Buenos Aires/La Boca

La Boca is a working class district of Buenos Aires. It has a reputation of being prone to more crime than central areas. Tourist areas are relatively safe; going beyond the unmarked borders (crossing a street can be enough) of the tourist area can put you at risk of trouble. As of late 2008, three American tourists were robbed at knifepoint during the afternoon near Puente Trasbordador (tranporter bridge) a few blocks away from the Caminito Street. No matter which country of travel, tourists should exercise caution during all times of the day.

La Boca

Restaurant and bar owners in the parts of La Boca away from the tourist areas are only too happy to see tourists, as their establishments are not as crowded as the popular areas. Expect quality local style food and service at a low price. Just remember that a much higher crime rate exists in these areas.


La Boca has the caminito pedestrian street with arts and crafts. There is also a river cruise you can take from there. There is a huge metal structure across the river which is picturesque. Tango dancers are in the cobblestone streets. You may try to catch a row boat to Avellaneda on the other side of the water for $0.50 pesos, but the rower may not allow you to if you are a tourist, citing it´s dangerous (peligroso). There is no subte to La Boca, but buses go there. The buildings are painted in bright colors.



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