Discover Paseo de la Historieta in Buenos Aires
By Abigail Ramos |
Visit the neighborhood of San Telmo in Buenos Aires to have a good laugh with Argentinian humor and the Paseo de la Historieta that will take you to meet Mafalda, Patoruzu, Larguirucho, Inodoro Pereyra, and more!
When the northern hemisphere is covered in snow, the southern hemisphere enjoys warm weather and invites you to visit beauties such as Mt. Santa Lucia in Chile. Then, during May and August, you can take your winter outfit out of the closet and go skiing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. But beyond their natural beauties, countries such as Argentina are ideal for bohemian travelers. We’ve traveled to Buenos Aires to visit Mafalda in the neighborhood of San Telmo and to find good reads at the Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore. Today we’ll go on a comic’s tour in the Argentinian capital. You’ll love it!
Travel to Buenos Aires
As the Argentinian capital, the city of Buenos Aires is one of the biggest metropolis in the world; however, it also possesses a strong historic heritage. Proof of this is the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the Historic Center. It’s popular thanks to its colonial houses, petit cafes where you can enjoy long philosophical conversations and antique stores that can also be found in the streets as part of the market at Dorrego Square. But there’s more! If you love comics, we invite you to discover all you’ll find in San Telmo and the surrounding areas.
Comics in Argentina
Usually, when you think about Argentina, the first things that come to mind are soccer, tango and celebrities such as Maradona. Nevertheless, there’s another element of its pop culture that is also worldly known: comics. These help us enjoy entertaining characters but also understand the society that created them; in this case, Argentinian society. For this reason, comics don’t only tell fictitious adventures. They hide certain historic moments and promote certain points of view through their characters and values.
Paseo de la Historieta in San Telmo
Given the popularity of graphic art, in 2012 they paid homage to the masters of graphic humor in San Telmo. They did this by placing several sculptures of each author’s creations. The Paseo de la Historieta runs from Defense Street to Lynch Marta Street, in the outskirts of San Telmo. It brings together 18 sculptures, each representing an epic character from different Argentinian comics. They’re full-size sculptures so you’ll definitely love to take a selfie with your favorite character.
Mafalda in Buenos Aires
We recommend starting this route in the corner of Defense St. and Chile St. There you’ll find the sculpture dedicated to Quino and is unparalleled creation: Mafalda. You’ll find her accompanied by her friends Susanita and Manolito, who represented different social classes in Argentina during the 1960s. During that time, there was political tension in the country given the expansion of socialism. The comic was full of conceptual jokes, unconventionality, and criticism against world injustice. It raised awareness about lack of empathy and it introduced readers to different opinions regarding political issues. Beyond everything, Mafalda never lost her innocence as a girl.
Sculpture of Isidoro Cañones
Walk along Chile St and you’ll find Isidoro Cañones, created by Dante Quintero in 1935. This character represents and criticizes a rich young man who lives from his parents’ wealth and is very irresponsible. He loves gambling and lives in the moment. Without doubt, this character is full of negative stereotypes, but thanks to his charisma and humor, he’ll make you laugh more than once. Also, Isidoro is related with another character we’ll talk about later.
Monument to Larguirucho
Continue ahead and turn left on Balcarce St. There you’ll find Manuel Garcia Ferre’s creation: Larguirucho. This absent-minded but kind-hearted character is easily fooled. However, he always stays positive before any situation.
Sculpture of Clemente on Paseo de la Historieta
A few steps ahead, on Balcarce St, you’ll find Clemente sitting on a bench on which you can also sit. This character was created in 1973 by Caloi and is characterized by a peculiar national humor. Like Mafalda, Clemente is a good observer and thinker and he criticizes the social reality of his country. Still, he doesn’t have arms or wings, so he is physically unable to change the situations he’s involved in. He is the chosen character for you to understand Argentinian society.
Patoruzu by Dante Quintero
Walk to the corner and turn right on Belgrano Avenue. Then, cross Paseo Colon, still on Belgrano Street, and you’ll find the popular Patoruzu, created in 1928 by Dante Quintero. Do you remember Isidoro? He was the godfather of Patoruzu. Contrary to Isidoro, Patoruzu is an Indian with typical physical traits including a big mouth and nose and with a feather decorating his hairdo. He is rich, good, generous and funny, so he laughs about the political and social situation in the country. Given his aboriginal origin, he represents Prehispanic Argentina and he serves a as symbol of strong nationalism and patriotism.
Monument to Langostino and Corina
Turn left on Manso Juana Street and walk to the corner. Then, turn right on Lynch Marta and continue ahead until you find the lone sailor Langostino, by Eduardo Ferro. This character was created in 1945 and he’s always found with his ship, Corina. Together they sail all around the world, even if he doesn’t want to, as a metaphor of life. Unlike the rest of the characters, Langostino is an emotional reflection about life; so let him lead the way.
Inodoro Preyra and Mendieta, by Roberto Fontanarrosa
Finally, a few steps away from Langostino you’ll find a man with a big nose accompanied by his dog. They’re Inodoro Pereyra and his dog Mendieta, by Roberto Fontanarrosa. Inodoro was created with the purpose of idealizing the Argentinian gaucho (peasant). His only company is his dog with which he reflects about life in a humorous way. He is a good portrait of a specific social class in the country.
Travel to Buenos Aires to have a good laugh with Argentinian humor and enjoy the route DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, designed for you!