How risky is a travel in Argentina?
Argentina is a very friendly country posing no serious risks to visitors. Take all the regular precautions following common sense. We suggest avoiding any unnecessary showing off of material things, but rather leaving such elements in the hotel’s safe: passports, credit cards, cash and air tickets, just taking with you a copy of your passport.
In Buenos Aires, we recommend being particularly cautious when visiting the La Boca neighborhood. For example, we recommend not going from Caminito street to the “Boca” stadium (500m walk). Several tourist assaults have taken place there. At night, avoid walking down the Retiro, Constitución, and Once neighborhoods where the main train stations are located. Thefts also happen regularly at the Iguazú tourist area. We especially recommend travelers going on their own not to cross the Brazil or Paraguay borders by taxi at night.
How to be connected in Argentina ?
Almost everywhere you will find “locutorios”: these are small shops with telephone booths and computers with Internet connection to talk or savvy at very low rates. One-hour Internet connection amounts to ARS2-4. Many hotels have business centers with complimentary Internet access. In the city, Wi-Fi access is quite available.
GSM coverage is quite good in all cities, but signal fades when leaving urban areas. Three-band or four-band mobile telephones enable access to local networks, provided the “world” or “roaming” service is active. Warning: remember to activate the service a week in advance from departure.
To call a regular phone from outside the country dial: 0054 + local code (without zero) + phone number.
To call a cell phone from outside the country dial: 0054 + 9 + local code (without zero) + phone number.
To call a regular phone from another province dial: local code with zero prefix + phone number.
To call a regular phone from the same place dial: just the last eight numbers.
To call a cell phone from another province dial: local code with zero prefix + 15 + cell phone number.
220 V, 50 Hz outlets in dwelling houses are exclusive from Argentina. However, hotels are normally equipped with outlets compatible with several device models. Besides, as Argentina is the only country using two bent pin plugs, all electricity shops sell all kinds of adapters.