Argentina is a country filled with traditions that have evolved over time but still emphasize the multicultural features of the people who have lived and continue to live in the country.
Tango is a clear example of this cultural trait. It originated as a fusion of diverse cultures, including indigenous ones that were already in the country and those that arrived at different moments in the 19th century, such as African and Italian expressions. This cultural encounter took place throughout the Río de la Plata region, both in Buenos Aires and in Montevideo and Rosario.
In Buenos Aires, this cultural fusion occurred in different neighborhoods, but it intensified most notably in La Boca and San Telmo, where the famous Conventillos were located—immigrant hotels where people from various regions arrived. That’s why visiting La Boca means immersing oneself in the history of Tango and immigration. Join our Walking Tour La Boca to learn more.
Living a Tango Experience
Over time, traditions and culture have evolved. That’s why it’s not as common for people living in Buenos Aires to know much about Tango. Fortunately, there has been a resurgence of interest among some young people, keeping the flame of Tango alive.
There are many options in Buenos Aires to enjoy Tango, from street performances to grand shows in historic cafes. Here are some details to help you discover this beautiful musical style:
In the streets of La Boca, around Caminito, you’ll find various artists, whether musicians or dancers, performing Tango. This also happens in some tourist streets of San Telmo, near the San Telmo Market at Plaza Dorrego.
Many bars and traditional restaurants offer Tango shows with or without dinner. Some of the most crowded places include Café Tortoni, Teatro Piazzolla, Esquina Carlos Gardel, among others. If you’re interested in booking a show or getting more information, you can write to us on WhatsApp by clicking here.
Another experience to fully immerse yourself in Tango culture is to attend a Milonga. These are tango clubs where people gather to listen to and dance Tango. It’s a more informal plan but with greater intensity, making it a more natural experience. In Milongas, you can also find Tango classes, options for eating, drinking, and even live music. The most renowned Milongas include La Catedral Club and La Viruta Club.
To conclude, here are the names of renowned Tango artists so you can start getting to know this Rio-Platense style: Carlos Gardel, Roberto Goyeneche, Anibal Troilo, Piazzolla, Adriana Varela, and Osvaldo Pugliese, among others.”