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Elisa D.


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I am a Buenos Aires native who loves interacting with people and sharing my deep knowledge and passion for this city: its history, art, architecture, food, literature etc.
The tours I offer are meant for people who love to explore places off the beaten track, and for those who enjoy discovering hidden gems.

My Past and Present occupations: I was a bilingual assistant for a medical tourism company, history research assistant, and an adviser to a travel magazine about places and activities in Argentina. I have taken classes in Argentine literature and history, tourism, History of Art, Latin American Art, architecture and the history of Buenos Aires and its neighborhoods.

Each of my tours lasts around 3 hours. We could take longer, as I am flexible to accommodate the needs and questions you might have. And if you want to linger a while, don't worry -- this is your tour and, because I only book small parties, you can linger all you want. This is not your typical "hurry-hurry" tour.

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Reviews for Elisa D.
Sue

Amazing Tour! First Elisa is a wonderful, interesting guide. Her research and knowledge shows through in her narration. She is a delight! We were a family of 6 adults and actually did 2 of Elisa's tours back to back one day. This tour gave us a chance to immerse ourselves in historic neighborhoods. We enjoyed hearing the stories of buildings/areas and then being able to go INSIDE and get a feel for the history there. Elisa had old photos for many of the places so we could appreciate how the area once looked and see the changes in front of us. We loved the market, the church of Pope Francis was beautiful, the cafe and the tango milonga were such a treat to visit. Also the barbershop was so interesting and the owner is a character! Thank you Elisa and Vayable for providing a connection to cultures!

Sue

Amazing Tour! First Elisa is a wonderful, interesting guide. Her research and knowledge shows through in her narration. She is a delight! We were a family of 6 adults and actually did 2 of Elisa's tours back to back one day. This tour gave us a chance to immerse ourselves in historic neighborhoods. We enjoyed hearing the stories of buildings/areas and then being able to go INSIDE and get a feel for the history there. Elisa had old photos for many of the places so we could appreciate how the area once looked and see the changes in front of us. We loved the market, the church of Pope Francis was beautiful, the cafe and the tango milonga were such a treat to visit. Also the barbershop was so interesting and the owner is a character! Thank you Elisa and Vayable for providing a connection to cultures!

Laurence A.

Fantastic tour. Much original on a very unknown and maybe hidden part of Argentinian history. Elisa' s explanations were documented, passionate and insightful with her own family memories to illustrate. Highly recommended.

Laurence A.

Fantastic tour. Much original on a very unknown and maybe hidden part of Argentinian history. Elisa' s explanations were documented, passionate and insightful with her own family memories to illustrate. Highly recommended.

Laurence A.

Very nice tour with Elisa. We've had an off the records insight of Buenos Aires with a glimpse of History. She's walked us to places that not all tourists go to . Thanks .

Laurence A.

Very nice tour with Elisa. We've had an off the records insight of Buenos Aires with a glimpse of History. She's walked us to places that not all tourists go to . Thanks .

Nikolas E.

It was an amazing experience for me and my sister. We booked only a few hours before the tour started and Elisa showed us some hidden gems in her neighbourhood. Caballito is a bit off the beaten track which makes it even more interesting. Elisa is a great tour guide and I can highly recommend a tour with her. Her English is perfect and the tour is done in a very pleasant non-rush way. Great day!! Thank you Elisa!! Nik y Tina

Nikolas E.

It was an amazing experience for me and my sister. We booked only a few hours before the tour started and Elisa showed us some hidden gems in her neighbourhood. Caballito is a bit off the beaten track which makes it even more interesting. Elisa is a great tour guide and I can highly recommend a tour with her. Her English is perfect and the tour is done in a very pleasant non-rush way. Great day!! Thank you Elisa!! Nik y Tina

Paul D.

Elisa totally made our trip memorable with her tour. She was super friendly and clearly very knowledgable about BA,being a BA native and all. We highly recommend Elisa, who was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable throughout. Thanks so much Elisa!!

Mia H.

This is my second trip to Buenos Aires and this tour has been by far the most memorable, worthwhile activity I've done. I can't speak highly enough of Elisa. Many people here won't, or can't, talk about the dictatorship, but Elisa told me incredible and harrowing stories about her own life, family and friends as well as explaining the backdrop of Buenos Aires in the late seventies/early eighties. Elisa brought photos, documents, audio testimonies, explained the murals on Olimpo and answered any question I had. For anyone who is interested in history, politics, culture, or or for those who want to learn about the darker, hidden side of Buenos Aires, or for an 'off the beaten track' activity, this tour is unmissable, and is a lot more personal and informative than a visit to the ex-ESMA. 10/10 - Brilliant.

