Is it safe to travel to Ecuador and Costa Rica?

is it safe to travel to England, France, Germany, or Sweden? They all have the same travel advisory as Ecuador and Costa Rica.
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This is an important question to ask if you are considering service project trips to Costa Rica or Ecuador. And we really hope you do. Traveling with a purpose is incredibly rewarding.

So is it safe to travel to England, France, Germany, Sweden? Even before the war in the Middle East, they all had the same travel advisory as Ecuador and Costa Rica. Strangely Poland and Romania are safer than most Western European countries.

Ecuador has a new president who is determined to make his country safe. There are parts of the country, along the north coasts that have gang-on gang violence between the drug cartels. Do not go there. Even when I visited the Rotary clubs in Guayaquil two years ago they had us put our valuables, including mobile phones, in bags under the seat in case someone wanted to rob us in the car. These are local Rotarians.

“Although more tourists are returning to Ecuador following the Covid-19 pandemic, crimes against tourists have dropped sharply since 2021. According to the National Police, there were 4,391 reported crimes against tourists through November, down sharply from the 6,903 reported in the same period of 2021.

The most common tourist crime, the prosecutor’s office says, is theft without violence. This is followed by credit card fraud and theft in which victims are physically assaulted. It said that crimes involving physical assault amounted to less than 3% of total crimes.” []

They have some interesting laws to stop crime. It is against the law for two men to be on the same motorcycle. A common crime anywhere in the world is to drive by and the passenger grabs the bags from pedestrians.

Another interesting deterrent is the nine o’clock curfew. If a young man under twenty-one is caught out after the curfew they don’t go to jail, they are drafted into the military.

US State Department

Always check with the US State Department for the latest travel advisory.

  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency overseas.
  • U.S. citizens should always exercise caution when traveling abroad.

Is it safe? The Amazon and the places we are visiting, are probably safer than a lot of places in the US. The safest place of course is right here at home, if you avoid big cities. Your risk/reward tolerance is a personal decision.

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