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Fair of the Mataderos (Fería De Mataderos)

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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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You'll embark on a journey through time as you wind through a maze of ancient tunnels, which were once part of early Spanish settlements. Courtesy of El Zanjón de Granados

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