Jessica W.

Elisa was a lovely tour guide. She grew up in the city and knows it well. Her English was very good. She's well-traveled and could discuss the history and current events of Buenos Aires. She was very flexible to the group's needs and interests. We had an unplanned coffee break, because we hadn't had much sleep the night before, and Elisa was happy to accommodate us.

Jack C.

This tour was an incredible experience. Elisa is compassionate but uncompromising in her pursuit and remembrance of this history. She told us many, many personal stories of growing up under the dictatorship, which really helped connect this often-overlooked period with Argentina as it exists today. If you are socially conscious, and have a thoughtful relationship to your humanity, I wholeheartedly recommend spending an afternoon with Elisa.

Michael T.

Elisa was a wonderful tour guide. Gave a very personalized tour that went through non-tourist areas of Buenos Aires. She was very knowledgeable with the area. It was a fantastic way to spend our afternoon. I would 100% recommend tours through her again.

Patrick C.

Having been lucky enough to do three of Elisa´s tours I can´t recommend her highly enough. This tour is great to see a unique part of Buenos Aires´ history and especially become acquainted with the famous Carlos Gardel! I feel that after doing Elisa´s tours that I have seen the "real" Buenos Aires and had the bonus of being able to discuss differrent topics with a native Porteño! 5 stars!

Patrick C.

This is a great tour to do to get a local´s insight in to the micro centre of Buenos Aires. Elisa has an in depth knowledge of the country´s history and shows unique places and provides the history & stories to go with it. She showed me places I walked past and had no idea of what waited inside. Can´t recommend enough! Dante´s Building and the Revolutionary´s bar were personal favourites!

Patrick C.

I give this tour 5/5 stars. I was lucky enough to have a one on one tour with Elisa. She was extremely flexible and accommodating with arranging the tour. The experience takes in local treasures and Elisa is a wealth of knowledge with regard to the history. I would recommend this tour to anyone who would like to experience the non tourist side of Buenos Aires life!

Jim M.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to have traveled to many places in the world and have had my share of tours. I have always looked for those chances to get a better understanding of the country I am visiting, its people and culture. So, I seek out Off the Beaten Path opportunities ....not the obvious tourist attractions. And, as the former President & CEO of a small company in the US, I understand the importance of customer service, knowledge and respect. My tour, "In the Footsteps of Dictators" was led by Elisa who was not only professional and personable, but someone who shared what it was like to live thru that dark period in Argentina's history. More importantly, I found out that she leads other Off the Beaten Path tours sharing the hidden gems of Buenos Aires, places you would never see on a generic tour and stories you might never hear. She is the Go To person for those who are looking to experience the real Buenos Aires.

Nikolay N.

This is an absolutely stunning tour! Elisa asked me to name the favourite part of the tour and I could not, because every part was very special. I have been in many areas of Buenos Aires before and some non-tourist areas too so I was not sure that I could be surprised, but I was. Selection of places is really great since they are different and one does not get bored at all, e.g. residential area of Caballito which feels more like Europe (except dog poo which is Buenos Aires classic of course! haha!), an unexpectedly dynamic market with very local feel, the most beautiful church in BA which surprisingly stands in the middle of quite ordinary area, barber's shop is a real time machine and tango salon is just bizarre. Let alone that Elisa is a very intersting storyteller. Defiinitely recommended!

Jane S.

This is the 2nd walking tour that I took with Elisa & as before, she was great - very knowledgeable & full of insights & historical facts of the places visited, the underlying events & people from the past that made the sites interesting & notable. Again, I had the privilege of her undivided attention (since I visited BA in May, it was a relatively low season for tourism) & she was very patient & good jumpers in answering all my questions - even rangrntial questions that were not directly related to the tour! The 3+ hours I spent in her company was well worth any number of hours Iight have spent trying to read up & visit the sites on my own. I highly recommend Elisa's walking tours - they are enlightening, fun, insightful & well-paced. I certainly hope to revisit BA and take her other tours next time!

Jane S.

Elisa was wonderful & very knowledgeable as a guide, sharing insights on not only the history and interesting past events of the area visited but also weaving them into the present day context. I had the pleasure & privilege of her undivided attention and greatly enjoyed an insider's view of parts of BA that were off the tourist track e.g. the milonga was one of the highlights of the tour for me ! I'd highly recommend this to anyone !