La Boca, Buenos Aires

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    the picturesque Caminito!

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 21, 2008

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    La Boca is picturesque!
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    The picturesque district La Boca is a tourist trap for the locals but a must see for every tourist (come on, don’t be afraid the word, you are a virtual tourist anyway!:) ). Have in mind thought, that it’s an ugly and dangerous barrio, and the smell of the port aint so nice but the interesting part(in fact two small streets) is full of colorful houses and the security is everywhere around these streets so don’t worry to walk around even with the camera on your neck! But, just in case, don’t go further than the stadium because there’s nothing to see and they will see you for sure and an expensive camera is a temptation in a poor area like this! :)

    Caminito is the most famous street here and many come here to take photos of the pastel colors of the tiny houses. Of course there are also a lot of souvenir shops, a small craft fair, some taverns and cafes, tango performances, many art galleries etc

    If you walk 4 blocks further inside, you will see La Bombonera, the famous stadium of Boca Juniors. Even if you don’t want to see any football match you can visit the museo de la Pasion Boquense.(at Brandesen 805, open daily 10:00-18:00) for 30pesos(6euros)

    Boca is a historic barrio of Buenos Aires, because many immigrants from Italy(most of them from Genoa) and Spain came and live here in the 19th century. The story tells that they used leftover paint from the boats to paint their houses and that’s why one wall was blue, the next yellow etc. In our days they keep this strange comic painting for touristic reasons of course, but it’s nice to stroll around for some minutes.

    If you have more time you can also visit Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca at Pedro de Mendoza 1835 (daily 10:00-17:30) or the small Museo Historico de Cera at Del Valle Iberlucea 1261, daily 10:00-18:00), a wax museum, with some interesting figures and scale models.

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    Multi-coloured Houses & Delightful Murals

    by mircaskirca Updated May 3, 2008

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    Colourful La Boca is a working class barrio (neighbourhood), famous for its multi-coloured wooden and corrugated-iron houses and delightful, interesting murals. The best-known street, that represents the history of La Boca and the tango, is Caminito, where artists, street performers and tango dancers gather together. You can find numerous little shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants and there is a big chance that you'll be presented with the tango show while having your glass of wine.

    The colourful district heavily influenced Benito Quinquela Martin, one of Argentina's most famous painters, whose work can be seen at the Museo de Bellas Artes Quinquela Martin. This barrio is also well-known for its football team, Boca Juniors (for whom the legendary Diego Maradona played), and the stadium, La Bombonera. A stroll around La Boca is a must for every visitor of Buenos Aires.

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    VISIT LA BOCA--THE ARTIST'S AREA

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    The bright colors of La Boca!
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    The barrio of La Boca is colorful with its painted metal buildings and artwork lining the sidewalks. This area is known for the bright colors and lively themes of La Boca's artists.

    The Riachuelo River runs through the barrio and although it has a reputation for being filthy, there have been efforts to clean up the waterfront. La Boca is prone to flooding so the sidewalks are very high off the streets in some areas.

    The Boca Juniors soccer team calls La Boca home. The stadium is nicknamed Bombondera or "bon-bon". Stadium tours are given for a small fee and a great gift shop for sports enthusiasts is on site. There are numerous souvenir shops outside the stadium, also.

    The day we visited a group of young boys paraded down the street, entertaining the visitors with accordion music. They received tokens of appreciation from the spectators.

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    Colourful

    by PierreZA Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    La Boca is famous for its colourfully painted sheet-iron houses. It seems as if life here has not changed much over the years.
    People tango in the street, colourful restaurants and shops.
    You will also find the home of Boca Juniors here. You can visit the stadium, which also has a shop.

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    La Boca photographer paradise

    by fachd Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    Its mellow yellow
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    Hey dudes go and visit La Boca and take photos of the rainbow colour corrugated houses. This is where the artistic inhibitions flow, where the tango begun, where Maradona started his football career.

