Photo Credit: Christi Nielsen
Buenos Aires dwellers are some of the friendliest and brashest people (in a good way) you’ll meet. As in any big city, residents are wary of strangers but will usually go out of their way to help a person in-need.
If you are visiting Buenos Aires for the first time or if you are new to traveling, there are some important tips to keep in mind for your safety. Sometimes being paranoid can pay off. These tips can also apply to other countries.
- Carry money with you in several different spots in the event you are robbed.
- Don’t wear jewelry or expensive watches. Rather than carrying a fancy purse, carry an plain bag or satchel that doesn’t draw attention to itself. Secure it across your chest rather than around your shoulder.
- Use a money pouch to keep money around your waist.
- Get money from ATMs located in lobbies of banks, and only use them during business working hours in the case of machine problems.
- Avoid ATMs on Saturdays and Sundays. They are often out of money and more vulnerable to robberies.
- Don’t text or check your cell phone messages on busy sidewalks or pedestrian roads (especially Florida Street). Someone may swipe it. Wait until you are in the privacy of a bathroom stall or in a building lobby.
- Use radio taxis rather than unmarked taxis. Ensure the driver has identification displayed in the car. Lock the doors on each side of you when you get in.
- Give your taxi driver exact change if you can so that the driver doesn’t have the chance to give you false bills in return.
- (If you can) speak Spanish with your companions in train stations or the subway.
- Keep peso coins and a bus guide on you in case the subway closes and you must use buses to get home. Bring the number of a taxi cab and a friend in the event you need an emergency contact.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.