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21. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting -reece-

Ive also noticed unless i missed it that theres nothing on the Bolivian travel guide about this warning so would it be a good idea to but it there to let people know?

That's why it's a wiki; it can be updated by any Travellerspoint member if they think it's a good idea :)

22. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 7y

I take it you guys are talking about Cochabamba in Bolivia rather than Copacabana in Brazil?

23. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 7y

WOW, MAN! What an experience! It must have been terrifying. That's one of those things you always hear about on TV. (Speaking of it should have been on the news, no?).
It's one of those experiences that you will reflect on and learn from for the resto de tu vida. Glad to hear that everyone made it out okay.
As terrible as this is, it is what make South America what it is, real people, real situations and very real danger. Compared to most western countries where the closest most people come to some thing like this is on a xbox.

Pura vida

ice

24. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 7y

Quoting crazylegs

I take it you guys are talking about Cochabamba in Bolivia rather than Copacabana in Brazil?

No theres a Copacabana in Bolivia as well.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copacabana,_Bolivia

Although i will say dont let this news put you off Bolivia.
I wasnt originally planning on going there but every traveller i met before i went to Bolivia said its a must visit country.So i changed my plans to visit Bolivia and it was one of my favourite countries.

25. Posted by tammyxx (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I'm thankful for the warning and yes it may make people avoid coming to boliva but so what......thee is a big world out there i'd rather reduce the risk of being kidnapped. So hell yeah I will avoid coming to boliva infact I watched the doccumentary and no way will I step foot into boliva.................... They better clean their acts up or else their economy will really go down hill and they have no one else to blame but themselves..The police over there are clearly not doing a good enough job. AVOID GOING TO BOLIVIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

It always makes me very sad and I feel so sorry for the 'innocent' travellers that fall victim to kidnapping, robbery or even murder. A couple of years back I came across this website, which also deals with the incidences happening in Bolivia and it gives (useful) information on safety precautions. I don't think avoiding to go somewhere solves the problem, but being aware and extra careful can be a first step.

27. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 7y

Quoting tammyxx

I'm thankful for the warning and yes it may make people avoid coming to boliva but so what......thee is a big world out there i'd rather reduce the risk of being kidnapped. So hell yeah I will avoid coming to boliva infact I watched the doccumentary and no way will I step foot into boliva.................... They better clean their acts up or else their economy will really go down hill and they have no one else to blame but themselves..The police over there are clearly not doing a good enough job. AVOID GOING TO BOLIVIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then you are missing out on an amazing country.
Like i said in a previous post i was in Bolivia a short time after this kidnapping and i survived and managed to see an amazing side to the country.Things like this can happen anywhere even in your own home town.
You just have to be more aware when travelling.I mean there was never a time when i wasnt with at least 10 other backpackers on a bus etc etc.

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