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These Are The 21 Best Ranked Hostels in Latin America

Itching to travel but afraid of the cost? We don’t blame you! The average price of a week-long trip to a destination somewhere in Europe usually runs travelers around $2000 before airfare. That’s why we recommend young travelers to look into a trip across Latin America. Not only are the prices more affordable, but the weather is often better, the culture is just as rich, and the natural sights are arguably more beautiful.

Unlike popular vacation destinations in, say, Europe, traveling in Latin America for both its affordability and its beautiful sights. Not to mention, airfare across the Western Hemisphere is much cheaper than airfare to the “old world”.

In light of these reasons, we’ve compiled a list of the 21 best hostels in Latin America, so you can have your vacation, and afford it to.

1. Portal del Sur Hostel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Located in a historic, 120-year-old building in Buenos Aires, Portal del Sur has been frequently been dubbed one of the best hostels in this lively Argentinian city. Portal del Sur boasts a rooftop bar and a lounge area with board games, guitars, and Netflix. .

2. Villa Oropeza Hostel, Sucre, Bolivia

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Located in the sweet city of Sucre, Bolivia, Villa Oropeza Hostel is situated in Sucre’s famous historic center. In addition to a fully-equipped kitchen, cheap drinks, and clean facilities, this hostel offers a rooftop terrace and a beautiful garden to all its guests.

3. Aquarela do Leme Hostel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Located in a safe and central Brazilian favela, Aquarela do Leme Hostel has the “potential to be the number 1 of the best in Rio” according to Hostelworld user csejones9515. All rooms have a balcony, perfect for travelers interested in seeing the beautiful city, jungle, and ocean-scapes of Rio. It is also within walking distance of the famous Copacabana beaches. Be warned, though, that this is “not [an] obvious hostel for partying” even if it has a 24-hour bar.

4. O de Casa Hostel Bar, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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O de Casa Hostel Bar in Sao Paulo ranks highly not only for its hip and colorful atmosphere but for its friendly and welcoming staff who go out of their way to make everyone comfortable. Some guests even report the staff going so far as to show their guests around Sao Paulo themselves! However, be sure to bring enough money for restaurants, as this hostel does not offer kitchen facilities.

5. MaPatagonia Outdoor Hostel, Puerto Varas, Chile

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One of the most famous hostels in South America, be sure to book MaPatagonia Outdoor Hostel in advance because their beds fill up fast. This hostel is perfect for the outdoorsy adventurer who wants to explore Chile’s mountainous region of Puerto Varas. According to MaPatagonia’s website, this hostel was “built by a German settler about 85 years ago”. According to an anonymous Hostelworld user, this hostel is so homey that it “honestly feels like you’re staying at a friends house”.

6. Eco Hostal Yuluka, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

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Eco Hostal Yuluka in Colombia is perfect for the traveler who’s looking for a stay at an Instagram-worthy location. Located between the Sierra Nevada mountains and Tayrona National park, this hostel offers both private cabanas and shared dorms “built into the mountainside”. When you return from exploring Santa Marta’s picturesque sights, be sure to relax in their outdoor pool (equipped with both a water-slide and a waterfall!).

7. Bourbon St Hostal Boutique, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

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Considered one of the “Best 6 Hostels in Colombia”, Bourbon St. Hostal Boutique is a historic property, once owned by the Señores Condes de La Santa Cruz. Not only is it centrally located within walking distance of Cartagena’s bustling city center, but it is frequently dubbed the “best hostel ever” by many Hostelworld reviewers.

8. Capital Hostel de Ciudad , San Jose, Costa Rica

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This Costa Rican hostel is highly-rated due to its beautiful decor and modern atmosphere. Located in the La Sabana neighborhood, Capital Hostel de Ciudad is “close enough to the main downtown area but away from the noise and crowds”. It also gains points for being “extremely clean” and having a friendly staff.

9.  Hostel Casa de Ania, Havana, Cuba

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Finding a worthy hostel in Cuba can be a bit of a challenge since most Cuban accommodations don’t include WiFi and hot water can be scarce. However, no-frills lodging Hostel Casa de Ania makes the list for its daily 1-hour offering of free WiFi and included breakfast. According to The staff was very friendly and were always happy to help. According to one Hostelword user, Casa de Ania is “small, comfy and very clean”.

