Last Sunday, Danny and I hopped on bus number 29 to La Boca in the south of Buenos Aires. Let’s just say we were on a mission to find out more about livin’ la vida boca 😉
When diseases broke out in the 1870s, the wealthier Porteños moved to the higher grounds in the north and the working class moved towards the south. So the southern barrios can be a bit, well … rough.
You can definitely notice the change in streets and buildings as the bus heads south from the city centre. But at the very last bus stop, we arrived to a colourful neighbourhood bustling with hoards of tourist, street vendors and performers.
This is the colourful artists’ street known as Caminito.
The barrio used to be full of shipyards, which explains why the houses are all made from scrap ship building materials like sheet metal and corrugated iron.
Then in 1960, an artist named Benito Quinquela Martin painted the walls of an old building to create a makeshift stage for performances. The area quickly became a haven for artists and soon enough, they painted the town red … and yellow and blue and every other colour of the rainbow.
Nowadays, Caminito is full of gimmicky tourist stuff. Some good, some bad – you be the judge.
Water colour paintings of Buenos Aires.
Slightly creepy statues.
And of course, handcrafted gifts.
Mafalda is kind of a big deal here.
As am I.
We left La Boca after our stroll around Caminito. It’s a small street and foreigners are warned not to wander away from the main section.
With that in mind, I took myself and my handbag safely away to the charming barrio of Recoleta – but more about that in the next post.
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