Argentina | A Day in La Boca

Though certainly less shiny than some parts of Buenos Aires, it is in rambling La Boca’s trodden streets that one can see flakes of a glorious past.

Once upon a time, this was a lively place of many colors. After exploring much of the area on foot, we made an obligatory stop at the La Boca stadium itself, which, like the neighborhood, has seen better days. It seemed to me a concrete blemish with generally outdated aesthetics, even as far as stadiums go. Mind you, I am not what one would call a football fan, so I hold little appreciation for those hard blue seats. Even so, I paid up for a march around the museum, which is largely a collection of statues and paraphernalia – not entirely worth the inflated price…

As we made our way to the famous Caminito, I could not help but feel like boisterous tourists pouring into St. Mark’s Square, like insects into a spider web.

Famously created by local artist Benito Quinquela Martin in the 1950’s, the colorful strip is now settled into the bank of a shallow, polluted river. The main drag is just cluttered with sightseers, street performers, and restaurants. The mass artwork hangs still in the Argentine heat as peddlers call out a multitude of languages to beckon passersby. Yes, the colors are pretty. Yes, the street is memorable. (And yes, you’re going to go despite anything you read.) If you ignore all of the mayhem, it could even resemble an artsy place. Alas, unless you are interested in what feels very much like a street in Disneyworld, I am of the opinion that there is little to see among the crowds.

It is only in PROA that I found the gem of the Caminito.

Rising tall beside the river, the uber-modern PROA is a contemporary art museum, café, and bookshop. A student price of $6 (Argentine pesos) buys you admission and air conditioning, which felt like an indescribably fantastic bargain. After thoroughly exploring the Las Pampas exhibit (which I enjoyed very much), I continued admiring the building, which is a piece of art in itself. Local artists have painted on walls and erected colorful and unique decorations of colossal proportion. Even the windows and staircases have met the creative hands of contributors, and I dare you to argue that the art is displayed conventionally. To top it off, the upstairs deck is to be admired if only for its beautiful, sprawling woodwork and luxurious feel. I recommend ordering cocktails or food from the café and taking in the ambiance before descending into La Boca’s hustle and bustle once more.

 

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5 Responses to “Argentina | A Day in La Boca”
  1. Everything in your photos is so colourful! Excellent post!

  2. Thank you for this post man. its very informative.

    Holiday

  3. I like Argentina for its natural beauty and MESSI. I have visited the country 5 times. Can you give a post about Rosario?

  4. Argentina must feel awe-inspiring. Buenos Aires could equal a country, it’s so huge!

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