Enter a world of imagination, love, and drama on this tour of Argentine Literature. An ideal tour for avid readers, Local Guide and Latin American Literature professor Lara invites you to walk in the shoes of Argentina’s most prominent writers. The tour will go through Palermo, a scenic neighborhood lined with trees and 19th-century architecture. Today, this perfect walking neighborhood is one of the city’s trendiest, but in the early 20th century, it was where artists like Jorge Luis Borges lived.
Throughout the tour, you will read famous short stories and visit the sights that inspired them, as well as Borges' home. To experience Buenos Aires’ café culture, you will also get to stop at a traditional Argentine café for a coffee and a literature discussion, just as the writers would have done themselves. Join Lara in her open-air classroom to make Argentine literature come to life.
I’m an avid reader, writer, and talker. Yes, I talk a lot, which is why I love hosting tours! Born and raised in Buenos Aires, I absolutely adore this city for its many cafés, large squares, theaters, and, of course, its literature. So many famous writers have found inspiration from these streets, which has also inspired me to combine my passions and background. For about 10 years now I’ve taught Latin American and Argentine Literature to international students at the Universidad de Belgrano. I also used to teach Spanish to these students. Therefore, I absolutely love working with travelers, showing them the art and culture of my country. Extending my classroom beyond the university, I wanted to host a more interactive lesson, which is where I came up with the idea of literature-themed walking tours. Ever since, I’ve loved showing travelers the rich history and imaginative stories that lay within the city, whether I’m taking them to Jorge Luis Borges’ childhood home or the barrio where Julio Cortázar loved to write. In the words of Borges, “A book is not an autonomous entity: it is a relation, an axis of innumerable relations.” For me, this phrase shows how literature has such a strong connection with the place in which it was written. I cannot wait to show you this connection during my tours.