Argentina is a country located in the southern part of South America and it borders with Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay to the north east and Chile to the west.
In the east, Argentina boasts a gorgeous coastline.
Argentina is also known for its vast natural landscapes, rich wetlands, mountains that take your breath away, deserts, steppes and massive ice fields as well as rich forests, and what tops it all off is the city life, namely Buenos Aires, which is like suddenly finding yourself in a moving train.
Despite the fact that Argentina is a very popular tourist destination, crawling with visitors (and pickpockets along with them), this country is among the safest ones in South America.
Warnings & Dangers in Argentina
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, Argentina is a country where you should mostly feel safe. Follow general rules of precaution and your common sense, and your trip should go smoothly. Argentina's main issue is petty crime on the streets, since its rate is pretty high.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Transportation in Argentina is mainly convenient and safe, you can travel by trains, buses, so-called "colectivos" and taxis. Just be careful and pre-order a taxi instead of hailing one down on the street, since you might get overcharged for the ride. 'Radio Taxis' are easily spotted – they are black and yellow in the Capital, and white with blue letters in the Provinces. They are the safest option when it comes to taxis, especially in the capital. Airport taxis in Buenos Aires are white and blue.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
As mentioned, pickpockets and purse snatching are very common in Argentina, it is actually a constant risk. Cell phone snatching also happens so you should keep all your valuables out of sight. Avoid wearing purses and keep your money in a hidden place, not easily accessible by pickpockets. Also be wary of people trying to distract you, it might very well be a way to take your money.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Unfortunately, Argentina is exposed to various natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and storms (pemperos) that can cause enormous flooding (usually hitting the pampas and the northeast). Volcanic activity is also typical for the Andes, near the border with Chile (the Copahue volcano, still active and sometimes causing evacuation of the residents).
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Even though violent crime is not common it does happen. Since muggings are not a rarity, if you do not cooperate when in such situations, the muggers might not hesitate to use force in order to take your valuables. This is why you shouldn't resist if such situation occurs. Hand over everything you own. Also, express kidnapping can occur, where tourists are taken for a few hours and forced to withdraw all their money from an ATM, and then released, usually without being harmed.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Argentina's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in any other tourist destination, scams in Argentina are a regular occurrence. Double check your change, since you might get tricked, negotiate everything in advance to prevent being ripped off, and avoid hailing taxis on the street since you might get overcharged in an unlicensed taxi.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
For a female solo traveler, Argentina should be generally safe. You should know that in the evenings you might receive some unwanted attention and whistles by men, so you should probably avoid areas near bars and clubs, and go by taxi, not on foot. Avoid walking alone in poorly lit and deserted areas. Other than that, you should encounter no problems.
So... How Safe Is Argentina Really?
Argentina is generally a safe country to travel to, it is actually among the safest ones in the entire Latin America. However, by no means does that imply that you should be carefree when visiting this country. You have to be very careful when moving across Argentina, especially larger cities, since its rate of petty theft is very high.
Most crimes in Argentina are in the form of petty theft, pickpocketing and bag snatching. Unsuspecting tourists are targeted in restaurants or crowded places such as Buenos Aires bus station, Retiro. You should always be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you or in a deposit box. The places to avoid when in Buenos Aires are La Boca, San Telmo, Florida St., Congreso, and Retiro, since there have been many reports of robberies going on there.
Another safety issue in Argentina are unregistered taxis that pick you up when you hail them down on the street and then charge an enormous fee. These are the general issues when it comes to safety on the streets of Argentina, but even after taking them into account, Argentina can be considered a safe country compared to some of the others in its vicinity.
- Visas - Most countries do not need a visa in order to enter Argentina if the purpose of the visit is tourism. Your passport should be valid during the duration of your stay, so no additional validity is necessary. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - Argentine peso is the currency in Argentina. Avoid handling money near ATMs, you might get mugged. ATM's are commonly used and available throughout the country, and credit cards are mostly accepted in big cities as well as bigger hotels, restaurants, etc.
- Weather - The climate in Argentina is mostly moderate, with cool, dry winters and humid, hot summers. January and February are the best months to travel to Argentina.
- Airports - Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza International Airport (since it is located in the Ezeiza Partido in Greater Buenos Aires) is an international airport, 22 km south-southwest of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. It is also the country's largest international airport.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Argentina, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.