn the codes in the milongas
Salsa/ Mambo dance clases: there will be opportunities for group Salsa lessons with some of the most renowned masters of the art. Every day you could take two hours of classes and practice with the best instructors of the city.You can dance salsa here almost every night .Classes in Buenos Aires are truly “puro Cubano,” All of these different elements, so essential for understanding when to step, when to pause, what to accent, and how to move, became more audible as we listened to the various rhythms a little bit of Cuba right in the heart of Buenos Aires
Argentina's History: Los desaparecidos: The Disappeared pose fundamental questions about human nature and the capability within each of us to commit unspeakable acts of terror--questions that resonate today, we continue to live in a world plagued by recurrences of crimes against humanity. . Desaparecidos is the Spanish " For thousands of Argentine families, this word has become a symbol of a long harrowing nightmare. Between 1976 and 1983 - under military rule – thousand of people most of them dissidents and innocent civilians.
We will vist to Madres, Hijos y Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, the detention center of ESMA, that was the largest detention center of its kind in times of the Dirty War. The seat of the Mechanics School in Buenos Aires was turned into a museum by law of the National Congress on 5 August 2004, which named it the Space for Memory and for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights; and the Monumento a las victimas The Park of the Memory "Parque de la memoria"is an extension of 14 hectares located in the coastal strip of the Rio de la Plata, a public stroll so that when facing the memory of the horror committed during the last Argentine military dictatorship the society becomes aware that violations to the human rights must NEVER AGAIN take place