La Boca – Buenos Aires

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.

It is one of the mosto picturesque places due to its colorful port setting. The corrugated roof style of the houses and the customs reflect the European influence, mainly southern Italian, who arrive between 1860 and 1910.

The so-called “a Piccola Italia (Little Italy) is stamped with Mediterranean style, from its typical restaurants “cantinas” to its architecture. Brightly painted multicolored houses, inhabited by families, called “conventillos” give La Boca its main characteristic. La Boca has always been a working-class neighbourhood and in the past, people used the paint leftover from ships to paint their houses. You will notice that sidewalks are elevated to prevents flooding from the Rio de la Plata. It is best to go there on Sundays when there are activities for tourist. We suggest visiting La Boca during daylight hours.

Caminito Street Museum. Street artist and performers paint, dance tango and take pictures outdoors. There is also a handicrafts market where you can buy all kinds of things.

Quinquela Martín Fine Arts Museum: 1835 Pedro de Mendoza Avenue. The Museum, recently renewed, was built in the upper part of a colourful public school. More than 700 works of ar by the painter Quinquela Martín are exhibited there. The artist could picture the typical beauty of La Boca.

Other pictures and sculptures by other national and foreing artists can also be found there.

Boca Juniors Club Stadium. Del Valle Iberlucea street, Brandsen Street, Roca railway and Aristóbulo del Valle Street. The stadium is famous not only for the football matches (soccer) buy also for its architecture. It was built by the Slovenian architect Victor Sulcic who lived in Argentina from 1924. He solved the problem of having little space to build the stadium placing the tribunes one above the other supported by consoles.

The stadium is called “La Bombonera” (Bombonera means Chocolate Box), due to its shape. It was inaugurated in 1940. It has space for 50 thousand people and on its walls are exhibited works of art by Perez Celis and Maccio.

San Juan Evangelista Church: Olavarría Street and Martín Rodriguez Street. It was inaugurated in 1886. Its principal facade has a porch which consists of Ionian columns. The rest of the building, romantic style, was designed by hby architect Pablo Besana where you can enjoy the paintings on the cupulas and the lateral altars.

Nuestra Señora Madre de los Inmigrantes Sunctuary: Brasil Street and Wenceslao Villafae Street, Rio de la Plata, Roca railway lines, Suarez Street, Hernandarias Street, Pilcomayo Street, Patricios Avenue and Defensa Street