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How To Stay Safe Traveling in South America & Resources

When someone is planning a trip to South America and emails for advice usually the first thing they ask is: “Is it safe?”

Tupiza, Bolivia Bus Station

Tupiza, Bolivia Bus Station

Safety is relative: relative to the person’s experience traveling abroad; relative to their personality type and how many ‘risks’ they are going to take or risky situations they may inadvertently put themselves in; relative to the locations they will be visiting i.e. tourist areas or off-the-beaten track remote locations; even relative to the time of year they are traveling.

And we can’t forget – how much money you have and how you travel will impact safety issues too. Arriving late at night at a bus terminal and on a tight budget? Some backpackers just curl up and wait until morning rather than pay for a cab, then full rate at a hotel for a 6 hour stay. In some areas that can be dangerous, with roving gangs of thieves ready and waiting to prey on someone vulnerable.

A traveler with a full pocketbook wouldn’t even consider such a thing, hail a cab and then get cozy in a nice hotel room. Much, much safer.

Yet regardless of how you travel, when you travel, where you are traveling to or how much money you have, planning well and researching safety issues before you land on the continent will go along way in lessening the risk of being victimized during your time abroad.

These articles will give you an excellent start in that process, whether you are going it solo, as a couple or with children. Buena suerte (good luck)!

  1. Is it Safe to Travel in South America?
  2. How to Research and Prepare for Your Trip Abroad
  3. Safety Tips – Traveling with Children in South America
  4. Crime & Safety Information for Argentina

Have Health Concerns?

Read: Health Tips & Articles for Travel in South America

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