Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Galloping Through BA (the Feria de Mataderos)

With two San Telmo ferias under our belt (and one more to go), we felt that it was time to try something different on our third Sunday in BA.  But what would a Sunday be without hordes of people, street food, junk for sale, and ¨traditional¨ performances under a blazing hot sun?  So, we headed to the Feria de Mataderos, an hour-long nauseating city bus ride away.  At least it only costs $0.26 USD for the ride.

Sometimes called Nueva Chicago (hauza Tanny!) for its slaughterhouses and livestock market, the neighborhood of Mataderos is located on the edge of Buenos Aires city. But (at least in the feria) it felt far away from the cosmopolitan city we had come to know.

The fresh squeezed OJ and vaciopan (flank steak sandwich) were pretty good.

The music and dancing were remiscent of what we´d seen up in the northern part of the country.

But the highlight for sure was the gaucho competition.  Riders took turns galloping down a (mostly, but not totally closed to traffic) city street in an attempt to snag a tiny golden ring with a pencil-sized stick.

Starting line: the crosswalk
Full speed gallop.
He was moving so fast we couldn´t get him in focus.
(He missed)
There was even a gaucho-in-training (a gauchito?) in the competition.
 JDMesh says:  A fun way to spend an afternoon (or, like, a few hours) if you find yourself with nothing to do on a Sunday in Buenos Aires.


  1. Yup - the oldest and crustiest gaucho in the competition snagged it twice! --J


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