a VirtualTourist member from Chatsworth
I understand "be ware", but reading the "dangers" section has me downright scared. I am not sure if there are certain areas to stay away from...or if this is directed to normal tourist areas...but it sounded like even the nice areas are suspect. We have not made hotel reservations yet so further information will be appreciated. I never wear flashy jewelry and such and I certainly don't look elite, but that being said, if I am a tourist and want to take pictures I usually will have a camera around my neck and that screams tourist!
We arrive at EZE in the evening and then our flight to Iguazu is early the next morning (probably the 5:40 am flight out of aep) so I was thinking of getting a hotel near aep airport to cut down the travel time in the morning. Is this an okay plan or do I need to rethink it? What hotel or area do you recommend. We will have large suitcases that we will be leaving with the hotel while we are overnight in Iguazu, so the hotel needs to be reputable. Then the next day we will gly back to BA and stop buy the hotel on our way to our cruise and pick up the other suitcases..so that way we only take one with us for the overnight. Otherwise, we will be traveling with two each plus a very small carryon (with the laptop)...and my husband is 72 years old so I really need to make things as easy as possible for us.
Staying close at an airport hotel is an excellent idea. You just need a place to sleep for the night. I would not let the VT warnings and dangers page detur you from your travel plans. As far as hotels near the airport are concerned, click the link below it will give you all the hotels available, and you can see amenities and if they have an airport shuttle. Some are pretty close to the airport. You can also change the date to suit your travel plans. I have been in BA twice, and it can be an unsafe place, as are other cities around the world, taking precautions such as no jewelry etc is a good idea, and I don't know if I would wear a camera around my neck. the strap could be easily cut. I also have safety concerns when I travel to foreign countries but with a little planning and using common sense a lot of the problems can be addressed
I remember asking the very same questions about an airport hotel when I was going through BA en route to Santiago for a conference in Chile nearly five years ago. I ended up staying downtown BA afternoon arriving at EZE, to break my long flight from KUL. He hotel I stayed in was recommended by someone who had been to BA. It's on a predestination mall.. You'll find details on my BA page..
But if all you're doing is transiting en route to Iguazu and your cruise, I wouldn't worry too much about safety or otherwise in BA.. Just do the sensible thing: I hung my camera on my neck, too, but always have it hung onto my chest instead of shoulders, holding onto it all the time.. You night want to do that?! ;D It's a lity you're not seeing any of BA though: It's called the Paris of the South..
Thank you. I am concerned which hotel near AEP airport to choose and if there are areas to stay away from. As for seeing BA, once we get to the cruise ship, they overnight in BA and we can book a tour with the ship so we will not be on our own.
Are you even going into the city at all? I would probably just stay at the hotel near the airport, especially since you have to wake up so early and. Not see the city. If you want to see a part of the city, I remember doing a tango show that picked us ip at our hotel and dropped us off, not sure if they would pick up from an airport hotel though.
I recall I ended up staying in town because I couldn't find an appropriate hotel nearby or leave my luggage at EZE.. I can't help you on this, sorry.. But so glad you'll be able to check out BA! Enjoy! :D
P.S. Since you're arriving at EZE in the evening and departing early morning, I wouldn't worry too much since you probably won't have time to venture out except to check in, shower, eat at the hotel, check out for your trip to Iguassu.. :D
You land in the evening at EZE (International Airport Ministro Pistarini) in Ezeiza, a division of southern Greater Buenos Aires. The airport is commonly known as "Ezeiza".
If I understand correctly, early next morning you fly to Iguazu Falls (Argentine side) from AEP (Aeroparque International Jorge Newbery.) That airport is in Palermo, a large neighbourhood (barrio) northeast of the city. In your circumstances (very short stay, probable arrival and departure by taxi), rest assured that you can find a reputable hotel in Palermo, maybe only 2 or 3 kms from AEP.
To the EAST of Palermo is the Recoleta barrio. A historical and residential district. You could also search for hotels there. Check out the map in link below if you need to. From it, you can go into "Directions", type in EZE Airport and see the best route linking both airports. Average time appears as approx. 54 minutes (consider time of day, roadworks and traffic.)
