The Safest Countries to Visit in South America

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From the wildlife paradise of the Amazon rainforest to the glistening glaciers of Chile, it’s no wonder South America is a favourite destination of travellers seeking peace of mind.

You might be surprised to learn that the vast majority of South American countries rank higher than the United States on the Global Peace Index, making most of the continent a perfectly safe choice for travellers. Why not discover South America’s safest countries and regions on a small-group trip led by locals? Read on to inspire your imagination ahead of your next adventure.

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Ecuador, for horseback riding, cycling and whitewater rafting

Home to a stretch of the Andes mountains and part of the Amazon rainforest, not to mention a 2,000km (1,240mi) coastline, it’s no surprise that Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. Active volcanoes mean there’s always a chance of earthquakes and eruptions, but this is a rare occurrence, and there are plenty of procedures in place for when natural disasters loom. In fact, on this exclusive eight-day trip, you’ll travel right through the Avenue of Volcanoes and get to check out bottle-green crater lakes. Whitewater rafting in the Amazon, cycling the Baños Waterfall Route and horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park also feature on the epic, action-packed itinerary.

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Additional reporting by Gethin Morgan.

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