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La Boca

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Almagro)
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Ranked #103 of 237 Attractions in Buenos Aires
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Walking, Nightlife
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Owner description: Known as the birthplace of the tango, this one-time shipyard has a famous walkway, the Caminito, where tango dancers perform and artists exhibit their work.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We had no trouble while visiting La Boca & felt safe, despite what we read online etc. Although a very interesting spot with some great market stalls and shops with interesting souvenirs, we found it a bit too touristy, ie: a few too many shops selling all the same stuff. We also thought there Might've been a few more colourful... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

OK area to visit if you have time to spare. Very touristic!!!! Do not eat here, low quality food and very pricy!

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We were a bit affraid to visit "El Caminito", because of all the things we've read online, but we've had a good and safe visit. We've took a taxi and the drive dropped us right on the spot. He also gave us clear directions about the area we should stick to and we absolutely did it. My honest opinion, after... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

La Boca is a must visit while in Baires! It is very touristy, but there you can see traditional Argentinean restaurants and Tango performances as well as street artists. The little local bars in the surroundings of the stadium are super charming and cheap, but please don't adventure yourself walking out of the beaten path you might get into trouble!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Many local craft shops, local original architecture, local tango and many more. Not far away from Boja Juniors Stadium

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We were very disappointed by our visit to La Boca. It's a small area of colourful houses but nothing about it felt genuine. The few short streets are lined with tourist shops, restaurants and unauthentic tango dancers. If you want to see coloured houses and even some painted footpaths, there are plenty in the Palermo area. Don't bother going out... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Interesting, historical neighborhood but NOT safe! Boca is interesting with nice colorful buildings ... lots of touristy stuff ... but if you venture off the beaten path (even 1 block) you may run into trouble. When on my trip in 2009 we walked literally a block off the beaten path and a pair of young Boca residents tried to assault... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

So then we decided to walk into La Boca :) Nothing happened but it did feel a bit akward, strange and unsafe at times. We walked from San Telmo to La Boca to see El Caminito and its colourful houses. Walking is actually a good way to experience La Boca before entering El Caminito, because the latter is something completely... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

La Boca is the happy, musical, tango-dancing, bright, colorful section of Buenos Aires. Lots of people, shops, restaurants,and tango happening. We were alerted that it was safe in the daytime, but night is not so good. Everyone seems to be enjoying him/herself. It is d definitely a place you want to visit. WOW!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Be cautious when you walk around and stay amongst fellow tourists! My wife and I accidentally ended off the beaten track (Avenue Alte Brown), realised we were the only tourists on the block and were confronted by two teenagers who circled us twice on their bikes. The second time they jumped off and tried to snatch my bag of me.... More

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