Caminito is an “open-air” Street Museum and a traditional alley located in La Boca. This Buenos Aires’ neighborhood is famous for its colorful houses, its tango, and its soccer team.
Caminito” (Spanish for “little walkway” or “little path”) was named after a 1926 tango song composed by Juan de Dios Filiberto, which tells of a love lost.
In the 1800s there was a small stream flowing into the Riachuelo River. After the river dried up, tracks for the Ferrocarril Buenos Aires y Puerto de la Ensenada were installed at the site. Along Garibaldi Street, you can still see the disused tracks. Later, when the railroad closed in 1954, the area where Caminito once was became a landfill and an eyesore. Inspired by the tango song, Benito Quinquela Martín helped to create Caminito in 1955 by adding color and later (1960) a theatre stage.
In conclusion, Caminito Street Museum may appear to be a tourist trap, but it’s not. We enjoyed meandering the alley without being pushed to buy something.
If I should ever have the opportunity to go back, I would within a blink of an eye!
The nearest airport to La Boca is Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP)