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“Tourist trap and dangerous”
Review of La Boca

La Boca
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Private City Tour of Buenos Aires
Ranked #138 of 847 things to do in Buenos Aires
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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.
Reviewed April 30, 2006

We went to La boca during the day and had a terrible experience. Don´t bother going - its nothing more than a tourist trap with a few colourful houses and coffe bars and restaurant that completely rip you off. We sat and had a coke and a hot chocolate and got charged 24 pesos (!!) because of the cover charge printed at the bottom of the menu- nice trick. When we argued with the cafe owner that this was ridiculous he got aggresive and threatened to take our bag and stuff until we paid up. He lent over me whilst I sat in my chair, was aggressive and threatening - not a good feeling. I had no doubt he wanted to start a fight. After that we thought we would do the suggested walk along the water but you can´t because its so dangerous, they are police at both ends of about a 300 metre of waterfront advising you not to go any further because you will be mugged and there are no police in the area. Great! So don´t bother going - if you want to see tango go to San Telmo which is a nice area, good cafes, friendly people and an enjoyable experience. La Boca s---- and was a complete waste of time.

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Reviewed December 9, 2005

Hearing all the mixed tales about La Boca, I hesitated to even go there but felt my BsAs experience would not be complete without seeing it. I used my subway pass to go to the last subway station at Constitution which was the railway station in that part of town.

I then got a radio cab at the train station and pointed to my map and asked for a round trip tour of the high points. This cost me 15 pesos - about $5 dollars.

Agree, it would be boring to spend too much time there and it is too large to just simply walk about. There is one tourist trap main street that is symbolically colorful, though the rest of this part of town is not. It is definitely far more down at its heels, though lively and has a healthy mix of people there.

This is an older, decaying and historic part of town and my mini-tour gave me a good enough look at its highlights.

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Reviewed October 13, 2005

OK, La Boca is posted in all the travel books about Buenos Aires, and even though its nice, and its really picturesque (quirky little brightly painted buildings right on the river's edge), I wouldn't say that this was one of the best places in Buenos Aires. Its pretty hard to get to (no underground stations are nearby) and unless you speak Spanish the buses can be daunting. Its also FAR too touristy. All the tacky souvenirs really put me off - and the stuff they are selling is much more expensive than elsewhere. There is also no soul - you will see no Porteños in La Boca, which is why I didn't like it. Its too catered to tourists, and it doesn't feel real. The only redeeming feature is all the artists and their work that line the Caminito. If you want original (affordable) artwork, this is the place.

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Reviewed April 5, 2005

We loved the energy in La Boca. We went for a few hours on a Saturday morning and picked up great inexpensive souvenirs and gifts from the fair that's set up right when you get to the Caminito. We saw lots of police. There are also Tango dancers in the street and you can pose with them and just give them a peso or two. THere are also lots of fun cutouts boards that you can stick your head through and take a picture (with your own camera). Just give the board's owner a peso as well.

It's really easy to get there by taxi and ask that they take you by La Bombonera, home to the famed futbol team Boca Juniors.

27  Thank ndm2000
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