Photo Essay

Colors and history of La Boca - Caminito Argentina


La Boca was long one of the most degraded of the city, but their needs were, to some extent, the responsibility for their reputation worldwide. La Boca was the first port in the city. The neighborhood appeared and developed as a neighborhood of sailors. Therefore, La Boca was a region of immigrants, mostly Genoese, arrived between 1880 and 1930. The outfall of the river was the natural refuge to vessels which had arrived in Buenos Aires. There was great movement of seamen and traders. The land was low and swampy and that is why the houses were of wood, built on pilots.

The origin of various colors is related to leftovers of paint that the sailors brought to their homes. As there was enough money to buy ink and the quantity was limited to paint the entire house the same color, is used to the last drop of ink that could. The houses had just been painted in various colors, each window a different color, the door of another color and the walls of various colors.

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8 responses

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (15 Jul 2009):

    Very nice photos. Great explanation on the colors and the history there of!

  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (15 Jul 2009):

    Fascinating tale, and striking hues.

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (29 Jul 2009):

    F A B U L O U S, V+ :)

  • christian demarco

    christian demarco said (29 Jul 2009):


  • peter

    peter (Deleted) said (30 Jul 2009):

    what a fantastic series. what a joy to look through the photos, more than one time. the idea of 'la boca' remembers me to settlements in berlin from the 20 last century ... which are quite nice (most of them designed by bauhaus architects) BUT they have no color, no life. probably to less italians living there!

  • Tania Losada

    Tania Losada gave props (31 Jul 2009):

    Great work! I voted!

  • Jose Antonio González

    Jose Antonio González gave props (1 Aug 2009):


  • Al Stiegman

    Al Stiegman said (1 Aug 2009):

    Very nice essay, well done and well composed. I'll be making my first trip to Argentina next year and this will be high on my list to see.

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