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The Colorful Street of Caminito in Buenos Aires

The center of tourist activity in La Boca, Buenos Aires is the colorful street of Caminito. It is a small colorful pedestrian street around the corner of Don Pedro de Mendoza & Del Valle Iberlucea. Caminito means “Little Path,” a short street where it show cases multi-colored houses and where many artists in the area show off their works.

The center of tourist activity in La Boca, Buenos Aires is the colorful street of Caminito. It is a small colorful pedestrian street around the corner of Don Pedro de Mendoza & Del Valle Iberlucea. Caminito means “Little Path,” a short street where it show cases multi-colored houses and where many artists in the area show off their works.

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This colorful street of Caminito was created by Benito Quinquela Martin, where he made it an open-air art and history exhibit area, and the world’s first outdoor pedestrian museum. It’s where many local artists sell their art, paintings and other products. There are also Tango dancers who dance for the visitors, restaurants where you can enjoy native Argentinean food, and good music to enjoy the tour.

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In 1880 – 1930, around six million foreign immigrants poured into Argentina, and Buenos Aires turned quickly from a small town to a crowded busy city. Italian immigrants from Genoa, Italy comprise 50% of the population. Majority of these immigrants worked in the port of La Boca. One of the traditions that they brought with them to Argentina was to paint their houses with leftover paint from the ship yard. All of the materials used to build their homes were discarded materials found in the shipyard.

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Because of the huge population explosion due to the immigration, there weren’t enough homes for all those people in Buenos Aires, so the solution to this problem was to build a tenement or shared housing called “Coventillos.” The tenements were small long houses with small rooms that open out into a central outdoor common patio. These tenements were created from scraps of corrugated metal and wood from old ships, and to make it livelier, the façades, doors and windows were decorated with bright colors from leftover paint from the port.

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A few years later, these colorful Coventillos were pulled down and were replaced by concrete houses. Benito Quinquela Martin, a prominent painter in Argentina, created the street of Caminito with the help of his artist friends to show what La Boca was like before. This would be the reminder of their history as that place was once before a port that had been the gateway for many immigrants into this city and country. And it’s what made them what they are today.

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Caminito is a very short street, but was very colorful, full of life and very well kept. You can enjoy a few empanadas or Quilmes while watching the "free-shows" hosted by the restaurants. You will see tango dancers here and even take a photo or dance with them for a small fee. La Boca, where the famous Caminito Street is found, is considered to be the colorful and artistic heart of Buenos Aires. It’s a poor neighborhood with a richness of life and a riot of colors. It’s a picturesque district and a must see for every tourist.

***All images used are from Google Images

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Comments (12)

I never saw such colorfol street. Thanks for sharing this with us.

wow these are great images!

What a wonderful tribute to such a colorful and lively sector. Bravo Alma. Another great article. Thank you for the visit.

If it was just a short drive, I'd be there for lunch! Love the fake Perons.

I love the colourful pictures

Wow! Real colors here. well done!

Buenos Aires is such a great city!

A very colorful city! Terrific work, very informative with some lovely images!

Wonderful images. This a nice article.

Thanks for a great tour.

Interesting place for a visit. Literally lots of good air.

Wow! You were definitely not kidding about the colorfulness. I loved it. It has always been on my to-visit list. Who knows? My exotic traveling days might be nearer than I think;)

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