One of the most important things about understanding the culture in Argentina, specifically Buenos Aires, is recognizing some of the dark events that unfolded here not too long ago.
This photo is a memorial plaque for one of the people who was killed by the police during the December 2002 rebellion, which was in response to the Argentina Economic Crisis.
On this day, five people died in Buenos Aires and 38 in the country.
The writing in the photo above says, “This plaque was destroyed by the police on November 21st, 2002 at 3am.”
It is always difficult for me to imagine someone my age living through such a terrible event. And there have been other dark periods in Argentina’s history.
I had taken other tours of Buenos Aires, but I was intrigued by the cultural emphasis with the company CULTOUR and wanted to see if I would learn anything new.
I learned a lot.
There are other reminders throughout the city of the dark past.
Yes, the Argentines have moved on, but they do not want to forget.
CULTOUR is a great way to learn about the city with an emphasis on the culture of Argentine. The local guides are also very open and honest about discussing past and present issues if you want to know more. As Argentines, they will certainly have an opinion, but they also understand and present both sides and the many shades of grey.
If you are visiting Buenos Aires, check out the CULTOUR website. They have a good variety of tour options covering many aspects of Buenos Aires culture.