If you wish to use Booking.com (for example) to find a reliable hotel close to AEP Airport, type "good hotels near Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Buenos Aires" in your browser address line and click on results from Booking.com
Type in your dates, filter by price, by rating, etc. if desired.
Results will also show the distance from your chosen hotel to AEP Airport.
I recommend having the hotel reserve a taxi for you. Ask the desk for time required at 4 a.m. or so to reach the airport (likely less time than during peak traffic hours) and go by that.
For peace of mind and more sleep time, also take a taxi from arrival airport (EZE) to your hotel near AEP. Below is a link to transportation options from EZE to downtown Buenos Aires. I recommend using "white taxi" or "remis". I used "remis" all the time for months in Buenos Aires & across Argentina. Very reliable. I do not recommend the shuttles, in view of the short time you have between your two flights.
You do not need to be concerned about staying in Palermo or Recoleta or nearby barrios. In fact, any good, reputable hotel in downtown Buenos Aires would ensure that you get the service you need for your short stay, including reserving a reliable taxi to get you to AEP in good time.
Overall I recommend keeping your belongings *on your person* at all times (money, cards and passports under your clothes in a money pouch.) Not on the back of your chair or on the floor at your feet. If you keep that in mind and avoid being distracted by passers-by offering to *help*..., you should have a worry-free trip.
Have a good trip to the Falls!
I was trying to figure out how to reply to one of your later listings and couldn't so I am putting my response to you here. First thank you for the (later) info. too.
While I expect we will not get to the hotel until nearly 21:00, we will probably want some dinner. Since we fly out of the domestic airport AEP, we would want accomodations near there. We also need a hotel amenable to our leaving 4 suitcases with them overnight the next day while we are in Iguazu. Hopefully the hotel is reputable that our luggage will be okay when we pick it up the next day on the way from the airport to the cruise ship. I am trying to plan all of this far enough in advance that we won't have too many unplanned problems pop up (but some always do). My worry is being safe. We stayed at a Marriott hotel in Seattle, Washington USA in 2000 after a 3 week tour. Our flight out was early the next morning so we just ate in the hotel. We did not unpack bags because we just put what we needed in one small carryon to expedite departure in the morning (I think it was around 4AM...Anyway we got up showed and dressed and then..it hit me...Where is the camera bag!! While we were at dinner our cameras were stolen along with 26 rolls of film (this was in 2000) and 3 weeks of memories gone!!!! gone!!!! gone!!!. It was devastating for me because it was such a violation. Now my camera is with me 24/7 on a trip. I guess my point is this was a very very nice hotel and I would never have thought of being burglarized in the room there. Now reading all of these warnings about BA and bird poop and knifings and gunpoint robberies...I am nearly scared to death and last night almost wanted to cancel the trip. I am not looking forward to going someplace with that kind of threat level! Picking the right area, and who to trust (hotel and staff) is really important in prevention. For example, my sister in law sent to New York and stayed in a lovely hotel room..big, nice appointments, etc...BUT when I read the reviews that said the neighborhood was seedy and industrial etc, we decided not to stay where she was. I do not want to worry about walking to get a bite to eat at night near the hotel! Oops sorry about being long winded. I look forward to your answer and also your opinion on if we need to hire a guide for Iguazu or do it all on our own...recommendations for there would also be great!
Alza had the right response for you!
Palermo is safe, close to Newbery Airport and a very nice area to go for a drink before going to sleep :)
If you have time when you are back in Buenos Aires, please do Tango, Tigre and Polo!
I'm afraid I won't be able to help with either accommodation near that airport or Iguassu since I haven't been through/to either. FTI I was also very apprehensive about going to South America because of the criminals we often get here from there but glad I did! The people I met were lovely! So, I'd like to suggest you relax and try to enjoy it. Get your baggage sealed at the airport and ensure the hotel manager is aware of your storage plans. Stay in a reputable hotel, like I did overnight at SCL prior to flying to Peru..