8 Things to Know Before Going to Argentina

Getting ready to visit Argentina? These travel and safety tips from Argentine native Martina will help you make the most of your time here.


A traveler stands in front of massive Perito Moreno glacier in Argentine Patagonia. Photo © Sean O'Reilly

Note: These tips are general in nature and may not reflect the current situation in Argentina related to COVID-19. Read about travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

1. Top places to visit in Argentina

Argentinian Patagonia, which covers nearly all of southern Argentina, is a must. As an avid traveler who loves to brag about her home country, I’ve yet to meet anyone daring to question the absolute beauty of this region, with its dramatic, snow-capped mountains, blue lakes, villages, glaciers, and incredible hikes.

Patagonian highlights include the Perito Moreno Glacier, Bariloche in the Lake District, Argentina’s hiking capital El Chaltén, remote Ushuaia at the tip of Tierra del Fuego, and Cerro Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas, in Mendoza (slightly north of the official start of Argentinian Patagonia).

A popular itinerary for road-trippers is a tour of the country's west, driving along Route 40. This drive skirts the Andes, and also covers the regions north of Patagonia – Cuyo and Northwest. The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world, and its southernmost stretch is home to the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere, so be prepared for altitude sickness (as I learned the hard way).

Argentina's north offers a wholly different travel experience, ranging from the arid and striking landscapes of Salta and Jujuy, near Bolivia, to the country's very own New Wonder of the World, 269ft (82m) high, 1.6mi (2.7km) wide Iguazu Falls, in a lush rainforest along the Brazilian border.

Mendoza, in the Cuyo Region of the central-west, is famous for wine, but this sometimes-underrated region is also filled with otherworldly landscapes, like the Pampa Negra, a volcanic black desert in Mendoza Province, the moon-like formations at the Valle de la Luna, the windy flats of Barreal in San Juan, and the Grand Canyon-esque Sierra De Las Quijadas in San Luis.

Other standout natural landmarks in Argentina are the Esteros del Iberá, vast wetlands in Corrientes, and the wildlife-rich Valdes Peninsula in Chubut.

Penguins on the shore of Peninsula Valdes, on the coast of Argentine Patagonia.
Penguins on the shore of Peninsula Valdes. Image credit: Sean O'Reilly

Travelers eager for a dose of urban life should know Buenos Aires has a reputation as a city that never sleeps. Museums, restaurants, nightlife, tango, and more make the Porteñian city sing. But Córdoba, Rosario, and Mendoza are also buzzing cities packed with activities, local culture, and great food. Try Rosario’s staple toastie – a carlitos – a traditional empanada Cordobesa, or a Mendozan classic such as humita en chala.

2. Climate and temperature: what to expect and how to pack

As a rule of thumb, it's best to visit between September and April (early spring through the beginning of fall). In the end, it will depend on where you decide to go, as the weather varies from region to region. But from spring to fall, you can generally find good weather around the country.

If you dislike extreme cold, avoid June-August, especially if heading to Patagonia. If intense heat is not your thing, skip Buenos Aires and the central and northeastern regions during summer. Here, you can expect 90°F (32°C) on a "cool" day.

Winters in Buenos Aires are mild, with temperatures ranging around 55°F (13°C). But, as you approach the south and westernmost regions, it starts to get more and more chilly.

When choosing what to pack, don’t forget sunscreen, as the sun in Argentina is seriously strong. Also, remember to bring layers of clothing. Many travelers visiting for two to three weeks choose to fly around the country because it’s so big. So, if you’re heading from Buenos Aires to Patagonia, you’ll likely experience a big temperature change.

Layering becomes essential when approaching the Andes, as temperatures drop suddenly from day to night, even over summer. Rain gear comes in handy especially when touring the central and northwestern regions, as it can rain buckets year-round. On average, November is the wettest month, country-wide.

Dramatic rock formations in Quebrada de las Conchas, in the Argentine province of Salta.
Quebrada de las Conchas in Salta province. Image credit: Sean O'Reilly

3. Money tips

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Still, many restaurants, grocery stores, or hotels only accept cash or require a minimum expenditure before they let you swipe.

As Argentina is always battling inflation, exchange rates and regulations change quite often. When planning your trip, make sure to find information updated within the past three months.

Always keep cash and small change handy. If you need more, simply withdraw from one of the many ATMs scattered around cities and towns. Whatever you do, be discreet, avoid flashing your wallet, and don't extract big amounts in one go.

A 10% to 15% tip is expected but not mandatory, especially when eating out.

4. Argentina vacation costs

As of this writing (March 2021) Argentina is quite affordable for those bringing in high-value currencies. If on a tight budget, expect to spend as little as US $22-30 per day, including hostel accommodation, cheap eats, and local public transport.

Patagonia and some other areas favored by travelers – including coastal towns such as Mar Del Plata and Pinamar, or iconic Iguazu Falls – are more expensive. These destinations are always in high demand, both among locals and international visitors. Travel in remote areas can also be more expensive, as the transport of supplies becomes more difficult.

5. Local public transport in Argentina

Argentina has a massive and budget-friendly public transit network. The easiest way get around most cities is with a SUBE card, which you can purchase in lottery shops, train and subway stations, and kiosks. This rechargeable card is not valid everywhere, but covers major urban areas and over 30 other smaller localities.

As long-distance buses are the main means of transportation outside of Buenos Aires, intercity trains have been neglected for decades. But recently, there’s been a resurgence of the Ferrocarril, connecting 12 of the 23 Argentinian provinces. If you have time, the trains are a leisurely way to explore parts of Argentina that are off the beaten path, but be warned that they can be slow, are not very comfortable, and sometimes may not leave on time.

6. Taking a taxi or an UBER

Catching a taxi is very easy in any Argentinian city and surrounding localities. As a precaution, especially at night, always ensure your taxi is licensed and belongs to a "Radio Taxi" company.

Some taxis will display a sign on the vehicle's roof stating the company they belong to. If they don’t, and you decide to take it anyway, check out the taxi's registration information displayed inside.

Be aware, taxis around the country have different colors. In Buenos Aires, they’re black and yellow, in Córdoba they’re white, and so on.

UBER became officially legal to use in Buenos Aires in September 2020, so now you can ride with peace of mind. UBER's competitor, Cabify, is also available around the main cities.

Brightly painted houses in Caminito, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca.
Colorful Caminito, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca. Image credit: Sean O'Reilly

7. Is Buenos Aires safe?

It’s always wise to be cautious when wandering urban areas. Though Buenos Aires is generally safe for travelers, it’s important to stay alert, as robbery is all too common.

