Countries to avoid in Latin America

Countries to avoid in Latin America | With terrorism spreading across Europe, and continued unrest in the Middle East and northern Africa, travelers start to see Latin America as an alternative likely safer destination. According to the IATA (International Air Transit Association), Latin American carriers experienced an almost 10% increase in traffic in 2016 and 2017. We agreed that Chile and Costa Rica will back this peaceful image for sure. But the rest of region is not as peaceful as one might think. Three latin american countries in particular stand out to be very unsafe for international tourists:

Countries to Avoid: Venezuela

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Countries to avoid in Latin America: Venezuela.

Countries to Avoid: Venezuela | Rich in oil and gas, but heavily violent and dangerous. Venezuela finds itself at number 164 out of 178 in the Corruption Perceptions Index. It ranks dead last at 99 out of 99 in the Rule of Law Index. Venezuela is among the most violent places on Earth. A person gets murdered every 21 minutes. Violent crimes have been so prevalent in Venezuela that the government no longer publishes crime data. The homicide rate was 80 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 = the world’s highest. It quadrupled in the past 15 years with over 200,000 people murdered. Venezuela is especially dangerous toward foreign travelers and investors. In 1989 29 kidnappings had been counted. In 2011 it was 1150 – not even including so-called “express kidnappings”.

This you miss: Angel Falls -> the highest uninterrupted waterfalls in the world (978 meters) and Los Llanos -> the last stronghold for the Orinoco Crocodile, home to anacondas, capybaras, jaguars and caimans. Also worth mentioning: Los Roques Archipelago NP -> largest marine park in the Caribbean Sea with plenty of almost untouched coral reefs.

Countries to Avoid: Colombia

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Countries to avoid in Latin America: Colombia.

Countries to Avoid: Colombia | Drugs,  cartels, violence,  murders, gangs, kidnappings – it will be a long hard walk for Colombia down from the top spot in the list of the Worlds most dangerous countries. Outdated rumors have not yet been cleared up in tourist seeding countries. International travelers still seem convinced: if you go to Colombia you may not return. Violence linked to narco-trafficking continues to affect rural and urban areas in Colombia. But it’s slowly getting better. The first backpackers already arrived :)

This you miss: Cartagena – old colonial town. Rosario Islands – with water so bright and clear, you will not believe your eyes. The Rock of Guatape and El Peñol – with the best views in entire Colombia.

Countries to Avoid: Mexico

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Countries to avoid in Latin America: Mexico.

Countries to Avoid: Mexico | Make no mistake. Mexico is a dangerous country. But it’s also a hot vacation destination for US tourists. For the most part, drug-related violence and crime is limited to drug cartel areas and drug trafficking routes. The level of crime in resorts and tourist cities isn’t nearly as high. But that doesn’t mean tourists are safe. In 2014 100 US citizens were murdered in Mexico. 130 were kidnapped. Besides that, carjackings and robberies by organized criminal groups take place every minute.

This you miss: Chichen Itza – the largest of the Maya cities in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of Mexico’s most visited tourist destinations. Metropolis of Teotihuacán – its huge Pyramid of the Sun was built around 100 AD and is the largest pyramid in Mexico.

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