Caminito is one of the nicest walks to do in the Buenos Aires. Its typical tenement neighbourhood apartments,in different colored painted walls are some of the features that make this place an open-air museum of almost 150 meters long. Its winding route follows the bed of a stream that flowed into the early twentieth century.
For a long time it was part of the railway route to Ensenada (about an hour from Buenos Aires) until 1928 when the branch was closed and the road became a deserted alley. Thanks to the initiative of several neighbors, including the painter Benito Quinquela Martin (one of the main benefactors of the neighborhood and whose work is celebrated through the colorful houses of La Boca) in the 1950s, it regained the opportunity to be a pedestrian street and a museum, which gradually added works by different artists. In 1959, initiated by Quinquela Martin was baptized with the name of the famous tango “Caminito”, composed by Juan de Dios Filiberto and Gabino Coria Peñaloza. During the tour you can enjoy watching couples dance the Tango.
Outstanding contemporary artists exhibit and sell their works in the streets of Caminito, inspired by the color of their environment and the tango sentiment. It runs daily from 11:00 to 18:00 hs (winter) and 11:00 to 20:00 hs (summer).
Photos and content: Pilar and Josefina Luna