La Boca, where tango expresses in every step
Discover a unique place in the world, between Caminito, the conventillos and the soccer passion
The history of this neighborhood began to be written in 1536, with the arrival of Pedro de Mendoza and the first foundation of the City. But it definitely took its identity thanks to the fact that, at the end of the 19th century, it received a thriving community of Italian immigrants, most of them from Genoa. For this reason, the fans of the Boca Juniors club are nicknamed "xeneizes", which means "Genoese".
Caminito is one of the most emblematic walks of the City located in La Boca, and one of the must-see attractions for those who visit it. With its typical conventillos made of different colored sheet metal, it is also an open-air museum almost 150 meters long. Its sinuous layout is due to the fact that it follows the bed of a stream that flowed there until the beginning of the 20th century. The area was popularly known as "Puntin" (diminutive of "bridge" in Genoese dialect).
For a long time it was part of the route of the railway to Ensenada (one hour from Buenos Aires) until, in 1928, the branch was closed and the track became an abandoned alley. It was thanks to the initiative of several neighbors that, in the 1950s, the land was recovered to turn it into a pedestrian promenade and a museum street, in which works by different artists were gradually added. One of the great promoters of the enhancement of the area was the painter Benito Quinquela Martín, who has been a great benefactor of the neighborhood.
It was Quinquela Martín himself who, in 1959, pushed for it to be baptized with the name of the famous tango “Caminito”, composed by Juan de Dios Filiberto and Gabino Coria Peñaloza.
Did you know that the lyrics of the tango “Caminito” were a poem written by Gabino Coria Peñaloza, in 1903, in homage to a trail in the town of Olta, in the province of La Rioja?