• 27 August 2019

South America is one of those incredible places in the world that every spirited traveller, and curious soul, needs to visit. It is overflowing with sacred sights and breathtaking landscapes. The adventure of a lifetime is a visit to South America!

One of the best parts about this continent is that there are gorgeous countries that are not only enchanting and full of thrilling places to explore but are also safe. There are a number of reasons that we love travelling to South America, some of them being: 

  • Diverse cuisine
  • Multi-cultures
  • Ancient sites 
  • Eye-opening experiences
  • Climate is wonderful
  • Family-friendly countries
  • Affordable travel costs
  • Well-developed tourist hubs
  • Safety 

With all of these reasons, and so many more, who could not want to experience the magic of this continent? Many people worry about how safe South America is to visit – we put your minds at ease by listing the 7 safest countries to visit in 2020.

1. Brazil

Brazil is a country within South America that has very little crime, despite what some may hear about it. It is one of the best places for single women to travel to, and that says a lot about its overall danger levels. 

Of course, there are still areas to stay clear of, and safety regulations to keep in mind, but mostly, Brazil is a very safe country with a low crime rate. You can travel here knowing you won’t easily come across turbulent situations. So, lay back and enjoy that Brazillian sun!

See the best of Rio de Janeiro and see the Iguazu Falls on our exclusive Brazil tour!

The Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, commonly known as "Ponte Estaiada"
The Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, commonly known as “Ponte Estaiada”in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2. Peru

There has been a lot of controversy about the safety of Peru, and it has all been very understandable. This has led to people believing that it’s not one of the safest places in South America. We are here, however, to tell you that it can be, provided you stick to the more developed and populated areas, such as Lima.

One of the only real dangers to consider on a holiday to Peru is the many creatures and critters, but those are mainly found in the Amazon Rainforest. So, when you travel there, be very cautious about where you go – you can trust your Expat Explore tour leader to show you the road safely travelled.

All in all, Peru is a safe place to visit in South America and offers such a large variety of beautiful scenery, distinct culture, and richly preserved roots.

Enjoy the highlights of this country and discover Lima on our top Sacred Peru tour!

The birthplace of Lima, the cathedral at Plaza de Ames, Peru
3. Colombia

One of the most traveller-friendly destinations in South America is Colombia! The locals are more than open-armed, and the crime rate is a lot lower than most people might expect. You can enjoy a stress-free holiday in this vibrant, colourful country with the peace of mind that you are in a safe place. 

Keep general safety rules in mind, but don’t worry too much about encountering any danger, and we consider Colombia to be a worthy candidate as the safest South American country!  If you ever feel like relocating, Chile is also considered the safest place to live in South America!

Experience true Colombian culture on our Colombian tour!

The coffee plantation in the Coffee Region, Colombia
4. Panama

Another one of the safest countries in Latin America to travel to is Panama! There are areas that one must steer clear of, as within most countries, and this particular place has seen some dark days, but it is definitely safe for travellers.

This gorgeous country is an unmissable destination, and it is one of the safest Latin American countries.

Adventure the marvels of this country our top Costa Rica and Panama Escape!

A view of the modern high rise building in Panama
A view of the modern high rise building in Panama
5. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is by far one of the safest South American countries to visit! Solo travellers and group travellers alike will not feel threatened in this magnificent and ancient country. You can explore, enjoy and take in the pure essence of the local tribes, embark on spiritual journeys and tour historical sites with the peace of knowing you are safe.

Stay vigilant of petty thieves, to avoid any minor mishaps, and just be aware of your surroundings. This safe South American country has a low crime rate, and you will find the locals are very friendly! 

Journey through three beautiful South American countries including the beauty of Costa Rica on our South American 23-day tour!

Famous Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica
6. Argentina

Another of our favourite, safe South American countries is the luscious and bountiful Argentina! With lakes, rivers, mountains and remarkable adventures galore, it is a reassuring fact to know you can enjoy all of this without feeling at risk.

You are very unlikely to come across any danger in this incredible country, and once you visit, you will feel like you are in one of the safest countries in South America as you will never hear of crime!

Travel from Rio to Buenos Aires and treat yourself to the delights of Argentina on our top South American 13-day tour!

The Obelisk of Buenos Aires
The Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Argentina
7. Chile

This diverse, upbeat and ever-evolving country is one of the safest countries to visit in South America! Almost every single traveller who journeys this magical part of the world has never experienced even the slightest petty crime. 

That being said, it is always good to be vigilant when in busy places and touring the streets, but you are likely not to have any safety issues whatsoever.

Delight in the majesty of Chile and two other South American countries on our best Rio and Santiago tour!

UNESCO World Heritage City Valparaiso
UNESCO World Heritage City Valparaiso in Chile

No matter which of these magnificent gems you decide to explore, you are guaranteed a safe, fun and truly life-changing adventure. 

South America boasts so many undiscovered places for you to delight in, and terrains that will feed your soul. Travel experts will all agree, South America is a must-see and has some of the safest destinations on earth.

When considering which is the safest country in South America to adventure, these are the top countries worth choosing from!

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