Is Patagonia Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Patagonia is generally considered safe for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly, and crimes against tourists are relatively low. However, like any other travel destination, it's always important to use common sense and stay vigilant, especially when traveling alone. It's important to stay in well-populated areas, especially at night, and be wary of pickpockets. Overall, Patagonia offers a welcoming environment where most travelers feel secure.

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How safe is Patagonia?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Patagonia is generally safe at night, especially in populated areas where there is a fair amount of pedestrian activity and well-lit streets. However, as with any location, it is always advisable to remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings, especially when it's dark. Risk can be minimal if standard precautions are practiced. Although Argentina's crime rate is low, especially in Patagonia, avoid showing flashy valuables to prevent attracting unwanted attention.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Patagonia is generally safe and reliable. Buses and trains are quite popular and are frequently utilised by both locals and tourists. However, due to the vastness of Patagonia, the distances between towns can be quite large, and travel times long. It's essential to plan your journey accordingly with this in mind. Lastly, as anywhere, it is important to be mindful of your belongings, especially on crowded buses or trains.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Patagonia is generally known for being safe and welcoming towards solo female travelers. Street harassment is low and not commonly reported in this region. The locals are usually friendly and helpful to tourists. Most of the visits are focused on outdoor adventure which means less time in crowded urban areas where harassment may potentially occur. Nonetheless, it's always essential to take standard precautions, stay aware of your surroundings and respect local customs and regulations.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Patagonia is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers. Petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching are not highly common, especially in nature areas and smaller towns. However, like anywhere, it can occur, particularly in larger cities or crowded tourist spots. Always stay vigilant and practice common safety measures like keeping your belongings secure and being cautious of your surroundings.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Patagonia, is generally safe to drink. Most of the water sources originate from glaciers and are well-filtered before they reach city networks. It's fresh and clean. It's always best to ask locals for the latest information when you arrive at your accommodation. Bottled water is also temperature, if you prefer those over tap water.

Is Patagonia safe to travel?

4 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Solo travel experience

Patagonia is an amazing place. So much places to visit, to ride, walk and hike that there’s no time for boredom. I felt safe all the time and local people is always willing to help, to give directions and recommend cool places to visit.

Posted: April 11, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I had a great time in Bariloche. The mountains and lakes help you connect with nature, getting some fresh air is necessary. I went hiking for several days, visited Laguna negra, Cerro Lopez, lago Mascardi, and many more. I also had the best bear and made friendly local who took le everywhere. The best part was starying the night up on a mountain, I’ll never forget the stars. I felt very safe, I highly recommend it.

Posted: December 6, 2023
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I traveled alone to Patagonia in December 2019/ January 2020. I hiked independently and I highly recommend it. There are so many other backpackers there, you're never alone. In Chile, I used Puerto Natales as my base because everything in the park was already booked. I took the first morning bus to Torres del Paine and hiked to the base, which is an iconic view. Then I took a bus to Argentina, to El Chalten (transferring in El Calafate). I hiked from the town to the base of Mount Fitzroy. The trail starts right there. Afterwards, I returned to El Calafate and completed Big Ice at the Perito Moreno Glacier. I also took a one-day horseback riding trip at a ranch. I loved everything I did and would enthusiastically recommend it. It's beautiful and everything is easy and safe.

Posted: December 2, 2023
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I traveled alone in Patagonia for 4 months and it was very easy as a solo female traveler. I always felt safe, in every hostel I stayed in there was a group of other solo female travelers. I always ended up on trips with a group from the hostel.

Posted: September 23, 2023
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Is Patagonia safe right now?

Before your visit to Patagonia, it's essential to check travel advisories for Argentina, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.

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

Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian government advises taking normal security precautions in Argentina. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 13, 2024

Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Argentina. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 12, 2024

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Vanessa Austin went to Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley last year. This happily retired PhD, (adjunct), wants to see more of the world before time runs out! Omnivores reader, yogini and very poor bridge player would like to explore.


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