Buenos Aires on foot

Walking tours
Every weekend, Eternautas, a travel agency owned by historians, organizes one or two guided tours that delve into little-known aspects of Buenos Aires’ past and present. These tours are conducted on foot or in a minibus, last two or three hours, and cost 10 or 30 pesos, respectively. The last walking tour of each month is free. Scheduled tours are conducted in Spanish; tours in English can be arranged. Walking tours are called off if it rains, bus tours continue regardless. Information: 5031-9916, 15-4173-1078, or consultas@eternautas.com.
The Buenos Aires City Hall also offers weekend walking tours, all of which are free, and are conducted in Spanish. For the schedule, call 4313-0187, see http://www.bue.gov.ar/, or drop by one of the city tourist information downtown, or in Puerto Madero, Recoleta or the Retiro bus terminal (see Useful Information).
For those who live in San Isidro or happen to be staying there on a weekend, the San Isidro Tourist Guides’ Center (info@guiasdesanisidro.com.ar) organizes free afternoon walking tours of locations of historic or cultural interest.

Running tours
Died-in-the-wool runners can see the city while getting their daily exercise, thanks to a fully customized arrangement offered by Urban Running Tours. Clients are picked up at their hotel by a bilingual guide and run at their own pace while being filled in on the history of important places in neighborhoods like Palermo, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, San Telmo or Belgrano. There are routes of 5, 10 or 20 km. Info at 15-6954-6515.

PHOTO CREDITS: An Eternautas guide shows tourists Plaza de Mayo (Photo by Bonnie Tucker). Runners in Palermo (Photo courtesy of Urban Running Tours).