Mafalda, the six-year-old philosopher created by Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, known as Quino, has been a beloved character since her first appearance in 1964.

Through her innocent yet insightful view of the world, Mafalda addressed issues of politics, society and humanity with a subtle humor that resonated with generations of readers.

The comic was published until 1973, but Mafalda’s impact endures, making her a cultural icon in Argentina and beyond.

The Statue of Mafalda in San Telmo

In the San Telmo neighborhood, one of the oldest and most picturesque in Buenos Aires, there is the statue of Mafalda, a must-see for comic strip fans and tourists who want to immerse themselves in Buenos Aires culture.

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The statue is located on the corner of Chile and Defensa streets, right in front of Quino’s former home, where Mafalda and her friends came to life.

Tips for visiting the Mafalda Statue

For a more peaceful experience and to avoid the crowds, it is recommended to visit the statue early in the morning or late in the afternoon. These times of day allow for taking photos and appreciating the sculpture without the typical tourist crowds.

San Telmo is easily accessible from any point in Buenos Aires. The nearest metro station is Independencia (Line C), from where you can walk to the corner of Chile and Defensa. There are also several bus lines that pass through the area.

Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the moment with Mafalda and her friends. Also, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes to explore the cobblestone streets of San Telmo and discover its additional charms.

Don’t forget to explore San Telmo

Make the most of your visit to explore the San Telmo neighborhood, known for its vibrant antiques market, historic cafes, and lively tango scene. On Sundays, the San Telmo market in Plaza Dorrego is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs and enjoy the neighborhood’s bohemian vibe.

After visiting the statue, you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of Buenos Aires in one of the many restaurants and bars in San Telmo. From empanadas to barbecue, the culinary offering in the area is wide and delicious.


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