If you plan to explore neighborhoods beyond the well-traveled areas, research beforehand, talk to a local, or book a tour.

Caminito (in La Boca), Palermo, and San Telmo are popular with visitors, but even here, if you keep wandering, you can end up in a not-so-nice area. Beware of this, especially at night. By all means, steer clear of public parks after sunset.

In general, the wealthiest neighborhoods are those north of Corrientes Avenue, whereas some of the most impoverished areas are located south of Rivadavia Avenue. Unfortunately, poorer areas often have higher crime rates.

Wherever you go, avoid talking on your phone on the street, keep valuable items in your pockets, and don’t wear expensive jewelry – especially necklaces, as these are easy to rip off. Always wear your purse or backpack on your front.

If going out at night, call a taxi or take an UBER. Avoid standing by the bus stops or taking the subway when there's no one else around, as you could be putting yourself at risk.

8. How safe is Argentina?

Argentina is considered one of the safest countries in South America. Nonetheless, you should keep your eyes open when visiting cities like Rosario, Córdoba, or Mendoza. Petty crime rates in these cities are lower than Buenos Aires, but, for example, Rosario has been part of a drug-trafficking route for years, with increasing gang violence. Though this may not affect visitors, you should beware of suspicious situations.

Demonstrations in Argentina are common. Do your research before joining the crowds, and make sure it's a cause you identify with. And regardless of the occasion, prioritize your personal safety and stay in a spot you could easily leave if things get heated.

Small towns in the countryside are generally safe and secure, but you should use common sense and never leave your items unattended.

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  • 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.

    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.

    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??


  • 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.
    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!


  • 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.

    -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.


    - 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.

  • 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. [email protected]

  • 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. [email protected] 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

  • 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. [email protected] 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

  • Mel said

    Interesting. I am a solo female traveller writing this from a bar in San Telmo enjoying a beer alone. At night. I am in BA for a couple of weeks to attend Spanish classes, each day I catch the subway (Retiro-Constitution line) which is an experience but being from a regional town in Australia it’s a bit of novelty, mosh pit and all. I wear jeans and a T-shirt just dressing normally - I have been whistled at maybe once, catcalled a couple of times but never really hassled. I get worse back home in my first world western life! I am on my third day here and each night I have strolled around by myself and felt completely safe. I don’t want to get cocky because I know things can change at any moment and bad things happen to good people all the time but I don’t see any issues discussed above as a predominately Buenos Aires thing - more of a bad luck thing. Sorry that has happened to any of you but please don’t tar BA with the bad, ugly, dangerous brush. Mel x

  • person#12 said

    I wish I knew about read zones

  • Alli said

    I honestly am appalled by what some of you have written. I spent my summer studying in BA, lived in Once and never had any issues. I was a single female with minimal Spanish-speaking abilities and ran into zero problems. I traveled to Iguazú alone by bus and also had no problems. I prepared myself in advance and was alert when out on the street, especially when alone and/or at night. I took plenty of Radio Taxis, the Subte and walked after dark. I kept my belongings close to my body and did not flash my cell phone or any other expensive personal items around on the street. Yes, I made sure to stay alert, paid attention to myself, those around me/people on the street, etc., but I do that in the States on a regular basis. I am from a midwestern, medium-sized city in the US and have had more fear in my own city plenty of nights over most of my time spent in BA. It is amazing to hear what some of you experienced. I am wondering what your day to day lives are like, if you are used to larger cities and/or spending time in neighborhoods with diverse populations and people from varying socio-economic classes. I am used to interacting with individuals in neighborhoods society has deemed "unsafe" in the US. Most people are just scared and don't understand the importance of acknowledging another individual's presence. Treating other individuals like actual people can make a world of difference. I loved my trip to BA and really doubted I would enjoy the city as I prefer small to medium-sized cities. Argentina is a beautiful country with amazing people, Porteños and non-Porteños alike. World Nomads, I would recommend censoring or retracting some of the hateful responses on this feed.

  • Osr said

    I don't blame the locals/people who likes Argentina frot rying to defend their country, nor do I favour generalizing a country for 1 city, but I recommend you avoid BA. Let's not talk about why...

  • Gina Spur said

    wow...as an European, and a woman I am scared now to travel to Argentina...I think I'll go somewhere else ...safer. Maybe Canada or the US. That is so sad, I wonder how many higher upper class tourists are skipping Argentina from their list ..just because of the high Crime! Argentina and South Africa 2 countries I wanted to visit, and I am not going there just because of the bad vibe they give!

  • Abraham said

    I 've been in Argentina a couple times and its the worst. The crime, the people, trash everywhere and all the scams. Not the best place to vacation. My recommendation: AVOID Buenos Aires if you have to come to Argentina. Even if you go to other cities in Argentina, they will try to scam you somehow (they overprize everything to tourists)

  • Mary Dunne said

    Myself and husband spent 3 weeks in Argentina last October. We were there for our son's wedding to an Argentine woman. We'd never been to South America before. We were in a very safe area of Buenos Aires so was not a problem. Did the usual tourist places and visited Salta and fantastic scenery.
    Argentina is a beautiful country and an amazing place. Yes there is danger about , and can be mad at times, but so glad to have experienced being there.

  • Mika.Hike said

    Dogs? Seriously? I have never seen dogs in Buenos Aires.

  • Mika.Hike said

    Sorry guys but Is hard to believe that an US citizen warns ppl about Argentina.. Seriously.
    Take a look of crime rates in USA compared to Argentina here: http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Violent-crime/Murder-rate If you can live in the US you can visit Argentina because ITS SAFER. Thanks!

  • Pauzinn said

    My women's group (middle aged to 'waiting to exhale') is planning a trip to BA. There isn't a chance in Hades that we won't be judged as tourists IMMEDIATELY. The trip itinerary mentions a tango evening with lessons....my concern after reading the prior posts: our lesson will be that we shouldn't be taking "night" lessons. I understand the locals are unhappy because their government seems uncaring of their plight. I am usually not fearful of travel, but these posts seem ominous and I want to be safely traveling. If the picture posts are painting is accurate, it seems foolish to travel as an "elderly female group" to a place where tourists are in the sights of not only robbers, but packs of wild dogs. Change my mind, if you can in good faith. If NOT, I would appreciate the TRUTH.

