3. The Safety-Freak
You want to see the world but you are not sure if Latin America is the right place for you. When you think about travelling you feel stressed and you see everything that could go wrong before you have even left your house. You have googled Latin America + Safety several times and you bookmarked your favorite pages. Travelling by yourself is not an option and you want to plan your whole trip in advance. You know Brazil’s crime statistics by heart and you have thought about bringing a pepper spray on your trip.
Places to visit
Based on statistics Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina and Uruguay are the safest countries in Latin America. I have only been to Costa Rica and I think this is an ideal place if you are worried about your safety. There are a lot of tourists and it is extremely easy to travel. If Spanish is an issue you will have no problems in Costa Rica as a lot of people speak English.
But in general a lot of the safety issues in Latin America depend on you and your behavior! I have done three long trips through Latin America and I have never been robbed. I am not paranoid about safety but I follow general advice by locals. So for example if locals tell you not to walk along the beach at night, don’t do it! Often tourists get robbed in situations that could have been avoided.
Places to avoid
Venezuela, Honduras, El Salvador, parts of Mexico and places such as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. These are the most dangerous places in Latin America based on statistics. But remember, each country has its more dangerous and safer parts.