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Where to go and where not to go

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1. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Which parts of South America are dangerous and should be avoided, and which parts are a must see?


2. Posted by sdaltrey (Budding Member 68 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Big cities can be dangerous, but to be honest I feel that my home city of London is dodgier than any South American city. I suppose you just need to keep out of the slums.

You must go to Colombia. It dosn´t deserve it´s reputation. The people are great, it´s safe and a beautiful country. Check out Parque Tayrona near to Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast.

Else it depend what you want to do on your travels....

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Like sdaltrey already mentioned, the big cities can be a problem, but even then it is just a matter of bad luck when you do get robbed. Just avoid walking after dark in certain areas and take a taxi, don't walk around with a camera and stick to the main areas mainly. But even then it's not that bad.
That said, favelas in Brazil (ghetto's of Brazil you can call them) should be avoided at all times and the Colombian jungle (except the area near Leticia) is not safe as well, as is the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia.
From what I heard, Georgetown in Guyana can even be dangerous during daylight and even in the centre.

4. Posted by Rocinhajj (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I live in a favela and think it is more dangrous for foreigners to get robbed or mess with outside the favela. here in Rocinha is very safe. the only time is dangrous is when the police come in..

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5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

As a rule of thumb: most places that are really unsafe are difficult to reach, so you're unlikely to end up there (the reverse is not true: many places that are difficult to reach are quite safe).

SA countries work hard for safe tourism, so you don't really need to worry, especially if you keep on the beaten tourist track.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I've lived in Cartagena...To tell the truth, there are parts of that town that I would consider pretty dangerous. La Popa and Pie de La Popa for instance...But all in all, in the places hwere you would normally run in the city, it's fine...There's the rub. You know when you are getting into a dodgy area...Don't go there.

To back up what Daltrey said: The only time anyone has ever tried to mug me after 42 countries is in London. Soho, to be exact.


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