Fair of the Mataderos (Fería De Mataderos)

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Fair of the Mataderos (Fería De Mataderos) picture
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Key Info

Avenida Lisandro de la Torre

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Festivals, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

To get your culture fix, you'll want to head straight to the Fería De Mataderos. Here, guachos (similar to cowboys) saunter on majestic horses and market vendors offer a colorful array of crafts and food. Ornately costumed tango dancers ignite the streets with traditional country dancing and guachos rival each other in Argentinean contests to win prizes. If you tire of watching all the fun from afar, you can sign up for boleadoras (guacho classes). And if you should get hungry, you'll find no shortage of tasty steak sandwiches to munch on and scrumptious local wines to leisurely sip.

Recent visitors enjoyed the festive ambience of the Fería De Mataderos. One TripAdvisor user comments, "I loved the atmosphere of Feria de Mataderos [...] With its gauchos, dancers and musicians this fair is organized for and by local people, not for tourists." If you don't have time to trek to Fería De Mataderos, head to the vibrant and festive outdoor Sunday market along San Telmo's Defensa Street instead.

The festive fair takes place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. To reach the suburban neighborhood (located in front of the Mercado Nacional de Hacienda) you can jump on Bus 126 from Retiro train station or hop in a taxi for the one-hour drive west of downtown Buenos Aires. For more information, check out the Fería De Mataderos official website (written in Spanish).

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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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