Villa 31

Getting (Almost) Robbed in the Slums of Buenos Aires

Jonathan Duke | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Travel
Jonathan Duke

I exited the subway system back onto the sunny streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was walking through the street vendors that line the way to the bus station when a spray of liquid hit me from behind. I remembered a warning about the pick pocketing distractions that I might encounter -- I quickly realized I was in the middle of one of them. With that realization I took off zig zagging through the crowds...

Argentina's Darkest Corner: Slum or New Beginning?

Jonathan Duke | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Travel
Jonathan Duke

Villa 31 is not included on the map of Buenos Aires. It does not receive basic municipal services such as sanitation, water, public transportation or street lights. Are the villas of Buenos Aires home to inescapable cycles of poverty, or are they the means by which immigrants and migrants gain a foothold in the city to someday create a better life for themselves and their families?