Jan 7. Rich in culture, home to stunning nature reserves and where some of the best cuisine in the world can be found, South America is a fascinating destination to explore. On the downturn, social problems, poverty and a high crime index still beset parts of the continent, leading travelers to question: which South American countries are safest to visit in 2023?
Safety is one of the top concerns for Americans going abroad, especially when they are unfamiliar with the local customs and cannot speak the language, becoming more susceptible to scams and robbery. Their worries are not unfounded: petty crimes and violence are becoming a widespread issue in tourist hotspots, irrespective of destination.
South America is no exception, and while there’s a rotten apple or two, contrary to popular belief, it is much safer than it usually gets credit for:
3 Countries in South America Rank among the Safest In the World
Argentina is incredibly popular among budget travelers coming from North America due to an advantageous currency exchange rate effectively ‘doubling’ their cash back. Similarly, both Paraguay and Suriname, largely overlooked by visitors, are deemed safe countries to visit, with the exception of certain provinces.
Source: Travel off Path