    La Boca is a district of Buenos Aires. It is a working class area and the oldest neighbourhood. In the early days the European mostly the Italian migrants from Genoa settled here, built the area and gave it a unique flavour. It was a busy port and now is no longer use as a Port.

    At Caminito Street is where you see colourful houses, souvenir shops, local artist selling their art work, the tango dancer perform their skills and where you’ll find tourist from other continent congregate. Nearby there are many restaurant, Italian Tavern and coffee bar. In some of the restaurant the Tango dancer will entertain while you are eating your lunch.

    We bought a painting from the local artist for 70 pesos and it look superb in our lounge.

    Not far is the Boca Soccer Jnr Stadium. It is the home of Boca Junior Soccer club. Diego Maradona did play with the club. When we were in Buenos Aires Boca Junior was on top of the ladder.

    If you into art a couple blocks away from Caminito Street is the Fine Arts Museum of La Boca. It has the collection of famous Argentine artist.

    We were glad we visited La Boca even though we read many negative views from other tourist. Just to show never believe what you read. Yeah ok it’s where the tourist hangs out but I am a tourist.

    La Boca is a poor neighbourhood. A word of warning stay in the tourist area of La Boca, don’t run risks by venturing out from the safe zone and watch out for pickpockets.

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    Restaurantes - Restaurants

    by elpariente Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    Hay muchos sitios agradables en La Boca donde puedes sentarte en una terraza o entrar en el restaurante para tomar un refresco , cenar o comer estupendamente y oir alguna milonga
    There are many nice places in La Boca where you may seat down in a terrace or go to the restaurant to take a drink , to have excelent lunch or dinner and also to listen a "milonga"( tango)

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    Sus Leyendas - Their Legends

    by elpariente Written Apr 23, 2007

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    En los balcones de sus casas han decidido poner a sus leyendas para no olvidarlas : Gardel , Evita , Maradona...
    In the houses balconies they have decided to put thir legends in order not forget : Gardel , Evita , Maradona...

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    - Sus Casas - Houses

    by elpariente Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    Los inmigrantes Genoveses construyeron casas de chapas de metal acanaladas, montadas muchas veces sobre pilotes o cimientos altos debido a las frecuentes inundaciones, y pintadas con colores brillantes ( posiblemente de lo que sobraba en los astilleros).
    The Genoa immigrants built houses with channeled tin plates , mounted many time on pilots or high basements due to the frequent flooding and painted with brilliant colours ( probably the left overs in the ship yards)

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    La Boca - y el / and the - Tango

    by elpariente Written Apr 23, 2007

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    En épocas de la Colonia española La Boca era una zona de barracones para los esclavos negros, después en el período independiente funcionaron allí saladeros de carne vacuna y curtiembres de cuero. A fines del siglo XIX comenzó a ser habitado por inmigrantes italianos, principalmente genoveses(Xeneizes (genoveses, en su propio dialecto) ) , que le dieron su fisonomía actual , a partir de entonces siguió siendo una zona portuaria y muy popular.
    Aquí nacen , crecen , viven y se convierten en mitos los personajes y los sitios relacionados con el Tango , como el omnipresente Gardel , Caminito o nombres como : Valentino, Cobián, Canaro , Piazzola ...
    During the Spanish Colony days The Boca it was an area with booths for the black slaves , latter on during the independent period there were bovine meat salt areas and leather manufacturing . At the end of the XIX century it was inhabited by Italian immigrants , mainly from Genova (Xeneizes (genoveses, in their own dialect) ) , that they gave the actual appearance , from that time it has been maintained as a Port area and very popular
    Here are born , grow , live and become a legend the people and the places related with the Tango, as the ever present Gardel , Caminito or names as : Valentino , Cobián , Canaro , Piazzola...

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    Tango Show / Show de Tango

    by sof76 Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    Every saturday and sunday From 11 am till 8 pm, there are Tango Shows at La Barberia. I've been told that food is not great here, I haven't been!

