After our morning walking tour of the historic and political heart of Buenos Aires, we went over to La Boca, a barrio (neighborhood) of the Argentine capital. It retains a strong European flavor, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa.
“La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns. The actual area visited by tourists is only a few blocks long and has been built up for tourism very actively over the last few years. Outside this tourist area, it is a fairly poor neighborhood that has had many regular occurrences of petty crimes reported. It has also been a center for radical politics, having elected the first socialist member of the Argentine Congress (Alfredo Palacio in 1935) and was home to many demonstrations during the crisis of 2001.” — Wikipedia