"Caminito + Boca Juniors Stadium" Top 5 Page for this destination Calle Caminito Tip by sabrina_florida

Calle Caminito, Buenos Aires: 16 reviews and 29 photos

  Caminito, in La Boca neighbourhood
by sabrina_florida

This is one of the classic places to go. The catch is the colorful houses which used to be ghettos in the past for the immigrants coming from Europe. Most of them Spanish, Italian and German.
Why are the houses painted like tha you may ask? Well, in the past the people who lived there didn't have enough money to paint their houses. So they used to go to the dock (a few meters away) and ask the people working with the ships to give them some of the paint they used for the ships. So they would get a bit of orange, a bit of blue, a bit of red, etc. That's why they had to paint their housed with different colours.
As you may imagine nowadays this houses are still painted like that because they have a sponsor: Alba, the most famous paint brand.
Walking around caminito and perhaps going into the shops and having a look at the market, will not take you more than 2 hours. After that you might want to visit the Boca Juniors football stadium, 8 blocks away. If this is the case try to get a taxi to go there, just in case. La Boca is a poor neighbourhood so you don't want to run any risks.
Also you may want to visit the Quinquela Martin museum, a few meters away from Caminito. This painter is one of our most important. He used to paint scenes from the dock.
Oh, for you to get into the mood beforehand: the oudor of the river (Riachuelo) there is unbearable sometimes! But you get used to it after the first 10 minutes! :)

Address: La Boca neighbourhood.
Directions: You can get there with the 152 bus. You can't get lost as it leaves you right at the beginning of Caminito.

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2007
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