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La Boca, football capital

There is no country in the world that loves football – or their players – more. Maradona is pretty much considered a saint in the area where his club was based. Colourful La Boca is jammed full of cafes in his name and huge murals and statues depicting the superstar. Also don’t miss a Boca Juniors vs River Plate game. You think you know rivalry? You ain’t seen nothing yet. 

Recoleta Cemetery

This is the resting place of the glitterati. Here, ornately engraved crypts and baroque mausoleums tell dark, tragic stories of the rich and famous, including that of Eva Peron. Creepier still is the colony of cats that roam the cemetery, said to be guarding over their owners’ graves. Hours 7am-6pm, entrance free, English language tours 11am, Tuesday and Thursday.

San Telmo Market

On Sundays, the streets of this arty neighbourhood are jam-packed with buskers, food stands, and table after table of antique tat. Tango dancers gather crowds next to dreadlocked hippies selling bracelets made from mysterious Amazonian beans. Stalls are open every day from 10am, but Sundays are the busiest.

Dance the tango

This passionate, fiery dance sums up everything there is to know about Argentine history. Learn some of the steps at a traditional ‘milonga’ or tango class. The atmospheric candlelit warehouse, La Catedral, in Sarmiento runs famous classes every evening starting at 6.30pm. Tuesdays are the most popular.

Graffiti tours

BA is considered the street art capital of the world. Almost everywhere you look, brightly coloured murals and tags decorate crumbling brick walls. In fact, some of the most famous graffiti in London has been produced by Argentine artists. The Graffitimundo tour takes you to the well-known spots as well as the ‘underground’ locations. Group tours, Wednesday- Saturday, £15.55.


Destination: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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