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11. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

if it makes ya feel better...i had friends female and male get so drunk and wake up in some random hotel room tied up...completely robbed to the bone! drugged in the end! but at least they were alive.

they jumped into taxi and explained to taxi man to bring them to the police station but they had no money, taxi man didnt know english and brought them to the police station (he understood that part),
guess what, they got busted by police for not paying taxi man...locked up for the day before they could tell there story!

just be cautious...its all one can be....if your life is up then your life is up.

south america? a lot of people go missing in ireland too! and never to be seen again....and i am not referring to the troubles up north...im talking about back packers, females etc.

google search and you will know.

o and both instances described above happened in thailand and vietnam!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2007, at 3:31 PM by oslaue ]

12. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 129 posts) 9y

There's no need to be paranoid, but the following might be useful for the 4 girls when traveling in S. America (or any latin american country for that matter):
1) Remain vigilant and accept that you may get ogled, even as a small group. The more revealing the clothing, the more this is true.
2) Be careful when moving around at night time, i.e. as soon as it gets dark, and don't get around after midnight;
3) Spread your cash, documents, credit cards, etc. between pockets and hidden pouches; avoid big crowds (pickpockets);
4) Don't carry your passport if you don't have to: keep in a safe storage when possible and carry a photocopy;
5) Keep your bags in sight, especially on public transport;
6) Don't walk around with your head in a guide book or while consulting a map: step aside or into a shop.
The savvy traveler knows not to stick out !

Enjoy your trip.

13. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

Wonderful advice for any woman traveler...especially when you get lost, never panic and never look lost..for a woman especially look for a "Sala de Belleza" (Beauty Salon) and go in and ask directions there, many of the local young women here in El Salvador go to work or school on city buses, you see them always aware and concious, in New York City it was "street smarts".

14. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

Wonderful advice for any woman traveler...especially when you get lost, never panic and never look lost..for a woman especially look for a "Sala de Belleza" (Beauty Salon) and go in and ask directions there, many of the local young women here in El Salvador go to work or school on city buses, you see them always aware and concious, in New York City it was "street smarts".

15. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

Wonderful advice for any woman traveler...especially when you get lost, never panic and never look lost..for a woman especially look for a "Sala de Belleza" (Beauty Salon) and go in and ask directions there, many of the local young women here in El Salvador go to work or school on city buses, you see them always aware and concious, in New York City it was "street smarts".

16. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

If any of those stories would have happenned on Chile, even more to foreigners, by sure I would have heard or read of them in the newspapers, wich I don't. Because yes, in here, a murder or a kidnaping are still a news that cause big public conmotion when happen, because of course that happens. But happily, we are still not used to them.

Catu // xD

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 19, 2007, at 2:03 PM by Catu ]

17. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

To Catu: Vincess (first poster) should not have included Chile on the list...."This is just a warning for everyone travelling to places like Quito, Banos, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and the surrounding areas"...this kind of thing rarely if it all occurs there as well as much of Argentina and Uruguay...Crimes against travelers are more often to occur in the impovershed Andean countries and in the tropical lowlands and big cities of other surrounding countries...remember, do your part, keep a low profile, especially in bus stations, bus stops and crowded public marketplaces in Latin America. If you get lost go into a store and ask directions away from the street.
Theives work in pairs or groups and now use cell phones, they spot you well in advance.

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