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Defensa 755, San Telmo

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

When you tire of rummaging through San Telmo's designer racks and museums, head over to El Zanjón de Granados for insight into Buenos Aires' far-stretching, 500-year history. From the outside, the building looks like an immense, lavish mansion. But beneath this glamorous structure, you'll catch a glimpse of Buenos Aires' past as you traverse a maze of ancient Spanish settlements.

Tour guides relay enchanting tales of the city's history as you descend into through El Zanjón's network of underground tunnels. You'll admire ancient artifacts, old walls, and flooring and decide what to believe for yourself. One TripAdvisor describes a visit here as a "fascinating look at the past."

Zanjón de Granados is located in San Telmo and is easily accessible via the Independencia subte stop. Guided tours in Spanish and English are offered every hour Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every 20 minutes on Sundays between 1 and 6 p.m. Tours last between 30 minutes and two hours. For further details, consult the official website.

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The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo (which is further broken into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). Alto Palermo is known for its museums and urban parks, like Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts extravagant mansions tucked behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), is a hidden spot often overlooked by tourists. And Palermo Viejo is where you'll encounter the most color and local flair. Palermo Soho houses a trove of high-end boutiques, bustling cafés and bars, and cobble-stoned streets. Neighboring Palermo Hollywood, located just north of Soho, brims with lively tapas bars, film studios, and festive outdoor markets.

Most travelers agree vibrant Palermo is a comfortable place to stay with easy access to public transportation and authentic restaurants. "Safe, fun, great food, trendy […]. While Recoleta still receives all the referrals Palermo was for us a better representation of what Argentina was really like," claims one TripAdvisor user. There's plenty to do in Palermo. The only question is where to start. You can reach Palermo easily via subte Line D to Bulnes.

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