Tour to Buenos AiresIn order to effectively recreate in the Bay Area what I enjoy in Buenos Aires’ milongas, one of my key activities are my tours to Buenos Aires.

I organize a tour twice a year, during spring and fall. These tours are very educative: Buenos Aires is a big city; you have hundreds of choices to do tango activities. But keep in mind that tango is, for many, a business, a source of income.

When tango came back to the mainstream in Argentina, during the middle 80’s, it was a” tsunami”. It suddenly inundated the sociocultural scene of Buenos Aires and other cities. It produced a big demand on the “market” that was very undersupplied. The milongueros at the time, were very unaware of that process. You can take a look to the documentary “Tango, bayle nuestro” by Jorge Zanada, 1988. In that documentary you can see the old milongueros of 1987 stating that tango “had died”.

It happened that most of the people who took the lead in satisfying the strong “demand” for tango, were “sociocultural entrepreneurs”, only tangentially related to tango. Some of them are still predominant in the tango scene of Buenos Aires. Their initial lead was essential to the revival of tango. They helped to create the conditions that allowed later the milongueros’ comeback to the mainstream, so the people with real knowledge of tango were able to organize milongas and teach new milongueros.

That is why, if you go to Buenos Aires without a guidance of a real insider, most probably you will come to know tango as an entertainment industry, much improvised, very “homemade”, but an industry, not a culture.

A typical day in Buenos Aires with my tour:Tour to Buenos Aires 2014

  1. We get together at noon for activities related to getting to know the city and having lunch.
  2. Classes and practicas in the afternoon and early evenings. Between 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Milongas every night.

I leave the mornings an early afternoon free for any private lessons you may like to take while in Buenos Aires.

Also, you can choose from a variety of separate tours: City Tours, visit to an Estancia in the countryside, special guided tours (to a specific neighborhood or museum). I will provide a list with options.

The hotel and the school are located in the Congreso area (Balvanera).

My tours are a lot of fun and a lot of insights about the real life of the milongueros and tango in Buenos Aires.

I work with maestros that are authentic milongueros, so you will see them at the milongas where we go.

One of the key elements of my tour is to assist you in learning how to move around the city: use of public transportation, which areas are safe and which areas are better to avoid.

Spanish is a must in Buenos Aires, if you want to experience it at its best. The next better thing is to have local contacts that can take care of you. This is one of the main elements that shape my tour.

If you are interested in my NEXT TOUR TO BUENOS AIRES, you can contact me calling 415-412-1866 or email marcelo@escuelatangoba.com. Please click here to see details and pricing for NEXT TOUR TO BUENOS AIRES.