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.
"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
"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.
"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
"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
"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!