do not travel with the new amex debit card it is a horrible costly thing that is not accepted at all in bolivia.bring visa or master card. also bring euro because at the moment it is as widely accepted as dollars but the rate is better.
no offence number1 but columbia is very dangerous.and judging by your "places to visit"
well lit metro areas hardly constitutes someones understanding of dangerous country!!
finally make sure your confident where ever you are...
every place will be great...except st. pedro de attacama which really seems just to be a water hole for american tourists..bit of a rip off
1. Igetlost Colombia is spelled this way not "Columbia".
"~The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.~"
From: Lisa P (A travel friend on another network)
Date: Friday, October 28, 2005 -
Subject: Not all Traveller's Cheques are equal-
Netiher are all credit cards. I found it helpful to check ahead as to
types of TC, credit cards and currencies that are accepted in the
various countries. With all the global shifting, both politically and
economically, some rules have changed. Also, check validation time limits on
passports. This may vary contry to country.A note from personal
experience. When reserving a hotel room on credit card, check that the funds
held have been freed up once the bill has been paid. I got into a bit of
a jam, once, in France. I had reserved my hotel room, in Nice, on Visa
but for some reason paid with another card. Unfortunately, when I got
to Paris, I discovered the Nice hotel had not released the hold against
my Visa. Thankfully, my travel companion had a card or we would have
had to spend a few extra days in Paris. BTW-I contacted Visa and they
were no help. They said that they could do nothing until the hotel in
Nice authoirized release of the funds"
I was drugged in Quito, and mugged in Chiclayo within the last 5 weeks. This does not make it a dangerous place, even though I have had bad experiences, the people have been increadably friendly and helpful dispite my lack of spanish (it helps if you at least try though).
I lost my passport and my money (my fault) and people have given me free accomodation, they have fed me, and they have even taken me out to parties.
I am from London and am far more scared walking round parts of there than most of the areas here.
Don't be afraid, be friendly, bad things might happen, but they are just as likely to happen at home, and for me this is part of travel, its stories to tell the grandkids
cheers for your help guys! This Thread has definitely cleared up a few things for me!
Next on my agenda: gettin a grip on the Spanish language!