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La Boca, the colourful Buenos Aires neighbourhood
La Boca is a neighbourhood in the south of Buenos Aires. Neighbourhoods are called barrios and barrio by barrio is a good way of getting to know Buenos Aires. Travelling through the different neighbourhoods, gives a good idea about the people of the city, their relation with their surroundings and the barrio’s formation.
La Boca is said to be one of the poorer neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, with rentals much lower than the rest of the city. On weekends, a street in La Boca called Caminito comes alive with art, dance and music.
Cafes in La Boca
Tango, the biggest attraction of the weekend in LA Boca
La Boca and football
The locals of La Boca sometimes refer to it as La Boca Republic, like they are a country itself! Their families have lived here for generations. They were born here, went to schools here and worked here. Their friends and families are all here. This is where they played their football! There is no reason for them to step out of the comfort of the colourful La Boca!
The tickets for the matches of La Boca Juniors sell out almost immediately after they become available. You have to buy them in the street markets. The fake sale of these tickets is a flourishing market in Buenos Aires, one that the tourists need to be aware of!
San Telmo, the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires
Antique markets of San Telmo
Street performers of San Telmo
The San Domble group in San Telmo barrio of Buenos Aires
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Other stories from our travels in South America:
Rio de Janeiro, the city of the sun and the sand welcomed us with heavy rains! But there is so much this city has to offer, that rains weren’t a dampener at all. This is a quick snapshot of what we did in the rainy yet marvellous Rio de Janeiro.
“Which way to the airport express?” Blank stares, shrugs and then the response ” Aah, Inglés!” Lots of sign language, pointing directions, followed by a thumbs up, a smile and us replying ” Obrigada!” Invariably, there is a dismissive wave of the hand saying, ” Na Da!” Thus began our trip to Brazil.
How do you combine blue, green and white and make the most beautiful thing ever? Of course, by making the island of Ilha Grande! We decided to head to Ilha Grande for our next stop. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, it is part of the area called “Costa Verde” meaning the “Green coast”.
“Don’t say it like it’s a bad thing” a co-traveler consoled us when we told him it was time for us to exit Brazil. Our visa for Argentina was running out and it was time for us to start putting it to use.