Dive into the history of Buenos Aires by running the narrow, cobbled streets where the city was born – the downtown. This 10 km tour will take you on a whirlwind journey past the first churches, buildings and centuries of history.
Downtown is full of narrow streets, some still with cobbles from colonial time. And as you run through these narrow alleyways, you will feel that you have travelled back in time. The tour will pass some of the most important landmarks in the city, from the historical to the contemporary. We will journey through Buenos Aires’ history, passing The Cabildo, a building constructed of adobe and thatch in 1580. It was the centre of Spain’s colonial administration of the city. As a result, the Monument to the Fallen in the Falklands was dedicated to the 649 Argentine soldiers who were killed in the Falklands War.
The Obelisco, an icon of Buenos Aires, was erected in 1936 to commemorate the quadricentennial of the city’s foundation. From the past to the present, we will run past the Casa Rosada or Pink House. It’s home to the president’s office and government, and the most famous square of the country, Plaza de Mayo. It is the political and economic centre from where the government runs the country.
Exploring Downtown’s Architecture
Alongside this historical focus, the running tour will cover some of the more beautiful aspects of the modern city, from urban life to architecture. Next, we will run along the iconic Obelisco, the widest avenue in the country. Here, kiosks, street sellers and strikers camping in front of the government house will give you an insight into modern Buenos Aires. Then, we will marvel at the Colon Theatre, considered one of the best opera houses globally, together with La Scala in Milan, the Opera Garnier in Paris and the Royal Opera House in London.
Finally, our trip comes to an end at the amazing Puerto Madero and the El Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge). Santiago Calatrava designed this rotating footbridge, which is one of the most famous landmarks in Puerto Madero. It demonstrates Buenos Aires’ constant effort to position itself at the vanguard of art and architecture in Latin America.
Old churches, centuries of history, politics and the modern vibe of the Argentinian capital are all concentrated in this small part of the city. It’s a combination that makes this most concentrated part of the country unique, exciting and incredibly fun to run in!