The San Telmo Art & History Walk is offered Monday thru Friday and Saturday by appointment. You MUST reserve a space ahead of time. Same-day reservations are possible but not likely to be confirmed.
The San Telmo Art & History Walk covers
- The basic history of Argentina and San Telmo including Spanish colonial origins, the Dirty War and contemporary politics. We will visit an important memorial to the disappeared.
- The story of street art in Argentina and in San Telmo including prolific barrio artists such as Grolou, Malegría and ene ene.
- The story of fileteado in Argentina
- Art and culture in Argentina and Buenos Aires, including contemporary art, public mural art and a visit to Mamba modern art museum; the Argentine writers, Jorge Luis Borges, Rodolfo Walsh, and Ernesto Sabato; and a little bit of tango
- Restaurant and bar recommendations (Of course!)
- Anything and everything we see as we walk the streets of San Telmo!
Note: Mamba museum is no longer open on Mondays but MacBA is. The entrance fee to MacBA is not included in the tour price. It’s 25 pesos extra.
There are two versions of the tour. The shorter version takes around 2 and a half hours and is offered twice daily Monday thru Friday. This tour costs USD $20 per person, or the equivalent in Argentine pesos. Please try to bring exact change.
The extended version takes about 3.5 hours and is a leisurely tour for visitors who want maximum exposure to the barrio and to its art in the streets. This tour is offered on Saturdays by appointment or throughout the week as determined by time and availability. First come, first served. This tour costs USD $28 person, or the equivalent in Argentine pesos.
I am also available on Sundays to guide you through the San Telmo Market. Formal tours are impossible on such a crowded day but I can point out the best things to sample in the neighborhood and provide translation when necessary. My fee for this is USD $25 per hour, or the Argentine equivalent in pesos.
The extended tour also includes a free gift for each guest.
It’s possible to customize this tour for folks with specific interests in the arts and/or history, including meeting with a fileteador or a local street artist or a local expert on history. Obviously, tours like this must be booked and planned well in advance. I have given 5-hour tours on Saturdays that have included lunch and a beer or two,.
Use the form below to make a reservation, which is required. Please give me 24 hours notice. If you are not able to show up, please cancel via e-mail or call me via the number you’ll receive in your confirmation. I keep tours small so it’s possible your no-show will end up with my standing on the corner looking like a prat.
The walls of Buenos Aires are rarely blank and they never stop talking. It’s just that maybe we’re not always listening. It’s hard enough to navigate the narrow sidewalks of Microcentro or San Telmo without stepping in dog shit or on the booby-trapped slabs of concrete that splash water up to your knees if you hit them just right. Hard enough that, those things, to notice much else.
Read my whole article on My Beautiful Air.
I was happy to see this new review on my Trip Advisor page:
While visiting Buenos Aires earlier this year, we had the good fortune of being connected with Rick Powell and enjoy one of his wonderful art walks around San Telmo, which has remained one of the highlights of our entire trip.
Despite having walked around San Telmo ourselves just the day before, Rick was able to introduce us to a whole new view of the area, using striking graffiti as a way to lead us off the beaten track while all the while managing to share incredibly pertinent information about the historical, social and political background to the area.
Interesting, knowledgeable and engaging, Rick was excellent at sussing out quickly what we were most interested in and tailoring the walk accordingly, and what we expected to be an hour-long stroll past a few pieces of street art became instead a greatly enlightening 3.5h walk across the heart of Buenos Aires and many of its hidden gems. We truly cannot recommend this enough.
Although obviously I’ve given the tour a lot, because of our small-group size and because I tend to provoke questions from my guests and therefore tailor the walk to their interests — on-the-fly, as it were — each tour is different, even for me.
I’m glad Carlo and Colin had such a good time on the tour. I did, too. Thanks, guys!
Recently, I also got a connection request on LinkedIn from a guest who took the tour about 5 months ago. He said he and his wife still talk about the tour and that they have fond memories of it. Wow. It was one of those 5-hour tours that happen occasionally. This particular married couple knew more about contemporary art than I did so they had a lot of questions. Plus, we stumbled on a gallery opening that I hadn’t planned on. So we people-watched and got a little tipsy on free wine that day.
For some reason, I’m often on long-term visitors’ bucket lists but even for folks who have been in Buenos Aires for a while, my tour will show them something new:
My husband and I lived in Buenos Aires for six months, and the San Telmo Art Walk tour is one of the highlights of our trip!
Anyway, I love my engaged guests and look forward to every walk.
On my way home after a fun art walk with these cool gals from Germany,
Art Walk Guests: Sarah & Isi from Germany
I stumbled on new mural by David de la Mano.
La Mano is a Spanish mural artist who paints all over the world. I’d seen a mural he’d done recently in neighboring Uruguay but didn’t realize he was in Argentina. He also paints on canvas and draws on paper. His aesthetic is minimalist in line but here in this mural, the silhouettes accumulate obsessively, suggesting something larger and darker and more complicated.
Anyway, I like it. It’s off the beaten track a bit in San Telmo so it’s not on the tour itself at the moment. However, I would be glad to show it and some of the other scattered work in the neighborhood to interested folks with some time on their hands.
There’s more art in the barrio than I can easily show on the walk.