This colourful barrio (neighbourhood) is best known for its football team, Boca Juniors, for whom the legendary Diego Maradona played. Multi-coloured, corrugated-iron houses characterise the touristic section of La Boca, with bustling Calle Caminito the main street. The simple houses were built by Italian immigrants, who decorated them with paint nicked from the local docks where they worked. Caminito and the immediate streets are continually lively, with street performers, artists and tango dancers all eager to win tourists’ affections. Visitors should, however, avoid straying too far from Caminito. Catching a game at the Boca Juniors football team’s stadium, La Bombonera, is certainly a passionate experience, while culture fiends should definitely check out the excellent Fundacion Proa, showcasing cutting edge abstract art.
Things to see in Buenos Aires
Avenida Quintana 596, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: (011) 4806 0904
Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Sat, Sun 0900-1800.