Villa Ocampo – Béccar, Argentina - Atlas Obscura
Join us on an Atlas Obscura Trip in 2019 »

Béccar, Argentina

Villa Ocampo

A beautiful riverside mansion where the intellectual life of early-20th-century Argentina flourished. 

 Victoria Ocampo was a prominent Argentinian writer and intellectual in the early 20th century. She founded the famous “Sur” literary magazine, which promoted the work of literary greats like Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, DH. Lawrence, Graham Greeneand Dylan Thomas, translated into Spanish. 

Victoria and her sister, Silvina, belonged to an active and prolific group of intellectuals and artists. The family was wealthy, and their summer house outside Buenos Aires, Villa Ocampo, was the meeting place for many of the greatest thinkers in Argentina and all over the world.

Situated on 10 acres on the bank of the Rio de la Plata, the beautiful mansion hosted Argentine writers Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares (who married Silvina), Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore, Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, French philosopher Albert Camus, Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, and many other famous minds of the early 20th century.

The house was restored in 2003 and opened to the public as a cultural center. Touring the house today, you can see the Ocampo’s incredible personal library, the Steinway piano where Stravinsky played his music, and a carpet made by Picasso during his cubist period, which is now a tapestry on the wall.

Know Before You Go

The house is located in San Isidro, about 20 miles from Buenos Aires. It's open Friday to Sunday and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guided visits are offered as well. Check the website for the latest prices and schedules, or inquire at  +541147324988 or visitasvillaocampo@gmail.com.

Community Discussion
  • No Comments Yet