Easy Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Villa Ocampo
You will never fall short of museums to visit in Buenos Aires. But you might want to escape for a few hours from the hustle and bustle of the Capital City. If so, we have the perfect cultural escape for you: Villa Ocampo Mansion in San Isidro.
San Isidro: a Well-Off Suburb
San Isidro is a well-off suburb situated 20km (12 miles) North of Buenos Aires. It is mainly a residential area. In San Isidro are some of the largest, most expensive mansions in Buenos Aires suburbs. About 300,000 people live in the area.
Victoria Ocampo: Intelectual and Writer
Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979) was a Argentinean intelectual and writer. She was the founder and publisher of the most important literary magazine in Latin America, Sur. The magazine published some of the major figures of the 20th century literature, such as Jorge Luis Borges, Albert Camus, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Julio Cortázar and Ernesto Sábato.
Victoria Ocampo also had an important role in the cutural life of her time as a patron for many artists.
Villa Ocampo, in San Isidro, was first a vacation home for the Ocampo family. In the 1940s, Victoria Ocampo turned it into her permanent residence. She received there an incredible array of intelectual and artists: Stravinsky, Ortega y Gasset, Saint-Exupéry, Graham Greene, to cite a few of them.
Nowadays, Villa Ocampo is a museum and a cultural center. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful architecture, furniture and decoration , as well as temporary exhibitions about literature and Argentina.
One of Villa Ocampo’s special attractions is its wonderful, beautifully landscaped garden. During your visit, enjoy the views over lunch or coffee in the cafeteria outdoors tables. A relaxing experience.
Beccar, San Isidro
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30PM to 7PM
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