Size (Sq Km): 7.1
Class: Middle to upper-middle
Measured on a scale of 1-10 (1 = low, 10 = high)
|Safety Factor, Day: 8.5||Tourism: 4.5|
|Safety Factor, Night: 7.5||Traffic: 6.5|
|Average Price: 8||Nightlife: 7|
Transportation: Buses: 55 (to and from Palermo), 1 & 2 (to and from Flores)
Subway: A-line: Acoyote, Primera Junta
Train: Estación Caballito (linea Sarmiento- West-bound)
La Onda (The Vibe): Caballito may not be the trendiest place in Buenos Aires according to visitors, but it has become the hot spot for locals. It is the quieter sibling of Recoleta, but without the reputation, tradition or cemetery.
Extras: Rivadavia 5000 hosts one of the large “Village” movie theaters, as well as several strip malls and indoor shopping centers.
Attractions: Its main attraction would have to be Parque Rivadavia (paralleling Rivadavia Av. around 4800), where you can find everything from a 1984 Rolling Stone magazine to a worthy chess opponent three times your age.
Apart from the park, at the Primera Junta Plaza (A-line subway stop / Rivadavia 5300), you can see the exact replica of the original Caballito weathervane. And if you’re feeling at all adventurous, hop on the A-line of the subway and take a joy ride. With its inauguration in 1913, the Buenos Aires A-line is the oldest underground line in the entire southern hemisphere. You still have to manually open the doors to get out because 65% of the trains are originals!
Wandering away from Rivadavia in any direction will most certainly take you into a residential area with quaint apartments, the occasional cobblestone road and an abundance of friendly faces. The crime rate is exceptionally low for a middle-class neighborhood, making Caballito a must-see if you feel like soaking in some authentic, local culture.
History: Caballito is, more or less, the quintessential middle-class neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It is located right in the heart of the city and boasts the largest residential area, as well.
The name Caballito (little horse) comes from the local odds and ends store erected by Don Nicolás Vila in 1821 on what is today Rivadavia and Emilio Mitre. Passers-by couldn’t help but notice the towering weather vane in the form of, you guessed it, a little horse.
Typical of most westerly barrios, Caballito experienced tremendous growth with the arrival of the railroad in 1857. In this neighborhood, the tracks run through the middle of the busiest areas, and hence, the station also adopted the name Caballito.
Random Fact(s): Caballito Day is Feb 15th
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*Complete Guide to Caballito