Celebrate famed writer Julio Cortázar, known as the “modern master of the short story”, on this literary adventure. This 3-hour walking tour, perfectly fit for avid readers, will take place in Agronomía, a neighborhood in the heart of Buenos Aires where Cortázar found much of his inspiration. Your local Latin American literature expert, Lara, will help you walk in Cortázar’s shoes as you visit his childhood home and some of his favorite spots, like Barrio Rawson.
To escape the hustle of the city, Lara will also take you into Agronomy Park, specially designed to block out the noise of Buenos Aires. Feeling as though you’re in the middle of the Argentine Pampa, you will get a chance to enjoy the surrounding nature, walk around the park, and, of course, read one of Cortázar’s greatest short stories. Walking around Julio Cortázar’s favorite barrio, you will leave this tour with a better understanding of the author, and, perhaps, the streets will give you a little artistic inspiration, too.
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.