    Todos los sabados y domingos de 11 a 20 hs. hay shows de tango en la Barberia. Me han dicho que la comida aqui no es muy buena, pero la verdad es que no he ido.

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    La Boca

    by skatzcatz Written Feb 14, 2007

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    besides the plethora of souvenir and food shops I found the Boca area a little overrated. It was an interesting walk from outside of the area and of note was the warning the locals gave us about being robbed. And this was in the middle of the day.

    La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and main street, the Caminito. Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns, as well as La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors.

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    Colorful La Boca Not To Be Missed!

    by prymsu Written Feb 11, 2007
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    If able, you must make a trip to fabulous La Boca! It is a very colorful place to visit with lots of local art work for sale at a very reasonable price. There are many art stands set up so therer is quite a selection to chose from, and most of the art is original one of a kind pieces. I was able to purchase several pieces for less than ten dollars each. Be sure to stay on the main street however because the surrounding area is not the safest. if you can book a tour to visit this area I would recommend that.

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    Caminito + Boca Juniors Stadium

    by sabrina_florida Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    Caminito, in La Boca neighbourhood

    This is one of the classic places to go. The catch is the colorful houses which used to be ghettos in the past for the immigrants coming from Europe. Most of them Spanish, Italian and German.
    Why are the houses painted like tha you may ask? Well, in the past the people who lived there didn't have enough money to paint their houses. So they used to go to the dock (a few meters away) and ask the people working with the ships to give them some of the paint they used for the ships. So they would get a bit of orange, a bit of blue, a bit of red, etc. That's why they had to paint their housed with different colours.
    As you may imagine nowadays this houses are still painted like that because they have a sponsor: Alba, the most famous paint brand.
    Walking around caminito and perhaps going into the shops and having a look at the market, will not take you more than 2 hours. After that you might want to visit the Boca Juniors football stadium, 8 blocks away. If this is the case try to get a taxi to go there, just in case. La Boca is a poor neighbourhood so you don't want to run any risks.
    Also you may want to visit the Quinquela Martin museum, a few meters away from Caminito. This painter is one of our most important. He used to paint scenes from the dock.
    Oh, for you to get into the mood beforehand: the oudor of the river (Riachuelo) there is unbearable sometimes! But you get used to it after the first 10 minutes! :)

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    Visit LA BOCA

    by WStat Updated Dec 11, 2006

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    La Boca is a somewhat run-down, now very touristy neighborhood, (" barrio ") of Buenos Aires.
    Its characteristic,multi-coloured houses along the mainstreet "Il Caminito" are the homes of many galleries, Tango-studios and souvenir-shops.
    It is said, that the early settlers buildt the houses of spare corrugated sheet-iron and painted them with left over paints from the docks, where the ships got usually refurbished and painted. So the houses got all those different colors, according to what the settlers could sample from the docks.
    Today La Boca is a colorful, but enormously overcrowded place. During evening and night La Boca belongs to the unsafe areas of B.Aires

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    Colourful La Boca

    by Ash59 Written Nov 27, 2006

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    The neighbourhood (or "barrio") called "La Boca" in Buenos Aires is the shanty town district where the Tango was originally created. The colourful wood and tin houses in and around Caminito Street really are something to see. Apart from the flavour of the area, it is also known for its association with Football, in the form of having La Bombonera, which is the home of Boca Juniors, one of South America's top football teams.

    The ancestors of the people who live in La Bocca mainly come from Genoa in Italy and, indeed, it is said that "La Boca" was named after the Genoese area of Boccadasse.

    Of all the photos of La Boca that I have, I think that photo number 5 gives the best idea of how the buildings used to be built in this area, with the wood surround at the top and the iron sheeting around the base of the building. Most buildings that you will see in La Boca will either have a full wood front or a full tin sheet front, so to catch this photo as we drove by was something that I am happy about.

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