5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Argentina

Aside from our standard advice; watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas, protect your valuables, and keep your passport in a safe at your hotel, some fellow nomads share a few other handy tips for first-timers visiting Argentina.

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While it's always useful to learn some of the local lingo before you go, sometimes we get a little lost in translation. Before you arrive in Argentina, remember these 5 things to be one step ahead of the scammers and have a great time.

1. Carry Change

"Check your 100 peso note BEFORE giving it to the shop assistant. They might claim it was counterfeit, even though it might not be, and give you a counterfeit note back!

Also, coins are like gold. It's hard to get change anywhere, and you can‘t take a bus without coins!"

Mat Lewis, i-to-i

2. Avoid Demonstrations

"Avoid Demonstrations. They happen all too regularly in Buenos Aires, and occasionally can get a bit violent."

Agustina Marmol, Dolomite Mountains

Our tip: There are a couple of places in the city that are the focal point of protests. If there's going to be trouble, it'll be here. Violent crime is extremely rare, and there are smaller towns in Argentina which are considered safer than Buenos Aires.

3. Know Your Bearings

"Always know where you are on the map. Buenos Aires is the kind of place where fancier, tourist-friendly neighborhoods are directly adjacent to some rough spots." 

- Josh Steinitz, NileGuide

4. Take Taxis at Night

"Buenos Aires is safe for women traveling and sightseeing alone, but you should be aware that the men will whistle at you when you pass by, and comment on your looks.

At nighttime it's better to take a taxi than walk the streets. This applies if you are traveling alone or with others, especially for La Boca area."

- Antonija, GeckoGo

5. Beware of Dogs

"There are large packs of dogs hanging around some of the bus stations, so beware. Most of the time they won‘t bother you but it‘s always better to travel with a friend. Power in numbers!"

Christina Tunnah, WorldNomads

What do you wish you knew before going to Argentina? Let us know in the comments below!

61 Comments

  • Ray said

    Always try to hand over the exact fare for a taxi ride - occasionally yoy will receive counterfeit notes in change if you handover a large note

  • Ray said

    The train from Buenos Aires to Cordoba is the slowest ever - take the bus.

  • Jess said

    Argentina has got less safe in recent years. Keep your guard up at all times and avoid any streets that are not crowded. I love Argentina, but it has it's ugly side. I was robbed in La Boca, two blocks from Caminito - some young guys pointed guns at me and my friend and set a pack of dogs on us. We got away without any serious injuries, but count ourselves lucky.
    Don't carry a debit/credit card with you (if you are robbed and they find it, they will escort you to a cash point and make you take out as much as you can). Keep some cash in your bra/shoe. Try to blend in in terms of clothing (including no fancy glasses).
    I hate guided tours, but for safety reasons I would recommend it if you want to visit La Boca or San Telmo. Also be careful in Once.

  • Estan said

    One of the prevailing myths about Buenos Aires is that it is "safe." Part of that is the fault of the tourism industry, along with the unwillingness of governments to tell the truth about negative factors. But in 2013, the Argentine judicial system, acting independently of the don't-tell Kirchner government, prepared a study of homicides in the city of Buenos Aires. The result: a homicide rate of 6.09 per 100000 population. Compare that to the 2014 homicide rate for NYC (which no reasonable person considers safe) at 4.0 per 100000. As for robbery, the published UN numbers for Argentina reveals that the country has by far the highest theft/robbery rate in the entire western hemisphere.

  • German said

    Esteban is wrong. Chile has the highest theft/robbery rate in the Americas, with about 60% of homes having been target of some kind of theft during 2014.

  • Broke said

    Hey everyone I went to Argentina and I like it so much ! It's incredible the people, their passion and love! Also you should try mate and alfajores! The bestest are Havanna and Águila. Oh I cannot forget ASADO! You know, its the best meat ever. If you like Football you must to visit the River Plate's Stadium! La boca isn't attractive at all. Its a turist zone, but its dangerous. But not for that you should say that Argentina isn't pretty. If you get the chance to go to a concert, its a beautiful and louder crowd! You must to visit Palermo, Puerto Madero (so beautiful). You shouldn't speak like that! All the countries has their bad side but not for that you're gotta be mean. You know what? It isn't Buenos Aires, its every state! Río Negro, Usuharia, Cataratas, Misiones... It has a very warm way, and such a beautiful paradises! I'd love get back there! At the end, you're going to miss their passion, warm and love... Did u saw when Argentina get into the Final world cup? EVERYONE was so happy, emocional and proud. I was there and it was brilliant I felt me like an Argentinian! So before say those things about a country, you gotta say the beautiful things and investigate good for enjoy of a better the trip. South América is "a bad suggest to go" but you gotta travel before judge. Besos xox.

  • Martin Grahan said

    Buenos Aires, horrible place not recommended at all!

    I am 21 yo man at my "sur america" trip with my gf, I am here in Buenos Aires right now and I couldn't regret it more, first I already got robbed twice, first time my cellphone at the streets, second time my notebook and all my money they had a big knife and was scary as fuck, I was staying in "lanus" neighborhood (extremely dangerous) I didn't knew. The only places to stay safe here are the wealthiest neighborhoods (some parts of palermo, some parts of recoleta, whole puerto madero is OK, some parts of belgrano and some parts of nunez) if you are going anywhere else cancel your booking right now! And carefully investigate about the neighborhood you are going, this is serious and can cost your life.