  • Raquel said

    I have been living in lanus buenos aires since october 2013 and can honestly say I'VE HATED EVERY MOMENT OF IT. i am actually kinda trapped here now because i had a son here who is now 2 years old (DEC 2015). His father wont let me leave with him back to his and my countrt (Usa). Safe to assume misogyny runs rampant here since the government ONLY recognizes his father as being his parent. My name isnt even on any of son's argentine documents. Only in his U.S. ones. Sooo yeah. ARGENTINA SUCKS ASS! DONT COME HERE! LIKE EVER! the place sucks. The culture sucks even more and the people are th worst. Dont even get me started. They lack basic common decency, morals and manners. Its a free for all here. No regulations no customer service. No organization (especially with public transit and basically everything else). No manners. Not a good country and in 200 years of independencectbey haven't come very far at all. Not even a little progress as a matter of fact they are indeed regressing farther and farther into the past where women have no rights and children are seen as property and racism sexism and poverty run amok unchecked.

  • Skyler said

    Buenos Aires feels dirtier than any large city I’ve been in, which includes many large cities around the world. People here throw trash on the street even when a trash receptacle is less than 6 feet away.
    The food is bland and monotonous, as if the food revolution that has swept the rest of the world completely bypassed BsAs. There is little or no food diversity either. Pizza, ham, cheese, and steak for the most part.
    Before coming here I spent 2 months in Ecuador, where fresh fruits and veggies are everywhere and where I could always find really delicious food for half the price of what Imhave spent here. After two weeks of trying to find good and healthy food, I am giving up. And don’t even get me started about the lack of customer service in many places ( not all, there have been some good moments in that department)
    Next week I am going to be traveling through the Patagonia region. I hope it is better than Buenos Aires. Certainly I will not return to this town again and will advise everyone I know to avoid it as well.

  • Andy Bush said

    Never ever carry a camera anywhere. It shouts I am a tourist rob me or try and rip me off, use a mobile device instead. Wear shoes you can kick with and run in, you might need to do both. Don't wear hippy clothes or Hawaiian shirts and shorts. Leave half of your credits cards in the hotel safe so that you still have some after being robbed. Keep scans of your passport and credit card numbers on line so that even if you have everything taken you can get a copy of your passport. Use Skype paid service so that even when you have your phone stolen you can phone everyone. Wear just enough hidden gold to payoff the immigration officer, that's the oldest trick in the travel book. Avoid standing around in a group discussing where to go next its advertises that you are lost and vulnerable. Know where your embassy is. Don't use credit cards if you can avoid it they get scammed easily.

  • Gabriela Marvano said

    Argentina is not Buenos Aires! :) (luckly)

  • Rice said

    Pauzinn, why would you change your trip plans because of the whining of disgruntled strangers ?

    The city is great. Cultural activities abound. There are daily free concerts. Recoleta and Mataderos artisan fairs are terrific. The museums and public buildings are impressive, as are the parks and public spaces.

    Use sense, as you would in Milan or Marseille or Los Angeles or Shanghai. For your late tango night, get your hotel for a remis (car and driver) to bring you back. (Costs no more than a taxi). Use ordinary caution, and don't go into iffy neighborhoods.

    Questions? Ask them on a forum like argentinaexpats.org. Don't stay home out of fear of a city that is full of amazing, great adventures!

    Go! And have the fun of a lifetime. Eat in parrillas with enormous, delicious steaks and incredible wine. Enjoy a city full of friendly, helpful people.

  • Dave Damage said

    I've been living in Cordoba Province for 2 years now and can't really comment on BsAs, however what i can say is that this country has more than a few problems.
    Theft is rampant, if it's not nailed down then whatever it is will be stolen. My home has bars on every window, a security gate, and internal bars across the doors, it's like a bloody prison, and this in a town of 25000 people.
    Driving is atrocious; no signals, no courtesy, merely bullying and aggressive behaviour.
    Shopping is an expensive and frustrating experience, I've never been to a country that has such a paucity of products, expensive and of the quality that wouldn't dare be put on display in Europe.
    Restaurants are equally crap, other than poor imitation pizza and pasta, there's asado where you can have meat salted and served black, and that's what they seem proud of.
    Customer service does not exist in any form.
    This is a 3rd world country with prices comparable to a 1st world capital.
    As for the "Malvinas", get over it. You fought a war on your own doorstep and lost! And it was 36 years ago ffs!
    I am here because my fiancée lives here and for personal reasons cannot leave.
    Her family are lively people but they have travelled extensively and they know this is a bloody awful, backward place.
    And yes, i hate it!

  • Martin Vitriol said

    Buenos Aires is becoming another Mumbai or Calcutta in the public misery department

    Strange that nobody in these comments reminded the old saying:

    "Argentina's problem is the argentines."

    Which is one of the coping mechanisms argies use when you tell to their faces that their country sucks.

    Well... that saying is only half-true, not only argentines are low-value as persons, everything else in this country is inferior, especially the food, the cars, the houses and its nature.

    Those that wrote in this page before me really nailed it down. All the things they are complaining about are true, take my word for it.

    The most annoying are the argies that don't know any other country and have the nerve to believe and parrot that everything argentine is the best. They ingenuously believe they live in a first world country, when in fact this is a slave country.

    The thing that annoys me personally the most is tha salaries here are a quarter of an average US salary, but everything else, specially tech costs 3 or 4 times its real value.

    Now, why persons from rich countries can be attracted to this hellhole is something that escapes my common sense.

    It's a country built on the suffering and killing of innocent, defenceless animals and no one here escapes that bad karma, not even foreigners.

    I'm sorry to say this, but for those with bad experiences, you had it coming. You deserved it from coming here.

    Why would anyone would want to come here is something I'll never understand.

    If I were a foreigner I wouldn't come here for anything in the world, not even for a mosquito-brained woman of supermodel-grade beauty.

  • Ro said

    Was planning to visit Buenos Aires but the crime , poverty and extreme prices keep me away. Argentinians that rob and scam tourists are stupid as hell as they only shoot themselves in the shoot due less tourists and less money will get pumped into their economy.

  • Dave Damage said

    @Martin Vitriol
    I do hope your reference to "mosquito brained women" wasn't directed my way. My fiancée is a medical doctor, the only reason we are here is because she has an incurable illness.
    I sadly agree with the rest of your comments.

  • Wilbur Kookmeyer said

    Well I was thinking of going to Argentina and investing in real estate and having a place there, but after reading all of these posts I will look for a different destination...

