In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Argentina
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Argentina is generally considered a very safe tourist destination and it is not associated with more criminal activity than other Western countries. In fact, the safety situation is superior to that in many U.S. cities.
That being said, travelers should still exercise caution when frequenting spots that are popular with tourists, especially in larger cities like Buenos Aires. Distraction thefts are known to occur in such areas, where one of the thieves distracts the victim, while the other one steals valuables. Pickpocketing and bag snatching are also known to happen.
Virtual kidnappings have also been known to happen in Argentina, where tourists’ phones are stolen and used to contact their family and friends, demanding ransom for a person who is not even aware that something is happening.
Demonstrations can occur, especially in Buenos Aires and while they are mostly non-violent, it is still a good idea to avoid areas where they are going down. Strikes also happen sometimes and you should keep yourself informed about this possibility. Domestic flights in Argentina are often delayed and cancelled and if you are travelling this way, make sure that you get all the necessary information from local TV channels or papers.
None of this should stop you from visiting Argentina though, as it is far, far more likely you will encounter absolutely no problems while there.