1 Be informed about the safety standards of the different countries
As big as South America is, as different are the countries you may visit there. Not only concerning the sightseeing points, nature and weather conditions, also regarding the safety standards.
2 Be informed by talking with the locals
Locals will always give you the best advice. They know their surroundings, because they grew up there.
3 Arrive during the day and book a safe hostel
If you visit South America by your own, try to arrive during the day. You will definitely feel safer than being in a foreign city when it’s already dark.
4 To travel by your own doesn’t mean to be alone
Don’t be scared: Only because you start your journey by your own, doesn’t mean that you will travel by your own the whole time or will be lonely.
5 Fit to your surrounding
Don’t bring your valuables with you. Even if it’s quite normal to Europeans to wear some jewelry or a watch, it is not in South America.
6 Don’t be scared, but careful
South America is safer than you may expect. However, it doesn’t matter where you are or if you travel by yourself or in a group, be careful.
7 Take officially licensed taxis
In South America you will find officially licensed cabs and private ones.
8 Avoid going out alone during the night
Reason is that robberies will happen more often the darker it gets and the emptier the streets are.
9 You charisma will influence your travels
Maybe you think it isn’t important, but it definitely is. over 4 years ago
It depends on where you're going and what sort of traveller you are. Top tip, head to worldnomads.com/travel-safety and choose a few destinations for general tips and check out our women's safety tips here.
They apply to just about anywhere in the world.
Best of luck
Phil from TRavel Smart over 4 years ago
I have traveled to Manaus on the Amazon, also Lutheran Chile by myself and down to the tip of South America. No problems. I took a couple of day tours but otherwise used public transport with no trouble. Just use the usual common sense. Good traveling! over 4 years ago
I just spent 2 months solo in Ecuador and Peru. I don't think you need a tour for those countries. Be cautious in Quito and Lima for pickpockets, and heed locals' advice on no-go zones.
Otherwise, just practice your usual precautions and you should be fine. Everyone I met was very kind and helpful. I'd be happy to answer any questions -- you can reach me on Twitter @TravelEater b over 4 years ago