Buenos Aires is known for its diverse neighborhoods, each with their own particular identity. One of the often overlooked areas of the city is Barracas which has an interesting history that is reflected in its architecture. The area was first populated by rich families which settled in huge mansions by the river when the city was just starting to acquire its identity. However, the neighborhood was deserted after a terrible outbreak of yellow fever. The rich families that lived there relocated to the posh Recoleta area and once the epidemic was tamed, Barracas was repopulated by factories and a lower working class. The contrast and flavor of the neighborhood make it ideal for interesting pictures, with a variety of architectural styles and cafes to explore (with care, as it is not always safe).
But Barracas holds more than just an interesting history and urban landscapes full of contrast. It is also the home of artist Marino Santa María‘s workshop who redesigned the facades of 35 houses with beautiful murals, mosaics and pieces of glass. The well known little street, if not as famous as La Boca’s Caminito, is called Pasaje Lanin, and is another great example of just how colorful Buenos Aires can be, plus, it makes for a great photo op. The artist is also known for his mosaic portrait of Carlos Gardel in Pasaje Zelaya in the Abasto neighborhood, and for his artistic intervention at the Plaza Italia D line subway station. You can find a full list of his works around the city here.
Foto Ruta’s Street Art tour is a great way to get to know this location and other less accessible areas in La Boca, Constitución and San Telmo which although well worth the visit might be a little shady to venture into alone. You can book your place and find out more about our tours here, or, find the location on google maps here.