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Caminito Street Museum

Walk through the brightly colored buildings in this replica of a 19th-century Buenos Aires port to learn about its rich Italian history.

The Caminito Street Museum is a replica of the old, colorful buildings in the Buenos Aires port region of La Boca. It’s said that the 330-foot-long (100-meter) street is the world’s first outdoor museum for pedestrians. 

Stroll down the Caminito Street Museum to learn about the area’s past. Capture photos of the pink, yellow and blue buildings. The street was built to look authentic, so you can see clotheslines and other items that add to the illusion.

Watch costumed performers dancing the tango in the street. La Boca is one of a few districts in the city that lay claim to the invention of the dance. Most of the bars and restaurants in the area play tango music too. Browse souvenir shops for tango-themed items and replicas of the museum’s buildings.

Book a guided tour of the Caminito and its surrounding La Boca area to learn about the neighborhood and its Italian history. The word Caminito is Spanish for “Little Street.”

The Riachuelo River used to run down the street where the Caminito is now based. After the stream dried up in the 1800s, walls for street art were built here. 

La Boca is home to many families of Italian heritage, who came at the end of the 19th century to work in the port. Largely from the port city of Genoa, they built their houses from spare parts in the shipyard. Several decades later, the buildings were torn down and replaced by drab houses. The museum was built in the 1950s to pay tribute to the Italian past of Buenos Aires and bring back bright colors and intriguing architecture.

The Caminito Street Museum is based in the La Boca area in eastern Buenos Aires. It is next to the Riachuelo River, which leads to the ocean. This area of the city is the home of the famous Argentine soccer team, Boca Juniors. Buses travel to the museum from most parts of the city.

Would you like to make your time spent at Caminito Street Museum even more memorable? Don't forget to try some of these things to do:

When preparing for your day out, you might want to consider buying a Buenos Aires City Tour or a Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour & River Cruise.

If you're after even more activities, examine our Buenos Aires things to do page.


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La Boca B&B - Adults Only
La Boca B&B - Adults Only

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Magallanes 1221, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Buenos Aires, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Caminito Street Museum and La Bombonera. Cabildo and Casa Rosada are also within 3 mi (5 km). Buenos Aires Sola Station is 19 minutes by foot and Buenos Aires Yrigoyen Station is 28 minutes.

    Hotel Madero Buenos Aires ¥18,859
    Hotel Madero Buenos Aires

    Hotel Madero Buenos Aires

    Rosario Vera Peñaloza 360 – Dique 2, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alvear Tower and Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum. Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Buenos Aires Independencia Station is 5 minutes by foot and Buenos Aires Belgrano Station is 12 minutes.

      Hilton Buenos Aires ¥18,084
      Hilton Buenos Aires

      Hilton Buenos Aires

      Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Centro Cultural Kirchner. Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Buenos Aires Corrientes Station is 7 minutes by foot and Leandro N Alem Station is 11 minutes.

        NH City Buenos Aires ¥9,152
        NH City Buenos Aires

        NH City Buenos Aires

        Bolivar 160, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo, and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. Casa Rosada and Florida Street are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 2 minutes.

          Savoy Hotel ¥9,769
          Savoy Hotel

          Savoy Hotel

          Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Hotel San Carlos
            Hotel San Carlos

            Hotel San Carlos

            896 Av. Martín García, Buenos Aires, CABA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Barracas, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Argentine Cinema Museum and La Bombonera. Cabildo and Plaza de Mayo are also within 3 mi (5 km). Buenos Aires Constitution Station is 12 minutes by foot and San Juan Station is 18 minutes.

              Claridge Hotel ¥6,603
              Claridge Hotel

              Claridge Hotel

              Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps from Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Luna Park are also within 10 minutes. Florida Station and Lavalle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Unique Art Madero ¥3,366
                Unique Art Madero

                Unique Art Madero

                Chile 80, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Puerto Madero, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, Plaza Dorrego, and Women's Bridge. Casa Rosada and Cafe Tortoni are also within 1 mi (2 km). Buenos Aires Independencia Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buenos Aires Belgrano Station is 7 minutes.