La Boca, Buenos Aires

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    La Boca

    by Sonador3 Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: One of the most popular and well known tourist areas of Buenos Aires, La Boca is a must see for anyone even remotely interested in Bs As history. Since the end of the 19th Century, this neighborhood has grown up around what was this city's first natural port. La Boca was mostly founded by Immigrants -- primarily Italian -- who give this area its particular flavor. Today, though not so much used a port anymore, the neighborhood has a certain charm and some say it's the center of artistic activity.

    Unfortunately, the streets that surround the tourist center of La Boca (Calle Caminito, etc) can be quite dangerous at night. But just like any big city, follow common sense rules of travel and you shouldn't find any trouble. And from the city center, it's a rather long walk. My advice is to take either a bus (the 130 or 152) or a taxi.

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    Parque Lezama

    by Sonador3 Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: It is possible to walk from the center of town to La Boca. And if you do, you'll undoubtedly walk through this little neighborhood. Founded by a rich merchant from the Salta province in the 19th century, Lezama Park was built around the slopes of his house. Today his house is the home of the Museo Nacional Historico, and you'll find an abundance of flora and historical buildings around the perimeter of the park, including my two favorites, The Scenographic Mural and the Russian Orthodox Church.

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    Neighborhoods

    by acemj Updated Nov 22, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Buenos Aires is the 9th largest city in the world so there's no doubt it's huge and trying to see it all is next to impossible. However, it is also a city of multiple individual neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor and character. Some of the most popular and interesting to visitors are La Boca, San Telmo, La Recoleta, Plaza San Martin, Puerto Madera, Plaza de Mayo and Palermo. You'll need at least a week to really explore these areas and since I only had a few days, I limited my exploration to just a few.

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    La Boca

    by DPando Written Apr 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Located in the southern part of the city ..La Boca is one of the most famous places in Buenos Aires....famous for this football team and for the colourfull buildings....where the tango was born and for this poverty as well
    Some scary some attractive ...just depend what time u'll visit it ...la boca offers several amazing views

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    Caminito

    by sof76 Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This is Caminito in La Boca. It's a small street, but it's very popular and nice to visit. You have people dancing tango there, paintors and you have nice shops where they sale nice argentinian things there (be carefull with prices, I think they are most expensive that average there!).
    La Boca has lot's of murals as the one seen on th pic. Is a very nice place to see. It doesn't take more than two hours visiting it. But is worth going. Is better going early, it is not a very nice neightborhood to go at night...

    Este es caminito en La Boca. Es una calle chiquita, pero es muy popular y vale la pena visitarla. hay gente bailando tango, pintores y muy lindos negocios donde se venden recuerdos y cosas de Argentina (los precios suelen ser mas caros de lo comun).
    En la Boca se pueden ver muchisimos murales como el que se ve en una de las fotos. Es un barrio muy pintoresco que vale la pena visitar! No lleva mas de una hora, pero para mi vale la pena ir. Es mejor ir temprano, ya que no es un lindo barrio para andar de noche...

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    Boca's building pictures

    by DPando Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Some Bs As quarters has a lot of collapsed buildings but La Boca sounds like all is the same... in some features remember some places or buildings that everybody have seen in La Habana....mostly are with 2 or 3 floors and with dirty facades and wide sidewalks ..in the other hand Caminito and the most touristic streets with its colourfull houses and souvenir stalls doesnt remember at all those places .... just find out where is better moving to find these "hidden" areas ..and be aware !!

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    Just take your time and dont...

    by danwt99 Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Just take your time and dont try to rush out of the city. It has soo many different areas and neighborhoods you could spend a week there and not be bored. Make sure to spend a Sunday to visit all the markets.

    Fondest memory: Lunch in a tango bar in La Boca. The woman that sang was just really classy and and excellent performer. On top of this the neighborhood is colrful and full of people. I also loved the antique area (I can't remember the name off hand) as it had great shops and restaurants.

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    Come to La Boca. This area...

    by DanielF Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Come to La Boca. This area close to the port is where many immigrants settled during the last century. The colourful fasades along the Caminito street are very picturesque and you can find tango dancers and many restaurants in this area.

    Fondest memory: LA Boca is very touristy and far away from the center, but it is still a great place to visit. We had lunch in a popular family owned restaurant. They were really kind and served us delicious empanadas and bife de chorizo.

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  • see La Boca and if possible a...

    by milkface Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: see La Boca and if possible a soccer match of the local Boca Juniors, witness a Tango dance, Obelisk and the 9 de Julio Avenue (widest road in world), the elegant neighbourhood of Recoleta, and Placa de la Mayo

    Fondest memory: seeing Maradona waving to the crowd at a boca juniors soccer match. It was a cool thing!!!!
    Also, walking around the centre and seeing some Tango was also great!! There is plenty on the street in the day and in the nighttime.

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    The working-class neighborhood...

    by travelmad478 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The working-class neighborhood of La Boca, covering part of BA's waterfront, is full of colorfully painted houses. It might not be the best place to walk around at night, but in the daytime it's a lot of fun.

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    La Boca 'Caminito'

    by mannymiami Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: La Boca 'Caminito'

    Fondest memory: I will always remember that ice cold day in June when my buddy and I went to La Boca district, on a cloudy grey day everything was just colorful and bright. When in Buenos Aires this place is a must. Here you can see tango dancers in the streets and it is also the first Italian neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Checkout my travelouge with my pictures from La Boca.

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    Barrio del Tango

    by annieruel Written Oct 5, 2005

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    Favorite thing: TANGO !!!!
    Maisons de différentes couleurs.
    Casas de diferentes colores.
    Houses with a lot of colors.

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    La Boca neighborhood:...

    by kunchik Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: La Boca neighborhood: 'Caminito'.
    This is a nice street with colorful wooden houses. By the harbor, there's a tango performance. You can relax and have a beer while listening to tango.

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  • The nightlife - soak it in....

    by Pasquali Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The nightlife - soak it in. Until the sun rises.

    Some very cool neighbourhoods. Like La Boca - color is a big thing. There's even a color commission.

    Fondest memory: The style of the people - very unique.

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