San Telmo & Mataderos Fair Tour
Highlights / General details
This tour, apart from being the symbol of rural tradition in Buenos Aires, transports us to the gaucho culture, the emblematic character of Argentinean history.
Guide; Lunch (a dish and a beverage per person).
Hotel pickup and drop-off; Personal expenses; Additional food and beverages; Gratuities.
Hours of operation
Available: Sundays (mid March - mid December); Departs at 10:30am.
We start by visiting the San Telmo Fair in the morning; an antique fair that takes place every Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. It was created in 1970 by architect José María Peña. The fair is composed of 270 stands and is located in Plaza Dorrego. It is visited by about 10,000 people every week; both tourists and locals. On the streets, you can see Tango Shows and orchestras playing for all the visitors. Here you can buy typical Argentinian food from the restaurants or street venders. The main attraction in this ‘feria’ are the antiques and culture that is being offered.
By midday we'll travel to the Mataderos Fair, which began 20 years ago in the area where the old slaughterhouses of the city were located. Today, it is the meeting point for people from the inner parts of the country who are deeply rooted to the customs of their different provinces and for those living in this city that like to be surrounded by handcrafts, typical foods and folkloric music and dance. In 1991 the neighborhood was declared as “Neighborhood of the Argentinean Gaucho”.
We will have some free time to visit the old archway of the market and then the “Museo Criollo de los Corrales”. This museum has many rural objects and will give us an idea of how gauchos lived in the pampas through clothing, tools and other everyday objects. It will also show us how the stockbreeding industry in Argentina started to develop, from the period when Indians ruled the pampas until Argentina became one of the main exporters and a world leader in the meat industry. We’ll be able to see weapons, knives, carriages, animals, paintings and even the famous “quincho” or “ranch”, the meeting point for the countryside meals.
Later we’ll go for lunch at the fair stalls. We’ll taste some typical foods such as tamales (ground meat with spices boiled into a corn leaf), humita en chala (similar to the tamales but instead of meat, ground corn with cheese), locro (a typical Argentinean stew) and some world-famous empanadas. Everything will be served with a delicious wine, of course.
After lunch we will have more free time to visit the stalls where we will find, apart from the handcrafts mentioned above, sweets, musical instruments, albums, clothes, accessories and objects for everyday use. Another place to visit is the historical Oviedo Bar, a place that used to be an old grocery store that supplied the slaughterhouse workers.
Daily departure based on minimum of 2 passengers to operate.
Please be ready 15 minutes prior the pickup schedule time at the lobby of your hotel.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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