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Safety questions

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Safety questions

I am planning to visit BA for 10 days or so towards the end of this year. I have been visiting this forum often to get some information and familiarize myself with what BA to offer.

Taxi scam, fake bills, mustard being used as poof to divert travellers' attention have me worrying. My question is: is it that rammpant? We hear only of bad stories but not those that went smoothly. I hope someone can enlighten me on this issue.

I realize these sorts of scamm are common place in some areas. What about robbery and violence? Do they use violence to steal.

Many thanks in advance.

At last, Starbucks entering BA market-*rolling my eyes and shaking my head*

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1. Re: Safety questions

We have been to BA for 4-5 weeks vacations for the past 4 years and have not experienced any trouble what so ever. Sure BA is like any other large city and does have crime,but we have walked the streets at 4am and we felt very safe. Be street wise, but feel confident and enjoy your time there, you will love it!!!!

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I have visited BsAs three times since 1998. Once in '98, again in '05, and last month in '08. In all three trips I have walked around with a camera, taken taxis, talked to people on the street, rode the subway, etc.

Scams? 0

Muggings? 0

Kidnappings? 0

Money spent on wine, beef and empanadas? Priceless.

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<i have been to Argentina three to five times per year since 2001....many of my trips have been for months at at time and with student groups from the United States.....in all this time

mustard squirting....1 failed attempt

robberies....0

taxi scams....0 ...ok, maybe two or three guys who took the long way to get to where we needed to go...but no switched or fake bills....

what I have experienced are countless good times and lots of courtesy from Argentinos....Starbucks.no, por favor.....

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I felt 10X safer in BA than I ever have in NYC. I can't speak for the outskirts of the city, but BA proper appeared to me to be very safe. Just be vigilant.. like you would anytime you're in an unfamiliar city/town

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My husband and I have travelled to BA once a year for the lpast 6 years and we have never (knock on wood) been victims to any scam, fake bill, or robbery whatsoever. As someone else said, be street wise, and if you see something/someone odd, look them in the eye and let them know you've seen them. We always carry at least one huge camera with us since hubby loves photographing BA.

If you need to walk somewhere at 04.00 AM, do so in a well-lit street where you see other people walking. Leave your fancy Rolex at home if you own one, try to have small change for taxis ready, and you shouldn't have any problems.

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Something I forgot: no matter how open, friendly or helpful porteños may be, they will NEVER stop you on the street and try to touch you even if they see a stain on your back. Maybe some will tell you you have something, but WITHOUT touching someone they don't know. So if someone tries this (anywhere in the world) I would stop them in their tracks because they are for sure up to no good.

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We were in BA as visitors once and have lived here for a little over a year now.

Not once - have we had any sort of scam, pickpocket attemtp, taxi problem, money switch/problem, never saw signs of mustard or even ketchup ! :) and I can only tell you that the people are warm, friendly, helpful, charming, sincere, funny and smart.

Your taxi driver might be a retired professor , our ice cream store owner works in stocks and bonds.

If you go to a store or cafe more than twice, they will treat you like a favorite customer for years.

In general, the people here remind me very much of the people we met in Paris (Left Bank) .. well spoken ( in more than one language), well read, interested in why we are here, what things were like where we lived in the States and they themselves are very interesting.

Even if I decided to hate living here, there would be nothing I could blame on the people, they have made difficult days much better, just from their kindness and good humour.

And they men are gentlemen and the ladies might look a little remote and will check you out, but if they see your dog, baby, etc... they turn into your favorite "Italian" grandma.

( I hope that makes sense lol )

Just don't act like a clueless tourist by counting your money in the street, leaving a purse on the back of the chair, wearing diamond/gold rings.... there are people here that are living from day to day and they might feel desperate... but we have not met them yet.

Starbucks... don't roll your eyes and shake your head, it is good that BA gets businesses from other countries , it all means a good economy, you don't have to drink it or go there, but the people here like it for now and it is bringing in business, which they need.

Burger Kings and McDonalds didn't ruin BA, I doubt STarbucks will.

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No city is exempt from rudeness. street crime, tourist scams and the like. But BA is a better place for travelers than most. A couple of basic rules. First, always take radio cabs. The exception is at the international airport, where you pay in advance and you will be escorted to a cab.The other factor that will influence your BA experience is where your hotel is located. I would urge you to pick a place in Recoleta, which is swanky, totally safe, perfect for exploring on foot. Recoleta is not particularly hip--but neither is Madison Ave. in New York. It has that kind of feel, modulated by the presence of interesting stores, cafes, curving streets that end in handsome squares. We've been to BA 3 times and are eager to return. Mind you , having worked for Newsweek and Time for 31 years, I've gotten sicked in a half dozen places around the world, been shot at, and narrowly escaped a car jacking, You will be safer in BA than in San Diego, I would guess. If I can do anything else to reassure you, or to point you toward things to do, please let me know. (And if so, give me an idea about what interests you: your age, hobbies, love of sport, wine, food, horses, whatever.)

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lol! I agree with beadhappy. I also felt safer in BA than I've ever felt in NYC.

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10. Re: Safety questions

Thank you all for the assurance and taking the time to respond.

I am sure there will be more questions from me in the near future.

Again many thanks.