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. Also as of late 2013, European travelers have had their backpacks stolen at knifepoint near Caminito. No matter which country of travel, tourists should exercise caution during all times of the day.
August 2014- Two American travelers were robbed just 2 blocks from Caminito (on Olavarria between Puente Nicolas and Necochea) by a group of 5-6 young men with two dogs. The first guy asked the time and pointed to his wrist then whistled to his accomplices down the block. Passports were returned, upon request. Wallets, purse, coats, camera and sunglasses were taken. Police were two blocks but criminals didn't seemed concerned.
Restaurant and bar owners in the parts of La Boca away from the tourist areas are only too happy to see tourists, as their establisments 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.
The 29 and 152 buses also take you all the way from La Boca to the barrios of Palermo & Belgrano