Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has been called the “Paris of South America” due to its architecture, gastronomy, culture, nightlife, and shopping. It is the second largest city in South America (after Rio de Janeiro). The city offers a wide gamma of things to do, sight-seeing, and experiences like dancing Tango (the national dance)! Milonga is a great place to hit the floor and ask a local to teach you how to dance. Futbol (soccer) is huge in Argentina, so try to catch a match between Buenos Aires’ two rival teams: River Plate and Boca. La Bombonera and El Monumuenta are the two stadiums in the city. The Evita Museum is also worth visiting; it explores Evita’s life, and you will learn to appreciate why she is an important figure to the Argentinians.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Seasonal flooding is common, which leads to transport disruption. Flash floods can happen during heavy rains.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Carte

WHAT TO DO?

Zona Retiro

Retiro 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.

Zona Microcentro

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.

San Telmo/Constitución

Barrio de San Telmo is another popular tourist zone in the city, and it also is the oldest area of Buenos Aires. Here, you will find what’s left of the colonial Buenos Aires and old houses. Calle Defensa is the heart of this district and Plaza Dorrego is a must-see as well as the San Telmo Market. Pickpockets are common around la Plaza Dorrego, especially on Sunday as there is an open-air market. The station Trenes de Constitución and Zona Comercial de Once are also infamous for pickpockets and muggings.

La Boca

This district is alive with music and people. There is a strong European style as many of its first habitants were from Genoa. Stroll the cobblestones of el Caminito, a colourful street museum and traditional alley in this area, where you’ll find street art, musicians, and small boutiques. La Boca is also home to Fundación Proa, a modern art museum, and De La Ribera Theater, which still has a few shows. There is high security around Caminito and the Bombonera Stadium as they’re busy areas. However, security decreases as you walk farther down towards Calle Garibaldi. There have been reports of muggings around Usina del Arte, so be alert at all times. If you decide to walk from La Bombonera to Caminito, walk on Calle Doctor del Valle Iberlucea as it is a very safe street between these two sites.  

Barrio Norte

Barrio Norte is the name given to the part of the city for Santa Fe Avenue and the Recoleta district. This district is home to many lush parks, grand monuments, art galleries, and French architecture. The main attraction in this area is the cemetery Recoleta where you can wander for hours. Areas like Bosque de Palermo, Avenida del Libertador and La Recoleta are usually very safe spots. There are frequent pickpockets at el Barrio Chino (Chinatown), so keep an eye on your belongings.

Useful Information

Most countries do not need a visa to enter Argentine when the purpose of the visit is tourism. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay, so no additional period of validity beyond is necessary. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso (ARS). Cash machines are common throughout the country. ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in main cities, but be careful of possible scamming and never leave your card out of sight.
Buenos Aires and the Pampas are moderate; cold in the winter, and hot and humid in the summer.
Buenos Aires-Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) is Argentina’s busiest airport. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page