Is Argentina Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Argentina is generally a safe country, with friendly people and a rich culture to explore. However, as a solo female traveler, there might be areas that could be of concern. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching are prevalent in major cities and tourist destinations. There's a need to be cautious, especially when traveling alone at night. Positive common sense, avoidance of suspicious areas, and keeping your belongings secure would generally facilitate a safe journey.

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How safe is Argentina?

Safety at nightUnsafe

Argentina, like many places, exhibits variable levels of safety in different areas and at different times. It's advised not to walk alone at night, particularly in secluded or lesser-known areas. While populated areas and tourist spots tend to be safer with occasional police patrols, it's always wise to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings, and possibly avoid certain neighborhoods entirely after dark. Using a reliable service for transportation is a way to add an extra layer of safety to your travel, rather than walking alone.

Public transportationModerate

Argentina's public transportation, which includes buses, subways and taxis, generally offers reasonable safety. Nonetheless, it is important to be cautious, especially during night hours or in less crowded areas. Always keep your belongings secure and be aware of your surroundings. Incidents like pickpocketing and small thefts do occur in packed or congested areas. It's noteworthy that public transportation is frequently used and widely available in major cities of Argentina.

Street harassmentModerate

Argentina, particularly Buenos Aires, is generally known for its friendly atmosphere and nightlife, but it's also known for an undeniable level of socially acceptable catcalling. Local women and travelers alike occasionally experience unsolicited comments on the streets. It's essential to remain vigilant, especially when alone or during late hours.

Petty crimesHigh

In popular tourist areas of Argentina, petty crimes like bag snatching, pickpocketing, and phone theft are quite common. Always stay vigilant in crowded areas and take care of your belongings. Do not show expensive jewelry or electronics openly. Be cautious in public transportation, as these crimes often happen there.

Tap waterModerate

In Argentina, especially in major cities, tap water is generally considered safe to drink. However, some people might experience varying degrees of digestive issues when adjusting to the water. Imported bottled water is widely available and affordable. It is recommended for those with sensitive stomachs or when traveling in more remote or rural areas.

Is Argentina safe right now?

Travelers planning a trip to Argentina are advised to take standard safety measures as recommended by the United States, Canadian and Australian governments. Nevertheless, be aware that there might be certain regions with heightened risk. Always stay informed, be cautious about your surroundings and make safety a priority throughout your stay in Argentina.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States Government advises exercising normal precautions in Argentina. However, some areas may pose an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: August 18, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian government advises taking normal security precautions in Argentina. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 19, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises exercising normal safety precautions in Argentina. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 22, 2023

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Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

3.8/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

4.2/5
Carolina

Carolina (64)

Canada

Solo travel experience

I traveled to Bariloche, and I felt safe as a solo traveller. The weather was not very cooperative, but I managed to see wonderful places. Cerro Campanario has the best views by far. It is easy and cheap to take bus 20 from the center. I would also recommend to visit the Llao Llao cafeteria for gorgeous views. To enjoy the lakes I would recommend a boat tour to Bosque de Arrayanes. The food was great. Argentina has the best meat in the world, but also yummy cakes and chocolates. For best ice cream I recommend Mamushka.

Posted: November 16, 2023Experienced: November, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went to Argentina alone. I embarked on a combined horseback and hiking expedition in the Patagonia region, with a several-day stay in Buenos Aires. I felt very safe. The locals advised me to stay away from a certain area of Buenos Aires, but all the time, throughout the country, I felt very comfortable. It's beautiful and the food is great.

Posted: September 9, 2023
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Argentina is a very cool country and there are many places to visit. Jujuy, Salta, Iguazu Falls, Mendoza, Bariloche. Buenos Aires and Cordoba were my favorite cities. You need to have cash, as not all places accept credit cards. I traveled alone and didn't have any problems, but it's not the safest country I've visited.

Posted: July 29, 2023
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I went to Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Mendoza in Argentina, and then I took a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay and spent the weekend there, and then about a week in Montevideo. I never felt unsafe - I stayed with an old friend in Montevideo, though I mostly roamed around alone.

Posted: February 7, 2023
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Beautiful places, great hikes, and lots of nature. Also many small charming towns that you can simply wander around. Very safe while traveling alone, and I did almost everything by (night) buses.

Posted: November 4, 2022
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Hi girls! I Rocio and I am 25 years old. I’m from Argentina cordoba. I studied law and administration. I like cooking a lot and traveling :) I would like travel around the world.

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Hi, I'm a NYC based software engineer currently taking some time off work to think about life and values, while also seeking to experience yummy food and beautiful views. Challenging myself with fitness and mindfulness.

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