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El Zanjón, Buenos Aires

755 Defensa
San Telmo
Buenos Aires
Argentina 1065
Tel: 54 11 4361 3002's insider take:

In 1985, local businessman Jorge Eckstein bought a semiabandoned San Telmo town house built in the 1830s by the wealthy Miguens family. While dredging accumulated silt and sludge from the basement, he discovered a network of tunnels dating from the 1580s, the years in which Spanish adventurer Juan de Garay founded Buenos Aires in the Río de la Plata marshland. After a detailed restoration, the labyrinth of ancient dwellings, cisterns, creeks, and courtyards now functions as a private archaeology museum and offbeat event space.—Colin Barraclough

Open Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 pm to 6 pm.

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