Top Nine Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

I always say that whatever can happen in another country could happen almost just as easily in your own backyard, but whether you’re traveling alone or with loved ones, you should always take precautions to ensure the safest experience possible. Many avoid the South America entirely because of rumors they have heard, but to miss out on this beautiful continent is a great tragedy. A lot of countries are safe for foreigners. I’ve listed some of the best, but wherever you go, always plan your trip well and be aware of your surroundings.

1. Bolivia

Bolivia - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

Bolivia why? This is one of the countries bordering the huge Titicaca lake, and like any of the Bolivian cities bordering this beautiful body of water, is a great location for a vacation. The city of Copacabana, for example, lies right in the middle of the Andes Mountains. The city is full of life and beauty. Learn about the ancient Incas, hike the surrounding mountains, or get out on the water for the day!

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

¡Pura vida! You can easily enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation to Costa Rica. Chosen by many for a honeymoon spot, this country holds appeal because of the diverse landscape offering diverse activities and the option of a romantic jungle or beach bungalow. San José, in particular, is the perfect city to wander around and enjoy just like a local would.

3. Colombia

Colombia - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

Colombia is also ideal for its various atmospheres, such as jungles, mountains, beaches, and quaint towns. Whether you go to Cartagena for its old town, Medellín, Bogotá, or Santa Marta you can easily enjoy a carefree vacation.

4. Panama

Panama - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

Panama is full of beauty. You can take a trip to Taboga Island, shop at artisan markets, snorkel in the San Blas Islands, and more. Panama has just recently become popular with tourists, so on the one hand, there is heightened security in place for tourist, but on the other, there are still some unsafe places to visit. Fortunately, they’re all listed on the state website, so just be smart!

5. Uruguay

Uruguay - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

Uruguay is small and often undersold, but the country is well worth a lazy visit. It’s got a quaint colonial feel, plenty of coastal towns, some of the best wine you’ve tasted, and numerous water and land activities to choose from. Compared to everywhere else in South America, it’s a remarkably safe country!

6. Peru

Peru - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

Peru is a bucket list country to visit. You’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of the mountains here, particularly Machu Picchu. You’ll find loads of history and ruins as well as beauty, hiking, beach, and even camping!

7. Chile

Chile - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

Chile borders Peru, so it has some of those beautiful mountains, yet it also has the Pacific Ocean on the other side. With geography like this, you’ll be snowboarding one day and surfing the next. You can explore deserts, volcanoes, mountains, marble caves and beaches – maybe not all in one visit, though! You may even be tempted to move there! The country is generally very safe.

8. Belize

Belize - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

Talk about bungalows and romantic getaways! You know those pictures you see of little structures at the end of a dock over crystal blue waters with a spectacular sunset in the background? You’re probably looking at a picture of Belize. Some don’t even know that the Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world! This small country is full of exotic jungle animals as well as Mayan ruins.

9. Argentina

Argentina - Safest Countries in Central and South America To Visit

So maybe you’re not heading to Europe soon, but South America is an option – look no further than Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America! It’s full of European food, culture, and architecture, yet with a local Argentinian vibe. If you’ve always wanted to learn to tango, this is your chance. On the natural wonders side, check out the astounding glaciers!

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