The life and times of Evita and Juan Perón

FOUR HOURS

The historical importance and the legacy of Argentinean President Juan Domingo Perón and his wife Eva Duarte, “Evita”, are unquestionable. But nothing is above debate for Argentineans. Perón and Evita’s work of government, and even their personalities, continue to generate controversy till today. This is why we intend to face the mighty task of touring the city of Buenos Aires to explore the lights and the shadows of their lives. Was he a fascist dictator or the defender of the rights of workers and the deprived sectors of our society? Was she a social climber moved by resentment, or a politician truly devoted to the descamisados? We will begin the tour in the mythical Plaza de Mayo, epicenter of the popular revolt that led him to power in 1946, and also the stage for some of Perón and Evita’s more memorable speeches. We will drive to see the original building of the Foundation built by Eva to coordinate the State’s redistribution effort; also, the Ministry of Public Works, a massive tower that looms over the Nueve de Julio Avenue, site of the immense reach of the state in the ‘40s and the place from where, in an epic speech, Evita declined the popular claim to make her Vice President of the Nation.  There we will appreciate the recently done “Mural de Evita”, a gyant mural with Evita´s portrait which occupies both Southern and Northern side of this buliding. We will make a brief stop for a coffee in the bar El General, a thematic café containing pictures, books, and objetcs of General Perón. We will drive then through the lavish district of Recoleta, home of Perón’s main enemies (“the oligarchy”, as he called them), to visit Evita’s tomb in the Recoleta cemetery. O finish with the tour, we will go to the Eva Perón Museum, a former halfway house to underprivileged single mothers during the Peronist administrations.