The colorful La Boca barrio (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca is a colorful barrio (neighborhood) with houses, shops and tango dancers and artifcats, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca is a colorful barrio (neighborhood) with houses, shops and tango dancers and artifacts, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

After our morning walking tour of the historic and political heart of Buenos Aires, we went over to La Boca, a barrio (neighborhood) of the Argentine capital.  It retains a strong European flavor, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa.

 

We stopped for refreshments at La Peria de Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

We stopped for refreshments at La Peria de Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The interior of La Peria de Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina--

The interior of La Peria de Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A colorful house on the pedestrian street, the Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A colorful house on the pedestrian street, the Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

“La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold.  Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns.  The actual area visited by tourists is only a few blocks long and has been built up for tourism very actively over the last few years.  Outside this tourist area, it is a fairly poor neighborhood that has had many regular occurrences of petty crimes reported. It has also been a center for radical politics, having elected the first socialist member of the Argentine Congress (Alfredo Palacio in 1935) and was home to many demonstrations during the crisis of 2001.” — Wikipedia

 

Street wall art on the Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Street wall art on the Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Colorful art and houses on the pedestrian street, the Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colorful art and houses on the pedestrian street, the Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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