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Women Travellers

  • Being a woman traveling in Argentina can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you are young or alone. In some ways Argentina is a safer place for a woman than Europe, the USA and most other Latin American countries, but dealing with its machismo culture can be a real pain in the ass.
  • Catcalling can be highly irritating. Verbal comments include crude language, hisses, whistles and piropos (flirtatious comments), which are often vulgar – although some can be eloquent.
  • As tempting as it may be to respond, the best thing to do is completely ignore the comments.
  • Chivalry is part of the fabric of life. Men frequently hold the door open for women and let them enter first, offer bus seats when people are standing or seat their female companions when dining.