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5 ways to travel in time in Buenos Aires

Locomotives, tunnels, ruins and a little imagination: everything you need to move to other times of Buenos Aires

Time travel is one of mankind's great longings: many of us want to experience the customs and traditions of other times. What you probably didn't know is that in Buenos Aires this is possible. No new machines, just visit the following  places  to achieve it.

Walk in the Historic Tram

One of the most significant Buenos Aires advances of the 19th century was the implementation of the  tram  in 1863; with about 830 km, Buenos Aires was able to stand out with the largest road network of the world. “There is no street that does not have its own line. It would give the impression that the Porteños used the tram even to go to the bathroom,” then French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau said in 1910 when visiting the country. 5 million passengers per day in a total of 2500 cars.

Thanks to the Association of Friends of the Tram, founded in 1976, this symbol again toured the streets of Buenos Aires and it is now possible to travel in time with an exclusive guided tour. The starting point is located at the intersection of Emilio Mitre streets with José Bonifacio, in the  Caballito district. What are you waiting for to embark on the Historic Tram and get to know one of the only moving museums in the world?

Immerge in the Zanjón de Granados

Would you be interested in entering a time tunnel and finding four centuries of Buenos Aires history? This is the case of Zanjón de Granados, located in Defensa 755, in the neighborhood of San Telmo. It is a house with a 19th century façade that gathers rooms, tunnels, corridors and  labyrinths , as well as various artifacts from other eras.

In 1985, they bought it with the aim of turning it into a restaurant. The owner probably did not expect to find material that would reveal the history of the two foundations of Buenos Aires and the old Buenos Aires drainage system. During their remodeling, which lasted 11 years, they discovered that under the building passed the “Zanjón de Granados”, a stream that flowed into the Rio de la Plata and that knew to be the garbage pantry of the city. The funny thing is that that restaurant that was never built was going to be called “El Rincón de las Viejas Historias” and nowadays, somehow, it has become.

Delight in a Notable Bar

Spread throughout the city, Buenos Aires has more than 70 bars and  confectioneries  called “Notables” due to its architecture and historical and social relevance. Coffee culture in the Argentine capital dates back to colonial times: as early as 1820 the city had 17 cafés . Many emerged as warehouses and markets and then mutated into musical cafes (the renowned “academies”); others - literary and student.

Sit at a table and order a coffee in an environment that preserves the genuine spirit of its construction; that is what this experience is all about. Maybe you wanted to do it while you were reading to us; in that case, visit one of these iconic places and embark on an adventure that involves culture, gastronomy and past.

What better than traveling in time with the use of imagination. The emblematic sculpture of Mafalda and his friends on Calle Chile in San Telmo is highly recognized; however, what many do not know is that these characters are just the starting point of a tour of Argentine cartoonish history.

It is an itinerary of the sculptures and  murals  of the most iconic comic characters of the 20th century. Its authors reflected historical, political and social themes in a brilliant way and that, even today, are representative of our reality. The location of the sculptures is strategic: each is surrounded by elements that match its personality, tastes and internal jokes. Otherwise, why would Isidoro Cañones find himself in an area surrounded by bars and bars? Dale, we're waiting for you.