La Boca

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When I pictured Buenos Aires, the first thing I pictured were rows and rows of colourful houses. I suppose I was a bit surprised when after 2 days of walking around the city, I still hadn’t seen any.

Turns out, they are conveniently found in 3 streets in the neighbourhood known as ‘La Boca’. The place itself (Caminito) is a kind of outdoor museum, located in the middle of a region otherwise not visited by tourists. (There are plenty of scary notices in guide books and hotels about not going there after dark or straying off the main roads). This made the experience arriving there a bit odd. In the 30 minute walk there we saw no tourists, but when we arrived at Camanito it was packed, seemingly most of them had been bused there on air conditioned coaches to look at the houses, pose with a tango dancer and then get on a bus back out of the area.

Although there was a definite air of ‘theme park’ about the place, the whole experience was great fun. I loved all of the colour and music and friendly people. (Em)

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It was also a great spot for people watching over some cervezas and empanadas…

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