Friday, November 18, 2011

La Boca

One of the obligatory tourist stops in Buenos Aires is the area called La Boca (the mouth) which was the original port. This is the area of brightly colored tin sided houses you see in all the postcards and photos.

The area surrounding La Boca is completely dodgy but the main tourist street La Caminita is ok. I've read some reviews of this area where people were told they could walk there and were promtply mugged in the middle of the afternoon. Seriously, don't walk here. If you want to go the economical way, take the subway to the last blue line stop, Constitucion and take a cab the rest of the way. Even our cab driver warned us how sketchy the area is, but it is pretty.

Known as the birthplace of the tango, there are plenty of couples willing to demonstrate outside of restaurants and shops. If you take your picture with them you have to tip but little did Danielle and I know that even if you sat at the restaurant and didn't have anything to do with them, they will still expect tips. Although it was worth it watching the guy dancer having to pick up every overweight tourist and pose with them in his arms.

All the shops just sell tacky tourist crap and as you walk down the street, you will be accosted to come in to whatever restaurant you happen to be walking by. We decided on one which had a guy who was sporting the famous Argentinian man bun. See below.

Obviously that's not the real pic of the guy we saw but when I google imaged "man bun" I learned there's apparently a whole sub strata of women who dig this 'do. They should just go to Argentina...just about every guy down there is rocking the man bun.

I know it sounds like I didn't like La Boca, but it is pretty and I had a good time. Will I ever go back? No. But it's a place you should definitely see if you're in town.


  1. haha, I agree with your final conclusion. We got some pretty pictures and Alexandre looovved the soccer shirt I bought for him there, but the crime problem and the way the employees totally takes advantage of tourists kinda puts a damper on things.

  2. Oh yeah..I had forgotten about that soccer shirt..and the horrible cab with BO and one who took us on the scenic route....

  3. LOL! I love it -- "the man bun." I was just going to say that you should add it to Urban Dictionary, but someone already beat you to it: ... But you could add there a photo of the man bun! Again, great post. Glad to catch up with your travels again finally :-) ¡Feliz año nuevo!

  4. I can't believe someone beat me to the Man Bun punch! lol