10.  Island Life Hostel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Located in the oldest European settlement in the New World, the “Zona Colonial”, the award-winning Island Life Hostel in Santo Domingo is located in a refurbished colonial building. Additionally, it is only minutes away from sight-seeing opportunities and a great night life scene. It’s no wonder it was awarded Hostelworld’s prestigious “Best Hostel” award for the Dominican Republic in both 2017 and 2018.

11. Hump Day Hostel, Quito, Ecuador

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Yes, the name is a little weird, but hear us out. “Hump Day Hostel” gets its odd name from the Latin philosophy that Wednesday means “almost Friday”. According to the hostel’s website, ” in Ecuador, it’s “almost Friday” every day!” This hostel also offers socializing activities like trivia competitions and movie nights. Not to mention, the dorms are very clean and the staff is super friendly.

12.  Maya Papaya, Antigua, Guatemala

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According to Guatemalan hostel Maya Papaya, their philosophy is to give travelers “a luxury experience with a hostel price”.  Their affordable rates  That’s why we include a traditional Guatemalan breakfast, Netflix, indoor and outdoor hanging areas and daily bar specials.

13. La Hamaca, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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Named after the very Latin American tradition of relaxing in a hammock, Honduran hostel La Hamaca is renowned for its personalized service and live music shows. This hostel also makes the list for its cool decor and access to plenty of outdoor space, perfect for relaxing.

14. Casa Pepe, Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexican hostel Casa Pepe markets itself as a 5-star “boutique” hostel that gives travelers a luxury experience without the price. In addition to stylish lodging and comfortable beds, this hostel boasts complimentary cocktails on arrival and offers a famous “taco breakfast” on their rooftop.

15.  Poco a Poco Hostel, Leon, Nicaragua

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Award-winning hostel Poco a Poco in Nicaragua was created with the needs of backpackers’ in mind. This hostel focuses on maximizing chill vibes as well as socializing. Poco a Poco is perfect for solo travelers who love to make new friends, as its equipped with an “Eat & Meet” area, a self-described “space for you to eat and drink with other travelers”.

16. Bambuda Castle, Boquete, Panama

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The hostel at Bambuda Castle is another location perfect for those travelers who are doing it for the ‘Gram. Famous for being the “only castle in Central America”. In addition to its picturesque lodgings, this Panamanian castle also boasts “cozy dorms, private rooms, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, a rock climbing wall and two bars”. They also serve family-style dinners each night, so you don’t have to worry about being too isolated if traveling alone. To top it all off, they offer a free shuttle to and from Boquete’s town square.

17. Urbanian Hostel, Asuncion, Paraguay

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Boasting an outdoor pool, BBQ facilities, an onsite bar, and snack bar, the stylish Urbanian Hostel in Paraguay also provides free Wi-Fi access to all guests. According to Hostelworld user lukas456, the Urbanian staff is “very helpful, courteous, and easy going”. The hostel also receives raves for being “clean and organized” with a “modern setup”. The hostel is very small, though, so prepare to get close and comfy with your fellow guests!

18. Supertramp Hostel, Cusco, Peru

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Don’t let the trampy name fool you! Cusco’s Supertramp Hostel is one of the highest-rated hostels in Peru. Although the hostel is located on top of a small hill at the end of some stairs, according to guests, the beautiful view is well worth it.

19. MedioMundo Hostel, Montevideo, Uruguay

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Located in the college-town of Parque Rodó in Montevideo, Uruguay, MedioMundo Hostel is famous for its friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere, and central location. Hostelworld reviewers frequently cite it as the “best hostel in town”.

