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La Feria de MataderosIf you have come to visit Buenos Aires and want a taste of the Argentinean country then do not skip the Mataderos market. This market represents where this ´feria´ city and country meet and join together.

It is a great alternative to the more central markets of Buenos Aires such as the ones in Recoleta and San Telmo. These markets are rapidly turning into tourist traps with a lot of hustle and bustle along with higher prices.  However, the Mataderos market will offer you a lovely day in the country side, full of cultural immersion, perfect for a relaxed Sunday afternoon.

La Feria de Mataderos Mataderos, located in the southwest of Buenos Aires, literally means ´slaughterhouse´. In the old days people from the capital came here to drink the blood of freshly slaughtered animals thinking it would cure their colds and broken bones. Not to worry though.  Nearly all of the slaughterhouses are now gone from the area. The smell of the meat is enticing.  Do not be surprised if you find yourself walking through the market with temptation of the delicious cuts calling you at every corner. There are thick cuts of wonderfully prepared ´asados´ and grills which are sold on every street corner. If you try a fresh ´choripan´ or ´bife de chorizo´ you will realize why Argentinean beef is known throughout the world as being the best.

There are no limits as to what this traditional market has to offer. There are high quality hand-made jewelry,wood and wool crafts, horsing gear, traditional clothes and home made products such as ´dulce de leche´ that will keep you wandering throughout the day.  On top of it all, you can shop and find all of this for bargain prices.La Feria de Mataderos

Entertainment is not far off either as you are passing through the streets. The cozy square is filled with leafy trees while local musicians perform traditional folk songs such as Chamamé, chacareras, zambas.  Elderly people dance traditional ´guacho´ dances while groups of cattle traders show off in their traditional clothes and speed down the street on their horses.  It is sure to make you smile.
There are also options to participate – all for free – in different cultural workshops such as guitar, chess, painting, ceramics and others.

It has to be said that the Feria de Mataderos is a once in a life time experience. So, come on cowboys, put your boots on, jump on your horse and dance the Sunday afternoon away with a ´choripan´ in your hand at the Mataderos Market. Jehhhhhaaaaah!

La Feria de MataderosFacts:
When? Every Sunday afternoon from 12 to 8 p.m.
Where? Mataderos neighborhood
How to get there? Buses 36, 55, 63,, 80, 92, 97, 103, 117, 126, 141, 155, 180, 185  (it takes approx. 1,5 to get there)
Price? Free

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