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Safety & Security (South America)

Safety & Security

All travellers should maintain a high level of personal security. Although the South American countries we visit in our itineraries are considered safe for travellers, please keep in mind that cash or wallets in pockets, obvious jewellery, swinging handbags, etc. may attract unwanted attention. Keep your belongings with you at all times and beware of pickpockets in crowded areas.

Make sure your valuables and cash are secure and inconspicuous. Do not leave any valuables unattended in your hotel room. Lock away cash you do not need during the day, credit cards, airline tickets, passports, jewellery, etc. either in your room’s safe or at Reception, as not all hotels will have an in-room safe deposit box. Likewise, whilst travelling each day, do not leave any valuables unattended on the bus.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you carry your money and valuables on you at all times.

Wearing a money belt under your clothing is strongly recommended. We advise you not to bring valuable jewellery with you and keep a photocopy of your passport and debit/credit card(s).

If you travelling via taxi, we recommend using a taxi service app or ask for help from staff at hotels or restaurants to book a licensed taxi.

Earthquakes, volcanic activity and flooding

South America is an active earthquake area of the world. While planning your trip to South America, it is a good idea to be aware that a number of earthquakes occur across the continent each year. Earthquake safety should not be a big concern when travelling in South America, but in the unlikely event that an earthquake does occur, it is best to be prepared. Small tremors occur fairly regularly, and larger earthquakes that do damage are far less frequent.

There are also several active volcanoes in South America. In Peru, Ubinas and Sabancaya volcanoes have erupted several times, and eruptions can occur without warning.

In parts of South America, the rainy season is from November to March which can sometimes see heavy rainfall and flash flooding. This can affect services and transport, including land border crossings and flights. If travelling during this time, ensure you allow plenty of extra time for delays and follow orders of local authorities.

Your National Escort will advise you at the beginning of the trip on the safety procedures.