  • Kohl said

    if you wanted to see and test the perfection in traveller's security then do not hesitate :
    your best predictable destinations are Singapore , Monaco or Switzerland .
    Argentina, especially Buenos Aires, has all the featurings that brought then their millions of immigrants who came from mainly all European countries
    which created a particular way of being thru the whole XX century . Everything changed a lot since the later two decades , the introduction of massive drugs and dealers made this country a complete upsidedown of their principles.
    Right now drugs is out of control, then no wonder Argentina is a little piece of the mirror the whole world belongs to . Should be nice to find out seriously who helped to introduce and to sustain It . Same way other more weak nations are paying costly weapons at the price of starving their own inhabitants. So in a few no wonder, Argentina is just another trial of the more advanced Leader countries where all recipes are designed for test and rule the so called third world boroughs.

  • Stephanie Chalmers said

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

    Has Martina been in Argentina recently (say within the last few years)? You can't pay a bus fare without a travel card. Coins on buses long ago went the way of the dodo.

  • Stephanie Chalmers said

    "Moving from one city to another by bus takes time, but it’s better than using the train network."

    Which train network? This article is misleading.

  • Stephanie Chalmers 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!"


  • Stephanie Chalmers said

    Would people please stop saying that with regard to crimre, BA "is just like any other big city"? It isn't true!! Go to Seoul, go to Tokyo, go to Osaka, go to Singapore, go to ......... . (Or just read about them.) They aren't like BA! Fact. End of story.

  • Joe Salter said

    "Of course if you're a tourist they'll try to scam you, but I believe that happens in every country in the world."

    Daniela, of course you're entitled to your opinion but this one is wrong (wrong). They don't do it in lots of wonderful parts of Asia, such as Korea. Go there to find out you're wrong, or just take my word for it.

  • Andrea said

    Wow, why would you ever stay in LANUS as a tourist?? That was funny. The one that hates the city but couldn't get passed the airport in Xmas also made me laugh.

    I'm a female in my 30s. I've lived in Buenos Aires all mi life. I've never been robbed.
    The usual thief who targets people who are distracted and with their cell phone in their hand is common. But if you are aware of your surroundings and are careful it's not common that something will happen to you.

    Again, it's all about common sense. Why would you travel to Buenos Aires and stay in Lanus? It makes no sense at all! There is absolutely nothing there for tourism and it's outside of the City of BA. If you just bothered for one minute to look at a map, you would have known that.
    When you decide to travel to a city you don't know, you have to plan ahead a little: figure out where the places for tourists are, how to travel once you're there, and stay close to the places you will visit.
    In BA you should use Uber. RadioTaxi as a second option. Never remis or climbing into a car by someone who just offered. And do a little reserve before you decide where you want to stay.

    There was someone who wrote that people from other cities stay at hostels in BA. That is ridiculous. Hostels would be incredibly expensive in that case. When people come to study or work to BA usually rent an apartment, or share with other students, if they don't have enough money.

    Oh, the other guy saying that women are poor so they drink before going to bars and then they expect you to pay. WTF?? Haha. It is a common thing in BA to get together with friends in an apartment and drink / eat before going out. This is something called "previa" and most people do it, not just women.
    Maybe you got to drink with women and they preferred you pay. Well, that doesn't mean you have to assume that we are poor and go out at night to beg for drinks.

    Lots of prejudice and dumb/lazy travelers :p

  • Dan said

    Spent a week and a half in BA. Second time I was there. Some minor scammers abide but nothing major. Having grown up outside of NYC I’m pretty street smart. I basically walked and tried to stay close to my hotel in the evening. One night I encountered some drunks who started yelling at me because of my blonde hair. I just ignored them and kept walking. The only issue I had was with a scam where they squirt your back with a liquid and offer to help you clean it. I felt the crap hit me and walked to the other side of the street and tokdbthe dude to go “f” himself! I also noticed at the cemetery some dudes hanging off the beaten path so I didn’t head that way. Don’t be flashy. Walk quickly. Don’t engage and beware and you will be fine. It’s the same advice I would have for people traveling in NYC. All good. Next time I go back I’m heading to Rosario and Córdoba (possibly Montevideo Uruguay also). Most people are really nice.

  • Tim Yankee said

    BA is full of hustlers, but imagine the majority of the people (tourists) land in the city and can't speak the language and expect things to be the same as if you're in a organized western country - it's still Latin America. I lived in BA for 6+ years, had a laptop ripped off once in Recoleta at 10AM on a Saturday, but only blame myself. I shouldn't have been carrying it around, careful in the posh neighborhoods as the thieves pray on people in these areas.

    A few tips:

    - Take an organized taxi from the airport, should be like $40 USD
    - Stay in Palermo, Recoleta, etc, the suburbs you know are safe
    - Don't walk around with valuable stuff exposed - would you do this in NY, Paris, etc? Nope.
    - Don't get drunk and just jump whatever taxi
    - Use EasyTaxi where the drivers are registered
    - NEVER take your cell phone out in public, even with headphones you're a target
    - Carry a "robbery" pocket with like 1200 pesos in it and stash all the rest of your cash should you decide to carry more
    - Violent crime is rare in BA, most things will happen and be over before you realized it

    I also lived in Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and a few other places and by far, Costa Rica was the most dangerous day to day.

    BA is an amazing place, people are warm and nice, don't let the .000002% of idiots ruin it for you.

    - Tim

  • N said

    I wish I knew what a shithole this country is. Would have saved my lifetime for some better places (e.g. Chile, Uruguay, all other countries...).
    Argentina (no matter if BA or Salta or whatever place there) is insultingly annoying and a waste of time. They deserve their fate by heart

  • Monsieur Cuenterete said

    There are certain spanish words that have a different meaning in Argentina than they do in any other spanish-speaking country, so no dictionary or translation app will be of any help. In this Brief Dictionary of Argentine Words (BDAW) you can read and hear the usage of the many tricky spanish words used in the lands of Tango: https://bit.ly/2y2I1js

  • Marina Silva Croome said

    Hey everyone!

    Though I'm sorry to hear that some of you had bad experiences in Buenos Aires, I really encourage you to give it a try and make your own conclusions. It definitely is a city with a thousand faces that attracts and surprises travelers from all over the world...and I'm sure it will amaze you too!
    There are plenty of things to see and do in this fascinating city. It's the most European city of Latin America...but it's still Latin America: A merging of cultures with a very intense history...

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  • Scott Horlbogen said

    Could not disagree more with the general consensus that Argentina is a law-less society!! My wife and I just returned from spending 2 weeks in BA and the Mendoza area. NEVER EVER, felt unsafe or threatened as many people want you to believe! We walked all over the city............obviously we did not frequent areas that we had no reason to be in. I live in the northeast of the US and honestly fear more for my safety in our big cities than elsewhere. (not to mention the threat of an angry white dude with a gun and a grievance!)

