San Telmo Tours

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The central barrio of San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ tango haunts. Formerly an upmarket residential area, the area’s “old mansions and faded glory” vibe set the perfect scene for the artists and musicians who now call this enclave home. The streets here are picturesquely cobbled, and the fascinating little shops are well worth a browse.
 
The Basics
As one of Buenos Aires’ most colorful and quirky neighborhoods, San Telmo features on just about every sightseeing tour, along with La Boca, the Obelisk, La Bombonera soccer stadium, Plaza de Mayo, and Puerto Madero.
 
San Telmo is also one of the best places in town for dinner and a tango show. For something more casual, stop at one of the cafes surrounding Plaza Dorrego to take in the sights and sounds, including a possible impromptu tango performance right on the street.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • San Telmo is a must-visit for tango lovers, shoppers, and all first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Remember to bring cash if you plan to shop at the antiques market.
  • Dinner and tango show tours in San Telmo typically last about four hours and often include hotel pickup and drop-off.
 
How to Get There
San Telmo is six blocks south of Plaza de Mayo and a few streets north of La Boca. The closest metro stations are Independencia and San Juan, a few streets to the west near Avenue 9 de Julio.
 
When to Get There
If possible, try to visit San Telmo on a Sunday when the Plaza Dorrego antiques market is in full swing and tango buskers are performing for onlookers. The neighborhood has a completely different vibe after dark, so it’s a good idea to plan a couple of visits.
 
Attractions in San Telmo
While San Telmo is all about soaking up the atmosphere, there are a couple of noteworthy attractions in the neighborhood as well. History buffs shouldn’t miss the National History Museum (Museo Histórico Nacional) that tells the story of Argentina’s independence. The neighborhood is also home to an 18th-century convent, Santo Domingo convent (Convento de Santo Domingo), where Manuel Belgrano, a hero of the independence movement, is entombed.
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Address: Plaza Dorrego, Buenos Aires 1064, Argentina
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Buenos Aires Dinner and Tango Show

Experience the one of the best tango shows in Buenos Aires, along with a traditional Argentine feast, during this 3-hour evening outing. El Querandí, the historic venue in San Telmo, routinely hosts what many consider to be the very best tango show in Buenos Aires. The passionate, sensual dance will sweep you away as you learn about the history of the tango show, its music and traditions.
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner and Tango Show with Optional Private City Tour

Attend a dinner and tango show combination in Buenos Aires, with the option of adding on a private city tour covering the city's most important landmarks and highlights. Unlimited drinks with dinner and round-trip transportation from your hotel are included.
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Dinner at 'Cabaña las Lilas' and Rojo Tango Show

Skip the tourist traps and enjoy an evening of traditional Argentinian culture with dinner at Cabaña las Lilas, followed by a tango show. Enjoy round-trip transfer between venues from your hotel for hassle-free experience, and sample a 3-course meal of classic Argentinian fare, before watching a vibrant tango performance at the exclusive Hotel Faena.
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Dinner at 'Mizuki Teppanyaki' and 'Rojo Tango show'

Argentina’s capital is known for its international influences, but knowing the best spots to sample such cuisine can be tricky. Skip the tourist traps with a teppanyaki meal in the city, and watch as your personal chef prepares food just for you and your party. After experiencing the city’s international scene, enjoy an included traditional tango show for a comprehensive perspective of the capital’s diverse culture.
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Dinner at 'Mizuki sushi' and 'Rojo Tango show'

Mizuki Sushi: The highest quality of seasonal ingredients and the expert hand of our teacher and chef Ricardo Hirano come together in harmony to bring to the table unique pieces, with unprecedented flavors. Rojo Tango Show:Located inside the exclusive and impressive Hotel Faena, Rojo Tango is a fascinating show that conquers all the senses, combining sounds, aromas, colors, movement and flavors.
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Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires

Squeeze all of Buenos Aires’ most visited sights into one 3-hour small-group city tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Admire the iconic Casa Rosada presidential palace on Plaza de Mayo and stroll down the grand Avenida de Mayo, then explore the cobblestone streets of historic San Telmo, the birthplace of the tango. Head to La Boca to snap photos of the brightly painted houses along Caminito street, then explore the buzzing port of Puerto Madero and pay a visit to the impressive Recoleta Cemetery, home to Evita’s grave.
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Buenos Aires Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour, Tango Show with Dinner and Tigre Delta River Cruise

