Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant and enchanting cities we have ever been to. If you have a chance to – we highly recommend going! And while you’re there, here are our top 5 areas where you can take photos that capture the authenticity and the charm of the city.
1. Palermo Soho
One of the trendiest areas of Buenos Aires, Palermo Soho doesn’t lack colour or style. Located in the barrio of Palermo – the largest barrio in Buenos Aires – the area is pretty easy to find. Palermo’s quirky walls have been transformed into attention-grabbing graffiti murals, creating plenty of opportunities for photos that stand out. We loved the narrow, colourful streets and just couldn’t stop ourselves from posing in front of the colourful walls.
Head there on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Although, if you happen to be there on a weekend, don’t forget to check out the open-air markets at Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia. There are plenty of stalls that sell authentic, handmade products, such as jewellery, handbags and even dream-catchers (dream catchers look pretty good in photos!).
Where to find Palermo Soho
For some of our favourite shots from Palermo visit our Palermo gallery.
2. San Telmo
Often referred to as the bohemian part of town, the borough of San Telmo is full of charming little corners perfect for photography. Lose yourself in the narrow, cobbled streets of the oldest borough in Buenos Aires, and you’ll stumble upon plenty of antique shops and crumbly, but very photogenic buildings.
San Telmo is also the perfect borough for photographing the passion of Tango. After all, Tango was a dance born in the streets of Buenos Aires, so where’s better to see a show than where it originated from! The best place to catch a free Tango show is Plaza Dorrego.
San Telmo was once an area of Argentina’s noblest families, until a yellow fever epidemic forced them to abandon their homes in 1871. Their beautiful mansions have been transformed into bohemian art galleries, cafes and shops (check out Casa de los Ezeiza on the Defensa street).
Where to find San Telmo
For some of our favourite shots from San Telmo, visit our San Telmo gallery.
3. La Boca
La Boca is one of the most well-known photography spots in Buenos Aires. Photos of the colourful houses of the barrio are what you’ll see on every tourist information leaflet. The colourful houses are actually conventillos – tenant houses, where hundreds of immigrant families lived in the 19th century. They were painted in the 60s as an attempt to revive the borough.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t go there and create new, unique shots of this historic area – you just have to be creative!
The most visited area is El Caminito, which is easily accessible and safe for tourists. Most of La Boca is described as ‘seedy’, so you’ll be better off sticking to this popular area.
Where to find La Boca
For some of our favourite shots from La Boca, visit our La Boca gallery.
4. Cementerio de la Recoleta
For ghostly photos of grandiose mausoleums, make your way to the impressive Cementerio de la Recoleta. Tombstones from hundreds of years ago rest at this extraordinary graveyard – many of them severely eaten away by time.
The cemetery is a home to hundreds of tombstones, crosses and life-size statues of the wealthy and powerful who had been buried here (most notably, Argentina’s beloved first lady, Eva Peron).
To create stunning shots of the sun peeking through the tombstones, get here for the ‘magic hour’ – shortly after sunrise, or just before sunset.
Where to find the Cementerio de la Recoleta.
For some of our favourite shots from Cementerio de la Recoleta, visit our Cementerio de la Recoleta gallery.
Just an hour away from Baires, you’ll find the small, quaint town of Tigre, which is perfect not only for photography, but also for escaping the noise of the city. Take a stroll along the river and you’ll find plenty of picturesque scenery to photograph, such as the spectacular houses built on the river bank, flowery pergolas and old rowing boats.
If you are anything like us, you wouldn’t miss an opportunity to take a few cool shots of impressive architecture. The perfect spot for that is the Museo de Arte Tigre. The museum is located in an iconic building, built over a hundred years ago (1910). Do check whether there’s any events on before you head there, as the museum is sometimes closed to the public.
Where to find Tigre
For some of our favourite shots from Tigre, visit our Tigre gallery.
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