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Re; Trip Report Buenos Aires--Safe, Beautiful, No Bird Poop!

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Re; Trip Report Buenos Aires--Safe, Beautiful, No Bird Poop!

Just returned from several days in Buenos Aires (and Iguassu Falls). I had been really spooked by all the safety horror stories on this forum but found it to be a lovely city. My 23 year old daughter and I walked pretty much every inch of San Telmo, the Microcenter, Recoleta and Retiro with not a single problem nor even the faintest hint of feeling unsafe. Gorgeous city, very French/Italian, lovely people. I do have to note that, being two single women, we timed our wanderings to between 11:00 a.m. and late afternoon when all areas were filled with both locals and tourists. Before 11:00 a.m. most places, especially in the Microcenter are pretty deserted. And we never went down Florida Street because we had no desire for "touristy" shopping. We did wander in the evenings around the Recoleta area where our hotel was and it was lovely. Do brush up on your high school Spanish though. Even service workers in tourist areas speak limited English, but with a smile and some gestures it all works out. It's not as though you're discussing high finance--asking for the toilet, a Coke light, and how much something costs doesn't take much language skills! Ask at your hotel where to change dollars or just offer to pay in dollars--everyone is to offer you a better rate than you'll get from an ATM.

San Clemente...
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for Buenos Aires, Argentina
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1. Re: Re; Trip Report Buenos Aires--Safe, Beautiful, No Bird Poop!

Thanks so much for sharing your recent experiences in Buenos Aires. I have had the same experiences as you in my 9 years in the city. The only bird poop which I experienced was the real stuff.

Buenos Aires...
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for Buenos Aires
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Thanks for sharing your report, glad to read you guys had a good trip !!!

San Diego...
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for Buenos Aires
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Thanks for taking the time to share your report. And you are right. The VAST majority of people don't have ANY problems at all in Buenos Aires. Hard to understand some people that seem to have constant problems. One guy said he had 2 scam attempts two days in a row.

Another woman said she has been robbed in 5 cities around the world. Seems like bad luck or they are doing something wrong. I have traveled around extensively over 100 days each and every year. Over 550+ cities and never had problems using common sense and being careful and yes we do a LOT of sightseeing, etc.

Philadelphia...
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Yeah, I'm the one with several thefts in several cities, but I don't let that keep us from traveling internationally probably four times a year and for work four times a month. Not flashing stuff, being aware, but stuff happens, and it does happen more often in some places than others. And no way of getting around being a tall blonde who soeaks some Spanish but not emough, and stands out in some contexts while trying mot to. The incident in BA was just that, an incident, and didn't wreck the trip--is one of many stories, like being told not to root for Boca Juniors while sitting in the

Independiente stands during the futbol match or we would be killed. Not that we took that literally but we took it seriously, and as we didn't leave until the Boca fans were escorted out by the police in riot garb, there is some kernel,of truth there.

Buenos Aires...
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5. Re: Re; Trip Report Buenos Aires--Safe, Beautiful, No Bird Poop!

Thank you for sharing your experience and I'm glad you had a great time.

Italy
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6. Re: Re; Trip Report Buenos Aires--Safe, Beautiful, No Bird Poop!

Glad you enjoyed Ba and didn't have any problems, we are also worried about all the scams but never encountered any.

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