    In terms of affordability, exchanging US dollars for pesos and the resulting benefit of lower food, wine and other related costs, its a bargain!!!!!

    And lastly the people are fantastic!!!!! In any big city you get as#H*les..........however, by and large people are kind and gentle and willing to help!

    Be smart, go where you are supposed to............but GO...........stop reading someones else's skewed version of reality and discover a great place!!!!!!!

  • Alexandra Gordon said

    Argentina is a huge country, with beautiful landscapes. As an artist as I am, this was reason number one to visit it. However, the tranquility and open spaces reminded me to Texas, where I live now ( I m from London), but weather is marvelous, as it remains warm all year round. As an example, they have the same temperature in winter than we have here in Summer. I love Summer, so, you bet my experience was very positive. BUT Big but: you must know what they say ( you can use any online app for quick translations ) and check out for prices and lists for public transport and huber, because if they discover that you are a tourist with no clue of their language, they will eat you alive, making you pay the double or even more for a regular trip. This country is more safe than Brazil for example, I got robbed 3 times in 2 weeks while been in there, although Brazil beaches are far most beautiful and water is crystal clear. The big problem with South America is the poor taste they have on music, this is why I did not enjoyed Ecuador or Nicaragua ( far, far more dangerous places than Argentina, I can testify that) but Buenos Aires gave me lot of options from Steampunk and Cyber Punk clubs - where I found myself very comfy, hanging out along with Belgians and Germans, having a real good time- to Electro dance and techno pubs that had nothing to envy to European ones . I can't say anything about the people or their habits, I remained stuck to my schedule giving the less info I could to locals. I came back with tons of sketches and drawings and most important, with good memories. I travel a lot. Trust me when I say that the entire world is becoming dangerous, you must be cautious whenever you go. Don't blame the place, it's nobody's fault if you are not smart enough to keep yourself safe. That's all on you.

  • David Load said

    Hi, thanks to all for posting.
    Can someone tell me where I can change US for Pesos most easily and safely.
    To the best rate of course.

  • Lean said

    I'd like to say to some american and latin american trolling that Argentina in 2017 had a lowest murder rate than US (5,2) and it dropped even more in 2018. Uruguay murder rate is double than Argentina and only Chile is more safe regarding murder rate. Also, all crimes got down in last 4 years.

    Nothing to say about those comments of people from Colombia, Brazil, México countries where that basically wastelands with 20-30 murder rate. Well, basically all the rest of Latin America.

  • Lean said

    Somehow I'm sure most of bad comments come from latin american people who live in extremely dangerous countries and are just trolling. So, no. We dont have electric fences like Brazil or Colombia and we dont have an epidemy of homicides (11/100k) like Uruguay. We have other problems, not those. Stop trolling.

  • John said

    In 2016 I spent six months in a San Telmo hostel that was absolutely delightful. I made friends from over 60 countries in that hostel. I was 68 years old at the time and traveled alone. I asked the locals in the hostel what precautions to take, and never had a problem. I walked everywhere alone, except in Boca. The city is gorgeous. The following year, 2017, I spent five months up in a tiny village in Corrientes province and once again had an awesome experience teaching English to about a dozen village kids. I speak no Spanish and occasionally needed help with translation, but always found someone. Full disclosure, I am not a big party animal and never found myself out on the streets alone at 3 a.m. I always kept my laptop secured, as well as my other valuables. When I held up my camera to take a shot, I always kept the camera cord wrapped around my wrist. I made friends with many single women who came through the hostel, and they were amazing. They were courageous but not stupid. Mostly common sense precautions. I met one guy from France who had his tablet lifted out of his backpack in broad daylight, but only that one out of hundreds of travelers I met while there. I stayed in several hostels, all nice enough, but one in San Telmo is awesome; the people are so nice!!!

  • Hernan said

    I live in Buenos Aires. People is sickly, depressed and everything is covered with tar. It is a filthy and evil place and I would absolutely discourage anyone from visiting it, especially women, since rape and abduction rates are growing and growing and politicians (synonym with mafia bosses) keep getting their cut of the big, rotten and ugly pie of crime that has loomed over the province for years. And of course the people mirror their goverment, so it´s crawling with low-live pseudo-gangsters who will shoot you just to get your phone or wallet or distasteful degenerates that wont think twice about scamming you since you are the "dumbass tourist" and they are oh so clever. Honestly, I was born and raised here, I love this country and it's people, but if you wanna have a good time just go to Brazil, the beaches are nicer and the asses are bigger. Any person that claims things are nice and that you can absorb some of the "wonderful and rich" culture, either dont live here or are just butthurt they live in a shit hole. You wont get anything from here, what's most likely to happen is that it will take something from you. Please foreigner friends (AGAIN especially women) beware.

  • cris said

    What a load of rubbish!! I am an Australian with a British wife. We have travelled all over the world and been lucky enough to have visited Argentina several times, spending some time in Buenos Aires on each trip.
    We have never felt unsafe, we caught buses, trains, subways...
    Been to San Telmo, Caminito and even Lanus (to give context to the comment above is like staying in Doonside or Cabramatta if you are in Sydney, plain dumb).
    Crime rates in Argentina are one of the lowest in the region (including those of Uruguay), and Buenos Aires is not less safe than any other world large city.
    If you are a tourist one should take precautions as to where and when you are out, where you stay and how you get there. You would do the same in NYC, Mexico City, Rome Hanoi or London.
    It is no skin off my nose weather you go to Argentina or not, but to decide to go or not based on the comments written here would be ridiculous.
    Buenos Aires is one of the world's great cities, sophisticated and cultural, do your own research.

  • lori said

    Mika, Argentina and the USA are about the same for intentional homicide rate. And, our culture is excellent. Stop insulting the USA, please. No one has been insulting you, only discussing danger. Your response should be to apologize for the actions of your countrymen, not to get your little feelings hurt and go on the offensive, adding insult to injury.

  • T said

    Can't tell if most of the posters here are trolls, cowards or fools. It's a big city, you have to use common sense. Pay attention to where you are and your surroundings. It's as simple as that.

    The scariest thing are the stray dogs.

    As for some of the other comments, NYC's murder rate is incredibly low for a city of 8 million people. Outside of the megacities in East Asia, you won't find a city of this size with so low a murder rate. It is safe.

    Second, there are scams in Tokyo and Kyoto. Fake Shinto and Buddhist priests come up and hustle people. It isn't violent (violence does occasionally happen in parts of Shinjuku etc where the hostess bars are, but it isn't rife.)

