Buenos Aires Map Guide, La Boca Neighborhood

La Boca Neighborhood Guide


By | September 14, 2009 | 3 comments

la boca buenos aires argentina

Population: 53,233
Size (Sq Km): 3.3
Class: Lower to middle

On a scale of 1-10 (1 = low, 10 = high)

Safety Factor, Day: 8.5 Tourism: 8
Safety Factor, Night: 2 Traffic: 6
Average Prices: 7

*Please note that all variables above are applied to El Caminito, the tourism friendly area of La Boca. Outside of this area is considered to be unsafe.

Transportation: Buses: 64, 29, 152 and many more. Subway: C-line, San Juan stop is nearby

La Onda (The Vibe): Tango roots, Boca Juniors football passion and everything that is Argentine can be found here. The tourist friendly areas are well-protected by police and local business owners alike. The overall neighborhood is known for being rough, to say the least. Night visits and straying off the tourist path are not recommended.

El Camanito, lined with tango dancers, artists, street performers, restaurants and souvenir shops. It is one of the most historical landmarks in Buenos Aires. The birthplace of the port.
Boca Juniors stadium

Attractions and Things to Do: The most popular attraction in La Boca is El Caminito. This area is surrounded by colorful housing, tango memorabilia, cafes, asado restaurants, souvenir stores, art shops and artisan stands. On the weekends couples perform traditional tango dances and many local artists display their brightly colored collections. This area is a must-see if you are cutting through Buenos Aires.

1835 Pedro de Mendoza Street houses Benito Quinquela Martin’s Museum. The museum was originally the home of this famous local artist and the founder of the La Boca artist colony, and displays many of his works.

La Bombonera (Boca Juniors’ stadium) is nearby and open for tours. Game days can be very exciting, seeing as Boca Juniors are one of the two most popular teams in Buenos Aires (River Plate being the other and also serving as Boca’s arch-nemesis). La Bombonera has been home for some of the world’s greatest soccer players, including Diego Maradona. Tickets for most games are available readily, except for tournaments or big rivalry games, which often sell out immediately. If you are interested in going to a game in a group with transportation to and from the game please feel free to reserve through our LandingPadBA reservation system ““Tickets and Tours”“.
*Careful flashing money, cameras, or anything of value inside or outside this stadium, especially without a group or guide.

History: This area originally developed as housing for the African slaves of Argentina in the 16th century. Since this area is nearby both railway lines and the city’s main port, many of Buenos Aires’ slaughter houses and leather tanning factories began to spring up around the San Telmo and La Boca area in order to process beef goods for export. These factories produced a fair amount of waste and unfortunately found their way into the Riachuelo (Little River) that lies east of La Boca.

During the 19th century, a heavy immigration of Italians, mainly Genovese began populating the Boca area. It is said that many could not afford paint and building materials, so they often bartered with the sailors and shipping industry for their leftover boat supplies. La Boca was, and still is, known for its haphazard construction style and brightly colored buildings.

In 1882, La Boca actually seceded from Argentina for a brief period of time. Angry Genovese laborers decided to take action against the allegedly repressive government, but the rebellion was quickly quashed by the president himself, Julio Argentino Roca. The president and his army made a personal visit to La Boca and President Roca personally removed the flag of the Republica Independiente de La Boca (The Independent Republic of La Boca).

It is said that when the neighborhood team for La Boca was founded in 1905, they quickly gained a name for themselves as a division 2 team. In 1906, while playing a rival team that had similar colors (Black and white stripes), the teams had a show down. The winner was to win the colors and uniform style and the loser had to go in search of a new uniform style. Boca lost and subsequently had to select new colors. The team decided that the colors of the next ship to enter the port would be the future colors of Boca Juniors. The freighter Drottning Sophia, hailing from Sweden, came into port and the uniform design moving forward was chosen (yellow and blue).

Check this out!
*Complete Guide to La Boca

*Interactive Map of La Boca

*Things to See and Do in La Boca

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  2. Sandro

    14/07/2010 - 12:35 am

    if the freighter Drottning Sophia hailed from Copenhagen doesn't that mean it was from Denmark and not Sweden ?

  3. LandingPadBA Staff

    15/07/2010 - 7:31 pm

    It was a Swedish vessel that had a route starting in Copenhagen. Bad choice of wording "hailed", thanks to our British team members.