    OVERALL
    Buenos Aires is a huge city, but very gray, people look depressed, the economical situation is distasteful, there are a lot of families living on the streets even camping on the main avenues, trash everywhere, overall poverty, lot of protests because corrupt government, huge ghettos areas inside the main city, drug addicts at night in the "congreso" (a must go for tourists) area willing to kill for a next "paco (crack)" dosis, people is always trying to get advantage of tourists, they up the prices 5 times more just for us, they give us counterfeit money as exchange, etc.
    DO NOT stay at hostels, since everything in Argentina is centralized in Buenos Aires poor people from the whole country goes to the hotels to get a job in Buenos Aires or study and they WILL steal the stuff of the tourist, they might be actually good people but they really need the money to survive the next day.

    PROS
    Nightlife is crazy, it never ends, Argentinians party hard until 7AM and then they make after parties, is sick.
    Is relative inexpensive.
    If you like grilled meat with just salt you will be in heaven.
    Girls are beautiful, like Italian girls or even better, but they are used to local Argentinians trying to prey on them, touch them, force them, so is not easy to start a conversation with then specially if you are in a loud bar or club, once they see you are not predating them they will love to have a chat, you can and should invite them drinks (most of them are poor and can't afford to drink at the bar/discos that's why they drink all they can before entering the place).

    Nothing more to say I am leaving this city forever tomorrow, me and my gf lost more than 6.000 € in two weeks just in robberies and I almost got stabbed in the "congreso" area walking alone at night.

    This is as 09-May-16: my advice is to AVOID this place, unless you are in a big group or an adventurer or business.

  • Alexzandro said

    I love argentina. Every country has its ugly place. Just like nigeria, there are a place you cant pass in the night with a bus. But here in libya is the worst, every body have guns. If you work some will pay you. While some will nöt. Pls i want to visit argentina. I want to stay there and work. But i dont have anybody there. Pls help me out. Am a nigeria but right now am in libya. I want to live in argentina. Pls help. I will jae very greatful.

  • Lin said

    There is no dole there. Dangerous, yes can be but just try not to look like a tourist. I was robbed by a taxi driver. Always write down the rego number. Carry little money at night and avoid quiet streets. I have been twice and going again soon. This time travelling around by bus. Enjoy, dance, eat steak...learn Spanish. Do it all.

  • hope said

    I'm still making my research about buenos aires coz I'm planing to go and study spanish there..
    well.. now I'm scared as i will be alone and as a girl i don't know how it will be

    i live in dubai and its so safe here i can go alone anytime anywhere and carry phons and wear my gasses and watch without thinking off all you guys talking about we also can leave our personal items on a table in caffe and go the the bathroom and come back everything on its place.

    can i get some advice if i can go or not at all??

    thanks.

  • LarryPowers said

    Seriously, if I were a girl, I will never entertain going to Argentina alone. Even with a tour group, you have to make sure you have selected reputable tour groups, because some of the operators are crooked as hell. Your life and well-being are above everything else. Even tough looking and worldly guys get robbed, harassed and so on, so a lone girl stands no chance. So speaking from experience as a guy that has been their couple of times for work, I would not advice it.

  • KC said

    The best answer is to avoid Argentina at all costs.
    Really crappy country.
    Flew there on Christmas Eve. Denied entry.
    I paid the entry fee but they said paperwork that I got from American Airlines not correct.
    Well, many hours later and lost luggage, I was sent back to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.
    I hate turning on an entire country because the Immigration officials were really nasty to us, but it did leave a shitty taste in my mouth.
    Only good news is watching them constantly lose in Soccer, the one sport they claim they are good at.
    I suggest to others to find other South American Countries to visit.

  • Pablo said

    Hi Everyone! I´m Pablo, im a traveler as you and i´m working helping foreigners to travel in Argentina safe and cheap!

    Trust me, there´s nothing to fear here in Buenos Aires!

    visit www.facebook.com/theargentinianhelper and contact me and i will help you with your next travel!

  • John said

    Pickpocketed within hours of arriving. Fell for bird poop scam. Old lady of about 70 came up to helpfully clean off "bird poop"(turned out to be mustard). Next thing I knew she had got into a waiting car and my wallet was gone. Told at hotel "it happens all the time."Can'take judge a whole city by its criminals but extreme vigilance is required in this place.

  • Canada said

    I was staying in Buenos Aires. I was going to a decent billiards place with my friend. About 6 times in total. The second last time I went I asked the security to call me a remix/taxi. He said ok. The girls that serve the drinks and give out the coins offered me a ride. I trusted them because I talked to them many times and they seemed normal to me. So they gave me a ride and all was good.

    The last time I went I again asked for a remis. The security guy ordered me one and 5 minutes later he said it was there.

    I said good night to everyone and jumped into the taxi. The taxi drive a block down the street and stopped. Two guys opened the front door and the back door. One grabbed my arms from behind and the person in the front stole everything I had. My watch . 3000 pesos. Cell phone and they were desperate for my keys. Saying over and over tu chaves.