    BA is as safe as you make it. If you act like an idiot anywhere, people will take advantage of you.

  • Andrew said

    Argentina is an absolutely gorgeous country. I am very grateful to Argentinians for sharing it with me. Nowhere on Earth is perfect, of course. Please do NOT just come here for Buenos Aires. There is so much more to see.

  • Bruce said

    Argentina is probably the most depressing, over-rated and over-hyped countries that I have ever visited.

    As I was being driven from Ezeiza airport to my Buenos Aires hotel, my cab driver used the aggravating old trick of taking multiple wrong turns and constantly "getting lost" in an attempt to run up the meter. During this unsolicited tour of the city and some of it's suburbs, I had a chance to see the sad state that most of the city is in, which was the exact opposite of the romanticized tales of a world class city filled with tango and fine wine that I'd been told.

    Let's face it : Buenos Aires (and Argentina as a whole) saw it's best days long ago, and is now in a slow process of completely falling apart in both an economic and societal sense. The country has fallen behind it's neighbors Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile in regards to any sort of progressive outlook, but yet the Argentinian people that I came across seem content with the situation as they hold on to the memories of glory days past. Extreme corruption and governemental incompetence seems to be mostly the blame, but I would argue that a general indifference for change and a mis-guided sense of entitlement amongst the Argentinian population is a major culprit as well.

    During my trip to the country I visited Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario and Mendoza. All four cities have crumbling infrastructure, a shockingly high level of poverty with an unacceptale number of families with young children living in the streets, and major crime problems. Violent street robbery seems to be quite common, as I heard from several fellow travelers who'd been unfortunate enought to experience it first hand. One of my coworkers was robbed at knife point while walking to a restaurant on a main boulevard in Cordoba during the daytime. He complied and was not injured, but was obviously shaken up.

    Personally I found Argentina very dull. I had high expectations of Buenos Aires, but after spending two weeks there I found that it has nothing to offer other than a few European style buildings to look at, and lots of sub-par restaurants and nightclubs with ridiculously high drink prices that are filled with party girls and party boys who are paid to be there. Oh, and a few over-priced tango shows aimed at tourists looking for that false image of the city that everyone so often hears about. Anyone claiming that Buenos Aires is a world class city is greatly mistaken; it is a very faded star, and one that is virtually non-functional. Businesses operate at irregular and random times of the day (if they operate at all). All ATM machines have strict withdrawl limits and charge alarmingly high fees, making cash an expensive commodity (if you can find an ATM machine that works whatsoever). This is presumably to prevent a run on cash since the Argentine Peso's value continues to crash. Expect a 10% to 20% merchant surcharge on top of any price at any business or establishment if you choose to use a credit card (and if the credit card machine actually works). Don't count on help from the Buenos Aires police if you get into trouble, as a local and they will tell you that the majority of the police are more interested in fleecing money from people than being any sort of help.

    As for Cordoba, Rosario and Mendoza? Other than the wineries, I found them to be boring, unappealing cities featuring nothing but serious crime problems. Not fun, not interesting, not worth the visit.

    Will Argentina ever be able to turn itself around? To me, it's not looking good. I would like to return and visit the country in the future when things are doing better. But for the forseeable future, Argentina is a country that just isn't worth the time, the risk, or the money to visit.

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  • Luciana said

    Argentina is the home of corrupt government officials that charge very high tax rates and consistenly manage to swindle the money. If you go to visit the country you will notice that everyone is suffereing and people are getting desperate. I went last month with my mother to visit family friends in BA and could not believe what a mess it is. Argentina will turn into the next Venezuela if they do not change the way they do things very soon

  • Harrison said

    I'm from Los Angeles and I spent 5 months living/studying in Buenos Aires and I traveled all over Argentina. I never had any major issues. You cannot imagine the beauty you will find in Patagonia or the quality of meats you will eat or wines you will drink in Mendoza. Check out an authentic Milonga in Buenos Aires where you can dance or watch Tango while having a fernet with coke.

    I found the local Argentinian people to be very friendly and welcoming. The food and wine were absolutely delicious. I really loved the Palermo area with the lakes, gardens, parks, bicisendas/bike paths, vibrant coffee shops, etc. with easy access to the SUBTE/Metro.

    Growing up in LA, I learned to be street smart at a young age because even in the U.S. in most major cities, you need to keep your eyes open to prevent and avoid issues, especially at night. You don't flash expensive iPhones or flashy jewelry in many neighborhoods in Detroit, Baltimore, LA, New Orleans, NY, etc.

    The local Porteños would say "Ojo" (eye but slang for needing to be careful) about going into the Boca, Recoletta, Constitucion, Once, etc. I followed their advice and never had any major issues. Unfortunately, Argentina suffers from massive inflation and increasing levels of poverty and inequality.

    Give Argentina a fair chance and show up with an open mind, you might just fall in love. I did.

  • Frank said

    Feb - Mar 2019 - AIRBNB in Belgrano BA. 66 years young. Walked everywhere, used the subway, enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the people, good food, wine and baked foods. I laughed at my poor Spanish but never laughed at by the locals for trying. I look cosmopolitan as my roots are from Istria. Blending in helps.

    Returning in Feb 2020 to drive the country for 60 days.

    For all the folks that might think Argentina is fraught with thieves don't even think about Mejico. Even if you look cosmopolitan you still look like a GRINGO. Traveled to Guadalajara for years but would avoid it now due to NARCOs activity. I drove the Baja 2018 for 60 days and rented an off the grid beach house. Though no unpleasant circumstances occurred other than being stopped for a hustle by cops in La Paz ( it didn't work out well for them as I can be a real asshole ) some fuel stations could put 30 litres of gas in a 20 litre container ( haha - majic gas pumps ) there were a lot of hard looks and possible attempts at theft that I negated by looking to avoid trouble. Could be my male bitch face.

    Looking forward to Argentina with the look of acceptance and wariness.


  • Mamadou Diop said

    I have been in Buenos Aires back in 2016 and almost got robbed. I kept my cool throughout and jumped into a safe zone right before they surrounded me. I was very lucky. At that point I just wanted to leave the country and not look back. it was my dream country to visit but was very disappointed and to this day I always worry when I travel abroad, I always look around me. I don't like the way I am know because of Argentina but I loved the art overthere and I might go back again. We only live once right

  • Jeff said

    I have been lucky enough to visit most of the larger cities in South America (Sao Paulo, Rio, Bogota, Lima, Santiago, Asuncion and others) and I loved all of them in their own way. Buenos Aires is a different story. They have managed to turn what could be one of the most beautiful cities in the world into a total dump. Every person I came across seemed to hold some sort of false entitlement which makes a bad situation even more depressing. They are too proud to acknowledge that they are living in a failed city and country, which means things will not be getting better anytime soon. I will only return if my company pays me to go there and even then I will do so with hesitation. Even the new airport is falling apart. Avoid this place at all costs!

