Over the years since I owned La Margarita I have been asked by potential guests how safe is it to come to Argentina. Many females travelling alone asked this question. There is no doubt that all of South America has a bit of a reputation as being a bit on the wild side, a little bit dangerous so to speak. But is it justified? Is it safe for example for women to travel alone and is it advisable. Thing is as we all know travelling anywhere has its dangers and certainly Argentina is no different.
|Liza travelled alone from Slovenia|
Take precautions. Make sure you don’t go to no- go areas in Buenos Aires and there are some believe me. However, I am from London and there are plenty of no-go areas in London to be widely avoided. However, we have had many single female travellers who have come to Argentina who commented on how they felt very safe in Buenos Aires and Argentina as a whole, some even saying they felt safer than in their own country. And many said that travelling down from BA to the estancia was a breeze.
Of course with Google these days it’s easy to look up the areas to be avoided and those to visit. The biggest complaint in BA is mainly the wolf whistles that a single girl may get if she is walking in the city. However, on talking to many guests who have come it’s more of a newspaper alarmism than a genuine complaint – does happed for sure but not sure that it can be termed dangerous.
We have also had many families traveling with children on the estancia, some as young as one year old. I never heard one of the parents complain how dangerous it was. Of course those that hired cars were treated to the terrible Argentina driving however, you can also be treated to that in Milan or Portugal where for me it is worse.
David and Cris who now run La Margarita for me travelled down by car from El Salvador to the estancia. It took them one month to get here. They passed through some of the alleged most dangerous countries in South America such as Columbia and El Salvador itself. They weren’t robbed, attacked, harmed or threatened during their trip. They only have wonderful things to say about the trip and the people they meet on their journey. Course they could have been lucky who knows but I am not sure. Over the years I have meet many travellers who have passed through these countries and they have been fine.
In the UK a trip from Hove (in the south of England) to Worthing in the south of England would be ranked as one of the safest journeys on the world I reckon. But yesterday (17th July 2015) a 79-year-old man was involved in a car crash and the other driver got out of his car and brutally stabbed the old man to death. In many cases when it all goes wrong it’s normally a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time – sadly nothing more and that’s what tragically happened to Mr Lock.
|Nel ( 21) from the UK travelled alone for 3 months|
Traveling always involves some risk no matter where you travel – some countries are riskier than others without doubt. Is it worth that risk that is the questions to ask yourself. In my mind there is no doubt to travel is a wonderful thing. We can be involved in other cultures, listen to different languages, eat different food and meet wonderful people. It’s a privilege to be able to do this - get packing its definitely worth the risk!
This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto