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La Boca

Bustling, gritty La Boca is one of the most flavorful neighborhoods in the entire city. Located to the southeast of the city, close to the original port of Buenos Aires at the mouth (la boca) of the river inlet, flamboyantly colorful La Boca was largely first inhabited by Italian immigrants who created a unique community and painted their houses with left over boat paint, creating a vibrant mixture of bright colors, a tradition which lives on even today. The area can be a little bit unsafe, but streetwise folk with a bit of common sense should be fine to take a stroll around this fascinating barrio.

 

La Boca suffered massive economic strains when Puerto Moderno was created and commercial shipping completely left the area. Even now it remains one of the poorest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, and although it has a bustling tourist nucleus by day, at night it is a dangerous area to walk through. The best option is to go into La Boca for day trips since there are nearly no sleeping quarters, and the few that exist are usually home to drug addicts and prostitutes.

 

However, during the day there is nowhere with a more tightly concentrated array of interesting sights and tourist activities. A haunted tower (Av. Almirante Brown and Wenceslao Villafañe), live music, street performers, artists, dancers, museums, cafés, restaurants, vendors, and real time history match in attitude the vibrancy and color of the surrounding buildings.



Other neighborhoods in Buenos Aires: Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Villa Paranacito, Flores, Once, Palermo, Barracas, Recoleta, Tigre, Abasto and Congreso.







06 Dec 2009

Things to do in La Boca

El Caminito

128184You can't visit Buenos Aires without making an afternoon pilgrimage to the La Boca barrio and its best-known street. It's certainly the city's most colorful walkway, both literally and figuratively. ...
City Walk
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca de Benito Quinquela Martìn

A five-story building across a narrow street from the Riachuelo River, the Museo Quinquela, as it’s known in shorthand, contains works by various Argentine artists. The top floor is dedicated to ...
Museum
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fundación Proa

Fundación Proa is a testament to Argentina's devotion to the arts. Just around the corner from colorful Caminito, the Fundación Proa–named after the building’s triangular shape resembling the ...
Culture and Arts
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Senor Tango: Tango Show

Despite the corny sounding name, the renovated factory is home to one of the most famous tango shows in Buenos Aires. With three levels and a capacity of 1,500, the theater itself is impressive. ...
Entertainment
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de la Pasión Boquense

After tango, wine and steak, fútbol (soccer) is the fourth great Argentine pastime. And how deep is their love of the game and of Boca Juniors, the national fútbol organization that drives their ...
Museum
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Historica De Cera

A fun way to get up to speed on Argentina’s historical heroes, this wax museum is home to former presidents and sporting legends as well as celebrities and politicians from around the world. The ...
Museum
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Futbol Match At La Bombonera

Obviously this is a must-do for football fans, but even for those with little interest in the sport, the atmosphere at the famous ”Bombonera” Stadium (so-called because it looks like a giant ...
Other Activity
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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