I didn’t know what to expect when I landed in Buenos Aires on a blistering day in 2010. It was January and a suffocatingly hot summer in the Southern hemisphere. I had just flown in from the Triple Frontier, the northern part of Argentina that borders Brazil and Paraguay. I’d spent a couple days there sweating-to-death in the suffocating jungle heat as I toured the Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Mostly, I just hoped that Buenos Aires would be cooler than Iguazú National Park as I felt like my body might literally melt away in the punishing sun.

Murals &Street Art

Buenos Aires turned out to be almost as sultry as the North, but it was easy to escape temporarily into a hotel lobby or shopping center for air conditioned relief. And, to my pleasant surprise, my Buenos Aires hotel sat just minutes from Av. 9 de Julio, the broad boulevard that slices through the city. I had an easy launching pad to explore the streets of Buenos Aires where I discovered my favorite hidden gem of this beloved South American city.

Buenos Aires is famous for tango and exquisite beef, but the city brims over with colorful murals and intriguing street art! Here are some of my favorites that I encountered as I explored the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and the small coastal town of Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina.

All travel photos of Argentina by Adele C. Berry.