La Boca, Buenos Aires

 
La Boca is the most colorful barrio in Buenos Aires. And the color extends beyond brightly tinted tin-roof buildings. Stroll the short yet vibrant Caminito Street, a pedestrian walkway cum outdoor museum. Observe artists. Take in a free tango show. Walk a few blocks to La Bombonera and, if your trip coincides with a Boca Juniors match, take in the “color” both in and out of the stadium.

Buenos Aires C1161AAQ, Argentina

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

 
Tango

The tango is a style of music and form of dance. Both originated in the brothels of Buenos Aires around 1900 and were greatly influenced by European and African immigrants. The tango dance is a duo. The basic dance steps include walking, turning and stopping. The tango dance has many styles. Some tango dancers hold their partner close; others dance in an open frame. Some dance with an upright posture; others dance in a less rigid stance. The first tango bands included a flute, violin and guitar. The tango sextet, the standard today, is made up of a piano, double bass, two violins and two bandoneones, an accordion-like instrument. Tango Nuevo, the modern musical form, includes a saxophone and electric guitar. Tango music was the first to come on the scene but it was the tango dance that caught the world's attention.

 
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