Enjoy a Super Saver full-day tour of all the highlights of vibrant Buenos Aires. Begin the morning with a restful boat ride in the Tigre Delta that lets you see a different view of Argentina. Then transfer to a coach to spend the afternoon hitting all of Buenos Aires' important attractions in neighborhoods like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta. End your marathon day with a delicious dinner and sensual tango show at one of two local haunts, Tango Porteño or Café de los Angelitos.
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La Ventana Tango Show with Optional Dinner in Buenos Aires

Enjoy a memorable night out in Buenos Aires and experience the passion of the Argentine tango at an evening La Ventana tango show. With live tango and folk bands, a gaucho demonstration and a moving tribute to Eva Perón, this is one of the city’s most unique tango performances. For the full experience, kick off the night with a delicious 3-course dinner.
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Buenos Aires Private City Tour

Discover the history and culture of Buenos Aires during this 4-hour private tour. With a local guide, travel through neighborhoods like Puerto Madero, Retiro and Palermo. Downtown, stop by important historical sites like Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada and enjoy informative commentary from your personal guide. In San Telmo, visit Dorrego Square and keep an eye out for spontaneous tango performances. Visit Evita's tomb in the famous Recoleta Cemetery and walk along the Caminito. Round-trip transportation from Buenos Aires hotels is included.
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Private Tour of Buenos Aires

Discover the history and culture of Buenos Aires during this 5-hour private tour. With a local guide, travel through neighborhoods like Puerto Madero, Retiro and Palermo. Downtown, stop by important historical sites like Plaza de Mayo and la Casa Rosada and enjoy informative commentary from your personal guide. In San Telmo, visit Dorrego Square and keep an eye out for spontaneous tango performances. Visit Evita's tomb in the famous Recoleta Cemetery and walk along the Caminito. Round-trip transportation from Buenos Aires hotels is included.
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Buenos Aires Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Tango Dinner Show

Hit all of Buenos Aires' must-see sights and experiences in one Super Saver that includes a city sightseeing tour and an evening among passionate Argentine tango dancers. A comfortable coach ride will ferry you through the city's notable neighborhoods, including trendy Palermo, tony Recoleta and historic San Telmo. When evening falls, choose from of two of Buenos Aires' most famous tango spots, Café de los Angelitos or Tango Porteño for dinner and a show.
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Buenos Aires in a Day - All Inclusive Bike Tour

Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience in Buenos Aires on an exploratory full-day bike tour of the Argentinian capital, led by a professional guide. Climb aboard a comfortable bicycle and embark on a leisurely tour of Buenos Aires’ historical and cultural highlights; absorb the architectural charm of the San Telmo neighborhood; admire the famous football stadium, La Bombonera; and reflect on life and death at the spectacular La Recoleta cemetery. Enjoy a delicious lunch inspired by Argentinian culinary classics on this enriching tour.  
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Super Saver: Buenos Aires Tour, Tango Show and Dinner

Combine two best-selling tours and save up to 33% off the regular prices with this great-value Super Saver. First, enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Buenos Aires, visiting sights such as La Boca, Palermo, Plaza de Mayo, and Recoleta Cemetery. In the evening, attend a spectacular tango show at Café de los Angelitos or Catulo, including a delicious 3-course dinner at the venue.
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Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour

Explore Buenos Aires' major tourist attractions on this 3-hour Buenos Aires bus tour that hits all of the highlights. Buenos Aires is full of opportunities for sightseeing, from important historical sights like the famous Teatro Colón, the Plaza de Mayo, the rosy-hued Casa Rosada and the Plaza de la República to local neighborhoods. This informative city tour of Buenos Aires will take you through colorful La Boca, historic San Telmo, tony Recoleta and verdant Palermo Woods. Make two stops at some of the most important Buenos Aires sights for photos and commentary from your guide.
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Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires

