Just to the south of Center City of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires is a grand little barrio (neighborhood) named La Boca. Best known worldwide for their futbol stars, la Boca Juniors , it is also a neighborhood known for its ripe mixture of European and South American culture and style, bright colors, and warm residents. And with the collision of two very unique cultures, you are certain to find a mixture of old and new.
A working class neighborhood and art colony, La Boca was settled upon long ago by Italian immigrants. Today, walking the Camanito, you are sure to find one of the best places in BA to be entertained by impromptu tango performances while sitting on the collective patios of Italian influenced bars and restaurants. The small walking streets are governed by colorful houses – civic pride bursting from each window like a cat that is trying to escape. This neighborhood is a dream for artists and photographers. Set off for the Museo de Bellas Artes Quinquela Martin (Fine Arts Museum of La Boca) to view original works by early 20th century Argentinean artists. La Boca, truly the heart of Buenos Aires’ most authentic barrios, can be explored in as little as one full day. Words to the wise though, map out your trip before you go. Cab drivers in Buenos Aires are notorious for taking tourists and travelers off of the direct path from BA city to La Boca to pad their fare.