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North of Avenue Don Pedro de Mendoza | Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Boca Photo info
Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires/Flickr
  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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This fashionable neighborhood located in southern Buenos Aires brims with trendy boutiques and art galleries. Once a gritty shipyard bustling with European immigrants, this now vibrant port houses local artists, soccer fans, and middle-class workers alike. Its name—which translates to "The Mouth"—is derived from its distinct location near the Río de la Plata (the estuary formed by the meeting of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers).

Make your way to Vuelta de Rocha's triangular plaza and you'll come upon the start of colorful Caminito, a popular pedestrian sidewalk flanked by bright murals and shimmering metal houses. Here, you'll also find the taxicab-yellow stadium of Argentina's most popular soccer team, Boca Juniors, along with lively cafés, bars, and casual tango institutions. Most travelers highlight La Boca as a tourist hotspot, but a must-see destination for Buenos Aires first-timers. According to one recent TripAdvisor user, "La Boca has a charm to it and it's summed up in one word...tango! Go there, walk around, find a cafe/restaurant to your liking and just take it in."

La Boca is easy to navigate on foot. Head southwest on Valle Iberlucea Drive and you'll pass the Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Once you reach Avenue Pedro de Mendoza, turn left to reach the steps of the Quinquela Martín Fine Arts Museum of La Boca, or turn right to start your jaunt through the colorful Caminito.

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