South America Warnings and Dangers

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South America Warnings and Dangers

  • Altitude Sickness - Soroche

    Cusco Warnings and Dangers

    We flew from Lima at sea level to Puno at 4000 m and were taking Diamox and drinking lots of coca tea. We're both very fit - this is irrelevant with altitude sickness. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're super fit and healthy and you won't be affected. Your body must maintain adequate blood oxygen levels and that's not within your control. We...

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  • Watch your back!

    São Paulo Warnings and Dangers

    São Paulo has its problems but is not different from any other big city all over the world... New York has 9/11, London 7/7 bombings, Madrid 3/11... I was born and raised in São Paulo, don't have a bullet proof car and I'm still alive to come here and write this review. If you know where to go, nothing will happen to you.

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  • Pickpockets

    Bogotá Warnings and Dangers

    BOGOTA Always when out and about here beware of theives and pickpockets. You will automatically be singled out for attention if you have light skin and/or have cameras etc. Poverty is rife and what you have is very attractive for people that have little..So, be careful.. Always Be aware of your surroundings.. Be extremely vigilant when in...

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  • Pelourinho

    Salvador da Bahia Warnings and Dangers

    I set out on foot for a restaurant about an hour after sunset on Monday, 14 July 2003. I soon got lost. I should have turned around and gone back the way I'd come. Instead I walked on, finding myself on Ave Contorno, the main street leading from Campo Grande in the Upper City to the center of the Lower City. Halfway down I decided to take a...

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  • Trail Dangers

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Being so high above the sea level, most visitors suffer the "altitude sickness". In the first 2-3 days you will feel a little headache and some stomach problems. To fight that is advisable to drink coca tea and take it easy, move real slow. If you spend 2 days in Cuzco before the trail you shouldn't have problems during the trail, but anyway, take...

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  • Altitude sickness

    La Paz Warnings and Dangers

    I just returned from La Paz and made the mistake of caring about all the negative posts that are out there. In our flight (American Airlines, from Miami), not a single passenger needed oxygen at arrival. I only saw a person with altitude sickness (out of hundreds that arrived that day). Because of panicking with all the negative posts out there, I...

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  • Favela slums

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    Stay away from the favalas (slums) in Manaus. These are durg infested, dirty, and impovished areas. Crime is huge and common in these areas. The poores favelas look like garbage dumps, the homes are on stilts to get above the flooding and to get away from all the trash and decay in the ground. Stay away from these areas.

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  • Other Dangers

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    If you like the good herb like I do. If your staying in Caracas, make sure you are not walking the streets with it on you. I got stopped and frisked by the bastard cops. They searched me dam well. I thought they were gunna strip me bare. Always leave your guja back at your place of stay otherwise you will end up in prison or with no money left...

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  • El Tatio geysers

    San Pedro de Atacama Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful when walking in between the many thermal sources and boiling water holes in El Tatio geothermal field: the ground crust is quite breakable and thin around most of the holes, since it is not always solid “ground”, but a series of rigid layers of carbonate that can break when stepped on; these are sometimes unnoticed, as they form...

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  • Taxis

    Cartagena Warnings and Dangers

    Although l felt safe enough in Cartagena, l did have the added advantage of having friends who live here. They were very specific on not taking a taxi alone. Never hail one from the street, what happens is you get into the cab, the driver stops around the corner, his accomplish hops in and next thing you know your robbed of your money and anything...

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  • Come on! No more danger than usual ...

    São Paulo Warnings and Dangers

    Please take all the warnings about Sao Paulo with a pinch of salt. Like all big cities, it has its far share of crime but overall its not dangerous, you just need to avoid the favelas (shanty towns) and dont flaunt wealth. I have been living in Sao Paulo for a number of years, have a family, and have never seen anything to be concerned about. I...

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  • Police

    Bogotá Warnings and Dangers

    I found myself in several situations with the local police. If your caught running a light, everyone does this in Colombia but if your light skinned those guys stop you immediately and the only way your going to get out of jail is by giving them money. Of course me being the total tourist handed them the equivlent of 5 dollars out the window of the...

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  • Thieves

    Salvador da Bahia Warnings and Dangers

    I am a LOCAL born and raised and I DON'T recommend travelers to come to Salvador. Right now it is quite dangerous to travel here. Even during the day. There are very few policemen on the streets and they are NEVER around when you need them. Check these pictures at the british Journal the DAILYMAIL in MAY of 2013. these pictures talk by themselves....

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  • Food / Drink

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Coca tea and chewing coca will help you adjust to altitude sickness. For most, chewing coca will make you a little slap happy. I guess everyone reacts to it differently. I felt my heart racing like I drank too much coffee.

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  • Fake Taxis or Police

    La Paz Warnings and Dangers

    The safest way to move by car at night is taking a RADIO TAXI. the difference between RADIO TAXIS AND TAXIS are because they `ve got a sign of their business and the phone number on its roof. For instance you can see REMISSE SUR RADIO TAXI, which is a blue sign and the name of the business are white. Please, take note of this warning. There were so...

