The important thing to remember is that as a tourist, you are fairly conspicuous, especially if you don’t speak Spanish. Practice defensive driving, talking and walking so that no one takes offense at you and you are safe. Watch out for pickpockets, keep your belongings close to you at all times and do not travel alone at night. Report any loss to the police, who have a dedicated number to report tourism company fraud: 0800 999 5000 as well as their emergency number 100
Land and air pollution tend to be a problem in the central districts of Buenos Aires. Anticipate this and bring along inhalers or any medication you may need. There is also often rubbish, cockroaches and pet litter on the streets so watch where you’re walking or putting down your bags.
There isn’t too much that could make you sick in Buenos Aires. Watch your eating habits; eating lots of meat or sweet things when your stomach is not used to it will cause a reaction. Water and ice are good to drink in the city and no vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Some useful hospital numbers:
Clínica Suisso Argentino
Telephone: 4304 1081
The Hospital Británico
Address: Perdriel 74
Telephone: 4309 6600
Consider medical travel insurance if you think you are likely to get sick.
Some things to remember when dealing with porteños or any Argentines: Kissing cheeks is the most common form of greeting between friends. Dinner is usually eaten late, from around 9:00pm and as mentioned before, time is relative. Formal attire is not usually required, except for official functions and dinners, particularly in exclusive restaurants. Clothes however, should be conservative away from the beach. Smoking is prohibited on public transport, in cinemas and theaters. Keep away from any discussion of the Falklands/Malvinas war as it can seem insensitive.