Public Question Asked by travelssolo about Buenos Aires
i want to know which areas are more prone to drug and or drunks, homeless,freqent attacks etc.
The Best Answer
Answered by ACPR , Buenos Aires, Argentina
Well... It all depends... As with any other city, avoid the slums ("villas") and areas of heavy transit like bus terminals (such as "Retiro", "Once", "Constitucion", "Liniers", etc... )
Opportunists will smell tourists a mile away, so try to dress down and not show expensive equipment (mobile phones, cameras, etc...)
Some areas are quite safe during the day and not so much during the night ("Florida" street, "San Telmo", etc...)
The "Great Buenos Aires" (technically outside the city limits is a whole different story... safe and dangerous areas are more defined.)
Answered by Lene , Haedo, Argentina
Avoid Microcentro at night (near the Obelisc/Florida St.). And be careful if you go out for a walk at night in San Telmo...you should probably avoid that too.
And of course, try not to look as a tourist. You r likely to get mugged if you look like you don´t know where you r going.
Answered by Virginia , Buenos Aires, Argentina
Truth is that in the city centre people are often victims of mugging. However, you will notice the police presence in most of the turistic spots you are probably planning to visit.
Pay special atention in places like La Boca and San Telmo. If you do visit la Boca, under no circumstance should you deviate from touristic spots. It's a shame, but La Boca is not exactly what I would call a safe neighbourhood. The same with San Telmo. If you happen to walk further than 9 de Julio street, you will find yourself in a not so friendly neighbourhood.
I recommend you don't walk around with, for example, an expensive camera hanging around your neck, which i often see tourists doing, nor use any expensive phone or ipod,or anything of the sort in the middle of the street. Also don't forget to keep an eye on your purse or bag. Try avoiding subways in rush hours or very crowded buses because they are mugger's favourite spots together with pedestrian precincts.
When the night comes is when the city becomes more dangerous. If you want to go out, use a cab. Although using buses is not particularly dangerous, waiting for them at bus stops is.
In spite of what I have told you, be sure you will find lots of people willing to help you if you get lost or you have any kind of translation problems in shops or other venues. People are very friendly, and many of them speak english fluently.
All in all, keep an eye on your things. You could try blending in by dressing down, but still tourists are easily recongnizable. Avoid public transport at night and during rush hour. Most importantlly, don't walk too far into neighbourhoods suck as La Boca and San Telmo. Visiting parks at night is not a very good idea either, no matter what neighbourhood you are in.