Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Porteños, Buenos Aires locals, are known for their verbosity, loud voices, and effusive hand gestures. But when all these forms of expressions are not enough to get our messages across, we go to the streets. You will find impressive murals expressing political ideas, cute animation characters of bright colors, or simply messages about love ‘Te Amo’. Buenos Aires Street Art Tours highlight the Porteños voices and are a must-see when in Buenos Aires.
Here are the two main Buenos Aires Street Art Tours you can take:
This Buenos Aires Street Art Tour is available on Monday afternoons and takes you to the south of Buenos Aires, an area with small houses and traditional Cafés that holds an important part of our history and origins. Visit the neighborhoods of La Boca, Barracas, and San Telmo to see artworks by artists from Argentina and other countries, such as the heart-touching portrait of a kid named David painted by Cuban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada.
The highlight of the tour is a massive mural painted solely by one artist: Alfredo Segatori, aka El Pelado (the bald guy in Spanish). His piece of art is called ‘El Regreso de Quinquela’ and pays homage to Quinquela Martín, a late 19th-century post-impressionist painter born and raised in La Boca neighborhood. As he knew he was getting close to breaking the record of the world’s biggest mural painted by a single artist, El Pelado integrated the neighborhood of Barracas in his mural. Want to hear a fun fact? There is an extra character hidden behind the door of the small house.
Palermo, Colegiales, and Belgrano are colorful and trendy neighborhoods where artists from a variety of backgrounds leave their marks through stunning street art. Pass by a facade completely covered by Gualicho’s fantasy world of friendly cartoon characters or see the mysterious paintings of Pum Pum, a famous street artist who hides her identity. Buenos Aires Street Art Tours are unique since you can see collaborations between artists from different parts of the world!
The tour is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, starting at 3 pm and ending at around 6 pm.
The team is made up of local English-speaking guides, including lovely Ana with whom I had the pleasure of taking the Buenos Aires Street Art Tours with, and foreign guides who fell in love with the city and its culture. There are also biking tours on Sundays, and customized private tours.
So if you are looking for something that goes beyond the typical city tour, there is no doubt that the Buenos Aires Street Art Tours are for you. You will become familiar with aspects of our history that made us what we are today, with all the complexity and contradictions that it conveys.