Buenos Aires - What a Bookstore in Buenos Aires!

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What a Bookstore in Buenos Aires!

Sat, 23 Oct
(79 reviews)
Santa Fe Avenue, Buenos Aires, Argentina
45 mins

About the tour

The Guardian and National Geographic have declared it one of the most beautiful commercial bookstores in the world, and they are right! El Ateneo-Grand Splendid is a unique bookstore because it is inside an old and restored 1919 theatre and broadcasting station. Join me to discover this fascinating place and also to learn about its history as well as a taste of Argentinean literature.

Meet FabianBA


Almost a decade ago, Fabian kickstarted his career as a tour guide after leaving a cushiony corporate role as an HR Manager. Since then, he has enjoyed spinning exciting stories to travelers and taking them through one of the most European cities of Latin America. Through his lens, you will discover the city that's home to the widest avenue, the widest river, and brimming with people who love football. Buenos Aires was a British colony for a little over a month, but it carries with it a hint of different cultures. "Argentineans are Italians who speak Spanish but they think they live in France!" Fabian laughs. Through his tours, you might hear him sing a tango (or humming to U2’s “With or Without You”), learn a couple of magic tricks (fun fact: he's an amateur magician!), and check out yerba mate, a super healthy herbal tea that's a local popularity. "Being a tour guide is a bit like a teacher, and I enjoy telling stories. Buenos Aires is full of stories, bizarre, strange, hard to believe stories," he says.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Buenos Aires with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Buenos Aires. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers


08 September 2021

What a unique tour of this incredible place! Fabian shared fun facts and pointed out beautiful architectural details that made this tour extra special.

Debra W.

03 September 2021

Lovely to see the book store. Lots of books!

Heather R.

03 September 2021

Fabian, u r gr8. The delivery, points of history & extraordinary tidbits made it thoroughly enjoyable. Thx.

Don B.

03 September 2021

This was an excellent tour. Really enjoyed it and got quite excited about the fabulous architecture which I had not really noticed before on previous tours to the bookstore. Muchos Gracias Fabian Don B Dorset UK

Diahann B.

03 September 2021

Fabian is wonderful. The bookstore tour was a reader's paradise. Thank you again.

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