25 May 2017
South America is an exciting and alluring continent, filled with diverse landscapes, cultures and traditions. Just like any other location in the world, travelling to the beautiful continent of South America has some relatively common tourist scams that can be avoided with advanced warning, caution, and of course travel insurance to deal with possible consequences. Also visit the FCO website on health and safety abroad, www.gov.uk/travelaware. South America enjoys almost 100 million tourists per year according World Tourism Organisation so there are plenty of tourists who visit for months and enjoy a trouble free visit. However, read on to see how you can avoid some of the common scams we have heard of.
Colombia is an incredibly beautiful country, whose tourist industry has been marred in the past by fear of the drug cartels and crime levels. One of the common travel scams in Colombia is the selling of fake ‘locally made’ Colombian goods such as handcrafted items and organic Colombian coffee and chocolate. Be wary of vendors selling very cheap ‘genuine items’. If it’s too cheap, odds are it’s not genuine. Ask your hotel concierge where you can buy genuine Colombian goods, or check reputable outlets locally.