Petty Crime in Buenos Aires and Techniques for Avoiding It. Be Aware, not Scared Yes, it’s true. Like any big city, Buenos Aires has its fair share of thieves (ladrones), punks (pendejos) and silk tongues (chamuyeros) looking for opportunities to take advantage of the unsuspecting traveler or local alike. Overall, Buenos Aires is a safe [...]
In Buenos Aires, it is almost impossible to avoid taking a taxi at some point during your stay. Actually, you will probably be using them quite often. The subte (subway) and colectivos (buses) are more economical options and can be quite efficient. But who really feels like waiting 20 minutes for the 60 line after [...]
It’s every travelers’ nightmare: Getting robbed in a foreign country with no idea what to do.
In general, Buenos Aires is a safe place to visit. It’s true that petty robberies and scams can be common in areas of the city, but the rate of violent crimes here is much less than that of most major cities. For example, the murder rate here is about one-tenth that of Washington D.C.* With [...]
The balcony of my apartment overlooks one of the busiest streets in Buenos Aires. On any given day, I watch as colectivos noisily navigate the crowded street, as passersby scurry on their way to appointments they are likely running late for, and as dog owners allow their beloved pets to soil the sidewalks. Unfortunately, I’ve [...]