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  • Travel in tropical South...

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    You will hear repeatedly that there are no mosquitoes on the Negra River. This may be true on the river itself, but once you get into the forest or near people there are mosquitoes. Perhaps not enough to drive you crazy, but enough to transmit Malaria. I took Chloroquin but still came down with Malaria two weeks after exposure. This fits the...

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  • Moving Around Town

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    Before traveling to Caracas, please go online and read carefully State Dept. travel advisory warnings about suspicious arrangements made between some Airport Staff and some Taxi drivers. Use ONLY taxis sent by your hotel, and only book at brand hotels that you are familiar with. Do NOT wear jewelery, carry a handbag, or move around with large...

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  • Vendors

    Cartagena Warnings and Dangers

    If this is your first trip to Cartagena you will be amazed at the amount of street vendors trying to sell you beer, water, braid your hair, massage, tee-shirts, jewels, lotto tickets etc. It can wear you down saying no constantly. My advice is just to ignore them. I stick out like a sore thumb and am constantly targeted. Beware of men trying to...

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  • Traffic

    São Paulo Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic is a real b**** here, so allow plenty of time for your trip whether you're taking the bus, taxi, subway or car. Things get worse when it rains and/or during rush hours. Coach travel: I was on a coach and it took us one hour just to go from Tiete Bus Terminal to Dutra highway exit. A simple one-hour and half trip took almost 3 hours!...

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  • Carnaval

    Salvador da Bahia Warnings and Dangers

    Carneval in Salvador is the best party i have ever been to and i would go back any time. I did have a little problem with 2 guys though who beat me up for unknown reasons. Visiting a hospital in brazil was quite interesting though and they stitched me up pretty nicely.

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  • Bathrooms

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Quite simply, there aren't any. You'll quickly lose your inhibitions about relieving yourself in the great outdoors, because you won't really have a choice when necessity calls. The trek group with whom we went, provided a small tent which we referred to as the "crapper" as much for its smell as for its so called utility. I refused to go anywhere...

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  • Jacare...Caymane

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    careful, those big, very big Crocodiles( called Jacare in Brazil) are realy not in the mood to get hassled and a swim with them could be your last when on the River, never ever leave the boat or for the tremendous...enourmes strong currents, it will knock your socks off

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  • Street Crime

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    There are many people with guns in Caracas. Try to avoid moving around the city during the night. If you have to go somewhere, take a taxi you trust at your hotel. Be aware of the people with motorbikes. If you go walking and you see some guy with a motorbike is aproaching you, try to scape from there.

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  • tours

    Cartagena Warnings and Dangers

    If you fancy a trip to the Rosario islands my advice would be to find a small boat to take you. I did the trip from the port and the first stop was the Aquarium which was of no interest to me. We had to stay there for an hour and a half while half of the boat did the tour. They have a small cafe with hot food and plenty of beverages to buy. If your...

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  • Weather Wise

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Visiting Machu Picchu in January, during the rainy season, we'd read to dress warm and expect rain and fog. The day we went it turned out warm, bright and very sunny. I knew about the higher altitude putting one at risk for sunburn, so I dutifully put on my sunblock in the morning, and then smeared Aruba Aloe sunblock lip balm on my nose during...

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  • Drugs

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    Due to Manaus's link by boat with Colombia, drugs is a growing problem. When I spoke to soem of the people in Manaus they simply said it is part of the economy: the poor sell drugs to the poorer. There is no security on boats not on the border so drugs flow easily into Manaus. When I was here a 75 year-old grandmother was caught with 15Kilos of...

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  • Squatter Settlements - Barrios

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    Hi! Safe areas: Los Ruices, Sebucan, Los Dos Caminos, Palos Grandes, Parque del Este, Chacao, Altamira, Chacaito, La California, Bello Monte, Colinas de Bello Monte, Los Chaguaramos, Sta Monica, etc... To be avoided: Downtown and west of the city, from Plaza Venezuela metro station to the west, and the far east of the city, Palo Verde, Petare,...

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  • Timing

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    If you want to experience the mysticism of Machu Picchu without distractions, then you better plan to rise bright and early in order to catch a few quiet moments of sanctity and solitude....the tour buses arrive fully loaded by 9:00 am, and the place is transformed. Anyways, seeing Machu Picchu during a few reflective moments in the early morning...

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  • Be careful climbing Huayna Picchu

    If you are going to be climbing Machu Picchu you should definitely try to climb Huayna Picchu. Two things to keep in mind. #1. When I was there last I arrived at the visitor center really early in the morning (7:30-ish), but there was a half-mile long line just to get up to Huayna Picchu. So if you want to go, you may have to camp up there...

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  • General safety in Brazil

    By summer I guess you mean Brazilian winter so I suggest you go North if you want warm weather. It's also cheaper in the North. But Brazil is BIG so decide what you want to see and that makes it easier.Traveling by bus is affordable and surprisingly comfortable (buy a seat "executivo" or "leito"). But there are stories of buses getting robbed in...

