In the XIX Century, this neighborhood was considered a suburb of Buenos Aires. With the growth of the population and the installation of the railroad, it was incorporated into the city. In the early XX Century, its streets attracted countless immigrants from different backgrounds: Jews, Arabs, Italians, and Armenians, all of whom have left an indelible print on the neighborhood. Tango is an integral part of the identity of Balvanera. Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese, Carlos Gardel and other giants of this genre all lived in ths neighborhood, close to the Marcado de Abasto.
for many years, this neighborhood was a marshy area, populated by shacks and warehouses. in the mid-nineteenthcentury, port activity grew and La Boca became a maritime district. TO cope with the flooding of the Riachuelo River, immigrants built their houses on stilts and painted them with leftover paint given away at the shipyards. Later, artists and bohemians came to live here, giving rise to this picturesque neighborhood, immortalized in the works of the artist Benito Quinquela Martin.
Rivadavia Avenue divides these two neighborhoods so characteristic of Buenos Aires. If we are in the Plaza de Mayo, we are in the neighborhood of Monserrat, but if we cross to the Metropolitan Cathedral, we will have already entered the neighborhood of San Nicolás. These short distances allow us to visit the museums of these neighborhoods easily. Just choose the ones that interest you most, and, map in hand, to tour the city!
San Telmo is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It is part of the history of the city and retains much of its rich architectural heritage. In the seventeenth century, the livelihoods of the first settlers revolved around the port, which is why they chose San Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, patron saint of sailors, as the name of the neighborhood. A must is visiting the Antiques Fair which takes place every Sunday.
Retiro and Puerto Madero are two neighborhoods that we can join them at walking distance. The neighborhood that welcomed all the nationalities that ended up forming this Argentine being, and the other which knew how to make the city look back to the river, have museums that tell us both its history and the cultural richness of Buenos Aires.
Recoleta´s name derives from the monastery of the Recollect friars, who settled in this area in the early eighteenth century. Around 1870, the richest families in the south of the city moved to this higher ground to distance themselves from widespread cholera and yellow fever epidemics. Here they built their Paris-inspired residences and palaces.