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Adventures Online: The Best of Buenos Aires

Discover the city of Buenos Aires during an online learning adventure live from Argentina! Talk with local experts as you enjoy virtual field trips, insightful lectures and more.
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Program No. 24208RJ
4 days
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Online Program

Adventures Online: The Best of Buenos Aires

Discover the city of Buenos Aires during an online learning adventure live from Argentina! Talk with local experts as you enjoy virtual field trips, insightful lectures and more.
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Program No. 24208 RJ
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At a Glance

Buenos Aires is a rare find — as a historic city that maintains its aristocratic charm while having a finger on the pulse of modern culture and a diverse demographic, it’s no wonder that many consider this Argentinian capital to be the “Paris of South America.” Experience the very best of Buenos Aires during a live, online learning adventure that introduces you to the city’s finest neighborhoods, its vibrant history, and its colorful art scene. Take in a live tango performance, enjoy a virtual walk along cobblestone streets to admire landmarks like the Government Palace and Colon Opera House and learn about the legacy of Eva Peron. In addition to online field trips, your experts will share their knowledge during fascinating lectures and presentations on the city’s history, from its independence from Spain to the emergence of diverse neighborhoods that have influenced the modern culture of Buenos Aires. Bond with your fellow Road Scholars as you learn about the tango, discuss Argentinian art and delight in the wonders of this South American city.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Take a virtual field trip to a milonga, or tango ballroom, to learn about this exciting Argentinian dance and watch a performance by local dancers.
  • Get a first-hand look at street art in Buenos Aires during a virtual field trip that shows you the works of Benito Quinquela Martin, as well as examples of street art in various parts of the city.
  • Experience the culture of Buenos Aires as you join your expert for virtual walks through some of the city’s most fascinating neighborhoods including Plaza de Mayo and La Boca, and discover landmarks including the Colon Opera House, Recoleta Cemetery and more.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Art Nouveau in Buenos Aires: A Love Story
by Anat Meidan
Buenos Aries boasts a number of impressive buildings in a range of architectural styles. But when Anat Meidan, an art collector with a passion for La Belle Époque, moved to the city, she was delighted to discover how much of the city’s Art Nouveau architecture from the early 20th century had survived. The author set about researching these extraordinary buildings as well as the people who designed and built them.
On Argentina
by Jorge Luis Borges
English Version. Jorge Luis Borges wrote about Argentina as only someone passionate about his homeland can. On Argentina reveals the many facets of his passion in essays, poems, and stories through which he sought to bring Argentina forward on the world stage, and to do for Buenos Aires what James Joyce did for Dublin.
Santa Evita (Saint Evita)
by Tomas Eloy Martinez
English version. A novel about the death of Eva Peron. Faced with losing her, her husband decided to make her immortal by having her preserved and put on display as Saint Evita. Hidden, hijacked, replicated, buried and resurrected, her body became a focus for mystical adoration as well as for carnal love.
Buenos Aires: A Cultural History (Cultural Histories Series)
by Jason Wilson
Jason Wilson explores this contradictory and culturally rich city by tracing its development from remote ranching settlement to modern metropolis. Taking landmarks, both well-known and hidden, as starting points for a journey of discovery, he looks at the events, people and writing that have shaped modern Buenos Aires and its cultural life.
Buenos Aires: 400 Years
by Stanley R. Ross, Thomas F. McGann
Buenos Aires: 400 Years attests to the long, diverse, and fascinating life of this urban mass of some six hundred square miles and eleven million inhabitants, which began as a tiny palisaded outpost on the remote fringe of the Spanish Empire. That colonial past is skillfully described here, but so too is the future of Buenos Aires. Each essay reveals much about the sociological and economic life of the city and the dynamic history of its people.
Buenos Aires: The Biography of a City
by James Gardner
In Buenos Aires, Art and culture critic James Gardner offers a colorful biography of the "Paris of the South," from its origins and time as a colonial city, through its Golden age, the rise of Peron, and the Falklands War, to the present day. With entertaining asides about art, architecture, literature, food and dance, as well as local customs and colorful personalities, this is a rich and unique historical narrative of Buenos Aires.

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