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Thursday, November 1, 2012

La Boca - The Italian Genoese quarter of La Bombonera in Buenos Aires - Tips to visit safely Maradona area

The colurful quarter of La Boca welcomes the tourist in Buenos Aires.

Maybe the most famous area in Buenos Aires and certainly the most touristy. 

The quarter of La Boca is historically one of the poorest and most depressed areas of the Argentinian capital, but it certainly the most colourful.

Bright colours decorate the simple houses and the souvenir's shops are everywhere where one time the workers of the port lived. 

It is Buenos Aires as you stereotypically expect before visiting, it is unique and inspiring, it is charming and at the same time time touristy and even tacky.

The real Buenos Aires is much more modern but also much less colourful and certainly not so crowded of tango dancers and Diego Maradona performers at every crossroad as La Boca is. 

Restaurants, bars and Tango dancers will entrentain the tourist and somehow it will be like to visit an open museum of the most famous Argentinian history and tradition.

But it's enough to move few blocks away from El Caminito, the most touristy cobbled street, to see the real La Boca: dirty pavements and much more dirty children running under the shady trees in front of their homes. 

The dogs seem to have crapped everywhere along the way leading to the famous football-pitch of the Argentinian team of the  Boca Junior's (La Bombonera Stadium, The Estadio Alberto J. Armando, formerly the Estadio Camilo Cichero).

The streets around La Bombonera and the area, away from El Caminito, are not so safe to venture alone.

But if you have time you should consider visit the museum of La Bombonera Stadium: a Hall of fame the large mural of Diego Maradona (who played for the Boca) and the blue and gold guitar played by Lenny Kravitz at La Bombonera in 2005.

Here some photos and some tips to visit La Boca in Buenos Aires as safely as possible.







 


Here some tips to visit in relative safety the area of La Boca in Buenos Aires:

1. Don't go there too early in the morning or too late at night or at siesta time in early afternoon

2. Walk along the touristy street of El Caminito, there is safe and there is where is to see the most 

3. Notice where the police is situated: police normally enclose the touristy area making it safe. Do not wonder away from that area.

4. If you want to see a football match at the football stadium La Bombonera don't bring with you anything of value.

5. To go from the town to La Boca take a taxi or a bus, do not walk your way there.

6. If from the area of El Caminito you wish to move to La Bombonera Stadium to visit the museum, remain on the main road and wait for other tourists going in the same direction. Alternatively take a taxi. Taxis are normally parked at the entrance of the El Caminito.

Hope you enjoy your visit in Buenos Aires and you enjoyed our photos.

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