20.  Posada del Abuelito, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

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Posada del Abuelito is a boutique, family-run hostel that looks like it came right out of a fairytale picture book. Located in Barrio el Cerrillo, a historic, centrally-located district of San Cristobal, the Posada del Abuelito is known for its personal, family-like service. Words like “cozy”, “charming”, and “clean” pepper former guests’ rave reviews. It’d no wonder this Mexican hostel was rated Hostelworld’s “Best Hostel in Mexico” in both 2013 and 2018

21. Hostal French Andes, Pucon, Chile

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Hostel French Andes in Pucon, Chile gets points for its unique “sleeping pods” that afford travelers much more privacy than the usual hostel dorms. According to Hostelworld user eeiuga, “the beds are some of the best I’ve ever experienced – really comfortable with curtains, reading lights, [a] charging point and shelf”. Not to mention, this boutique lodging resides in a “quiet street with stunning views of a volcano and lovely garden to sit in and eat and relax”. Now that sounds like a good life.


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🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

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🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

In 1995, the world lost the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Immediately following her death, mass vigils were held around the Latinidad to honor our lost reina. After her death, fans turned to her music for consolation and relief as they mourned the musician. Even after 24 years, the superstar is still grieved and celebrated by her fans.

Festivals are held around the world each year in honor of Selena’s birthday, life and death. Murals of the Queen of Tejano still grace neighborhoods from Texas to California to Mexico. Even international brands like MAC Cosmetics, Forever 21 and Target still collaborate with Selena’s estate to bring fans new merchandise.

While these all immortalize Selena’s legacy, there’s only one museum in the world dedicated to the Queen of Tejano.

In Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi Texas — only a few miles from her final resting place — is Q Productions. Founded in 1993, Q Productions is the actual studio Selena recorded in with her father, Abraham, and Los Dinos. While it’s still an operating studio, the big draw of the location is the Selena Quintanilla Museum. Featuring mementos, collectables and memories from the iconic Latina’s life and career, it’s a visit that every Selena fan should make.

Here are some of the remarkable artifacts you will find at the Selena Museum.

1. Selena’s red convertible

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It’s now over 30 years old, but this racy red convertible was Selena’s favorite car. In fact, before she bought the 1986 Porsche, she purchased a new black Porsche hatchback instead. However, something just didn’t vibe for the Queen of Tejano and she traded that one in for this older model. It could be because it’s paint job matches the Latina’s signature red lip but this ride just says, “Selena.”

2. The entire Selena MAC makeup line

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In 2016, international makeup company MAC Cosmetics launched a line inspired by Selena. The Selena MAC collection was so well received that it sold out online within HOURS. The full line is on display at the Selena Museum — sporting products with names like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Missing My Baby” and “No Me Queda Mas.”

3. Selena’s fashion sketches

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Anyone who has seen Selena knows that the musician had an incredible sense of style. She had first-hand input in her styling because she designed many of her most iconic looks. Had she not become a musician, Selena wanted to become a fashion designer. In fact, before her death, Selena had opened two boutiques — one in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio. Another was planned for Monterrey, Mexico however it was never built. Following her death, both locations closed but you can still see the sketches that started it all.

4. Selena’s childhood dolls

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It’s easy to forget that the legendary Queen of Tejano started off as a little girl, singing songs to her father’s guitar. These sweet reminders of her childhood give us a glimpse into the Selena that only her family know. The baby doll and old Raggedy Anne are toys saved by Selena’s parents and immortalized in the museum. To them, she will always be their little girl.

5. Fan mail from around the world

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Selena got her start in South Texas but soon achieved stardom that reached around the world. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find devoted fan mail from places like Japan, Uruguay, Peru, Hungary and New Zealand. You can still send fan mail to Q Productions and share your own love and appreciation for Selena.

6. An original manuscript for “Selena”

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Soon after Selena’s death in 1995, studios began vying for the rights to Selena’s life. The Quintanilla Family wanted to make sure Selena’s spirit was especially respected in any depiction of the departed musician. With this in mind, they became very involved in the film of her life. In 1997, “Selena” debuted to critical acclaim and would arguably be the role that made Jennifer Lopez’s career. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find an original manuscript for the screenplay that would become “Selena.”

