Buenos Aires, Argentina (San Telmo, La Boca, & Centro areas)

San Telmo Area Buenos Aires Argentina
San Telmo Area 
of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sexy Tango Dancing Caminito La Boca Buenos Aires
Sexy Tango Dancing on Caminito
- La Boca, Buenos Aires
Argentina Loma Steak Dinner Buenos Aires argentina
Argentina 'Loma' Steak Dinner - Buenos Aires
Dancing iSan Telmo Streets Buenos Aires Argentina
Dancing in San Telmo Streets 
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
San Telmo Residents Tango Dancing  Sunday Buenos Aires argentina
San Telmo Residents Tango Dancing
on Sunday - Buenos Aires
Tango Dancing Caminito in La Boca  Buenos Aires argentina
Tango Dancing on Caminito 
in La Boca - Buenos Aires
Cafe Toroni  Buenos Aires Argentina
Cafe Toroni - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday San Telmo Antique Market Plaza Dorrego Buenos Aires argentina
Sunday San Telmo Antique Market
in Plaza Dorrego - Buenos Aires
Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo Buenos Aires Argentina
Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo 
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina (San Telmo, La Boca, & Centro areas) (2/11-14/2010)

Welcome to the birthplace of the sexy Tango dance and home of the legendary Eva Peron!

Buenos Aires’ zest for life is expressed in the Tango described as “a vertical expression of a horizontal desire” (see photo). 

At first we stayed in Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhood of San Telmo where the Tango was started. We attended one of the most famous tango shows (El Viego Almacen – originally built in 1798) – a very fun evening. The outdoor Sunday antique flea market in San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego is very fun because, after the market, residents dance the Tango in the plaza and dance in the streets (see photo).

Over a hundred years ago, San Telmo was the upscale area of Buenos Aires and then San Telmo declined for a century when the Buenos Aires' elite moved to other places after a severe breakout of yellow fever. 

Although many good restaurants & bars, colonial mansions, antique shops, and tango shows are located in San Telmo and new improvements are everywhere, San Telmo is still a bit rough. So, unless you are adventurous, you may want to stay in Buenos Aires' more upscale Palermo or Recoleta areas and visit San Telmo when you come to Buenos Aires.

We wandered and had dinner in the Puerto Madero dock area that has been rejuvenated with the most expensive real estate in Buenos Aires. The old warehouses have been turned into nice restaurants and bars. We visited many of Buenos Aires’ famous sites nearby such as Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world (17 lanes!)

Probably the most famous are Plaza de Mayo (the historical core of Buenos Aires) with the Cabildo (the original Spanish seat of city government dating back to 1745), Metropolitan Cathedral with the remains of Argentina’s famous General Jose de San Martin (Argentina’s George Washington), and Casa Rosada (Argentina’s pink “White House”) where huge crowds cheered for Peron and Evita (see photos). Even in current times, this place is the site of demonstrations and political events - it was actually bombed in 1955 by the Argentine Navy killing 364 civilians.

We loved our afternoon lunch in Buenos Aires' oldest café (Café Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo) that dates back to 1858 and famous for being the favorite haunt of a century of literary greats. 

Caminito in La Boca Buenos Aires argentina
Caminito in La Boca - Buenos Aires
The picturesque old port district of La Boca made for a fun afternoon with its sidewalk cafes and the colorful Caminito, a little pedestrian street used as an outdoor theater (tango and other dancing) and art market. 

We also took the over 100 year-old subway Line A to visit Congreso (Buenos Aires’s most imposing building) that looks a lot like America’s Congress capitol building (see photo).

For more about wonderful Buenos Aires, please see our other blog post:

Palermo & Recoleta of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Please also see our other 3 posts on Argentina:

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Mendoza Wine Country, Argentina 

Ushuaia, Strait of Magellan, & Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

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  1. San Telmo is a beautiful neighborhood, it has a lot of history inside and you can even smell tango on the streets. Something not to miss! Last year I actually was looking to rent apartments buenos aires in San Telmo, and I do not regret it. I was close to all of the important places and now I can’t wait to go back.

  2. I LOVE those sexy tango dancers! Great photos. Hope I make it to Buenos Aires some day.

  3. Tango is one of my favorite dances! Wow, I must go to Buenos Aires and definitely not miss San Telmo then. Did you go to the birthplace of Eva Peron?


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