Balcarce 50, 1064 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tours Saturday – Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Phone: +54 11 4344-3600
Guided Tour Information
The palace offers free, weekend tours every hour. They begin at the back of the building. If you only speak English, make sure to inform your tour guide so they can get you in with an English-speaking group. The tour will take you through the Bicentennial Hall of Argentina Painters and Paintings, the Salón Blanco, the Martín Fierro Hall, the Hall of Honor, and the Bicentennial Hall for Argentine Women. You’ll also stop by the iconic balcony, from which historic speeches were shouted to the crowds, and which became well-known from a scene in the 1996 movie Evita.
A museum inside reveals the history of the building, from its start as a lonely fort in 1594 to the grand palace it is today, along with a look at presidential memorabilia and marble busts of former presidents. The visit also includes a walk into the basement, where there’s a floor-to-ceiling mural painted by José David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Changing of the Guard
In front of the palace, the Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers’ changing of the guard takes place daily every hour on the hour. The original regiment fought with national hero General Jóse de San Martín; today, the guards dress in 19th century uniforms during their ceremonial march.
Behind Casa Rosada, several restaurants border Rio Dique. The closest is Le Grill (Calle Alicia Moreau de Justo 876), which affords views of Puente de la Mujer, a white bridge with a single elongated point extending from it like a shark fin. Le Grill is an elegant setting and boasts superb steaks and an extensive wine list. Make reservations at http://www.legrill.com.ar/. If you’re traveling in a group and in the mood for Italian, eat at La Parolaccia Trattoria (Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1052, C1107AAV CABA) a little farther down the river, since they often cater to multiple large groups with a large restaurant to make up the space. Visit laparolaccia.com to make reservations.
Right across from Casa Rosada is Plaza de Mayo, named after the May 1810 revolution that led to Argentina’s independence from Spain. It’s best known for the uproarious gathering that took place in 1945, now called Loyalty Day. Juan Domingo Perón, a government official beloved of the Argentines, was held prisoner by his own party because they believed he’d grown too popular. Thousands demanded he be released, and a year later he became president. Now it’s tradition for people to gather in the square on national holidays. Historical buildings surround the square, including several museums and Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires, the former seat of Pope Francis.
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