English text follows - Texto en castellano más abajo
Tourists to Argentina should be warned by Local Authorities when they arrive, not to do things they do elsewhere, such as walk in a park with a camera, which makes it obvious that they are tourists. Tourists are seen as prey by thugs. Some areas such as the centre of towns, where there is police, are safer. On the 21st April 2014 at 4:30pm I walked in the San Martin Park in Mendoza with my wife along a main avenue. I was careless and had a big camera with me. People warned us of a motorcycle gang ambushing some 100 m down the road. So we crossed the road not taking the dangers ahead too seriously. We saw that the motorcyclists also cross the road and disappear ahead. A couple with a kid appeals to us to flee. In flight, we cross the road again and take the next bus that comes. After a while, we notice that the motorcyclists follow the bus. To grab us when we get down? I make some pictures, they cover their faces, then they shout something to me and they go away. One week later I hear that motorcyclists killed the New Zealander, Nicholas Heyward in the same park where I was with my wife. When they could not quickly take his backpack, they shot him, not once but four times.
My recommendation: understand some Spanish when you travel to Argentina, so you will be able to understand the warnings of the good people who warn you. Try to keep to the centre of towns. Take organized excursion, you will be safer in a group. Don’t take any visible camera or jewels. Don’t dress as a tourist. Don’t let people note that you are a tourist. And always remember: Thieves may be extremly violent and kill you for no reason. Take care and you will enjoy the lovely country and all the nice people (the overwhelming majority), which you will meet.
Quisiera agradecer de todo corazón a las personas que me salvaron la vida cuando estuve como turista con mi señora en la ciudad de Mendoza la semana pasada.
Hotel Staff very friendly and helpful- Personal del hotel muy atento.