    I thaugt I got to get free and faught with the 3 guys and ran away. I don't remember how I got back to the house I was staying in. But the police were there.

    It was all planned by the mafia and is why the nice girls offered me a ride home the time before. To find out where I live.

    When they broke into the house they got another 5000 pesos and another phone. They were fast because I broke free or they would have held me hostage and spent the whole night robbing me and my friend.

    What a fucking horrible experience. I left as soon as I could book a flight home.

    I would suggest not going to Argentina. It is now full of drug dealers. Mafia. Poverty. Drug addicts and desperate people that will go to any extreme for money.

    I was so lucky I wasn't murdered.

  • DeeSource said

    I came to this site, because once my daughter is finished with her 4 yr college degree, I'd think more seriously about traveling. I had a few friends who talked about Argentina and a couple who visited. I'm not terribly interested in going there, but thought I could see what others say about it "here"...THEN... I see some very RUDE comments. Why would someone be so bold as to place on a public forum "Knee Grows" in reference to a group of people (me-who shares that same pigmentation) associated with crime? At least a couple of people took that to task. Thanks, TJ and Toks for putting that person on blast and speaking up about it.

  • MARCELA said

    Hi everyone,visitar Argentina no es solo conocer Buenos Aires,hay muchas otras ciudades las cuales son hermosas por ejemplo la provincia de Córdoba que esta situada en la región central del pais.saludos a todos desde Córdoba,Argentina

  • Frank said

    I've been to Colombia 5 times. It sure is much safer than Argentina.

  • Amelia said

    Hi DeeSource,
    Thanks for flagging this comment! We have gone through and deleted these.
    Regards,
    Amelia from World Nomads

  • Eva said

    im from Buenos aires, to take the bus you can't use change anymore. you buy a card (SUBE) at a kiosk and add money to it.

  • Eva said

    Also, I've lived in the city for years, alone. Some of these incidents describe can happen anywhere. the city is not full of drug dealers and murderers any more than any large city. And While I'm sure the experience must have been completely horrible, how can it not have been, and most definitely not your fault, its not the regular happening it sounded like.
    For future travelers, just be as careful as you would in any other large and unknown city, especially a foreign one: don't flash around large amounts of cash, don't go off with people you don't know, keep an eye out, etc.
    Safe traveling everyone!

  • Rek said

    I was ripped off by a cab driver who switched my notes for counterfeit ones when I paid him. Cab drivers in BA are not to be trusted.

  • Gustavo said

    Hi, Uber is working fine in Buenos Aires, is safer than cabs. if you need take a bus you can buy a SUBE card in any kiosk or Drugstore, but if you need the climb up the bus do it and ask if anybody can pay for you.....mostly of times the ride will be free or you will paid only a little more than usual. I´m shame about the reputation of our city but a new police force is being created now in the hope of improve the safety for all us, tourists included..
    We as tourists in a foreign city usually walk unsuspecting, Buenos Aires requires attention and precautions to enjoy it ... my best advice is the one I apply when traveling abroad, take with you things that do not affect if it is stolen. Best regards

  • Bernadette said

    Well, I will probably not go to Argentina anytime soon after reading these posts. To Eva who lives there and says "Some of these incidents describe can happen anywhere. " The key word here is 'can', not do. I am a woman traveling the planet alone and I have been to 41 countries. I do not go to to clearly dangerous places and have been fortunate to avoid danger, although I have been robbed in Costa Rica by Peruvians and scammed in Vietnam by locals. I advise any woman traveling alone to avoid going out on the street alone after dark. That is just asking for trouble. Happy travels to you all.

  • Magdalena said

    I'm quite surprised about the comments I've read in this post. I'm female traveller - have travelled over 30 countries by myself - lived in London for 5 years and I am argentinean. I currently live in Buenos Aires and can tell you a bit about my country, which I love and my city - which I consider is one of the best cities in the world. Yes - it is unsafe but only if you stay in dodgy areas and if you don't do your research - this I call being a smart traveller. In the case of Buenos Aires it means staying in Recoleta or Palermo or Puerto Madero or Barrio Norte or Belgrano or Nuñez or even north suburbs, in terms of accomodation and not walking alone at night in ramdon areas and taking ramdon taxis that is not a Radio Taxi (you can take Ubers nowadays). Staying in Congreso, Microcentro, (Retiro too), Once, La Boca and San Telmo is plain stupid and risky. (San telmo a bit less however still - if you want to be safe don't stay there). Now - you can visit all this other places by day but go with tour guides if possible. You need to have a little bit of sense as to people being over friendly and offering you rides...you need to be aware that if you are in an unsafe neighbourhood carrying a flashy bag, or clothing and camera hanging loosely you will be robbed... you need to not carry large sums of money and you need to put some tap on your daily extract of money in case you are robbed and they force you to take money from a cash point... you need to carry your purse or backpack in front of you on buses and on the streets in unsafe areas. However this advice applies to every country I have visited. All the above means being a smart traveller. If you don't take this advice I give you you will probably fail in having an amazing time in this beautiful city. Buenos Aires is amazing, and for lots of people that have gotten to know it well, one of the best places in the world. Be smart, do your research. I read a comments from someone who said hostels don't work as such here - this is not true. Again please do your research - i've stayed in amazing hostels in Argentina and have met incredible travellers and friends ... check hostelworld, airbnb, booking, tripadvisor. Be SMART. Cheers!