  • Hannes said

    Hi there,

    I‘m a solo Traveller visiting BA at the moment. The mix of this city is indescribable. Pizza & Pasta like in Italy (or better?), beer with German heritage, bus queues like the British (lol) and Argentinian steak (together with chimichurri - god damn is that delicious).

    Safety wise — what should I say? I think porteños did learn to live with a certain possibility of danger. They what to do and what not to do. When I see a local using a smartphone on the street - I know that I could do it too. The other day at one of the entrances of 9 de Julio station, there does live a family on the street. I just saw that a local was walking fast to get inside the station - I did the same. Another time, a Tinder match did ask me to come to a bar near the west boarder at La Boca (itˋs a deep red NoGo area in every blog/guide), so I refused to meet (she was very upset but safety first). Yesterday I was in La Bombonera for a Boca game. Most of the people were middle class. I was able to take a ton of pictures and videos without any fear of my phone getting stolen.

    I don‘t want to put it necessarily on one level, but do you remember when Trump issued a travel warning for London? Funny, eh? I mean I live in London and there does motorbike theft exists and I could get stabbed when entering the wrong neighborhood. I even saw documentaries of people paying 750GBP for a vape-machine on Oxford street. Anyway, London can be unsafe too (same as BA) - but, disadvantage for BA is that touristy areas re very close to danger zones.

    Only thing that is a problem for me is that not many do speak English. But this is a personal problem of mine because I can‘t speak Spanish. Would love to learn Spanish to interact better with the locals than yo no estiendo.

  • Gil said

    Argentina is a failed state. I visited family in BA last December and it was shocking to see the steep decline of the place. The political system of Argentina is falling apart once again. I hope they will have stability one day. Right now with the situation they have it is not a good time to visit.

  • Adam said

    Third world country. Very poor and dangerous. Buenos Aires is a sad city, dirty and you are not going to feel safe. I recommend Chile or Uruguay that also are third world countries but with better quality of life.

  • David said

    One thing sites like yours NEVER tell us is do we have to speak the native language (Spanish in this case) ? Or can we get by with English. I do not speak any Spanish at all. Should I visit Argentina if I don't speak Spanish?

  • Hugo said

    Dumbfounded by a lot of these ridiculous, some bordering on racist, comments about Argentina and Argentines.

    Argentina is an incredibly beautiful, diverse and fun country. If you take the time and effort to interact with the locals, you will find the vast majority of them welcoming, good natured and keen to share their culture with you.

    Anybody with even the tiniest bit of common sense can tell when they are in a bad neighbourhood and should know to exercise caution when they are there, i.e. not to wander around on your own at night with your phone out. These areas exist everywhere, in London, Rome, Miami, etc. etc. etc.

    I am sorry that some of you had a bad experience, but you cannot write off an entire nation and its people based on your one bad personal experience. It is just ridiculous.

    If you are thinking of visiting Argentina and have been put off by these comments, do not be. Just be sensible and do research before you go, which is the same advice I would give for any country.

  • Jensen said

    Worst country ever, Argentina sucks! We were robbed in BA as we were taking a radio taxi from the airport. Turns out it was stolen. Tried to meet with my friends who were late, turns out they were late because they were being robbed by a street gang. Finally we got our hotel in a nice part of town, went out and had the worst meal with the rudest service ever. We received counterfeit money back with our change, and returned to find our rooms ransacked. The country is dirty, depressing, grey, unfriendly and unsafe. Every other tourist we met said they were never going back.

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    Third world country. Very poor and dangerous. Buenos Aires is a sad city, dirty and you are not going to feel safe. I recommend Chile or Uruguay that also are third world countries but with better quality of life.

  • Digital marketing said

    Worst country ever, Argentina sucks! We were robbed in BA as we were taking a radio taxi from the airport. Turns out it was stolen.

  • Simon said

    OMG Buenos Aires is horrible. My wife is from there and we went to meet her extended family. We got robbed 3 times and she is an ex-pat and knows the city. We’re not racist but there were roaming gangs of youths who obviously didn’t see you as a person but as prey. Incredibly sexist towards women, gross food, dirty, smelly, depressing, etc.
    I’m a world traveller and this is without A doubt the worst “cosmopolitan” city I’ve ever been to. Makes Rio look like paradise.
    Never coming back, it’s that nasty.

  • Michela said

    I spent seven winters (New York City) in Buenos Aires (January-March) from 2007-2014, lived in Palermo Viejo and loved every minute of it. Took bus on Sunday to San Telmo and La Boca, even to the amazing Park for remembrance of the era of “disaparacidos”. By 2014 I could sense that the City was changing and I went to Patagonia because I knew that by 2015 I would not be able to return. As a single woman, up until 2014 I thoroughly enjoyed every museum, every safe area like Recoleta, Belgrano, San Telmo ( especially the market there). I spoke almost no Castellano but am fluent in Italian so it was never any problem with communication. By 2014 I did notice the trash, excessive dog poop, homeless and heard stories of friends being robbed. I read the stories from 2020 and it breaks my heart. Like you are hearing about a once beautiful woman being ravaged by disease.

  • Korina said

    Certainly a third world country. Locals has weird custom which consist in touching a woman's ass. It's called 'la toca la cola' and people clap when it happens. Everything is dirty and faded. The people of the interior of the country could not be more useless, slow and lazy. Will never return.

  • MARRI said

    Packs of dogs? Really? please... don't make it look like it's the wild wild west... and about Buenos Aires not being safe, it is like in most other major cities... don't be silly, don't show off, don't be too much of a tourist, don't believe all there is to see in the city is Boca, Once, San Telmo. There are many many places to visit that are not as crowded and as not monitored by thieves. Bring little things, a small bag, put it on front, don't be a show off and you'll be fine. I was robbed in Madrid, so I could go by my perception and say Madrid is third world shit like in here.
    Also. This is very outdated, you should either take it down or update, add a note, something.

