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“Total tourist trap”

Calle Museo Caminito
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Ranked #118 of 818 things to do in Buenos Aires
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Colorful and traditional, this walkway in the La Boca area is dominated by tango dancers and artisans.
Reviewed October 23, 2012

From Palermo we caught the 29 bus. By doing so we got a fantastic tour of the city on our way to Boca. Unfortunately, going somewhere like this makes us hate being a tourist. Everything was geared up to entrap us into either a shop, a restaurant or an artisans array of poor quality merchandise. It was dirty, it was tired, it was full of dogs poop, it was totally uninviting. The street is short. As we tried to walk along there was someone every few yards trying to force a flyer into our hand to entice us into their restaurant. (8 flyers in 4 minutes has to be some kind of record?)That lure included the promise of a free Tango show but there in itself was a lesson. Without exception, all the Tango couples looked like they had far better things to do - totally bored. They too look tired!! We did wander round the block and in fact ventured one road off the tourist trail. Here was the only saving grace. Small local "sell everything" kind of shop where the homemade empandas were the best we've had in Argentina for only 5 pesos each. Go everywhere else in Buenos Aires before coming here.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Really is like a "Calle Museo"! There was tango right in the street and at almost all the restaurants with traditional tango music as well. The buildings are so pretty and it's right next to the water. The woman who worked at the front in my hotel told me to be really careful as La Boca is a dangerous neighborhood, but I went during the day with my family and thought it was fine. We even detoured to see the Boca stadium. It was definitely my favorite part of BA!

Thank China W
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

El Caminito is so pretty and perfect for a Sunday afternoon. It is very touristy (really good for an afternoon or day visit, tops), however it's a must see when coming to BA. They have tango out in the street and tango shows at each individual restaurant. The souvenir shops are pretty much all the same as far as what they sell, but they have a lot of cute stuff and it's not terribly priced either. We took a bus right from Caminito, as I heard that La Boca in general is not very safe, but we never had any problems!

Thank Tamekia W
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

La Boca could be a very beautiful and interesting place. Unfortunately, it the biggest tourist trap we have seen in Buenos Aires. So much so, that it isn’t really worth visiting (unless you happen to be close). The area that is heavily protected by police and considered “safe” for tourists measures about three blocks (you still have to watch for pickpockets). We wandered to the edge of the real neighborhood and it is actually quite pretty and looks fairly safe…though we ultimately decided to heed the warnings of just about every tourist book and website. Within the three brightly colored blocks, you will find all of the typical tourist trinkets and some handmade local goods that you could buy for half the price at the Sunday market in San Telmo or Ricoletta. Hungry or thirsty and want to pay a bunch for mediocre food? Just agree to get pulled in by any of the waiters or owners that line the street and beg for your business (to be fair, we didn’t eat or drink anything and a few of these restaurants might be good/ok). One draw to the neighborhood that we didn’t have a chance to explore is the football stadium/team. They have a fierce following and the games are supposed to be quite an experience. We had high hopes for La Boca. It has an interesting history and the people have largely had to prosper without the help of the Argentine government, but as you have read we were let down by its contemporary state.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

In order to get to Caminito Street we took a public bus from San Telmo to La Boca. We disembarked a few stops early to walk past La Bombonera Soccer stadium (The Chocolate Box) which is of great importance to the La Boca Junior soccer team. The tiny soccer souvenir shops just across the front entrance were interesting and quickly revealed themselves to be tourist traps as similar items are often cheaper at the third or fourth stop. All the tour guide
books warn about this unsafe area, but we did not have any problems, mainly to the fact that it was early Sunday morning and the streets were deserted. A few patrolling policemen helped to discourage any opportunist snatcher. The morning winter sun created vivid frescoes with the artwork of this tiny street. Some walls are wholly decorated with the most beautiful street art/graffitti. The vibrant atmosphere can be enjoyed by having a bite in any of the abundant pizzerias that radiate the Italian origin of Caminito Street. Slightly more prominent eateries sported skilful tango dancers and bands attracting passersby with contagious rhythm and striking attire. The life-size painted caricatures of Caminito Street residents peering out of
windows or sitting on a pseudo verandah, provides an amusing tone above the pergolas of the many tables. Local photographers are on standby, ready with props and a well-dressed model
to help transform the willing tourist into a convincing tango dancer of a bygone era. The streets are full of the most beautiful souvenir shops selling similar wares and sometimes quite unique items making buying very difficult, particularly if time is pressing. Nevertheless this area remains a highlight and memorable venue to spend a few enjoyable hours.

1  Thank ElmarieM
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