Buenos Aires is a big, beautiful city overflowing with great opportunities and activities for all kinds of travellers. Full of history, art, tango, football and the best night life in the world, Buenos Aires attracts tourists from all over the globe. But like any international city, there are certain measures that you must take in ensuring that you will have the safest, most enjoyable trip possible.
Protect your personal belongings at any popular tourist destinations, where pickpockets often take advantage of distracting landmarks to relieve travellers of their wallets, passports and cameras. This also holds true in crowded subways and buses. Only hold you camera in your hands when you are using it; stash it back in your bag or pocket in between photos as to not attract attention. Be careful with purses and backpacks while sitting at cafes or restaurants. These are prime spots for quick robberies, and try to tie your bags to the tables or chairs whenever possible.
At night, limit the amount of cash you carry and always know exactly where you are going. Know which areas to avoid after sundown, such as La Boca, and try sticking with a larger group instead of walking the streets alone. Only use cabs labelled as “Radio Taxis,” as these are known to be safer than independent drivers. If there are ever any problems, contact the Tourist Police Station at 4346-5748. And don’t forget that while safety is important, you still need to have fun. So if keep your head up and use common sense, you should be in for the best vacation of your life!
Buenos Aires is one of the most remarkable places I have ever been. It's clean, classy, safe, and dirt cheap. The leather bags are at least 400 pounds cheaper than what you would buy on the high street.
Also they have miles and miles of shops on Florida and Avenida Santa Fe where you can buy anything for one third of the price in the US or UK.
We stayed at the art hotel in Recoleta which was a boutique hotel with contemporary art in the foyer, free internet access, great rooms and wet room bathrooms.
Beware the fake taxis in Buenos Aires. Because we'd been there for four days we realised that if they don't have a proper meter in the right hand corner and photographic id on the back of the driver's seat then don't get in. We used a taxi which charged us three times the price of a journey from the airport. We refused to pay and threatened to call the Policia!
If this happens to you get to your hotel and ask the concierge to translate... avoid at all costs.
Otherwise, BA is one of the safest cities in the world and the people are very nice. Palermo is great and so is Recoleta. Avoid San Telmo if you have to. Use taxis rather than buses as they are very cheap and the metro is great for getting around centrally. In taxis from the Newbery internal airport it should cost you no more than $14 and to the international around $50.
Try and go to the best steak restaurant in the Palermo area called La Cabrera, it's economical but BOOK AHEAD as it gets very busy.
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Beware some of the tango shows in Buenos Aires that are recommended by your hotel. Bar Sur in San Telmo and Mandera Tango in the port area of BA are a rip off and are tourist traps.
For example, they will try and give you a poor seat with a bad view for you to upgrade to the 'VIP' area. They include a poor dinner with horrible house wine then con you to have a photo taken with two of the tango dancers who they say appear in the show then you never see them again.
They'll also offer you a cocktail for 40 pesos which is three times the price of any cocktail anywhere else. Bar Sur charges 210 pesos per person for the dinner and show in one of the tightest floor spaces in BA. Then the drinks are double the price of anywhere else in BA. If you want to see tango choose very carefully.
A recommendation that they be avoided like the plague. In a recent trip out here, my Dad was delayed a total of 11 hours over three flights.
When we were scheduled to fly back to BA from San Martín de los Andes at 2pm, having rung to check all was ok, we were informed that we'd be flying back from Bariloche instead and they would be coming to pick us up at our hotel at 4.45am. I asked how they had planned to inform us about this development, since if we hadn't rung we'd have been stranded. They said 'you should always re-confirm your flights'. We already had, twice.
Take LAN wherever possible, or better still, the bus.
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