Just to the south of Center City in of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires is the grand little barrio (neighborhood) of La Boca. Best known for their beloved futbol/soccer stars – the Boca Juniors – it is also a neighborhood ripe with a mixture of European and South American culture. 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 the windows like a cat trying to escape – a dream for the artist and photographer. Set off for the Museo de Bellas Artes Quinquela Martin – or the “Fine Arts Museum of La Boca” – to view original works by early 20th century Argentine Artists. La Boca, truly the heart of the city’s 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 you far off of the direct path from point A to point B to pad their fare.