7. Selena’s famous bustiers

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Before pop stars’ became more open with baring a little skin, Selena made the bustier a staple for her wardrobe. Much to her dad Abraham’s dismay, Selena came up with design herself. The fashionista would sow sequins onto regular bras for a show-stopping look. It’s a good thing that Abe eased his anti-bustier stance. They’re further proof that Selena was a star ahead of her time.

8. Selena’s egg collection

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If you’ve seen “Selena,” you know the Queen of Tejano had an odd little collection. She liked to collect eggs; specifically, Faberge eggs. The Russian treasures are a luxury that Selena adored and the singer had plenty in her collection. In case you’re curious, the collection DOES NOT include that egg ring from She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named.

9. Selena’s Grammy dress

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Since fashion is such an essential part of who she was, the Selena Museum has several of the late star’s iconic outfits. One that’s exceptionally gorgeous is the Lillie Rubin white sequin dress she wore to the Grammys. You might remember that legendary scene in “Selena” with the rude boutique clerk and swarm of fans. That scene was inspired by a memorable shopping trip in Houston to buy that dress.

10. Collectable Selena dolls

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Raise your hand if you had one of these babies as a kid. Selena has been memorialized in several different ways but the different collectable dolls made in her image may be the most awesome. At the Selena Museum, there is a collection of six Selena dolls — all sporting one of her signature looks.

11. The studio Selena used to record her final album

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Q Productions has been a working studio since it’s opening in the 90s. To this day, it still accommodates musicians but Selena was their first ever recording artist. Infact, Selena recorded her final album — “Dreaming of You” — at Q Productions.

12. And the very microphone she used, too

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Including Suzette’s first drum kit and Abraham’s prized piano, Q Productions has many treasures on display. One you’ll be able to see is the very mic Selena used to record “Dreaming of You.” The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200; the first ever predominantly Spanish-language album to do so.

13. The outfit from the cover of “Amor Prohibido”

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One of Selena’s most iconic looks is the fierce leather and lace outfit featured on the album cover for “Amor Prohibido.” This album proved to be one of Selena’s biggest. Besides being a solid listen from start to finish, it also features hits “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Yo Me Queda Más” and “Techno Cumbia.” The popularity of this album ensured that Selena will forever be remembered for this look.

14. Selena’s Grammy

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For all of Selena’s talent and popularity, she was honored with many awards in her career. The prize of that collection is the 1994 Grammy she won for Best Mexican/American Album. This Grammy made history for the first win by a female Tejano singer. There’s no telling how many more of these she would have won had her life not been cut tragically short.

15. The plaque honoring Selena’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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In 2017, Selena was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony drew 4,500 fans — the largest gathering to ever attend an unveiling. This plaque was presented to the Quintanilla family to commemorate the historic event and moreover recognize Selena’s legacy.

16. Buckles celebrating Selena’s Houston Rodeo preformances

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Selena played the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a total of three times. While all three concerts drew huge crowds, her 1995 appearance broke attendance records for the Houston Astrodome. Following the concerts, these commemorative belt buckles were presented to Selena to celebrate her successful shows.

17. A custom Selena guitar from the Fiesta de la Flor

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Every year, celebrations of Selena’s life happen all over the world. One such event happens in Corpus Christi. Since 2014, Fiesta de la Flor — an event with music, food, a mercado and all things Chicano — has been held for Selena’s memory. At the Selena Museum, you can see a custom guitar that bares the Queen of Tejano’s face from the event.

18. Selena’s jewelry collection

As someone who lived for fashion, it’s only natural that Selena would love a good accessory. The Selena Museum has on display a large collection of jewelry owned and worn by the musician herself. Some items were gifts from loved ones like husband Chris, while others were gifted by fans.

19. Condolence letters from world figures

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When Selena passed away, the whole world mourned. The loss of such a vibrant, beautiful and kind young woman was such a tragedy that even world leaders took notice. On display at the Selena Museum are several noted condolence letters from the likes of Larry King, President Bill Clinton, and then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

20. Selena’s famous purple jumpsuit

Remember that record-breaking performance at the Houston Rodeo? Even if you’ve never seen footage of the big event, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen Selena’s look from that night. The famous purple jumpsuit she wore to the 1995 Houston Rodeo has become the most recognizable outfit from Selena’s memorable wardrobe. At the Selena Museum, you can take a selfie with it and immortalize your love for the Queen of Tejano.

