Just wanted to recommed the Tango History Tour Service. We did many searches on the computer and accidently found this service. We read the feedback from previous customers and decided to try them. Our tour guide, Alan, was wonderful. We took 2 tours with him. The first was a two hour walking tour, just to get acquainted with the city. We saw the Pink House, Cafe Tortoni, the first subway build by the British in 1913, the Congress Building, the Cabildo House of Colonial Government just to name a few. The second tour was for 5 hours. It was a tango tour. We walked through the San Telmoc area where tango was born, we also went to La Boca area. We visited a tango shoe shop where they make the shoes right there!!! We had a 1.5 hour tango lesson. The lessons are quite intense, they give you a lot of steps to learn in a short period of time. I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. You will do a lot of walking.
We walked through the San Telmoc area where tango was born, we also went to La Boca area.
I know this is going to start a healthy debate, but I'd like to get clear answers to these questions I pose...
Was the Tango really born in San Telmo?
When I was in Argentina the locals told me that the Tango was first danced in Argentina. However when I went to Uruguay the locals there told me that the Argentineans were wrong and that the Tango was born in Uruguay.
I know there is a rivalry between Uruguay and Argentina, but just which country is correct here? Was the Tango born in Uruguay or Argentina? What is the true story here?
And how do we know you don't make money off this company you're so keen to recommend?
I'll leave it, because it's been responded to, but members should take such recommendations from first timers with a grain/mountain of salt.
Uno, read the book "El tango", by Horacio Salas. It gives a nice background history. Also recommendable is a philosophical tractate on tango and the cultural identity of Argentina, of an author whose name I cannot remember on the spot. Drop me a line if you're interested, then I'll try and look it up for you.
Sounds verry suspicious to me. All gushy about her 'wonderful tour guide' etc.
I'll see if i can get that book in the library tomorrow.
I took a few unsuccessful tango lessons in Buenos Aires when I was there. I can't even remember the steps I learnt.
I definitely am still interested in learning some more about this wonderfully elegant dance.