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Photo Essay: San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

If you happen to find yourself in Buenos Aires on a Sunday afternoon, definitely head down to San Telmo to check out the Sunday Market. I couldn’t help but smile as it reminded me of the quirkiness of south Austin – musicians, antique markets, street art, performances, and the sweet aroma of food filled the streets.

Plan a few hours in this location as there is so much to see and do. Grab a cortado. Peruse the endless supply of empanadas. This area is ripe for people watching as tourists from all over the world flock here to take in the distinctly Argentine culture. Also take a small change purse to hand over to the street performers if you watch a show. These guys are professionals and take their craft very seriously. My favorite had to be the puppeteer.

Make sure to check in the middle of the main park square in the late afternoon for a free tango performance. If you’re on a budget, it is definitely a good way to check that off your Argentine bucket list.

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44 thoughts on “Photo Essay: San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina”

  1. Wow, you really got some great photos that capture the colors and vibrancy of the San Telmo Sunday Market! Going there was one of my favorite things to do while living there, bravo!

    1. @Jeremy: Thanks a bunch! It really was quirky and beautiful. I couldn’t help but take pictures. Glad I could help with a dose of nostalgia!

    1. @Audrey: That sounds like a SERIOUS party there! Would have loved to experience that – although – how late did THAT go?

    1. @AMA: It can be a bit overwhelming at times but the energy of the performers is contagious. LOVED this part of Buenos Aires.

    1. @Joe: Thanks a bunch! The Sunday Market there is definitely a MUST. This was probably one of my favorite neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

  2. San Telmo was my first stop in BA when I visited there years ago. I love how your pics capture how festive and colorful it is! You know what’s funny? I also have pics of that same puppeteer! Did you notice that the puppeteer and puppet’s socks match?

  3. I’m so sad I wasn’t able to get over there when I was in Buenos Aires. I was only in the city for about 2 days, and not even 2 days in a row, so I just didn’t get to see much. Looks like you had a great day though!

    1. Yeah, you’re going to need a little more time than that lol. I would suggest spending no more than a week here if you get the chance. You can see mostly everything in that time. 🙂

  4. Great photos! It is one of those super-touristy things that is totally worth doing.

  5. I simply love how your photo essay has captured the emotions and true atmosphere of street life in Argentina. The photos of the dancers in particular are simply remarkable; you can see their emotions very clearly.

    The the tone of your blog makes me want to keep reading more of your posts and I feel like just abandoning my mundane life, packing up and running away for an extended vacation somewhere exotic. Looking forward to reading more of your travel stories.
    Bon Voyage 🙂

    1. Thank you Anastasia! I hope to see you around here more often. 😀 I’ve been working on capturing more people in my pictures since it is something I’ve lacked in the past. I’m glad you enjoyed!

    1. I definitely tried to capture the colors I saw. I have to be picky about the pictures I choose or they would be a million pictures long.

    1. Thank you Camden! There was so much to shoot. Although, I did have some old men freak out because I took pictures of their merchandise.

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