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Caminito: the street of colors

Caminito, the best known street in the city of Buenos Aires (and even in the country), is not only an explosion of colors. On the note, I knew more about his story.

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There is practically no more famous street in our country than  Caminito . Maybe it's up to the 9th of July or Corrientes. But Caminito has more colors, is more fun and has more history. As if that weren't enough, the neighborhood is beautiful.

Caminito, the most visited street by tourists from all over the planet, is located in the soul of the  “Republic of La Boca” , in the area that is also known as  “Vuelta de Rocha” . Also, of course, adjoins the Riachuelo and it is only four blocks from   La Bombonera  . An explosion of walkable portteñitude on foot. In addition, as if that were not enough, it is easy to get there by public transport and, thanks to the tourism you receive, it is super safe (here, nobility obliges, you have to clarify, especially for some tourist who is thinking of visiting it, that the neighborhood in general is not so safe, so, if they go, try to do it by day and not get away much from the tourist move).

 The history of colors 

In the track that today has the street, at the beginning of the 20th century the train passed. Coming to the thirties, that route stopped being used and was abandoned. In 1950, residents of the neighborhood (among them the renowned painter   Benito Quinquela Martín   )  put to work and advanced where the State did not: they cleaned everything and recovered the space for public use.

From the beginning, the alley had a  very strong artistic imprint : it was decorated with sculptures and murals by artists, first from the neighborhood and the area, then from the whole city and finally from all over the country. By the mid-sixties it was already directly  an open pit museum. 

Another very typical thing of Caminito are its  conventillos , the typical houses of the first Italian immigrants who settled in the neighborhood. Originally (some still work like this), they were collective dwellings, in which each family had one room (the lucky two) and shared the patio, kitchen and bathrooms. Many of them today were restored and function almost like  shopping galleries , but initially they were very humble homes. In fact, the typical multicolored painting of houses has its origin in the fact that the first inhabitants painted their homes with  leftovers of paint by wealthier people : that is why, as a gift horse you don't look at your teeth, you don't look at the colors.

Whoever wants to know a bit of the history of Buenos Aires, go to Caminito.  It's impossible for him to regret it .

Publication Date: 10/12/2019

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