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San Telmo
San Telmo

San Telmo

Plaza Dorrego, Buenos Aires, 1064

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.

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Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
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$30.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great way to get an intro to Buenos Aires
Ride was mostly along trails which felt safe and well planned. Our guide was engaged and had shared her knowledge and some history of Buenos Aires. A great way to start your visit to the city to get your bearings and learn some important info (like don’t visit Boca in the evenings). The ride through the preserve was dusty and “meh” as not much in the way of wildlife you can see.
Dave_H, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Buenos Aires

star-5
Excellent bike tour and guide
crldriver, Dec 2019
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Barbie was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and passionate about buenos aires. She took care of our safety. Great value for money. Highly recommended.
star-5
Excellent experience
Brad D, Dec 2019
Parrilla Tour San Telmo
I highly recommend this experience with German. We ate at quintessential BA foods at excellent local restaurants with German providing background and insight. He was a great host and we never felt rushed.
star-5
The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Sharon K, Dec 2013
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Great way to visit the different barrios.
star-5
Highly recommended! We are two 70...
MARY S, Nov 2017
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Highly recommended! We are two 70 year olds who have never biked in traffic so we were a little apprehensive about this trip but it was a highlight of our time in the city. A wonderful variety of stops and we learnt so much about the history of the south.
star-5
Great value. The 3 hour tour was...
Dillon R, Mar 2018
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Great value. The 3 hour tour was relaxed and covered some of the main tourist spots plus the eco park which was a first for me. Great tour guide plus I was the only participant so went at my pace. Flat roads and no hills. A couple of difficult roads with unfriendly traffic. Bike are a simple fixed wheel city type bike with basket and comfortable padded seat. Helmet provided.
star-4
Guide was lovely, and I got to see some...
Candice G, Jul 2016
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Guide was lovely, and I got to see some interesting parts of the city
star-5
Definatly a great way to get introduced...
Greg O, May 2016
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Definatly a great way to get introduced to the city and some exercise at the same time .
star-5
awesome.. easy way to get around and...
Patricia L, Jun 2016
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
awesome.. easy way to get around and see the other parts of town
star-4
Great way to see Buenos Aires. Very...
Michael R, Mar 2013
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Great way to see Buenos Aires. Very low traffic stress, despite the size of the city.
star-5
Our tour guides were great. One of the...
Greg G, Apr 2007
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Our tour guides were great. One of the best trips I took while in Buenos Aires.
star-5
Great way to get a bit off the beaten...
David N, Jun 2012
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Great way to get a bit off the beaten path and get a more individualized tour.
star-5
Superb guides...really saw the city and...
Chris R, Jul 2010
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts
Superb guides...really saw the city and felt part of the pace and streetlife

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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