After our bucket list tour at Boca Juniors stadium La Bombonera, we made the rather hazardous 500 yard walk down Valle Iberlucea dodging the stray dogs and potential muggers to reach one of the more colourful areas of Buenos Aires, Caminito.
Caminito translates to ‘Little Path’ in Spanish. This area is a couple of streets filled with everything from souvenirs to tango dancers, even the odd Maradona impersonator. This of course was the birthplace of the tango and many bars offer a free live show along with a steak dinner.
If you’re not hungry, you can just watch one of the dances being performed outside of various buildings and restaurants. It really does bring alive the soul of South America watching this famous dance in full swing.
One other thing to watch around here are your valuables. Caminito may be pretty and colourful but it’s a prime area for pickpockets and thieves. Don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket, hold your handbag under your arm and try not to have too much cash on show. We didn’t experience any problems but many sadly have.
The memorabilia shops are a good place to grab yourself a souvenir of Buenos Aires. In these you will find such items as postcards, football shirts and hats. With all the bunting hanging between the buildings and the dances being performed, this is almost like the aftermath of a street party.
For us, it was nice to see Caminito but we didn’t spend more than an hour here. Once you’ve watched a show, dodged an overpriced restaurant and declined Diego’s offer of a photo, you’ve pretty much done Caminito.
As with the Boca Juniors tour, I would highly recommend getting a taxi here. The fare from Plaza de Mayo should be around $70 ARS (£1.47) each way. Many taxis do run from Caminito so it shouldn’t be an issue getting one – just check the drivers cab licence is visible behind the driver’s seat before you get in.
Caminito was good to see and we did enjoy watching the live show but that’s where it ends for us. It’s a bit ‘once you’ve seen it, that’s it’ really. Take care in the neighbourhood of San Telmo. We didn’t experience any problems but many have not been as fortunate. Stick to the main roads and you will be fine.
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