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In the Footsteps of Dictators and the Auschwitz of Argentina (private tour)

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Not Rated
Duration

2½ hours (approximately)

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

7 people

Languages

English, Spanish

Overview

“Become an eyewitness to an obscure period of our history and have a unique experience with the dark side of Argentina”

You will explore the following:

Memorial plaques of the disappeared people.

Incredible murals (paintings & graffiti) on the topic:  The individuals, history, and struggles they represent.

An ex-Clandestine Center, often called the Auschwitz of Argentina:  You won’t be exploring the areas that are closed while archaeological techniques of restoration, conservation, and evidence-gathering work proceeds. We can’t go inside the Ex-clandestine center. We can walk around the place where we can find incredible murals (paintings & graffiti) on the topic. Actually, part of the Ex-clandestine center was dismantled before democracy returned and the areas of the cells were demolished, etc. and the most interesting things, for the most part, are easily seen from the outside.

A Clandestine Center of Detention, Torture, and Annihilation was a place dedicated to the kidnapping and torture of suspected dissidents. They functioned during the last military dictatorship that took place in Argentina from 1976 to 1983.

This massive complex contained areas where political prisoners were detained and barbarously tortured. You won’t be touring the areas that are closed while archaeological techniques of restoration, conservation, and evidence-gathering work proceeds. But the most interesting things, for the most part, are easily seen from the outside.

These terrible places are important for understanding Argentina, and are a visceral depiction of the wide reach of the military dictatorship in its ability to terrorize the local population. The kidnapped people were systematically dehumanized; they experienced atrocities and lived in terrible conditions. All the while, they dreaded the infamous “transfer” – military-speak for execution; some of them were then dumped into the ocean from airplanes.

As I am a living history, I will tell you the interesting facts you need to know to understand the worst, most brutal, and most violent dictatorship in Argentinean history. I am willing to share with you what it was like to live through that dark period in Argentina’s history.

We will also talk about a couple of the worst aspects of the dictatorship: the systematic theft of babies from their imprisoned mothers and the Nazi ideology that permeated the military and security forces. And, finally, you will hear some recorded testimonies.

FOR:

People who want to learn about Buenos Aires history.

People concerned about human rights violations.

Intellectually curious travelers.

Students.

Not for children.

Availability: Tour runs every day.

• Duration: 2½ hours (approximately)

• Price: Private tour: US$45 p/p (minimum of 2 people are required to book a private tour)

Included/Excluded

  • Local bilingual guide.
  • Bus ticket during the tour.
  • Transportation to and from the meeting place.

Tour's Location

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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ELISA

Member Since 2021

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