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1. Posted by rune_dh (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

hey everyone,

ill be travelling through central america for about 5-6 month from the beginning of next year.
after reading what the danish ambasseys had to say about the countries in this area, i must say i got little concerned about all the listings of crime they claim are committed in these areas..

so i just wanted to ask people who have travelled in these areas, how real the concern should really be..?

Are the dangers in central and south america really that many?


2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Govt warnings are usually worth the paper they're written on.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1022 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Check the local newpapers in Canada or the USA for all the crime that goes on there. There is crime in Latin America, and some of it is violent, but it is the exception, not the rule, and there is no sense getting terrified about it. Just keep a weather eye. Don't live in \fear dude.


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5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3898 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Also I find the 'Dangers and Annoyances' section in Lonely Planet books give a pretty realistic account of what to be aware of.

6. Posted by littlebex (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I used to live in Honduras and there would be a photo of someone who had been murdered on the front cover of the newspaper most days. The worst i had however was a half-hearted attempt to take my bag by some kid on drugs. Oh, and sand fly bites!

7. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The only thing you have to worry about is using common sense.
Theres no more danger in these countries than there is in places in England and all over the world.

8. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The danish embassy is right!! C.A. is very dangerous! I got the teddy bear strapped to the front of my truck stolen while driving through!! LOL. Really though, that was it. I spent about a month driving in every major city in C.A. and never had a problem. i even ran though the worst part of Panama city at night and didn't run into trouble. (also Tegus).
As you probably get sick of hearing this, Common sense really is you best friend. Don't be like me, i fyou get a bad sense of a place, get out of there... ect... keep an I on everything... don't get to freindly with people, you never know what there real motives are. .... ALWAYS REMEMBER... MOST THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT CRIMINALS BUT ALL OF THEM ARE DESPERATE!.
Mostly have fun and do what can to make memories! It is a very beautiful place to be!

Pura Vida,


"If danger is the only reason not to do something do it for the Danger"

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