Travel Safe in South America
Some general travel safety tips and ideas for travelling in South America from the British Embassy.
Common sense? Unfortunately it is not that common!
No matter where you are, even in your own country, you need to be careful of unauthorised taxis. There are horror stories all over forums but taking only official taxis will eliminate almost all problems in this area.
If you can, make sure you book your accommodation in advance and check it is in a reasonably highly traffic area. You don’t want to turn up on foot into a dingy dark alley late at night.
Take a lock for your backpack/luggage. This will deter the opportunist thieves. Also take with you some electrical zip-ties for temporary restraint.
When anywhere, don’t show off any apparent wealth. Wear average clothes and do not wear expensive watches/jewellery. You are just showing yourself to be a stupid target for a would be thief – or organised gang of thieves.
Don’t wear those stupid external money belts – you may as well have a sign pointing “Hey – All my good stuff is in here”.