Due to its proximity to the river Riachuelo, the neighborhood was once home to a shipyard and fisherman. This maritime history is reflected in La Boca's architecture.
La Boca is known to be a rough neighborhood if you stray off the tourist path, so we made sure to stick to the main avenue as we walked there.
Our route took us by the river where a tango show was going on. For fifteen minutes, we joined the audience and watched a family of tango dancers spin, dip, and twirl their way across the improvised stage. In fact, they moved so fast that I wasn't able to capture any decent photos of them, just videos. It's said that La Boca is the birthplace of tango, but I have no idea how much truth there is to that statement.
El Caminito, probably the most photographed street in the whole city, is the heart of La Boca. This short, pedestrian street takes you past vividly colored paintings: sea greens, hot pinks, egg yolk yellows, fiery reds, and a painter's pallet of other bright shades.
El Caminito is pretty much always full of tourists, snapping photos and not paying attention to where they're going. Local artists sell original paintings and stores are well stocked with souvenir trinkets.
Mini Bear stopped in a cafe to snack on some empanadas.
I don't understand what motivated this car's owner, but I couldn't resist this photo. Believe it or not, I've actually been called bossy myself.