La Boca DistrictDistrict La Boca
The Boca and El Caminito
The Boca district of Buenos Aires, famous for its colourful buildings, its tangos and its football club, is the only place where every tourist can find their programme. At the heart is the paved El Caminito or a small footbridge. This former railroad line is bordered by the light-coloured façades that make the La Boca card complete.
However, La Boca has much more to offer than what the occasional visitor will notice. Just like the Lower East Side in New York City and the East End in London, La Boca was the area where new migrants settled when they reached Buenos Aires. Its name derives from its position at the Riochuelo estuary, as the Mantanza River is normally known.
Obviously, the harbour-side barrelrio is a place where ships can go to land, and the Spanish are said to have first arrived in La Boca in 1536. At the beginning of the industry revolutions, La Boca developed into a gravelly yard with butcher shops and canneries. In 1830, the Boca region began to be settled with an inward flow of people from Genoa, Italy.
The Genoese, arriving from a seaport, took it for granted to set up along the promenade along the banks of Buenos Aires. In those days there were so many Genoese in La Boca that some say the name is a spin-off of the name Boccadasse, a district of Genoa. The Boca also plays an important role in the emergence of the Argentinean jargon called the word leffardo.
Not forgetting the renowned football club of the barrios, La Boca Juniors, also known as Los Xeneizes, which derives from the term for "Genoese" in French. At the beginning of the 20th centuries, the area was the second most densely settled area in Buenos Aires, but the building of a new harbour in Puerto Madero would mean that the maritime industries would move north.
When Argentina enters its gold age, the inhabitants move further into the interior and La Boca begins to sink. The resurrection of El Caminito and La Boca in the 1950s was led by the painter Quinquela Martín. Adopted and left at childbirth, the famous La Boca child lived much of his infancy in La Boca.
He studied painting at a La Boca evening class and became one of Argentina's most renowned artists and an important neighbourhood Philanthrope. In 1959, at Martín's insistence, the town council formally designated El Caminito as an outdoor theatre. It has been nominated in honour of Martin's boyfriend Juan de Dios Filibrito, a former inhabitant of La Boca, who co-wrote the eponymous thong.
Like most places where a favourite touristic destination is located in the midst of an economic deprived area, La Boca can be hazardous to those who leave the footpath. For most people only El Caminito, the few roads around and La Bombonera the arena where Diego Maradona became "God" for his people.
If you are a low-profile traveler who wants to get more out of the neighbourhood, there are many interesting pages here, just don't take anything you can't possibly cost to do. One way to discover a La Boca with relatively little personal information is by bike or by bike.
When you go to La Boca at nocturnal hours to dine or dancing in one of the many canteens, it is advisable to take a cab. The Boca Safety Tips: - Be cautious when leaving the touristic trail that covers El Caminito and the few neighbouring inlets.
- Never use a River Plate Tee in La Boca - it's the football team's greatest rivals and you'll get in a lot of shit! Arrival to La Boca: -bus lines: More about La Boca: