What you'll do
We will visit the non-tourist sector of the most colorful neighborhood of Buenos Aires: La Boca. We will talk about its people, art, Immigration, anarchism, tango, football, community life, history and customs. We’ll visit the harbour, warehouses and its picturesque train station where large numbers of immigrants arrive. We’ll get inside a corrugated metal clad “conventillo” (tenement houses) that used to provide shelter to immigrants and today hosts a Cultural Centre. We’ll visit one of the many Mutual Assistance Associations: the Volunteer Fire Department. We’ll also get a grasp of the art of Boca through its large murals reflecting different social issues. We’ll observe some old buildings that hosted anarchist newspapers and bordellos in the early 20th century and two local icons of football and Christianity, which worked as refuges for these rootless communities, Boca Juniors Stadium and The Salesian Church. We’ll visit Caminito to find Tango and Fileteado in every corner.
I love Buenos Aires. I’ve been an official tour guide since 2009 and I’m also a guided touring professor at San Martín National University. I am currently doing a master's degree in Argentine Culture. I’m passionate about showing every corner of my city that is off the tourist circuit and passing on everything I know about it. I founded PerfectArgentina with a friend in 2011 and I also organize tours for local people to neighborhoods that are out of the beaten track
Fire Department "Conventillo"Menement Houses
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Where you'll be
We’ll visit the Volunteer Fire Department, whose creation emerged as a consequence of the many fires that repeatedly affected the conventillos. We’ll get inside one of these tenements, which today hosts a Cultural Centre. We’ll have a coffee at Notable Bar La Perla, a former brothel and then head for Caminito. And of course we will see a lot of Murals and graffitis
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.
Please arrange your own transport to La Boca. At the end of the tour you may choose to stay in La Boca or return with me to May Square. We don’t recommend carrying anything valuable, however, having some cash at hand might be a good idea.
The Secrets of La Boca Social History