4.00pm | Explore La Boca neighbourhood

Art and colours in the city's most emblematic neighbourhood.

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Hop off the bus and head for the brightly coloured houses on the Caminito street museum. Until 1920 this street followed the route of a railway line. It's now a pedestrianised street famous for the colours of the sheet metal tenement homes built by Genoese immigrants at the start of the 20th century. It's so popular with visitors that it's considered the eighth most photographed place in the world!

On the corner, you'll find the Museo Quinquela Martín, dedicated to the memory of the neighbourhood's most famous painter, and a good place to discover his work. The painter also donated to the city the Teatro de la Ribera a few metres away, where you can find one of his murals.

Continuing to explore the local arts scene, but with a very different style, take a look at the modern Fundación Proa,  which hosts international contemporary art exhibitions. Stop for a coffee at the terrace cafe upstairs for a great view of the old port.

After that, continue to explore the neighbourhood's cobbled streets and arts fairs by walking along the narrow Calle Garibaldi alongside the train lines. This walk recreates the atmosphere of the neighbourhood at the start of the 20th century.

Four blocks away is Boca Juniors' Bombonera stadium - a must for all football fans. The stadium has a museum dedicated to the club's history. Another option is to walk through the neighbourhood's narrow streets to the Usina del Arte, a former power plant that's been transformed into a modern cultural centre offering a huge range of cultural activities.

Free guided tours:

Every Wednesday, you can learn about La Boca's history of football, tango and immigration with free guided walking tours of La Boca organised by the city tourist board.
And every day from 10.00am, there are guided bicycle tours: La Boca through the senses


If your dates coincide, you can't miss the legendary derby between Buenos Aires' two great footballing rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. This clash, when it's held at Boca Juniors Bombonera stadium, has been described as the best sporting experience in the world (according to British newspaper The Guardian)

Moving on:

From the Usina del Arte, walk to the junction of Necochea and Villafañe to take bus number 29 to Parque Lezama.