A Different Tango tour

Most people who visit Argentina for the first time know five things: soccer (futbol), meat, Malbec wine, Evita and, of course, tango. But most tourists think of tango as just a dance that requires fishnet stockings, five inch heals and a fedora.

In fact, it is the music of the great port cities of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and in the first half of the 20th Century it was the cultural center of life here. In much the same way that singers like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra evoke a time and a style of U.S. life, Carlos Gardel, Tita Merello and Edmundo Rivero are icons of a once great popular culture that has left in its mark on the language, music and style of Argentines.

This tour is about understanding what tango was and is to Argentines. We explore some of the neighborhoods where tango was lived – La Boca, San Telmo, Boedo, El Abasto – to learn the history and appreciate the poetic lyrics that celebrated and romanticized stories of immigration, crime, poverty and love lost. We offer two versions of the tour. A three and a half hour tour that can be taken any time of the day, and a five hour tour which includes a visit to a milonga where Argentines dance tango today for their own pleasure, not for as a show for foreigners. The version of the tour with the milonga has to be an evening tour because most milongas don’t really get started until late.

Duration:  3 1/2 or 5 hours, two versions

Fees:  For groups of up to 6 people, USD 100 for 3 1/2 hour version and USD 150 for the five hours version. Note, this is the total price for the group, not a per person rate, however there is an additional entry fee for the milonga on the 5 hour tour, which is approx USD 10 per person.

Please, contact us directly for fees for larger group tours. Fee does not cover costs for any meals, snacks or drinks consumed during the tour.

Have questions or want to book a tour? Write to us at bacityguide@gmail.com