Why You Should Take A Walking Tour Of Street Art In Buenos Aires

On an alley in Palermo, an artsy neighborhood of Buenos Aires, street art covers every wall. From political propaganda, intricate portraits, spray painted robots and homages to local athletes, every picture tells a story. You could simply walk around and admire the creativity, but you would benefit greatly from taking a walking tour of street art in Buenos Aires, learning the context behind the imagery.

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An homage to Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona | BRETT MARTIN

Graffitimundo

The history of the city’s urban art scene can be explained on guided tours by a local nonprofit called Graffitimundo. The organization is dedicated to increasing cultural awareness of the rich heritage of the dynamic Argentine urban art scene.

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Street art in Buenos Aires reflects political views of social activists, “The agenda of today is the future of tomorrow” | BRETT MARTIN

From its fiery political origins to the modern context in which Argentina’s capital city has become one of the world’s most exciting cities for street art, you can get an in-depth view into what makes the fascinating city explode with culture and creativity.

Buenos Aires Street Art

Buenos Aires Street Art has organized and curated some of the biggest murals in the city with international artists. They also run guided walking tours, a contemporary art gallery and a blog with the latest street art news.

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Street art in Palermo | MICHELLE MARTIN

Graffiti Tour Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Free Walks also offers a guided walking tour of street art in Buenos Aires for $10 USD. The rain or shine tours are offered by youthful, knowledgeable locals who run other city tours on a tip-based model, allowing guests to determine the value of the experience.

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Graffiti seen on walking tour in Palermo | BRETT MARTIN

Many of the tours take an in-depth look at the effect of politics, economics and social change on the city’s art scene and activism. After exploring, you’ll leave with a greater understanding of how Buenos Aires’ history has influenced public expression. And you’ll have a story to back up your pictures.

-Michelle Martin