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20 Latinas Advice on How to Travel Safely in Latin America

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20 Latinas Advice on How to Travel Safely in Latin America

Latin America is not a dangerous place for travelers. Traveling safely across the region is just as possible as anywhere else in the world. Fearmongering has been used in an attempt to frighten female travelers in order to deter them from exploring an entire region of the world after the tragic murders of Carla Stefaniak, Maria Mathus Tenorio, and Arcanza Gutiérrez López in Costa Rica. Theses horrific violent events are isolated, yet they’ve been sensationalized in order to make travelers feel unsafe in Latin America and instill fear.

To dispel this negative narrative we’ve spoken to 25 Latinas to get their actionable travel safety tips for traveling the LATAM region.

1.  Trust your gut.

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“Be a good judge of character, meeting new people abroad is part of the fun when traveling. Trusting your intuition and the vibes you get off people is so important. When you’re alone you have to just trust your gut instinct. If you don’t feel the vibe of a certain situation or person, just leave. Text any friend or family member, go to the nearest local restaurant/shop or report to the police immediately letting them know of any sketchy situation. At the end of the day traveling solo is the most rewarding experience you can have. Don’t let the media change your mind about traveling to Latin America. Form your own opinion by visiting yourself!” – Stephanie of Wanderlust Beauty Dreams

2. Travel with a padlock.

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“Keep your valuables locked up, always bring a lock that way if your hotel doesn’t offer a safe you can lock your luggage.” – Rosa of The Traveling Roses

3. Utilize free professional travel resources.

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“Many local tourism boards and conventions bureaus have lists of trusted hotels and tours for every budget, which can, in turn, help you find other providers (such as transportation and food). You can also look to travel guides and recommendation sites for additional feedback from real customers. You’ll always need to be a little more vigilant when you’re out of your comfort zone, but if you plan accordingly, Latin America will feel just like home in no time.” – Monica

4. Don’t draw attention with expensive accessories.

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“When I go to the beach, I place my belongings in a plastic bag as the locals would, and bring as little as possible. When I’m walking in the city streets, I only wear non-flashy costume jewelry. I keep anything of value like money or identification in my bra. This makes pick-pocketing pretty tricky!” – Ashley of Rhinestone Rambler

5. Don’t be an obvious tourist–be an observant one.

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“You should always be aware that you’re going to stand out as a tourist; when you’re taking photos or when you are trying to find your way around. Plan your itineraries and routes in advance. When taking out your camera and phone be aware of who is around you and put them away once you don’t need them. You don’t need to be flashing our expensive pieces of technologies in countries where the majority of the population lives under the poverty line.” – Alessandra of Babes and Beignets

6. Don’t be too trusting.

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“Be nice enough, but don’t 100% trust anyone. Don’t give too much information about yourself to anyone. Show you’re confident and not scared, you will look like a foreigner living there and not as a new scared and lost tourist.” – Gloria of Nomadic Chica

7. Avoid drugs and handle your own drink.

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“Say no to drugs, even when your new buddies are using. Pour your own drinks, needless to explain why. Don’t let the fear of missing out put you in a dangerous situation.” – Bruna of Maps ‘N Bags

8. Be clear about your boundaries.

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“Latin America is a big region, there are many countries and cities. Latinos are very affectionate and love giving hugs and having physical contact. They might not have other intentions other than to be friendly but if you’re not used to it or you don’t feel comfortable: say it clearly.” – Justine of Talk Travel

9. Try group travel.

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“For group travel, do your best to stay together. Group travel can be hard with all the personalities but know when you can solo it out and when to just go with the group. – Francheska

10. Get to know your destination in the daylight.

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11. Buy a local sim card.