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  • rick said

    I'm planning a trip there now that they have dropped the "reciprocity fee".That is a clear invitation to Notre Americanos. I'm a big guy & stay alert,moreso now that I have read these warnings.I plan on taking the ferry to Uruguay too...any danger there?

  • Tesa said

    I was in BA in 2014. On our way to La Boca our tour guide warned us of pick pockets. We took a bus to La Boca, it was a very crowded bus and I had to stand. I had my purse hanging in front of me and I suddenly felt it pushing against my hip. I looked down to see a man'S hand squirming to get inside my purse. He was trying to hide his hands with a thick jacket folded over his arm. I speak Spanish and asked him what he was doing and if he was trying to rob me. He was shocked and pushed his way to the back exit of the bus. The locals on the bus started calling out to the bus driver that there was "another" thief on the bus and complained that this was happening too often. The man who tried pick pocketing me jumped off the bus along with a few other men. People on the bus began checking their own bags and pockets. Another guy in the same tour group realized his wallet was stolen from his cargo pants. The next day, we flew out of BA to Igazu Falls. When we landed, this same guy had money he had stashed in his luggage robbed and my friend had the locks on her luggage broken. I have traveled all around the world, unfortunately Argentina is the only country where we've experienced a series of unfortunate events. I don't discourage visiting, but definitely stay on high alert and take extra safety precautions.

  • hannah said

    I have traveled alone to many countries and never discourage anyone from traveling. I have traveled to Israel, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Poland, Germany, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, India, etc. As a female, you just have to be smart when traveling to any country alone. The most important rule is to stay in good areas like Recoleta or Palermo.

    Having said that, I have learned to stay out of taxi cabs as it's generally safer on buses and trains; there is power in numbers.

    Unfortunately, I had a terrible experience in Buenos Aires and that's because I made the mistake of getting into a taxi cab, while I was extremely tired with jet lag from traveling.The cab driver switched my notes for counterfeit ones when I paid him. Cab drivers in BA are not to be trusted, at all. The lesson for me was not to carry large amounts of cash, which I no longer carry when traveling and I no longer take cabs anywhere I go, even in places like Berlin.

    What's really scary to me is staying in your comfort zone and not traveling or exploring because of what may or may not happen. Being fear based is not the answer; just be aware. Argentina is a wonderful country to visit, you just have to take precautions, just like anywhere you travel to.

  • Jody said

    Argentina is a very beautiful country and doesnt just exist for BA.

    My advice is go north. My boyfriend and I spent a month in the north travelling in from Bolivia / chile border area. Stunning mountains in this area especially around Cafayate - not to mention the vineyards and amazing wine.
    Purmaraca is one of the pretiest little villages i have seen of anywhere in the world and is like a time warp.
    Also Salta and I havent even started on Iguazu. Incredible places!

    You cannot judge a whole country based on one city. So many of the comments are about BA. If you are worried about it, just avoid BA. The rest of this amazing friendly country is happy to welcome tourists :-)

  • Bernarda said

    Some of these comments made me cry.as an Argentinian I felt pretty offended by some subjective, one-sided, poorly sustained nasty description of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I'm only 21, but I visited many countrities,I currently live in the US. Unfortunately I will have to agree with some truths, Buenos Aires can be dangerous, but is has a lot to do with where you go, when and with who. You don't need to be very smart to know that somebody walking alone at night in poor ares of BA will get mugged, specially a woman and even more a foreigner. I live near Chicago, and although US is a rich and great country and the majority of the places are safe, I know I'm not gonna go by myself to walk around Chicago at night, there are many dangerous places, there are ghettos too!!! Despite the negative sides (which every country has) Argentina is a lot of fun. The food is great, the landscape is beautiful. Arg is a very large country, the 8th biggest in the world to be exact. The Variety of views is amazing!! The parties are so much fun, they last forever, people are extremely friendly. We have the best steak,goodness I'm craving it right now!! We, Argentinians are the most gorgeous women ever!!

  • Claudio said

    It's seriously disgusting to read a lot of misogynistic, racist comments here. Western civilization has bottomed out.

  • Vanessa said

    The title is completely misleading!! It should be "BUENOS AIRES: 5 Things to Know Before You Go." You can't talk about ONE city and assume the WHOLE ENTIRE country is the SAME as Buenos Aires!

  • Yamila said

    Im from Argentina im agree with Vanessa "You can't talk about ONE city and assume the WHOLE ENTIRE country is the SAME as Buenos Aires!". Thats absolutely correct.
    Next:

    -Buenos aires its a mix of poor and wealthy people- I have been here for 32 years, living in a "non safe" area... i got stole... ONCE.... where? in the bus,.... how? someone just took the cellphone out of my hand. The end.

    So... its a matter of being lucky and knowledge.

