With normal precautions which you use with all travel, then travel through Argentina is as safe.
I agree with Ricardo, based upon my travels in and around Buenos Aires, Iguazzu Falls, the NOA & Bariloche.
Are you planning to be driving or having guides outside of the capital ? I would not recommend driving between cities or regions - Lan Airlines, Andes Air or the efficient and comfortable Interstate Bus system would be much preferred as means to get from one area to another. Within BsAs, strolling, taxis and buses are good. You might want to avoid the Metro during any rush hours.
I feel much, much more comfortable moving about in Argentina than I did (do) in Central America or Mexico. BUT, the normal travelers' precautions, as Ricardo reminded us, are always important.
What a great mother-daughter opportunity. Have a wonderful trip.
~MarnieWDC (I will be spending this weekend with my daughter and grand-daughter in lovely Batavia, NY ?!?)
Hi Salt Lake!
I think other writers have left the impression that Argentina may be iffy or that you have to watch your back.
This is not what we found. Even in Buenos Aires, we found Argentina at least as safe as the United States, and as safe as traveling in Europe. I can't speak to what two women traveling alone might find, but my wife and I traveled alone in rental cars almost a hundred days in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Never for one moment did we feel unsafe.
Argentines are among the world's friendliest people. Again and again, in shops, restaurtants and numerous pther places, we found examples of courtesy, kindness and honesty, above and beyond what we'd expect in North America.
I don't want to make it seem I'm whitewashing things. In Buenos Aires, I wore my digital camera around my neck. Several local people wagged fingers to warn about the danger that someone might steal it. I kept it around my neck anyway. No one made a move, even in the Buenos Aires subway, which we rode at rush hour. There are two ways of looking at this: perhaps there were theft hazards I never saw; or the way I look at it, that Buenos Aires subway passengers are unusually friendly and helpful with foreign visitors and watch over us.
Our B&B in Buenos Aires Palermo had an unusual situation that the exterior doors were locked 24 hours a day. To enter, guests had to ring the bell and wait to be buzzed in. The host explained that there's been a robbery the week before, and they were taking no chances.
If you plan to drive in Argentina as we did, please let me know. I've driven on all our trips, and I've written an article here on Trip Advisor about driving in Argentina for overseas visitors, one you'll want to know about.
I have traveled many times with my daughters alone in Argentina. I would say that the advice from the other posters is on target. I never felt unsafe. I have been traveling with my younger daughter since she was 10 here in Argentina. we traveled through Patagonia and Buenos Aires, the North West (Jujuy and Salta) and never felt unsafe. I am a New Yorker and I think I use the same precautions I use in NY while I am in Argentina. We did get a carrry on bag stolen from us as we were checking into a hotel in Recoleta (a very nice area of Bs As) but other than that, we have found it to be safe.
You and your daughter will love it! Have a good trip!
5. Re: is it safe for a mother and teenage daughter to travel alone
Jul 22, 2011, 7:20 PM
thank you so much. I feel much more comfortable now. Our plan is to stay in Buenos Aires for one day (any suggestions on hotels or transit or things to do or areas in town to stay?), then to fly to Patagonia to visit a friend for a few days. thanks again so much for your time and advice. :)
We are wondering about seeing Costa del Este and driving from BA to there. Any advice
My daughters (in their 20s) and I (mother) walked all over Calafate, Ushuaia and we felt totally safe traveling in Argentina. We were warned about being out in Buenos Aires at night alone, but had no problems during the day. An acquaintance did have a Rolex removed during daytime shopping, but we had wore nothing expensive so probably didn't look like targets. My daughters went out with some local friends one evening and had no problems.
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