La Boca is a colorful, picturesque, and lively neighborhood that shows visitors its most friendly side, offering them picture-perfect street scenes.
The birth of La Boca
La Boca owes its name to its location at the mouth of the Riachuelo tributary which runs into the Río de la Plata. Used as a port for many years, its port activity attracted many immigrants, especially Genoese, who settled down in the area in search of work.
The houses in the area were built with wood and sheet metal painted with countless striking colors with paint leftover from the port, giving the neighborhood a peculiar and charming appearance.
What to see in La Boca
The main attraction of La Boca is the picturesque pedestrian street of Caminito, a beautiful avenue more interesting than the best of the city's museums. Among the colorful and curious buildings of Caminito, there are numerous restaurants, terraces and painters' stalls as well as tango dancers who make visitors fall in love with every magical step.
La Boca is also home to the well-known stadium of the famous Boca Juniors football team, better known as "La Bombonera", inaugurated in 1940.
Although during the day La Boca is one of the most memorable neighborhoods in the city, at night it becomes one of the most dangerous, so it's best to visit it in the morning. We recommend staying near the most touristy streets.