Welcome to Buenos Aires attractions La Boca!...
Every time I come to visit the big South American apple can't help but to return to some of my dearest places, so entwined with Buenos Aires history and tango traditions.
Amongst my favourite Buenos Aires attractions La Boca is one of such places, initial home to hundreds of thousands of European settlers , particularly Italians of Genoese origin who came to build a future of their own and - at the same time - helped to make the city we know today.
Colorful wooden houses with metal roofs - or conventillos - are a landmark of La Boca, unlikely to be found anywhere else in South America, and one of the Buenos Aires places you shouldn't miss when you make it to these shores.
By the way, there's a new tourist bus (bus turístico) -still on the testing stage or so it seems - that goes there as well as other top places in the city using the hop-on/hop-off system.
A fixed itinerary on a double-decker that includes several sights: Florida (starting point), Plaza de Mayo, Congreso Nacional, Montserrat, San Telmo, La Boca, Reserva Ecologica, Puerto Madero, Plaza San Martin, Palermo/Rosedal, Plaza Italia, Recoleta and Plaza Lavalle (end of circuit).
Find out more about it at buenosairesbus.com. You'll need to bookmark it as they don't seem to be fully operative yet, even though I've seen it touring about one week ago.
Sitting at the shores of the Riachuelo (little river), La Boca is the most picturesque of all Buenos Aires neighborhoods, loaded with art galleries, cultural centers, bars and restaurants, conforming what it's called the "Unofficial Republic of La Boca", created by its inhabitants to preserve their cultural heritage.
Very busy at daytime and deserted at night, La Boca is home to the traditional Boca Juniors soccer team and "La Bombonera" soccer stadium, a few minutes walk from Caminito (little path)Street.
Even though the district doesn't have a flag of its own, it does have a sports flag created by the Boca Juniors club in the early 1900s, one of the most traditional teams in Argentina. During match days, the whole neighborhood gets virtually covered with blue-yellow-blue, the horizontal tri-bar flag used by soccer fans to show their allegiance to the club.
Hope you've enjoyed Buenos Aires Attractions La Boca.
Considered to be the birthplace of tango, it's the oldest, most authentic and provably the most photographed of all Buenos Aires places as well, so make sure you invest a few hours to explore it, get some cute little souvenirs and visit one of the many Italian eateries in the area.
From art exhibitions to live-tango shows, this working-class neighbourhood still preserves the spirit and lifestyle of the Porteños or inhabitants of the port, making it an unmissable destination when you are ready to spend some very unique Argentina holidays...
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