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Address: Avda Almirante Brown, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Activities: Shopping, Walking, Nightlife
Description: Known as the birthplace of the tango, this one-time shipyard has a famous...
Known as the birthplace of the tango, this one-time shipyard has a famous walkway, the Caminito, where tango dancers perform and artists exhibit their work.
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Touristy but Colourful

Bit of a tourist trap but some interesting shops and colourful buildings with a nice atmosphere. Don't stray off the main streets. Wouldn't eat here either, much better options in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Of course, many tourists come here. Allegedly, tango was invented here. The neighborhood is right along the water. Each of the buildings is painted in one or more bright colors. A tradition that started due to the poor working class origins of the neighborhood. People bought the least expensive paint they could afford in leftovers which often were in these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We visited this place on 10th March as part of our city tour. The houses were painted in different colors and the balconies were complete with statues of pimps and prostitutes of a bygone era! Very touristy and very Hollywood, something straight from the film Irma La Douce! We spent some time in a curios shop and at that time,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Not the safest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, so maybe avoid going there at night (unless some locals are taking you to a party!). The colorful buildings along El Caminito are beautiful and you can't miss the Bombonera!!

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Hinckley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Bit of a tourist trap but some interesting shops and colourful buildings with a nice atmosphere. Don't stray off the main streets. Wouldn't eat here either, much better options in San Telmo etc for the authentic BA experience.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

LaBoca can be appreciated when you know the history of this place. Read up about this place before you go there. Try some local food as you watch the live Tango shows which are all along the main street.

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Alicante, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The home of the Tango must be on your list of places to see. This little area has colour, music and so much life!!! We could not escape the emotion even if we had tried. Enjoy!!

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Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Originally an Italian neighborhood, it is now a center for crafts and entertainment. Be sure to explore the upstairs area in the center. Remember that you need to be out of the area by late afternoon as the surrounding areas are not very nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had this area included on our 7-hour bike tour with Will. Not a real safe area to go on your own but with our guide we felt safe. So worth seeing. Beautiful artsy graffiti with a story. The buildings are all beautiful bright colors. There are also local tango dancers.

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mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We were in La Bocca for just a short time and wished we had more to visit it. Extremely colourful area with street performers and restaurants with live music and dancing. Bocca is also famous for its Stadium. Beautiful place with painted walls. This a an old part of the town with some of the corrugated tin old houses preserved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I enjoyed walking through La Boca and taking photos. The shops were not special but plentiful. There are tango dancers at the outside cafes, service is spotty. We waited quite a while for our pizzas. I'm told the area closes down at night as it isn't safe. We had an English speaking local guide take us around La Boca for... More 

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La Boca
A neighborhood defined by its immigrant roots, La Boca still maintains this past alive in its streets today. Due to its proximity to the river, the neighborhood became the preferred settling area for immigrants of a wide variety of origins, who ended up living together in the conventillos. Thus, these houses became a melting pot of different cultures and traditions that birthed creations like tango and lunfardo. Nowadays, this legacy can be seen and felt on Caminito Street, which welcomes visitors with colorful facades, cobblestones, and street artists showcasing their skills. Just like its neighbor San Telmo, La Boca is one of the prime destinations to experience the traditions and customs that originated from the city’s immigrant past and which have shaped its distinct identity.