Traveling is synonymous with adventure, discovery, experiences, emotions, landscapes, cultures, and new friends. However, when we decide to prepare the backpack or suitcase to embark on a new expedition, it is undeniable that our risk factor increases exponentially with respect to those who remain calm on the sofa at home.
Although it has been proven that everything can happen to you anywhere, within our possible travel destinations, there are areas of the planet where we will feel safer wandering through its cities, towns, mountains, fields, or beaches. Europe, North America, Oceania, and part of Asia would form this nucleus. South America, unfortunately, is usually off the list.
This melting pot of Latin and indigenous cultures is one of the most beautiful areas on Earth, offering a cultural and landscape richness that is difficult to match. You must explore it to feel like a complete traveler, and in Skyscanner, we leave you a few tips so that you do it in the safest way possible and minimize the options that some misfortune will make your trip bitter.
Find Out Before You Travel
Primordial in any trip, but with more reason in places prone to experience some kind of political instability, it is to be informed of the current situation of the country or region that we are going to visit. At present, almost all of South America is safe in this regard, except for the specific problems that still arise with the FARC guerrillas in Colombia and the revolts in Venezuela.
The research you should do is not only limited to political or economic issues but also to issues such as the weather. You should know business system solutions, for example, when it is the rainy season that can leave roads and roads impassable or if it snows in the mountains you intend to climb. A bad forecast of this kind can make you find yourself in a truly dangerous situation for your health.
Always Carry The Documentation With You
This section is a classic in South America. If you have not traveled here, in Africa or part of Asia, it is almost certain that the police will not have stopped you to verify that you have your passport and/or visa in order.
The police are usually very poorly paid in the South American countries and, occasionally, they see in the foreign tourist an opportunity to improve their battered salary. Always carry with you the original passport or a certified photocopy (they do not consider it sufficient in all countries), even if it is well kept in a belt with pockets hidden under your clothes.
The price for not carrying it varies according to the amount that the agents on duty want to extort from you since there is usually no officially legislated fine.
Act With Common Sense In Cities
Although, as we have said, any mishap can happen to you in the most unexpected place, it is true that the big South American cities tend to be somewhat more dangerous than the rest of the territory.