I am a 21 year old female from Australia am travelling to Buenos Aires in March 2011 alone. I would really appreciate any suggestions you might have on safety , good hostels and exciting things to do while I am in BA. I will also be going to Bariloche if you have any advice on that either?
Any advice would be so helpful 😊
The thoughtful advice you'll read on safety in Lonely Planet, blogs, online etc is broadly right. Just use your common sense - don't go into areas that look / feel dodgy - don't flash jewelry, cameras, cash - in crowded areas (buses, subte) beware of pickpockets - only carry credit cards, atm cards when you're going to use them (when you don't need them lock them somewhere safe in your hostel) - take more care at night - on long distance buses keep you daypack close by don't put it in the overhead rack - use official taxis that you've called from the hostel, restaurant etc. Be aware and cautious but don't be paranoid, a lot is down to luck - we got lost in La Boca and got out again without problems, others have been mugged in areas called safe, sometimes it's just how life is.
Hostel and activity recommendations really depend on what you like to do. In Buenos Aires we didn't find a hostel I'd recommend. The places we enjoyed in Bs As were - San Telmo Sunday market, La Boca, Recoleta cemetery, MALBA, just wandering around the city centre and of course the fantastic steaks (bife de chorizo is fantastic).
In Bariloche the Hostel Inn was great value, it has a sister hostel just down the road (the Marcopolo Inn I think) which is livelier if that's more what you're looking for. The weather wasn't dreat while we were there but we still got a couple of good days for hiking and biking. There's tons to do and once you're there it's easy to get recommendations, hook up with other people etc.
There is so much to see in Buenos Aires. It has stunning architectural sites and rich culture. Plaza De Mayo, Museum of Latin American Art, San Telmo and Caminito are among the top attractions here. You can also plan a visit to Delta Islands that have amazing natural beauty. For shopping you can go to Nueva Casa Antonio, Appetite and many other places.
March is a great month to see BA,it is a safe city and people are friendly,there is a great hotel at Avenida de Mayo hotel Nuevo,that is older beautifuly designed and have rooms for 20 dollars a night. The city has a great night life Recoletta,walking is a great way to explore the city .