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Buenos Aires Neighbourhoods: La Boca
Buenos Aires is the 9th largest city in the world, so there is no doubt it is huge. Trying to see it all is next to impossible. However, it is also a city of multiple individual neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character. Some of the most popular and interesting neighborhoods to visitors are La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta, Retiro, Puerto Madero, and Palermo. You will need at least a week to really explore these areas. This month I will be writing aboutÂ some of them, starting with La Bocaâ€¦Â
One of the most popular and well known neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, La Boca is a must see for anyone even remotely interested in Buenos Aires history and way of living. Since the end of the 19th Century, this neighborhood has grown around what once was the cityâ€™s first natural port.
La Boca was founded by immigrants, primarily Italian (Genovese), who gave this area its peculiar personality. Today, though not so much used as a port anymore, the neighborhood has a certain charm and some say it is the center of a rich artistic activity.
The famous CalleÂ Caminito (map) is a short cobblestone street,Â very popular and nice to visit. There you will find people dancing tango in the sidewalks, artists painting oleos, some live musical and theatrical performances,Â nice shops to buy local art crafts (be careful with prices, some may be more expensive than average!) and great places to grab a bite or have a beer.
The Museo Quinquela MartĂn (map) ,just around the corner from Caminito, is also worth visiting, with a permanent exposition of paintings from local artists. La Boca is full of murals and many houses are painted in different bright colours, making it very picturesque.
The Boca Juniors Stadium is situated at La Boca (obviously!), about 8 block West from calle Caminito. It is another look into the soul of La Boca. The stadium is quite impressive and can hold up to 50 thousand souls. Boca Juniors has a long and storied history, though they might always be known as the team of Diego Maradona, the greatest futbol player of all times.
Unfortunately, the streets that surround the tourist center of La Boca (Calle Caminito) can be quite dangerous at night, just like in any other big city. So, follow common sense rules of travel and you shouldnâ€™t find any trouble. It is a rather long walk from downtown, so take either a bus (130 or 152) or a radiotaxi.
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