Buenos is a pretty safe place generally. I would recommend still using a money belt though.
There are the regular scams, e.g. strip clubs where they just force you to give money over.
If you are travelling alone then just stay in more friendly areas of the city like Palermo. Don't travel into the city centre at night unless you are with others. almost 9 years ago
Yeah I've been to Argentina 3 times and no issues at all, I felt very safe walking around. I think it's a pretty safe city. There are obviously places you shouldn't walk alone at night like any other major city.
My friend did have her bag stolen in a restaurant in Palermo so you should keep an eye on that. She was sitting by the window and a couple came in, sat down for few minutes then got up to leave. almost 9 years ago
I have been there a few times traveling as a solo female and I have never had any problems. I've stayed downtown and off Santa fe Ave near Recoleto. I've walked around at all hours in all neighborhoods (Once and downtown) . In hindsight, even though I never had any 'close' calls or felt threaened in doing so, I perhaps shouldn't have.
I took buses and walked-have yet to take the subte. I made sure to not be conspicuous with a map or guidebook and dressed like a local city resident (no Teva sandals, shorts, or other clothing that screamed tourist).
Also, I either didn't carry a bag-just kept my money and folding map in my jacket pocket, or had a small bag with no large openings or zippers that I kept on my lap at cafes/restaurants or on my feet. almost 9 years ago
Pick pockets thrive in crowded venues and on public transport especially the local buses. Carry you money in a money belt or in your front pocket. If an offer sounds too good to be true (scams) it is. As in most major cities and jungles, the daylight "creatures" differ greatly from the night time ones. So if you're clubbing try to do so with others, watch your drink. If you pick up someone, I'd make sure valuables are in the hotel safe. Room rip offs are not all that common but do occur.
Otherwise just as you should do whenever traveling, be aware of your surroundings and enjoy your time there. almost 9 years ago
No one is reporting this but recently there was a wave of hits on hostels in Buenos Aires. I know because I was there for two of them and talked to some cops and business owners subsequently.
Basically a small group of thieves forced their way into hostels, held up guests, mostly backpackers, at gunpoint, herded them into the toilets and proceeded to loot the hostel and shake down whatever other guests they found. Stole computers, etc, from the hostel itself.
I have confirmed 5 such incidents, most in San Telmo, and have heard of several more unconfirmed, but one in what's considered a safe barrio, Palermo.
Again, this isn't being reported anywhere that I know of. More than likely the police were either involved or were bribed to look the other way.
Hold ups are common in San Telmo and Microcentro in the wee hours, targeting women primarily. Women, anywhere in BA, should take a taxi at night, no matter how short you think the distance is, unless you are accompanied by a man. It's less of an issue in Palermo where there is a lot of pedestrian sidewalk traffic.
I have lived in BA for over a year. Our hostel was hit twice. A hostel around the corner was hit five times! A boutique hotel in San Telmo was also robbed at gunpoint. A hostel in Palermo was hit as was one in Once. All of these hostel now have beefed up security and nothing has happened that I have heard in about two months.
I wish I could say BA is safe but I have experienced differently. almost 9 years ago