Safety in the Amazon
Staying Safe in the Amazon
Many foreigners visit South America each year, and most have an absolutely wonderful time. You can travel throughout South America and meet friendly faces everywhere you go.
With that said, you should exercise the same caution as you would while traveling in any other foreign country. We recommend that you leave valuable jewelry - including watches - at home, as well as expensive electronics. Carry a money belt, use the hotel safe to hold your passport and other important documents. Be wary of ATM fraud and credit card skimming, where fraudsters copy your card information.
In the Amazon, you should be careful to stay with your tour group and professional guide while hiking, canoeing, and enjoying other activities. All our tours include professional tour guides, and we will arrange all transportation, transfers, hotels, and tours that we know personally and recommend highly.
For US Citizens, the State Department recommends bookmarking the Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts page, following their Twitter and Facebook accounts, and/or downloading their free Smart Traveler App through iTunes and Google Play to stay up-to-date on travel warnings and news. They also offer useful tips for traveling safely abroad.