La Boca

There's so much to behold in La Boca, it's best to keep your eyes open.

The colorful heart and seductively enigmatic fringes of La Boca draw crowds beyond the Subte line in Buenos Aires' southeast. Settled by European immigrants and infused with passion from countless cultures, La Boca boasts more than its famously touristed central focus, Caminito. Its magnetism emanates from the walls of its beloved soccer team's arena to the negative space on display in its world-renowned museum of modern art.

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On the Map

La Boca is bordered by San Telmo, Puerto Madero, and Barracas

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 40 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 20 minutes by cab or 38 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 25 minutes by cab or 50 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 20 minutes by cab or 27 minutes by public transit

La Boca: Colorful Soul South of San Telmo

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A few miles shy of Buenos Aires' city center, La Boca feels cozy instead of crowded.

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Despite its frequently visited, oft-pedestrianized streets, cafes, and parks, this reverberating neighborhood maintains an intimately expressive appeal.

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Settled mainly by Italian immigrants, La Boca's rich history colors its walls and influences the music that floats out of its open windows.

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Venture off of La Boca's famously vibrant Caminito and you'll experience a neighborhood whose identity remains rooted in hard work and hanged-dry garments.

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The neighborhood's mix of light, noise, and hue endear it to residents and visitors. Some join La Boca from another time altogether.

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Nineteenth century architect Guillermo Alvarez built what's known as "Ghost Tower," a modernist column haunted by the spirit of a beautiful painter who casts her shadow behind the top floor's windows.

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It's an everyday spectacle not often encountered.

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In La Boca, you should be aware of what you're getting into.

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The neighborhood can be surprising.

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Its adventurous unpredictability sometimes startles visitors.

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Activity is ever-present.

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Its position at the mouth (la boca) of the Riachuelo began the pattern of on-the-go immersion.

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It's also one of the speculative reasons as to how the neighborhood got its name.

Caminito: The Main Street of La Boca's Soul

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Often cited for its European ambiance, La Boca's painterly streetscapes keep it at the top of the list when it comes to Buenos Aires' most famous neighborhoods.

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Many of its early settlers arrived from Genoa, Italy, and their passionate culture still permeates Caminito.

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A mix of cultural draws imbue Caminito with colorful fervor and attract vast crowds that locals tend to avoid.

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Its sidewalks are dance floors and dining rooms.

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They're souvenir stalls and song stages.

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It's a carnival.

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It's a festival.

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It's a parade.

On the Field: Boca Juniors Forever

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One of Argentina's favorite fútbol teams, the Boca Juniors, make their home in the cavernous La Bombonera.

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In part, the Juniors' mythical acclaim arose from the man who just might be the greatest player of all time, Diego Maradona.

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Diego Maradona is affectionately called Argentina's favorite son and La Boca's pride for their team is palpable.

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The neighborhood plainly spells it out.

Fundación PROA: Modern Art In La Boca

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Although Caminito's vibrant allure often seduces visitors' senses, La Boca's culture runs beyond the street's sidewalk tangos and sipped cortados.

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Built around a 19th Century Italian mansion, La Boca boasts the PROA, a world-class modern art museum around the corner from Caminito. What's outside looks sleek.

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What's inside is stunning.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Erika Rojas studied Documentary Photography in Venezuela. She lived in New York City for 12 years where she focused and developed her career in Lifestyle, Still Life and Food Photography. She is currently living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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