What are the Safest Countries in Latin America? Find Out Here
The Latin American region covers multiple countries located in the North and South American continents where the locals speak in Spanish, Portuguese and French. Every year, the nations within this region see millions of tourists flocking to their sandy beaches, crystalline waters, and colorful streets.
In recent years, nations in North and South America have been marred by terrifying stories of corruption and violence. Being a sought-after destination for a vacation or retirement, many wonder just how safe the region is.
We made a list of the three safest countries in Latin America based on the data reported in the Global Peace Index 2020.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with a diverse wildlife as well as some of the most luscious rainforests, beaches, and river valleys. Daredevils visiting the Latin American country can enjoy thrilling activities river rafting, canyoning, and zip-lining. Meanwhile, animal lovers can also visit Costa Rica to see some interesting wildlife such as macaws and sloths.
San Jose, the capital, serves as a booming hotspot for foodies as more young chefs are opening new restaurants and bars in the area. The city is also fast becoming an icon in the craft brewing industry, Go Visit Costa Rica reports.
The best time to visit is between December and April. Several airlines are also offering non-stop routes to the country.
Uruguay is considered a safe haven in Latin America for its social stability and mild climate. Located below the tropical zone, the local experience four seasons with an average summer high temperature of 82 degrees F, and an average winter high temperature of 57 degrees F.
The Uruguayan culture is known for its tolerance and inclusiveness and is among the countries in the region with the best infrastructure. According to International Living, they have the best overall road system and a reliable electrical grid. Best of all, they have one of the fastest internet speeds in the Latin American region.
Chile is a country known for the bewitching hiking trail in the Patagonia region that features some of the most surreal landscapes-including scorched pampas and dolphin-filled waters. The hiking trails found in the area wind through wild and uninhabited terrain that are breathtaking and challenging, the Wordly Adventurer said.
Apart from the country's beautiful nature, its people have built homes on stilts with walls and roofs painted in vibrant colors, reflecting the culture's colorful identity. Many UNESCO World Heritage wooden churches can be seen across multiple villages on the island, showcasing the Chileans' tradition of woodwork and religious faith.
Chile is also home to one of the world's most important anthropological discoveries: a 7,000-year-old mummy said to be the oldest mummy recovered. The mummy, which is 2,000 years older than those found in Egypt, was naturally mummified by the country's extreme aridity. History buffs can visit Costa Rica's Museo de Sitio Colon 10 where visitors could walk on a sheet of clear glass with the mummies displayed underneath.
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