Discover the legacy of the Afro-Argentines, from pre-colonial times to the modern activism reshaping our relationship to race in Argentina as you explore San Telmo. Developed and guided by members of the local community, this private tour is about the history of the Afro-Argentines, processes of invisibilization of Black Heritage and the activism that fights for an anti-racist Argentina. We’ll tear down “The Paris of South America” to showcase the African roots that can be found in the city’s buildings, stories and even tango.
Entry/Admission - Pulperia Quilapan
Professional Bilingual Guide
Entry/Admission - Parque Lezama
Vermouth at a colonial house
What to Expect
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Museo Historico Nacional, Defensa 1600, Buenos Aires C1143AAH Argentina
Our tour will start at the National Historical Museum talking about the colonial origins of the city and the relationship between this new colony and slavery and slave trading.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Parque Lezama, Av Brasil & Paseo Colon, Buenos Aires Argentina
The visit will continue in the park located alongside the museum: Parque Lezama. The focus on this tour is telling you about the origins of the African population in the Rio de la Plata region explaining the slave trade in what today is Argentina.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Pulperia Quilapan, Calle Defensa 1344, Buenos Aires C1143AAD Argentina
Pulperia Quilapan is a historical building. Owed today by a French couple. Restored and reopened as a restaurant, “almacén de ramos generales” and dance saloon. But this colonial house (built around 1860) has a wide history behind as it was a place d where enslaved people used to work. And we will make a stop, have a drink and talk about Africa before colonization, as well as the daily lives of the people who worked in the house.
Duration: 20 minutes
Pass By: Plaza Dorrego, 400 Huberto 1, Buenos Aires Argentina
We will continue our tour by walking to one of San Telmo main squares. This is the spot where the most famous antiques market takes place every Sunday.
Stop At: Parroquia de San Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, Humberto Primero 340, Buenos Aires Argentina
One of the oldest in the city. Work began in 1735 and under the expulsion of the jesuits, the Bethlemite religious order continued the work. Also has a museum with pieces dating back over 200 years.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Galeria del Viejo Hotel, Balcarce 1053, Buenos Aires Argentina
Learn about the process of European immigration that symbolically erased the African heritage from our country. Here you'll discover the African roots of many popular cultural assets of Argentina, like tango, asado or even our Lunfardo slang.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Casa Minima, Pasaje San Lorenzo, 380, Buenos Aires 1065 Argentina
Finally, we will see the smallest house in the city of Buenos Aires andl learn about the path to freedom and the organization of the Afro-Argentines after the end of slavery.