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 Responses to “Photo Essay: San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina”

  1. Emily in Chile April 30, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Great photos! You guys really captured the spirit that I felt when I was there.

    • Erica May 1, 2012 at 2:47 am #

      @Emily: Super cute area of town!

  2. Jeremy April 30, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    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!

    • Erica May 1, 2012 at 2:48 am #

      @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!

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Gorgeous pics! :)

    • Erica May 1, 2012 at 2:49 am #

      @Andi: Thanks lady! <3

  4. Audrey | That Backpacker April 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Such a fun neighbourhood! I visited the place at nighttime and this drumming party/samba session broke out in the middle of the streets. It was so much fun joining in the dancing! 😀

    • Erica May 1, 2012 at 2:49 am #

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

  5. Heather May 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    LOVE IT! Especially those last two photos!

    • Erica May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      @Heather: I’m really in love with this set for some reason. I think it is just the quirkiness. :)

  6. Bob R May 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Nice collection – like the puppeteers and chess sets. :)

    • Erica May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      @Bob: Posting the puppeteer video on Tuesday next week! Great performance.

  7. A Montrealer Abroad May 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Very beautiful – I love how lively it is!

    • Erica May 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

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

  8. Joe Wong May 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Wow, you an actually feel the vibe of the people on the streets. Great post and pictures of course!

    • Erica May 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

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

  9. Mary R May 5, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    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?

    • Erica May 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      @Mary: Oh how AWESOME! Was he doing another performance? Or the same?

  10. Don Faust May 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Looks very nice. I haven’t made it yet to Argentia, and would love to go.

    • Erica May 7, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

      @Don: Definitely worth the visit. Not sure if I would have spent as much time in Buenos Aires.

  11. dtravelsround May 7, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Love these photos!! :)

    • Erica May 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

      @D: I’m loving them as well and I think they may be my favorite BA ones.

  12. Pete May 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Love San Telmo, and that last photo is brilliant. Hope you don’t mind that I pinned it :)

    • Erica May 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      @Pete: Pin away! 😀

  13. Kieu May 8, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    BsAs is easily one of my favorite cities. So many great little charming neighborhoods.

    • Erica May 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      I will have to say that the neighborhoods are what make Buenos Aires. Every one is completely different from the next.

  14. Ali May 8, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    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!

    • Erica May 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      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. :)

  15. Abby May 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Gorgeous!! I had to drag myself from that fair to make it to the airport my last day. I was so sad!

    • Erica May 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Unfortunately I decided to wear my chucks while walking around and due to blisters had to leave earlier than I cared to.

  16. A Montrealer Abroad May 9, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Beautiful – I love all the contrasts!

  17. Stephanie - The Travel Chica May 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

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

  18. Anastasia May 10, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    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 :)

    • Erica May 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      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!

  19. Christy @ Technosyncratic May 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Absolute beautiful! The first one is my fav – love the tones.

    • Erica May 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      It was one of those times I did an *arm pump* with how happy I was with this set.

  20. Nomadic Samuel May 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Great shots! I recognize some of the same performers from my photos 2 years ago :)

    • Erica May 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      Crazy how the same people make the place. Life goes on and they keep doing their art.

  21. Christy May 16, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Great photos. The first two are my favorite.

    • Erica May 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      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.

  22. Camden Luxford May 29, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    You guys captured it: what amazing shots. I love the expression on the dancer’s face in the last one.

    • Erica May 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      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.

  23. Bohemian Trails May 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    These photos are so colorful! Thanks for sharing…and inspiring me!

    • Erica May 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      Any time lady! The place itself was inspiring (and probably one of the few places in Buenos Aires I actually loved).

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