La Boca, Buenos Aires, was originally settled in the mid-19th century by immigrants from Genoa, Italy, who worked in the local meat-packing plants. Legend has it that they were from humble means, and used leftover paint from the docks to color the corrugated metal they used to build their houses and brighten their neighborhood.
Today, La Boca is still a relatively depressed area (lots of crime reports; tourists are warned to stay where the crowds are), best known for its colorful street museum, Caminito. Here you still see the brightly colored, metal buildings, along with handicraft stalls, work by local artists, outdoor cafes, and of course, tango dancers. It is also well-known among futbol fans for La Bombonera, home of the Boca Juniors (winners of a record 18 international titles).
Take a look:
That's it for the highlights from Buenos Aires; see the full photo set below or on Flickr (there are a lot more than what's appeared here!). And stay tuned for upcoming posts, where we encounter penguins, llamas, and the ghost of Butch Cassidy in the region of Chubut.