Buenos Aires Sightseeing, Colon Opera House, and Cafe Tortoni
Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Colon Theatre: Marvel at the Hall of Gold in one of the city's most stunning buildings, a symbol of culture since 1908 that occupies an entire city block.
- Metropolitan Cathedral: This impressive neo-Classical structure features dramatic frescoes of Bible scenes on the ceiling and elaborate tile mosaics on the floor.
- Caminito Street: Follow your guide through the colorful street that inspired the music for the famous "caminito" tango, followed by a drive through the beautiful parks of Palermo.
- Plaza de Mayo: The city's main square is home to the president's palatial pink executive mansion (Casa Rosada) and the Cabildo city hall, built during Spanish rule.
- Cafe Tortoni: Ranked one of world's 10 most beautiful cafes, this cozy coffee house has maintained much of its 19th-century decor, including a stained glass ceiling and glittering chandeliers.
About this Buenos Aires tour
On looks alone, the Colon Theatre will astound you. The entire structure exudes luxury, from the extravagant crystal chandeliers and ornately carved staircases to the 24-karat gold ceiling adornments in the Hall of Gold. But for true music aficionados, it's not about looks: It's all about the acoustics.
Extreme care went into fine-tuning the sound when this opera hall opened in 1908; then as now, the citizens of Buenos Aires consider themselves among the world's most aredent opera devotees. Every fixture, sconce, and fresco of the Colon was selected and placed to ensure acoustical perfection. Even today, you'll never see speakers, amplifiers, sound boards, or even a microphone during performances here. They're just not necessary.
Just as much attention to detail was dedicated to sound quality when renovations began in 2005. Each pane of stained glass was polished to restore their former lustrous glory and remove years of soot. Especially impressive is the "Salon de Oro" (Hall of Gold), where crystal chandeliers and magnificent wall decorations create an atmosphere of unalloyed opulence. Throughout the renovation, there was constant testing to ensure that the integrity of the world-renowned acoustics remained intact. The painstaking attention to maintaining the venue's premium sound quality paid off; the Colon is still considered to be among the top five acoustically excellent concert venues in the world.
Pretty in pink?
The Casa Rosada may be the best-known building in Buenos Aires, but the reason for its rosy pink color has never been determined. One theory says that when it was completed in 1886, two opposite political parties andndash; one represented by red and the other by white andndash; created a show of unity by mixing their colors to paint the building. The other theory suggests a practical purpose, although executing it would have been unpleasant: To protect against humidity, it was painted with cow's blood that gradually faded.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying in a hotel? Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel (if confirmed prior with the GoBe Crew). Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Amount of walking is at your leisure. You can stay onboard the transport if desired. Tour is wheelchair accessible so long as wheelchair is foldable and you are able to get on and off the bus by yourself or with the aid of a traveling companion.
Private Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic. Soft drink or coffee
English, German, Spanish, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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