By Trish Novicio
Have you ever wondered about the best places to visit in Latin America that are both beautiful and safe? Latin America is the home of ultimate adventures: trekking to Machu Picchu, hiking at Torres del Paine, swimming in Galapagos, sunbathing, selfie-taking, and endless walking to next day’s exploration.
The top three reasons why you should pack your bags and travel Latin America are: 1. Travel is affordable, even in the long-term, 2. Landscapes are totally overwhelming, 3. It’s a safe place to explore new places, cultures, and people.
On the other hand, with Mexico in the spotlight, there are many crime reports from Latin America countries that deter tourists: pick-pocketing, muggings, robberies, and even drug trafficking violence. Although, we may not erase what the reports have said in the past, now is the time that we change our minds.
The safety picture is changing and Latin America is becoming better and better for travelers.
Here, we offer a guide of the best places to visit in Latin America that are both beautiful and safe. Most of the countries we have on the list are as sale as any country in the world! Our ranking was based on general research and tourism crime rates for each country.
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1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The scientist Charles Darwin put the Galapagos on the map when he visited in the early 1800s and subsequently wrote his famous Theory of Evolution. Charles Darwin is not originally from Ecuador, sadly, he was born in England. The rich diversity of species and the captivating landscape has been a tourist draw for years, and the care and pride that islanders take in maintaining their unique environment makes it a prime destination. Don’t miss the dive-and-surf life in Galapagos Islands as well as taking in the natural beauty.
Because of advancements in law enforcement and resulting drop in crime rates, Ecuador has become one of the safest place to visit in Latin America.
2. Island of Capurganá, Colombia
What’s the country that only has summer season for all the year round? Colombia is near the equator, which means there is very little change of weather from one part of the year to another. So what does this means? You can plan a summer vacation any time of the year!
Colombia is a much safer place today than it was in the time of the notorious cocaine wars. Crimes, such as kidnapping, have been significantly reduced since 2000.
3. Asuncion, Paraguay
Paraguay is almost always outshone by its more grandiose neighbors, Brazil and Argentina. Now, it’s time for Paraguay to take the spotlight! The country boasts subtropical forests, refreshing waterfalls, and a fascinating culture that makes your visit worthwhile.
Among our safety tips for visitors to Paraguay, avoid traveling near the borders because of the threat from militant groups and drug trafficking. Also, don’t where flashy jewelry as you travel around the Asuncion.
4. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Have you ever thought what heaven feels like? In Bolivia, Uyuni Salt Flats you’ll have an idea. You can take over a hundred of pictures here (not exaggerating) and still not get enough of its magical beauty. The blue sky and white fluffy clouds reflect on the flats of Uyuni Salt, leaving an optical illusion of heaven. Be aware, however, when traveling to larger cities to watch out for petty theft.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
High peaks, three-day treks, and astonishing scenery, rides on a lazy train: this sum up the enchanted beauty of Peru’s Machu Picchu. Adventure-seekers should never miss trekking the Inca trail: it’s a treat for both body and mind.
Take the usual safety precautions if you decide to trek. Overall, you’ll find Machu Picchu one of the safest places to enjoy the sights of Latin America.
6. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
Your trip to Dominican Republic should be as hassle-free. Be happy and don’t worry about serious crime because it’s very rare. Remember, however, to bring mosquito repellent because there are plenty of fat mosquitoes eager to suck your blood and spread the Chikungunya virus. On the other hand, do yourself a favor and plan a day trip to Bayahibe region for an extreme beach experience. Water sports activities and snorkeling are the main must-try’s here!
7. Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
If you are wondering what Costa Rica is made of, it’s made of a lot of volcanoes around 121 and seven of them are are active! Other than keeping yourself away of the Arenal volcano, you should be safe during your stay here. Tip: Downloading a map of Costa Rica on your cell phone is highly recommended. You will find that there’s a serious lack of street names or addresses.
8. Punta del Este, Uruguay
The stunning country of Uruguay is one of the 29 safest countries in the world according to the ranking released by the Global Peace Index. This is one reason that hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to Uruguay every year, to enjoy the picturesque landscape and to explore. You should plan a day trip at Punta del Este where there are beautiful beaches, as well as museums, casinos, and theatres that will let you discover the culture of Uruguay.
9. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is the safest city in Argentina. Violent crime is extremely rare that is why roaming around Buenos Aires and most of the rest of Argentina is recommended for solo travelers. Check on the weather before going out, since it can change unexpectedly; this is particularly important for hikers. Don’t miss visiting the Palermo neighborhood where you can spend the day exploring the Botanic Garden and Bosques de Palermo, the top attractions in Buenos Aires.
10. Torres del Paine, Chile
Chile ranked top 30 out of 162 countries in the world in Global Peace Index Rank and is one of the safest countries in the western hemisphere. It’s hard to miss the country’s natural beauty, particularly the Parque Nacional Torres Del Paines. If you want to get a fabulous bird’s-eye view of Santiago, take a ride on the Teleferico.
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