    TIPS:

    - Agree avoid hardcore areas, like Once, Constitucion, La Boca, and San Telmo ESPECIALLY at night.

    -If you go outside the "capital", such areas as "Lanus" (someone wrote was there) you have to know local people, otherwise dont go. Local people in those places if you knew them prior, will take care of you and tell you what to do and what not.

    - When im going outside i never return until sun shines... meaning 6-7am, less chances of getting kill stole, etc.

    - Have a wallet? put the exact money you know you are gonna spend that night, no more, no less. Dont show off money, dont open your wallet showing everybody you have money... keep change in your pockets, low bills, 10-20-30-50 pesos... and maybe 2 of 100. So if you need change... you will have it in your pocket dont need to take your wallet and show everybody you have more.
    If lets say you are in a restaurant and spend your change... go to bathroom refill your pockets with more change.

    - Never took your wallet in public areas, unless is completly necesary.

    - Jewellry.: no gold rings, necklaces, or anything like it. Silver is better.

    - Dont wear socks with sandals, or weird hats like you are in some sorta adventure... everybody will notice you are a tourist... specially the bad guys. So your first day, really pay attention how locals dress.. and try to imitated their fashion style even if you dont like it.

    - Investigate prior about agency of taxis for tourist... those actually exist, wont try to scam you, and you wont get kill. During the day you can take the bus... theres no problem, at night taxis, at 7-6 am, taxi or bus both are ok. Avoid subways, too many thieves.. and if you actually take the subway, or train dont do it at night. If you travel in public transportation... put your bag not at your back ... like this image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f4BhZlxIX30/U0CG88fNuSI/AAAAAAAAhoE/v0alahL6HMc/s1600/MAU1.jpg

    thats the correct way of wearing a bag in public transportation.

    - Its ok to take pictures, but prior, look around, really closely.. camera shouldnt be at your neck... never!

    - Dont walk alone at night, unless you are in a safe area, if you here somebody is walking beside you and you freak out..., you get stole... look calm and chill, and slowly walk near light or change corner, or something to distract the person that is following you.

    - If you know somebody prior coming, its better, they will guide you wisely

    - You can always enjoy Buenos Aires, if you arent a scary cat, just play calm, simple, and absorb the culture, play as if you are another argentinian, and you will be just fine.

    Experiences: a friend from holland came, he was too blond even his eyelashes were blond... and his skin white as paper... obviusly he couldnt "pretend" he wasnt a tourist...- so another friend and i... show him around, even took him to the chinese market at night, we just put some black hoody on him, and black pants, and some converse... done.,.. he was in buenos aires for 1 month, didnt got stole once... and got fan of dulce de leche. :P

    I helped a group of brazilians to take to the bus, they were lost, but in a positive state of mind, thats helps a lot.

    Some friends and I, helped a lost north american, he needed to go somewhere, but couldnt find the adress... . Maps and checking where are you going before you go out is always a good idea.


    Sorry about my english, i hope this help for those who plan coming here =)

  • Claudia Fitzpatrick said

    Based on the opinions of some of these commenters, no rational person should ever visit Chicago, Illinois on a vacation.

  • Laura said

    Planning to visit Argentina in April. Don't have much interest in BA as I am a country girl. But sounds like common travel sense is all that's needed to have a fun safe trip

  • Niamh said

    none of this happens in Ireland - taxi drivers won't switch you money for counterfeit, you can take any taxi you like, doesn't have to be a radio taxi or a specially order taxi, I have lived here for 3o years and never ever been robbed... anywhere... you won't fear for your life walking as a woman late at night... everyone is friendly, you don't need to worry about carrying a credit card, you won't get mugged at the ATM... nobody has guns... you can take your wallet out without a problem, carry a mobile phone, dress up as much as you want, even in the not so good areas your safe by comparison to anything that would happen to you in Buenos Aires, you can be as big a tourist as you want, walk around with cameras dangling and maps and all you will get it people trying to help you I can't imagine why anyone would want to bother going to a place where they had to live like a fugitive on holiday, carry money in a sock, dress down and try to blend in for fear of being robbed or killed

  • Annabeth said

    Muy god help the americans! Im french, visited Buenos Aires Many times, never got robbed or anything. Just like any other Big city. I ve read some very stupid comments here that only reveal how ignorant americans are. Im still laughing about the stupid guy with his gf who thought Lanús was Buenos Aires City, please dude get a map!!! GPS something...
    Anyway sad and pathetic, loved the one Who never even got into the City, you made my day.
    Im a girl, im foringer, and had a great experience...Don t take dark streets, don t go to bad neighberhoods at night, don t be a stupid "gringo".
    Bon nouit

  • Lisa said

    Ann Beth if you think Americans are so stupid I do hope you NEVER visit our country . I just came back from Argentina including B A, and it was anything but enjoyable because I was on my guard the entire time. I don't regret going but I like Niamh's idea of what a vacation should be. And I did get robbed from a taxi driver who refused to give me back my correct change. Luckily it wasn't too large of an amount but still very WRONG!

    So enjoy Annbeth and do it without insulting Americans !

