The Greater Buenos Aires Area consists of 40% of the total population in Argentina. As the city grows and becomes modernized, some neighborhoods lag behind and turn into areas for the homeless. The south end of the city tends to be where the poor concentrate. One of the poorest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires is La Boca—the oldest and most authentic district in Buenos Aires originally settled by Italian immigrants who worked at the area’s meatpacking plants and warehouses.
Sitting at the mouth of Matanza River, “La Boca” (the mouth) is a popular tourist destination for its “Caminito”, full of colourful houses and pedestrian streets. Caminito is a street museum and a shopping area with many traditional alleys, restaurants, gift shops, and tango dancers. Outside the tiny Gaminito, La Boca is relatively unsafe for tourists to visit due to the abundance of homeless people and poor residents. It’s a real but unfortunate fact. If you’ve seen the modern, well developed neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, pay a visit to La Boca to complete your city tour to feel the care-free, hot Latin culture through the eyes of tango dancers.
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