Ecuador has a reputation of being one of the safer Latin American countries, so you don’t have to be too concerned about your safety.
Still, it’s necessary to keep an eye open and follow common sense:
Thieves and pickpockets favour crowded places like markets, public transport, city centres.
Keep your belongings close to you, possibly out of reach, be discreet with what you have.
Don’t wear jewellery, wristwatches etc. And keep your phone in your pocket if possible.
Hidden pockets, money belts are useful. It’s also practical to split up your money, also stash credit cards in different places.
Take care when using ATMs. Try to use those inside buildings or banks, if possible during business hours or at least during the day.
Avoid travelling at night on public transport. In cities always use registered taxis, or for more safety Uber or Cabify.
Never accept any food, drinks or cigarettes from strangers to minimize the risk of drugging.
But remember, in case of a robbery, whatever might happen, keep calm, don’t resist and don’t hold back any valuables. All things are replaceable.
If anything happens, always get in touch with the local police (for insurance purposes you might have to get a report, “denuncia”, from them anyway) and with your travel agent.
The complaint can also be filed online through this link: https://www.gestiondefiscalias.gob.ec/rtourist/
Our emergency phone is available 24/7.
Colombia is safe for travelers. While petty crime is still a problem, as long as you don’t flaunt your valuables, you’ll likely not run into any problems. When you go out, only take what you need for the day and leave your other valuables in your hostel or hotel room.
The threat of violent crime in most of Peru is no greater than many of the world’s major cities. Traveling around Peru is relatively safe, and the rebel element has been largely disbanded. The Peru of today is a far cry from the militaristic repression, rebellion, corruption and terror of its history.
Despite this continuing improvement, poverty is still a problem in Peru, so there’s no guarantee you won’t fall foul of local crime. Peru is unfortunately infamous for petty crime, even among its South American neighbors. This doesn’t mean you need to be forever clutching your valuables to your chest, but you should practice your street smarts.