Calle Lanin – the Little Known Cousin of Caminito in La Boca

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Calle Lanin, Buenos AiresThese days, the streets of La Boca are awash with tourists. Down by the river, the colourful tin and wood houses of Caminito are the star attraction, to which there is constantly a swarm of visitors. It has become an obligatory attraction for the transient visitor, and this has made the area tackier than ever, with tourist prices to match, and souvenirs on every corner. If you are looking for a more genuine place, which is almost unknown, and where Porteños actually live, there is an alternative: Calle Lanin.

Calle Lanin is located in the neighbouring suburb of Barracas, and is within walking distance from the train station Constitucion (however it is advisable to take a bus or train for security).

A recommended route to Lani take you down the busy Avenida Montes de Oca and through to Calle Brandsen. Calle Lanin is situated only five blocks away. Again, take care and go during the day (all of the residential streets of the southern suburbs, La Boca included, are not the safest in the city).

With residential houses painted with psychedelic designs and creative tile work, the narrow, shady street is much smaller and much more humble than Caminito, but is nevertheless attractive and a standout site. Here and in neighbouring streets, the locals go about their daily business, kids go to and from school, and others walk their dogs through the quaint cobblestone streets. The dwellings are small and humble, and despite the lack of passers-by, the sign on the corner stands bigger and bolder than others in the suburb: LANIN. For a different taste of Buenos Aires with a unique twist, Calle Lanin is the answer.

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