Before arriving in Buenos Aires, we were often told how passionate, expressive and lively the Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) were. Within the first hours of strolling around Buenos Aires, we saw how true this was and how the good vibes also can be seen on the streets and walls of this vibrant city. For us, South America is a continent that expresses itself through murals and Buenos Aires might just be the capital of murals. Different neighborhoods had different styles and heroes and icons were celebrated by the locals this way. Some murals had artistic vibes whilst other leaned more towards political preferences or views. Here is an impression of the murals and street art of Buenos Aires.
In our days of discovering the city, San Telmo definitely jumped out as one of the most artistic and bohemian part of the city and this was seen on the walls.
Palermo was where we based ourselves the second time we stayed in Buenos Aires and is one of the liveliest parts of town. Street art and murals and fun shops, great bars and restaurants are a part of life here and the streets are bustling and colorful.
Across town, in La Boca, the home of the Boca Juniors, Maradona is the man and his face is on nearly all the walls surrounding the stadium. However as we soon found out, Maradona is for most Argentines still the best player of all days and his murals are seen all around town.
In and around Abasto, the neighborhood where Carlos Gardel, much loved tango singer lived most of his life, colorful murals celebrates his life.
Buenos Aires sure is one of the most artistic and expressive cities we have seen.