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Buenos Aires Highlight: La Boca

Stroll down La Boca’s El Caminito

As a hotspot, a trip to Buenos Aires is never complete without a stroll down El Caminito in La Boca. This transformed shantytown consists mainly of shacks made from ship debris such as planks, sheet metal and corrugated iron that were boldly painted with leftover paint that Genoese port workers got from ships. El Caminito was named after a 1926 tango song, which inspired Benito Quinquela Martin to metamorphosize the neighborhood in 1955. Today, La Boca remains a working-class neighborhood, despite the hordes of tourists that flood in on weekends, so if you’re going to explore it on your own be careful of your belongings and take a taxi from your hotel to the entrance of El Caminito. The neighborhood’s open air museum displays puppet like figures of Juan and Eva Peron, Che Guevara and football legend Diego Maradona, who wave down from the colorful balconies. A stroll down El Caminito will lead you past many stalls selling Argentinean crafts as well as countless restaurants attempting to lure you in with a sensual spectacle of tango dancing. Just off the main El Caminito street and at the mouth (La Boca) of the Riachuelo, you can get a spectacular view of the old port and the Puente Transbordador which is one of nine known surviving, historic transporter bridges in the world. La Boca also houses La Bombonera Stadium, the home of the world-famous soccer team, Boca Juniors. So whether you’re a football fan or simply keen on snapping some pictures with the iconic colorful houses, make your way down to La Boca! See more of our favorite experiences in Buenos Aires…

La Boca Buenos Aires

Explore the colorful, working-class neighborhood of La Boca

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