  • Peyer6 said

    I loved BA, walked almost the entire city alone ... including La Boca. Saw some crazy stuff though. Dudes hanging out with arms wrapped in gauze after the evening knife fights. I'd sit down with these guys, ask directions and chit chat with my broken Spanish and have a good 5 min conversation. However, I'm 6'3" muscular... and am resentful and fairly pleasant to new folks that i meet. Good place, travel during the day, don't get drunk alone, and don't show any wealth. And I'm a crazy gringo, Anna Beth ... and have served with too many honorable French soldiers to respond to your post.

  • maria said

    Por favor, calm down people, your comments of Buenos Aires are offensive! You say things like "Buenos Aires, horrible place not recommended at all!!"...
    Where are your manners, boy? A bit of respect, please!
    OK, there are dangers in BA, but you can avoid it very well by staying in good areas.
    Most of these people went to places like Once La Boca, even LANUS...it makes me laugh, it's like going to the worst area of Cape Town or Johannesburg and then crying for being stabbed, robbed and hijacked. Go to New York and choose Harlem for your hostel, and I can guarantee you WILL be robbed and beaten up for sure. Even in Stockholm there is Rinkeby, do you go there for a holiday...? Want to get killed? Maybe you choose some fancier area in Stockholm center, or not?
    The world is not all happy campers and pastel colours...God... Do not complain and insult the whole city if YOU make stupid choices that get you in problems.

  • Ismaila said

    Buenos Aires is HOME.check about every country and you will find there are bad places in every country.just know where to go,what time and how you go about it.Not every place is paradise.CHEERS and never stop visitting ARGENTINA. DISFRUTEN GENTE.

  • daniel silano said

    I have just came back from Bs As! Amazing city

    I paid really cheap as I register my trip on sherpals.com

  • Andrea said

    Hi! Just let me add that Argentina isn't only Buenos Aires! Most accurate speaking, Capital Federal.
    I live in a small city in Neuquén, surrounded by lakes, woods and mountains and we still live quite safe comparing to Buenos Aires.
    Houses has no protections, garden fences are still low and you can walk at night safe.
    As you may know, Argentina is a huge beautiful place to visit! With an unusual range of landscapes, weather and people.
    Best regards!

  • Kate said

    I suggest you guys forget about Buenos Aires. Cordoba is way safer, is near to a lot of different places full of nature where you can get adventurous.. It has culture, art, nightlife. But it is indeed safer and so much peaceful than Buenos Aires.

  • Daniel said

    Well I am an American gringo from Nebraska so I know what save is; and have been traveling all around South America nonstop since 2004. I have been to almost all the South American countries and most of the Provences of Argentina. I must say I love Argentina especialy Cordoba. if anyone reads this and wants to come to Cordoba to have a mate, faso or a beer in the park just let me know at DANIELKELYK@GMAIL.COM Im still here and plan to be for many years to come. Cheers

  • Amelia said

    Hello everyone, I'm from the north of argentina but being living in the states for 20 yrs now, but im going back to my home country to be close to my aging parents, even though I hear a lot of scary things about BsAs, I encourage everyone to head north and visit Cordoba, Salta or even La Patagonia (south), it has the most amazing landscape in the world, don't be afraid of what people said just be careful and use common sense, I'll be moving to Mar del Plata and I can't wait to be living there by the sea it's beautiful and also like a small BS AS but without the scary stories...it's tourist paradise.
    Also if you want to learn Spanish and be in a nice and peaceful environment I recommend Universidad Adventista del Plata it has a very nice Spanish for foreigner program (ACA) that also takes you to other regions in the country for safe tourism.
    Best of luck!

  • InDaKnow said

    I'm from the U.S. (a "yanki" as they call us in Argentina) and lived in Argentina for 2 years. As a missionary, I spent MOST of my time in what people are calling the "bad neighborhoods" and never had a problem. And believe me, with my white shirt and tie, I certainly stood out.

    I think it's all dependent on a person's outlook on life and society. Some focus on the negative in everything, assuming everyone is evil, whereas I do not. And the Argentine people are certainly not deserving of such labels. Sure, I was held at gunpoint once while traveling from Villa Gessel on the central coast back up to Lanús where my mission headquarters were, but that was a fluke, not the norm. And to tell you a bit about the wonderful people there, since I had no money all the thief got was my "documentos" (like a mini passport issued to foreign residents by the Argentine government back then), which he tossed aside on a city bus later that day. Someone found it and, recognizing the photo in it was of a missionary, they went to all the trouble to track down and travel to our headquarters just to return the documents. Talk about a good Samaritan! I deeply love Argentina and its people, not to mention the food. I've been back twice as a tourist since I lived there and have loved every moment spent there. And don't get me started on the food... I've traveled the world and Argentina still ranks #1 for me when it comes to food. Empanadas, milanesas, bife de chorizo, choripan...yum. The food is actually one of the main reasons I keep returning!

