Most of my guests think that the San Telmo Art & History Walk is the best art tour in Buenos Aires.
From a recent unsolicited review:
“I’d highly recommend this tour and think you’d be an idiot to miss it.”
As much as that review made me laugh — and I had great time with you, Seth, on the two, count ‘em, two tours you took — I was happy to see this less incendiary 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!
And still more:
Rick is very friendly and has a lot of knowledge of both the art scene and the history of Buenos Aires. His tour is thourough and you get to see a lot of San Telmo, learn a little about the history of the barrio and see a lot of cool street art. We finished of in the park drinking mate. Well spent time and money, highly recomended!
Here’s a little comment on the price:
We spent more than three hours with Rick and it was so worth it. One of the highlights of our trip. BTW, this tour is way underpriced so, if you can, you should give a significant tip. Given the quality and amount of info imparted, its the right thing to do.
Anyway, I love my engaged guests and look forward to every walk.
Read more 5-star reviews here on TripAdvisor.