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“Get a phone sim card, it’s cheap and having internet will help you navigate. Use Google Maps to save the place where you’ll be staying so you can track the taxi route. If you ever get a bit lost don’t look up directions on the street, get inside a store, cafe and check there.” – Carina of Power Latina Shop

12. Know what kind of crime is common.

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“My safety advice for anyone visiting Latin America is the same for anyone going anywhere in the world. I avoid walking around in unfamiliar and unpopulated areas after dark. Educate yourself on what to look out for, whether it’s pickpockets or something more serious like gang violence. There are bad areas almost everywhere in the world, knowing more about where you’re going and areas to avoid will help you stay vigilant. Being informed about a place is not to instill fear but instead is to use that knowledge in a positive way.” – Jeanine of Le Wild Explorer

13. Don’t dress like a tourist.

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“Anytime a woman is traveling alone, she must be aware of her surroundings. You want to blend in. Dress like the locals, not a tourist. Keep your money tucked away, don’t be flashing your dinero. Keep maps hidden, don’t be walking around looking at a map. Familiarize yourself with the area before you arrive.” – Rosalynda of Mixed Blessings Blog

14. Be mindful of how you wear your purse.

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“I always wear my purse crossbody. The reason is for people who are purse snatchers to overlook me because I may be a more difficult target. Carry only a copy of your passport, leave the real one in a safe place. Carry the cash you’ll need for the day and night only.” – Madelyn of Karma Free Cooking

15. Listen to local advice about not-so-safe areas

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“Be wary of which areas you are visiting, especially at night, and most especially if locals are telling you not to go. Do your research, cross reference with locals on the ground, and listen to their advice. Use Uber’s or local taxi apps because they save driver information easily, or call for a taxi and write down driver information to send to someone trusted before you get in (call them and tell them in front of the driver). Make sure taxi driver information matches up (license, doors, license information because sometimes they don’t match up. You have to use street smarts to get around in Latin America, but other than that, you’ll have a wonderful time!” – Alexandra Tracy of Travel Latina

16. Only take advice from people who’ve actually been to your destination.

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“Nowadays, with so many informative resources online based on actual people’s experience, I would suggest searching what locals, expats, and people who have visited the country you want to visit have to say. Consider their advice as guidance when you travel. Join Facebook groups for people living in the city you want to visit and connect with locals. Let them know you are planning a trip and ask if they have any tips for you. It’s about being prepared with insight, finding unbiased resources, and being aware of your surroundings.” – Maritza of Travel Notes and Things

17. Learn some local lingo.

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“Do your research! Try to get to know the culture and the language. Learn some basics of the language of the country you’re visiting. Be respectful and conscious of their cultural traditions as well.”  – Vanessa, Designer of Wais Clothing

18. Know how border crossing work.

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“If you’re crossing by land into Mexico, know what time the various border crossings close. Look at websites that give out the wait times at crossings. If you get pulled over by a police officer, ask for the name of the officer, badge number, and license plate number of the vehicle. If the stop isn’t legitimate, the officer might get spooked and leave you alone. Most gas stations in Mexico are full service. To avoid being shorted by the gas attendant, make sure the meter is zeroed out before the attendant pumps.”  – Veneranda

19. Enroll in STEP before traveling.

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“It’s important to register your trip with the US Embassy STEP Program. This will keep you up to date with any potential dangers in your designated travel area. In addition, this will ensure you’re included in the headcount of people they need to search for in case of any catastrophe. Once you’ve enrolled, make sure to identify the closest U.S. embassy to where you’re staying and provide that information to a family member or friend.” – Roxana of Latina Nomad

20. Be smart about the news you read.

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“So you’re going to a high-crime area. What does that mean? Petty theft is annoying, but it’s not the same as violent crimes like rape. Crime statistics are widely available on the internet. Look them up and find out if what you’re reading in the news is catastrophizing an isolated incident or really reflective of an ongoing problem. Compare crime stats to places you’d go in the U.S. It’s easier to acquire guns in the U.S. than in many LATAM countries. After you’ve assessed your actual risk level, find out what you need to do in the worst case scenario. How is violence against women reported and prosecuted? Are there local groups that can help? How do you contact the police? How do you access a hospital? The only thing worse than being assaulted is being assaulted and not being able to report it and receive treatment.” – Ruth of Ruth Writes

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