    It's all common sense, folks. Bad things happen, but moreso to foolish people. I've read several of the comments here from people who say they were mugged after accepting a ride from someone they met in a bar or club. Seriously? Who is that stupid, accepting rides from complete strangers? I mean no offense to those who had bad things happen to them but -- think, people...think. Argentina is a wonderful country, but I'd follow the advice of some of the other reviewers and get out to see the sights outside of Buenos Aires. Iguazú is one of the most spectacular places in the southern hemisphere. Mendoza is gorgeous. Bariloche is stunning. The penguin colonies at Puerto Madryn are incredible. Even just getting out to some of the Pampas towns can be a wonderful experience. I once lived in Junin (where Evita Perón was from) and in nearby Chacabuco and though it was miserably hot there in summer, it was fascinating.

  • KnowledgeIsPower said

    I will be making my way to Argentina sometime early next year and since this is me traveling alone (and female), I wanted to search up as much information as I could. I have read every post and while there are not surprisingly many conflicting experiences, I can pretty much gauge myself with what was given.

    If you have more tips and or bits that you would like to share in regards to visiting Argentina, please do let me know. I can see that its a beautiful country, I wish to enjoy it safely. epicallyiris@gmail.com

  • T David said

    Wow! Not the BA I visited, period! I only used taxi's to and from the airport, the rest of the time I walked or took a bus. People were friendly. I traveled to many neighborhoods: Recoleta, La Boca, Palermo, etc, and stayed in San Telmo. Florida Street had a lot of shops. The Pink Palace, for the changing of the gaurds (not really an event, it just happened to occur while I was there). Food
    was inexpensive; I am talking steak every night and at nice restaurants! A couple of times, late at night, I would walk 5 or 6 blocks from my hotel to get some hamburgers for mysel and the guys working the night shift at the hotel I was staying at. The burgers were like less that 50 cents each, so I would buy a dozen or more. The place was always fairly busy and I was always the only obvious American there. I did draw a slight bit of attention, but no one ever bothered me. It was mostly an outdoor place. I felt safe enough or I would not have gone again. I cannot wait to go back. I like to travel alone as I can get up and go wherever I want, whenever I want. Travel with someone else can be fun, but each individual has their own ideas is to what is interesting or entertaining,

  • martin said

    what a stupid the guy that stayed in LANUS. It's a media/poor class city, and there isnt anything to do for a turist. it isnt even in the Capital Federal area! (by the way, i Love LANUS anyway, its where i have ever lived, and my football team too!)

    just be carefull in BA, as you'll be in any other large city. dont be paranoic, just a little bit caution.

    and look for other places than BA in my country... we got A LOT (really!) of better places, like north (salta y jujuy) , Patagonia, Córdoba, Mendoza, etc.

  • Luigi Sartor said

    Well, after reading all these comments, even the ones from locals who were offended by the most radical comments made by foreigners, although admitting in the bottom line that Buenos Aires is in fact dangerous and that there are many areas in that city to avoid, I must say: Come to Portugal. Safest place in the world. Lots of culture, terrific weather, great beaches, great golf, great nightlife, great food, especially seafood, warm and very friendly people, they all speak your language and all portuguese are happy to welcome all tourists with a smile. No problem walking on the streets at night, no problem getting mugged, no problem riding on a taxi, no problem going to a bar at night and no problem dealing with mafias or whatever such, because it does not exist. You will fall in love with Portugal in every aspect. Safe, great people, great traditions, great food, great weather, culture, beaches, nightlife and way of life. The Portuguese really enjoy life.

  • Ariel said

    Please! As if in London, Paris, NY or any other metropolis of the world did not happen robberies!
    Argentina has 1 million square kilometers and reduces responses to Buenos Aires.
    I recommend to travelers: Esteros del Iberá, Saltos del Moconá, Chaco National Park, Calilegua National Park, El Rey National Park, Tolar Grande, Antofagasta de la Sierra, Fiambalá, Tafí del Valle, Calamuchita Valley, Ischigualasto, Valley of the Moon , Talampaya, Sierra de las Quijadas, Uspallata, Atuel Canyon, 7 lakes, Arrayanes National Park, Los Alerces, Perito Moreno, Fagnano and Ushuaia. There is a lot of diversity in Argentina. If you want to contact you to have a safe and economic guide contact me. Arieloneuquen@gmail.com Facebook: Ariel Araolaza

  • Mirian said

    BA no way! Was born in mar de plata. And moved to italy at 25. Was tired of living in fear everyday of my life. Is it beautiful there yes (scenery only). But way too much coruption. Had to check our house every night before the family came home. Like really who wants to live in fear like that. Not me. Talk all u want about argentina being great. Good for you. But my opinion is fear coruption kidnapping murder death rape harrasement crime. Which is why i now live in usa. Florida. Greatest place no but i dont live in fear anymore. I can leave my things out can wear what i want do what i want stay out as late as i want. And yes ive been told im beautiful and still i have no fear here. But if u wanna cisit go ahead just be careful every where you go and trust no one you dont know is all i can say. Goodluck ttavelers your gonna need it.

