In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Paraguay
Paraguay is generally considered one of the safest countries in all of Latin America even though crime figures have been on the rise in the last few years. Because of this, and a few other facts, we thought we might share this little safety guide to Paraguay with you.
In the San Pedro and Concepcion regions, a militant group called Ejercito del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) has been active, with associated violence and drug trafficking also taking place in these parts of the country. The tri-border area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil is also notorious for criminal activity and it is best to avoid these parts of the country.
Crime figures are still low in Paraguay, despite the overall increase that has happened recently. Most of the crime is non-violent, including purse snatching and pickpocketing, especially in areas that are popular among tourists. Armed robbery and assaults have also been on the increase, although they are not really common.
If you plan on driving outside of major urban centers, keep in mind that roads are of varying conditions and that many regional and local roads are virtually unusable when it is raining. Also, make sure to stay vigilant while driving as many people drive without their lights on and safety equipment, especially people on motorcycles.
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