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  • Avoid Ormeno S.A bus company in South...

    This is a negative review of Ormeno S.A. Bus Company which is a Peruvian bus company serving South America (Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina). I was told to be at their bus station in Lima at 12:00 noon for my “Royal Class” trip to Guayaquil this past November 15. The scheduled departure was 2:00 PM. I check...

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  • Valparaiso: WALKING from your ship to...

    In Valparaiso your cruiseship will be docked in just a tiny walking-distance to the main attractions in the centre of town, BUT:You are not allowed to just walk over there, you first have to take a bus to the very other end of the pier / port, about 2-3 km from your ship, because ONLY THERE the security-checks with X-ray etc. can be done and...

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  • Be aware

    A bit obvious, but if you use a taxi driver, define the fare well in advance and also bargain. You can hire one for the whole day to take you (in Rio) to the Jesus statue.The only thing you have to worry about in Rio is wearing obvious gold jewellery. You also have to NOT go for the scam of a passport protection scheme at the airport. Wear old...

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  • DO NOT GIVE THE 'OK' HAND GESTURE IN...

    In most countries in the world the ‘OK’ symbol made using one hand means just that – OK. In fact, in all South American countries that speak Spanish, the OK sign is OK. Here in Brazil it means something much much worse and is shockingly offensive. Don’t do it or you may just get a punch in the nose. Or worse. In fact, I don’t even have a picture of...

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  • Other Vaccinations for kids going...

    Continuation of other vaccinations needed by kids who travel to other continents taken from:HTTP://WWWN.CDC.GOV/TRAVEL/YELLOWBOOKCH8-VACRECINFANTSCHIDREN.ASPXROUTINE INFANT AND CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONSMeasles, Mumps, and Rubella VaccineInfants and children should be as well protected as possible against measles and should complete the immunization...

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  • Yellow Fever vaccine and more;...

    OTHER VACCINES that kids "might need" before going intercontinentalYellow Fever VaccineYellow fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is endemic in certain areas of Africa and South America . Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into some countries.Infants are at high risk for developing encephalitis from yellow fever...

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  • Vaccinations for kids going to another...

    This information came from the CDC regarding vaccination for kids going not only to South America, but to other continents as well....HTTP://WWWN.CDC.GOV/TRAVEL/YELLOWBOOKCH8-VACRECINFANTSCHIDREN.ASPXROUTINE INFANT AND CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONSHepatitis B VaccineHepatitis B virus (HBV) is a cause of acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and...

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  • Latin America. Not as unsafe as it...

    Hello! Safety depends a lot on how much of a wise traveler you are and knowing the right people in the country. All the countries in Latin Aamerica have interesting things for people to enjoy, from relaxing beaches to colonial downtowns and ancient archeology. There's a woman here on VT that is currently traveling through South America. Her member...

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  • Fake cops in Bolivia

    Whilst in La Paz, Bolivia, I was walking down a street when a girl tourist came up to me saying she was lost and could I help her find a particular street. She said she was from Chile and travelling alone so I walked with her down the road. A short distance later a man appeared and showed his I.D. claiming to be Tourist Police. He wanted to search...

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  • South American bag snatchers

    If you get pick pocketed when you are travelling then you were probably drunk or maybe you are a little stupid ! There are some thieves that prey on normal human reaction in order to rob you in broad daylight.Usually they work in gangs consisting of a couple of kids, and an older, faster, stronger snatcher.In a busy but crowded place such as a...

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  • Animals

    As for animals, don't worry, they're not that many dangerous ones out there. Keep an eye on the llamas though because they give a nasty kick if you turn your back on them (speaking from experience) :)

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  • Don't let go of your belongings

    Keep a grip on your belongings (sometimes just an eye on it ain't enough). If you're in a bus, tie your daypack around your legs, especially while you sleep. If you're carrying expensive stuff then don't go showing it off to people. No need to tempt a thief.

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  • Fake Cops

    As I was walking and minding my way in downtown La Paz, two Bolivians tried to rob me, which looking back looks funny. I was walking from Plaza Murillo towards a museum via Calle Illumani. On route, I met this Bolivian Tourist who was lost and asking for directions. We laughed when I told him I was a tourist. After talking for a few minutes, he...

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  • The Ketchup accident

    Keep your eyes open for scammers. Several fellow travelers have told me about this particular scam where they were robbed by a disguised petty thieve. Usually the scam artists’ work in groups: one will dump ketchup or something on you and pretend to help you out while the other one grabs your stuff. Note, this didn't happen to me, but I’ve heard...

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  • Taxi's

    As in anywhere in the world, traveling is safe as long as you use your common sense. ace it, We all use them one time or another. As in anywhere in the world, be wary of who you travel with while taking a taxi. Whenever possible, don't ride in a taxi with strangers. The only ones that should be in the cab at any time are you, any friends or people...

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