  • Birdman said

    I was born in a small town in viginia USA. I have travelled to over 15 countries. And still love USA over them all. For many reasons. My 1 and only visit to argentina was horrible. Was gonna stay a week in BA but only stayed 2 nights. Was robbed twice in one day. Taxi gave me back fake money. Only lost 10. Ok whatever. 2nd was robbed just outside my hotel with a gun to my head. Scariest time of my life. I speak spanish Portugal english and german. When i told the hotel what just happened they kinda laughed and acted like it was my fault. Unbelievable. So i booked the 1st flight out of there. Stopped travelling since. I will never go to south america again. Theres trash everywhere and everyone is underpaid so ofcourse a lot of coruption. What frenchie said is ridiculous. Ive been to france and most there dont like americans i dont know why. Jealous i guess. Anyway im done travelling due to what happened in BA. Im 42 and have never been in a situation like that before. And ive been to some pretty shady places. My advice just stay away. Unless you like playing russian roulette. Goodluck travellers

  • David from TravelScams.org said

    Great article, thanks for the tips! As one of the biggest countries in the world and home to a diverse set of stunning landscapes, Argentina is a marvel to visit. However, there are numerous tourist targeted scams to be wary of. http://travelscams.org/south-america/common-tourist-scams-argentina/

    Do be wary of the Mendoza sob story scammer, corrupted airport staff and customs official, street tango dancer scam, spilled liquid theft, pickpockets, outright robberies, spiked drinks, Viudas Negra/black widow scam, cabaret bait and many more!

  • Daniela said

    I live in Córdoba and I'm originally from Patagonia. First, Buenos Aires does not represent the whole country, so please don't generalize. Almost every big city in every country in the world has dangerous and safe areas. I live alone in Córdoba as a student, and I have to mind where I go at night, or even during the day sometimes, and even as a local I watch my wallet, try to not go out with my computer, always take Easy Taxi (it's an app, you get the license plate, driver's picture and you can make another person follow where you're and where you're going). It's become a regular thing for us, it shouldn't be (specially for a tourist). Buenos Aires is one of the most dangerous cities in the country, but something can happen or not, it's mostly random. Of course if you're a tourist they'll try to scam you, but I believe that happens in every country in the world (surcharges, bad exchange rates, wrong change, etc.). Getting lost or drunk alone at night is dangerous even in small towns.
    That said, you can look for people in travel forums, facebook and other sites: every honest Argentinean will help you and will be happy to take you around. Probably if they really like you and spend one or two days with you they will invite you to their home (I've done that as well as many friends). If you have a friend of a friend that has an Argentinean friend, talk to them and, if they can, they will let you stay at their house, even the couch, take you around as much as possible, tell you which areas to avoid, make you an asado, give you mate in the mornings every day and try to convince you to become a fan of their football team. If you're very afraid and would more likely walk alone and get lost around, ask for nice small towns and go there. I'm from Esquel, Chubut (in Patagonia) and you can go everywhere in the daytime, doesn't matter if you get lost, and if you do, people will give you directions, give you mate while you wait for someone to pick you up, lend you their phones to make a call or if you tell them where you're staying, if it's a hotel, take you there; if it's a house, see if they know a friend who knows a friend who knows your host family.
    Yes, we have some dangers. But also some amazing people and places. Try to get an Argentinean with you and show you around. We're very proud of our beautiful diverse country and like to show off.

  • Adrian Marcos said

    Crimnal activity happens everywhere in the world. La Boca is beautiful and there is absolutely no reason to go there at night (unless you feel like getting robbed). All the tango happens during the day and the place is a hot spot (and safe during the day) for travelers.

    As for the buses, Get a Sube Card. You pay for it at the local markets and use it to get around. No cash/coins needed.

    As a tourist... Don't flaunt it... Blend in and you'll be find. Don't be a dumbass... Sadly, idk how to better explain it. The criminals there are professional and if you give them an inch they'll stretch it a mile. They'll sniff you out in a second if you allow it. Carry everything in your passport holder (or zipper pocket, i prefer zippered breast pocket), Don't talk to anyone you don't know, and for gods sake, ignore the beggers. Most (not all) of them are the biggest threat to your safety.

    It's a beautiful place and although there is crime (like every other place in this world) you can avoid it simply by playing smart, ignoring those you don't know, and keeping your possessions in safe places.

    If you go out at night, stay in safe areas and you'll be fine..

  • Luna said

    Is La Plata, Argentina (near Buenos Aires) safe?

  • Bill Muller said

    I've visited Buenos Aires twice and absolutely loved it. Didn't feel in any danger at all. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the world. People were extremely friendly and helpful. Now, I was with a friend who had his wallet pick pocketed. But that was in London years ago.. Can happen anywhere. In BA you have to be careful like anywhere. It's a big city. Great sites. Great places to eat. The metro is fantastic. It's a crazy place but I absolutely love it! If anyone has any questions feel free to email me. billsaintkilda@hotmail.com Love Argentina and its people. Thinking of moving there!

  • Nana said

    Hi Luna,
    Stayed in La Plata a few weeks at the beginning of the year as my brother lives there. Didn't have any problems people were lovely. Maybe helped that my sister in law is a local.
    It's a beautiful city by the way.
    I think as long as you use your common sense and follow the advice given above (e.g. don't carry huge amounts of cash or walk alone at night etc) you should be fine.

  • David said

    If I were to visit Cordoba how far of a bus ride is itto the beach? Any one know? Tia

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