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1. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

What do you think is the most dangerous country in the world to travel to?

I was wondering becuase people from different countries seem to have different ideas.

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

When I was travelling in South and Central America I had originally planned to get a bus from Venezuela through Colombia to Panama and further north. Just before I was about to leave I met other backpackers who had come from Colombia and they advised me to better take the plane. So I didn't get a chance to visit Colombia:(, but I guess it's fairly dangerous to travel there.

3. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Thanks for you opinion. I lived in South America for a couple of years, and travelled to Columbia quite a lot. I did have my bag stolen once, but apart from that I never had a problem. I never felt particularly at risk there. It is an amazing country, and the people are so friendly, but parts can be dangerous.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting steffbo

When I was travelling in South and Central America I had originally planned to get a bus from Venezuela through Colombia to Panama and further north. Just before I was about to leave I met other backpackers who had come from Colombia and they advised me to better take the plane. So I didn't get a chance to visit Colombia:(, but I guess it's fairly dangerous to travel there.

I think the really dangerous part is in the very South of Panama and the the very North of Colombia. Lots of Drug smuggling going on around there, and one could eslily find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I wonder how the bus gets through the Darian Gap? Must put the bus on some short ferry or something. I think there's some areas there that are very swampy and difficult to cross. Pretty sure there is no road to cross through the Darian Gap. Anybody know about this?

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I was in the Sudan and didn't feel safe there.

Other than that I try and avoid very dangerous areas. Right now I'd say Iraq, Afghanistan, & Algeria are really dangerous. I'd love to visit Yemen but think that's too dangerous also. The rest of he dangerous places are probably in some places in Africa that I'm not familar with. Pakistan & Iran are 2 other places that I'd like to visit, they not raelly be all that dangerous, but seem to risky to me. for an American or Westerner certain places are more dangerous than they might be for someone of another nationality.

6. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

when i was in the middle of the brasilian amazon just with a local indian guide i felt like risking my life.
we were walking around in an area where, at least to me everything looked equal. by myself i could not have find home anymore, all was looking the same and from now on i began also to think if this guy got lost . and all the time he said "oh look theres an spider in that hole, dont step on it!" and i couldnt see it. after an hour he even began to crack branches to mark where we had already been. from that time on i felt really unsafe.
but after another hour to my surprise he lead me back home to our camp
i think these guys just have one more sense than we have. the sense to negotiate in the jungle.

-moritz

7. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

[quote=steffbo]When I was travelling in South and Central America I had originally planned to get a bus from Venezuela through Colombia to Panama and further north. Just before I was about to leave I met other backpackers who had come from Colombia and they advised me to better take the plane. So I didn't get a chance to visit Colombia:(, but I guess it's fairly dangerous to travel there.

Colombia is truly a great country, it a shame that the drugs have given the country such a bad name. I spent 2 months in Colombia last year, spending 5 weeks in Cali, 3 weeks in Cartegena and a few days on an island called Cocoliso which is part of a group of islands called Islas Del Rosario. It was a fantastic experience.

My ex-girlfriend was Colombian and I spent my time staying with her and her family. Her family and everyone else that I had the chance to meet were so nice, the people are very warm - they welcomed me to their country with open arms. If you go to colombia you will see for yourself the generousity and kindness of these people.

I must admit I was scared to go there at first because of all the bad stuff I had read, but as soon as I arrived I realised everything was going to be ok - my gf assured me that she wouldn't take me anywhere that was un-safe.

When we used to walk around shopping malls and were out in restaurants (especially in Cali) I used to get lots of looks from some really fit latinas - when they catch sight of your green eyes they seem to get hooked - It was fantastic to get so much attention, something that I'm not used to - shame I was with my gf as there could have been many opportunities to get to know them!

If you want to visit a country that's not destroyed by tourism, that has rainforests, snow capped mountains, desert and some fantastic people then Colombia is the place. You just have to be careful if travelling by road between cities, generally the cities themself are safe - Cartegena being the safest.

Check my wesite for some pics of my trip:- www.mattward.co.uk
or for information about Colombia visit:- www.poorbuthappy.com

:);)

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting matt_25

If you want to visit a country that's not destroyed by tourism...

Those are definitely the places that I seek out. I find you can have a much nicer experience when the locals have not dealt with so many tourists that they then have the "what can I get from you" attitude. Without so many tourist having already visited, they seem to have as much of an interest in you, as you have in them, so it's a mutually more rewarding experience.

Besides the drug trade, I also thought that kidnapping was a problem down there. Sort of like a money making business. And I'm not so sure anyone would pay too much to get me back .

9. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Besides the drug trade, I also thought that kidnapping was a problem down there. Sort of like a money making business. And I'm not so sure anyone would pay too much to get me back .

Yeah you are right, kidnapping does happen alot in Colombia but it's more likely to happen when you are off the beaten track.

Like anywhere you travel to, you just have to assess the risks. If somewhere feels unsafe, it probably is!!

Kidnapping is also a big problem in Mexico but people still go there!

10. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

[quote=matt_25]
Colombia is truly a great country, it a shame that the drugs have given the country such a bad name. I spent 2 months in Colombia last year, spending 5 weeks in Cali, 3 weeks in Cartegena and a few days on an island called Cocoliso which is part of a group of islands called Islas Del Rosario. It was a fantastic experience.

Reading your story Matt, it makes me even more unhappy I never went to Colombia But there's always a second chance and be sure I'll go for it this time!

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