About a ten minute walk from El Caminito is an icon of La Boca, Estadio Alberto J. Armando, or more commonly known as La Bombonera (The Chocolate Box). This is the home of the Boca Juniors football team whose blue and yellow colors influence a lot of the color schemes in La Boca.
Outside of the stadium you will find a Walk of Fame featuring footprints of famous Boca Juniors players. Across the street is La Glorieta de Quique, an Argentinian restaurant with a Boca Juniors theme, non-tourist prices, and good food (try the chorizo!). At one shop, you can even have a seat on the bench with Diego Maradona and Juan Riquelme!
Inside the stadium, there’s a Boca Juniors gift shop, a museum of team history (Museo de la Pasión Boquense), and a stadium tour. There’s also another ticket to see the bench and take a picture on the field. I took a guided stadium tour which includes admission to the museum. In the museum, I was able to see trophies, a history of the team, and some sculptures of great players such as Diego Maradona.
They also had displays of unique items related to the team. The registration paper for Gabriel Batistuta and a Boca Juniors guitar made for Lenny Kravitz were just a couple of the more interesting items.
If you don’t purchase a ticket to the guided tour, you get to enter the visitor’s stands with your admission to the museum. The stadium tour is probably not necessary unless you want a more in depth history and different views. Also, the tour is all in Spanish.
The tour was a bit disappointing because as in other stadium tours, I was expecting to visit the locker room and other behind the scenes areas. We were only taken to different parts of the stands and given more information about the stadium and team. We also had nearly 80 people in our group making it very crowded.
Other than seeing the stadium from different sections, the only “bonus” was a walk through the hallways and a visit to a room with commemorative plaques, a mural, and a model of Puente Transbordador Nicolás Avellaneda.