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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Taking standard safety precautions are recommended in Buenos Aires. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and keep an eye on your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. The theft of smartphones is increasing. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
Muggings have happened in urban areas. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables. Avoid walking alone after dark. Although kidnapping is not common, express kidnapping involving tourists have occurred. Victims are abducted for a few hours and forced to withdraw money from ATMs in order to be released.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in any other big city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Bag snatching is common, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
There are reports of unlicensed taxis, so make sure you pre-arrange a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Seasonal flooding is common, which leads to transport disruption. Flash floods can happen during heavy rains.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Buenos Aires. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men.
WHAT TO DO?
Zona RetiroRetiro is located in the northeast end of Buenos Aires. According to a few historians, it is said that this is where the national dance, tango, was born. Many high-end stores and residential areas are established here. The Plaza General San Martin, La Tore Monumental, and the train station are tourist attractions in this neighbourhood. You’ll find many cafés and restaurants from Avenida Córdoba all the way to Pasaje Ricardo Rojas. This is one of the most dangerous places for tourists in terms of pickpocketing and bag snatching. Be alert of your surroundings at all times and keep a close eye on your belongings.
Although Microcentro is not officially a district, it’s considered the financial district of the city. It is composed by 60 blocks filled with offices, businesses and banks, so it gets very busy during office hours (so if you decide to explore it, do it during the day as it gets empty at night). Tourist attractions in this neighborhoods are la Plaza de Mayo, la Manzana de las Luces, la Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola, and Museo de la Ciudad.There have been reports of theft that turned violent at Plaza San Martin. Be especially careful on Calle Florida, Calle Lavalle, and Avenida Nueve de Julio as pickpockets frequent these streets. The Plaza de Mayo area is very secure.