  • Ricky said

    Argentina is not able to (or does not want to?) take care of it's own citizens. The government has allowed the country to slide into a state of desperation and miserable poverty. My girlfriend is from BA and even she doesn't like going back to visit because she hates to see what has become of her home country. If you are looking for a dangerous, dirty, expensive, stressful and upsetting vacation then head straight Argentina.

  • Cecilia said

    I can't believe my surprise reading this, I'm Argentinean, I have travelled all South America, some Central
    and North America, most Oceania and most Europe, where I currently live on. I'm not from Buenos Aires city , but as a big city in a, lately, very troubled country, I would recommend be smart and do research before hand, and try to connect with locals to advise you (as in every trip). There are great tips on these comments. Be aware that outside Buenos Aires, things are much quieter, and in touristic areas, things run smoothly.
    I have to say, my surprise is big, I have been victim of pick pocketers in Madrid, ripen off by taxi drivers in Paris or Lisbon, being attacked by gypsies in Rome (with no help whatsoever from people and police, even when I asked in a store to call police, and they denied help me), and stolen twice in Australia. Never in South America, even when I look like a tourist (actually in places like Ecuador, Colombia or Mexico, people approached to me speaking English). While travelling I had lived some uncomfortable situations, in a few places, but I do not trash a Country by one person bad attitude.
    I'm even more surprised about a girl called Niamh, who claims this doesn't happen in Ireland... well I live in Dublin 1 and I see drug dealers from my kitchen window daily, pick pocketers, drunken or addicts stealing phones, fighting and using knives, and this happens everyday in Dublin. Where I'm going with this? There is no such a thing as safe places, in some places people is harassed because of their skin colour, their gender, their religion. In my opinion, everyone needs to be cautious, kind and attentive. And in every city there are places to stay safely and places to avoid if possible.
    I'm not going to promote my Country as a travel destination, if you don't go, well, your loss. But some comments are plain disgusting, offensive and ethnocentric, and some others, are just the same comment repeatedly like Adam, Jansen and Digital Marketing, is it anyone moderating this forum??

  • Dave Chambers said

    BA is not the same as it used to be. Argentina as a whole is also changing, too many poor people, gangs of thieves, loads of scammers, counterfeit money flows like water. You WILL get ripped off at some point, hopefully its only monetary and without violence. Inflation is out of control, the cost of everything is going thru the roof, so it's not surprising that the locals turn to ripping off tourists. Guaranteed that you will never pay fair price for anything, as soon as you are identified as "not local", you will pay 5x the price. Tourists are observed like sheep to a wolf pack. Sad but true. Also, in years previous, I went there on business, the Argentines are not the hardest workers I've come across. They have this expectation that they should live a certain lifestyle, but then not willing to put the time and effort in to earn it. They live with their hands out, expecting the Gov't to give them everything - free education, free health care, free childcare, subsidized housing. (To be fair, I must state that these are the urban populations I've been involved with in business, I've no experience with the country folks, just to be clear). Meanwhile, they can't elect a Gov't that isn't corrupt! Argentines have a very high opinion of themselves (you can see that by the comments they leave on here), they don't even identify as Latino's, but Europeans! They are critical of other Latino countries, but lack the ability to be critical of their own country, and will defend it no matter what facts you present (look on here how they don't accept that crime is rampant in BA, but instead deflect it "crime is a problem in all major cities". Well Duh!). They blame the Gov't for everything, yet it's them who elect the Gov't. Then of course, they blame the Americans, the European, the wealthy, everyone is out to "screw the Argentines". Don't get me wrong, Argentina is a incredible country, and the people are (or used to be) friendly, but the time to visit this wonderful country is on hold for the time being, IMHO.

  • Hamad said

    We are an expat couple with two children. Our daughter is Argentinian as she born there some years ago. We are considering to relocate in Argentina at the soonest possible, so that our children can catch up with the language and enroll in school on time.

    Back in 2017, our vacation was slightly ruined because my wife gave birth earlier than her due date and so our vacation turned to a mission of processing paperwork. However, we still tried to discover the city and explore around. We honestly did not encounter any issue, but always avoided unknown areas for us. I only remember that we found ourselves once in a demonstration and when we tried to avoid the crowed, we ended up lost in a suspecious neighbourhood, but we finally managed to get back to the main road that we are familiar with..

    With all these negative comments and stories, I started to be hesitant about our relocation plan...Did the country turned so unsafe this quick?or was it us who wrte careful and lucky back in 2017?..

  • Cecile said

    I was in Argentina before the Covid-19
    I had problems with taxis even the radio taxis. They have a little button that when you see your celphone or outside they put this button that increase the amountand suddenly you have to pay 3 times more than expected. Sometimes they even say that the taximeter is not working and they change completely the price of the travel so DON'T TAKE TAXIS.
    This woman say that UBER is legal but it's not like that. They don't have passenger insurance in case of accident the don't have professional license, thay even don't drive they how cars so they don't care to much about nothing.
    If you want a safe travel through the city or from the airport to the hotel or city tours i recommend contact ARGENTINA ELITE TRANSFERS AND TOURS. They are in the top in Viator , very polite, etc.
    For me it was the best experience for me and my fathers.

  • Pablo said

    If you come to Argentina stay AWAY from shitty Capital Federal (Buenos Aires) and go see the natural wonders we have in Patagonia instead. I have no clue as to why would someone choose to go around such an ugly, dirty city when you could instead be hiking on some of the prettiest places in the entire continent.
    I will reiterate: Do yourself a favor, stay out of Buenos Aires. Chances are you'll get robbed as soon as someone notices you are a wealthier tourist.

  • Jose said

    Hamad, if I were to give you an opinion I would say things done change. The minimum salary is at its lowest in the century, due to the recession and the pandemic. This has obvious consequences in security, and overall living quality.
    However, on a long term perspective, the country will bounce, as it always does. Just choose a city that adapts to your needs and preferences. I don't know them so I can't make recommendations, but this is a continent-like country, so there are wild differences between regions. You need to research deeply for medium-smaller cities, but they are a very nice option in my experience. If you can, avoid Buenos Aires and it's sorroundings.

  • Giana said

    What people fail to mention is that we shouldn’t have to be so careful. If visiting an area entitled that one has to have certain precautions then it means it’s not safe. Growing up and living in NYC I’m use to a city but I also know that if I decide to go out in the middle of the Ivey it is safe. Of course common sense should be used. Having people rob you at daylight by pointing guns or a knife shows it’s not very safe. Can drivers ripping people off isn’t a sign of a safe place. If visiting a country requires so much research and precaution it’s not worth visiting. I sure hope it improves. For now I’ve cancelled my trip to Buenos Aires.

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