Admire the spectacular sights of Buenos Aires on a half-day bike tour of the Argentinian capital’s architectural highlights. Beside your knowledgeable guide, you’ll cycle through vibrant neighborhoods such as La Boca and Puerto Madero, and marvel at landmarks including Casa Rosada, La Bombonera Stadium and Plaza de Mayo. Throughout the tour, you’ll make regular stops to listen to informative commentary and gain an inside perspective of Buenos Aires from your guide. All safety equipment is included on this tour.
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2-Day Buenos Aires Combo Trip: City Sightseeing Plus Gaucho Experience at Santa Susana Ranch

Enjoy the best of both worlds with this great-value combo tour, pairing a city sightseeing tour with a thrilling gaucho experience. First, take in the highlights of Buenos Aires on a comprehensive sightseeing tour and visit Plaza de Mayo, historic San Telmo and La Boca, and the magnificent Recoleta Cemetery. Next, head to the Argentine Pampas on a full-day tour of Estancia Santa Susana, including a horseback or horse-drawn carriage ride and a traditional BBQ lunch, accompanied by live folk music and entertaining gaucho (cowboy) demonstrations.
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Super Saver: Estancia Santa Susana, Tango Show and Dinner

Combine two of the must-do activities in Buenos Aires—a tango show and a visit to an estancia—on a single tour. With all transportation and logistics arranged in advance, this tour allows you go focus on the experience. Learn about Argentine cowboy and ranch traditions at Estancia Santa Susana, then hit Cafe de los Angelitos or Catulo Tango for dinner and a tango show that includes a 3-course meal and drinks.
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Flavors of Argentina Evening Tour

Get a taste of classic Buenos Aires cuisines on this Buenos Aires food tour. Meander through vendor stalls at San Telmo Market, sip wines at a well-regarded winery, go behind-the-scenes of a dulce de leche factory, and chow down on traditional barbecue—all with the benefit of a guide to share stories and insight along the way.
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Buenos Aires Walking City Tour

Discover the many faces of Buenos Aires on this comprehensive 6-hour city walking tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Stroll down the grand 9 de Julio Avenue, admire the landmark Obelisk and Palacio de Tribunales, and visit the bustling Plaza de Mayo, home to the Casa Rosada and Metropolitan Cathedral. Explore the tango venues and lively street market of San Telmo, the modern Puerto Madero district and La Boca, famous for its football stadium and colorfully painted houses, then tour the grandiose Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron (Evita).
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Private Buenos Aires Tour including Lunch and Catulo Tango Show and Dinner

See the best of Buenos Aires on your own terms. Skip the stress of navigating public transit and relax as your private driver and guide chauffeurs you around the sprawling city in comfort. Stop for a 3-course lunch at a landmark cafe, then spend the afternoon at your leisure before hitting the town for a night of tango at a renowned, intimate venue. Be absorbed in the passion of talented dancers and musicians while enjoying a classic Argentinian dinner with wine.
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Buenos Aires City Tour

This private shore excursion offers a great-value introduction to Buenos Aires and is designed for cruise passengers traveling in groups of more than 10. Your full-day city tour can be customized to suit your preferences, visiting neighborhoods such as La Boca, San Telmo, Puerto Madero, and Palermo, and stopping to see landmarks including Recoleta Cemetery, Caminito Street, Casa Rosada, and the Obelisk.
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Buenos Aires South Circuit Bike Tour Including Caminito

See the sights like a local on an action-packed 4-hour bike tour, focusing on the highlights of Buenos Aires’ south side. Cycle through the lively streets of downtown Buenos Aires, stopping to admire the palatial architecture of Plaza de Mayo and the historic tango halls of San Telmo. Next, pedal your way to the waterfront district of La Boca, famous for its multi-colored buildings and La Bombonera stadium, and finish with a ride through the scenic Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve.
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Private City Tour of Buenos Aires

Short on time? This private 3-hour tour guides you through the vibrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and allows you cherry-pick the sights that most interest you. Visit landmarks like the Obelisco, Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral, then stroll around the colorful houses of La Boca or admire the redeveloped waterfront of Puerto Madero. Pay a visit to historic San Telmo, check out the monuments on San Martin Square or explore the elegant mansions, museums and parks of Palermo.
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Private Buenos Aires City Tour

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this 4-hour private tour of Buenos Aires. Learn about the Argentinian capital's culture and history through visits to its landmarks and highlights. Transportation provided to and from your accommodations in the city; departure time set to fit your schedule.
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