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How safe is Columbia?

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1. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

I am going to Ecuador in the summer and thinking about visiting a friend in Columbia. Just wondered, how safe will it be for me to travel bearing in mind I am a lone female?

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 11y

Note that it's spelled Colombia that's also how it's pronounced.
I was there for a month last year-speaking some Spanish really helps-having been all over Latina America I've never seen a place with so little English.
The country is actually safer than Ecuador now-soldiers guarding all the main roads and generally re-establishing order.
The security problems of the past are now that-for visitors who stay on well established routes it's a fascinating welcoming country with warm welcoming people, great food, and endless beautiful scenery.
Food/transport are cheap-all found no worries.
Just Go!

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3. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
I am Man,oh la la(now in Eng,sad man) but travelled Colombia 1 week Feb this year by myself;No sponola only LP-SA and stayed in lively full of live Cartegena and happy Bogota.In my trip starting Cuncun and covering 15 countries 60% by bus I found the Colombia people very helpful,honest and friendly and I must say Colombia always sticks in my mind as a place i would go back to;Feel the Fear and do it anyway,the biggest crime is "I wish".
I met a girl travelling on her own in CA,we went are own way but kept in touch and she asked me about Colombia as i was headind towards Venz, i told her my veiws and where i stayed so she went, i will get in touch with her and ask her how she rated Colombia,she is still in SA in Peru!!!Have lots of Fun and Good Luck on "your Travels".

4. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
Ref my last thread and the girl I met in CA and said she was going to Columbia.
She has just got back to me from highlands in Peru, she did NOT make Columbia,she flew from Panama City to Ecuador,she said their was a hitch at Airport so she just flew out first available destinaton,but anyway, where ever you go,Wishing You ALL THE BEST and Have a Great Trip on "Your Travels".

5. Posted by chuckolas (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Yes, ColOmbia. A columbia is a swing set in Spanish. There are still alot of kidnappings there, just like Mexico City, but it is not all it's made out to be. If you do not have dark hair, dye it a natural-looking black before you go, and leave all touristy items at the hotel. Forget about any kind of personal defense i.e. stun guns, pepper spray. These may be efficient against a bum who wants to take your cash, but to imagine that they would help in a kidnapping sit. is wishful thinking. Kidnappings in Colombia are not excecuted by trios of desperados, but by almost corporation-like organizations that do it as a multi-million dollar business.
I have to agree though, no regrets is the best motto. Go for it.

6. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

hey chuckolas....
i am naerly blond, died my hair for brazil dark brown...but it doesnt help anything...european skin usually is too white, blue eyes...clothing, ....
i am lving in argentina now, people look like me, but it is also easy to find out theat i am foreigner, diff culture, diff behaviour...
well, you cant hide your roots totally...

heard the best is to have friend s there to get u aroung, better car than buses....
cities are safe for kidnappings which are in the mountians.

7. Posted by cgomez5 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Colombia is about 15% white, so many Colombians look European - blue eyes and blond hair do abound in the major cities. I've been 15+ times and never felt threatened, just be aware, take normal precautions and enjoy the lack of other tourists!!

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting cgomez5

Colombia is about 15% white, so many Colombians look European - blue eyes and blond hair do abound in the major cities. I've been 15+ times and never felt threatened, just be aware, take normal precautions and enjoy the lack of other tourists!!

I agree, take precautions. Just like the rest of South America...if you are visiting a place you have never been to before, just be careful and cautious. Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil...all those countries arent any safer or any more threating than your average major city in the US. Crime is just everywhere, just be aware of your surroudings and do your homework before you go. Happy travels!