Embrace a new side of Argentine culture by stepping into the world of one of the city's largest immigrant groups. Argentina has the largest Jewish population in Latin America, and, therefore, is home to a rich Argentine-Jewish culture just waiting to be explored. Spending the afternoon in one of Buenos Aires’ most exciting and bustling neighborhoods, Balvanera, Local Guide Lara will lead you through the various cultural gems of this close-knit community.
With Lara, you will visit historic locations such as the Paso Synagogue (one of the oldest synagogues in Argentina), the Jewish Cultural Center, and traditional Jewish-run fabric stores. Let Lara guide you through the immigration movements that brought such a large community to the city and teach you all about the blending of Argentine and Jewish culture. Ending the tour, you’ll stop at a local favorite, Taam Tov Bakery, to enjoy some authentic Jewish pastries, such as boios, latkes, and honey cake - a sweet finale to a day of history, culture, and tradition.
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.