Best Latin American Country for Solo Travel

What's the best Latin American country for solo travel? I speak Spanish, although I'm a bit rusty, and the last time I went to Mexico was over a decade ago. I really want to travel to Latin America mainly because I live in the US so flights are cheap down there and the exchange rate benefits me greatly.

The problem is I have no gf to travel with, and my one friend who wants to do some international travel just wants to go to Europe and has no desire to go to Latin America. As a result I'm thinking of booking a solo trip at some point this year.

Here's the thing, I'm looking more for a chill relaxing party time moreso than seeing tourist sites. As much as I'd like to see Macchu Picchu and some of the megalithic sites in Peru or some cool old Cathedrals and stuff, that's not my main goal.

Really I just want to be able to drink some fruity drinks, eat some delicious food that's cheap, and perhaps indulge in some cocaine or maybe even cannabis on occasion. Also would like to be able to chill out at a beach if all possible.

My concern is that I don't want to get robbed or scammed if I appear like a solo traveler. I'm also not opposed to prostitution but again, I don't wanna get scammed or drugged.

So, what are my options? I know Mexico is always there, but I really want to go to South America, been thinking either Colombia or Argentina, but both seem to have pros and cons. Does anyone here have any good recommendations? Should I just be lazy and stay at an all inclusive resort in Mexico?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm kinda similar to you, in my travel history, though I've also been to south and central america. My suggestions are places that mexicans go to party, Mazatlan, PV, Veracruz... Acapulco no, its kind of shit these days. Or go to the Yucatan but instead of the American oriented resorts go to cool older cities like Campeche. Or drive to the end if baja stopping in each town on the way. I think you'd like La Paz. I don't think you're at any more risk than if you weren't alone, just be wary of where you go and what you do, don't travel at night, avoid desolate streets and areas, be careful if someone wants you to go with them.

    Cartagena is Colombia's beach party city but it can be kind of shit with a lot of touts and crime is kinda high. I think if you went to Chile or Uruguay its less thirdworldy feeling. Chile overland to Bolivia (even by bus) or Chile-Argentina-Uruguay are trips I've always wanted to do.

    Don't go to an all inclusive resort you'll only meet americans who will think you're weird for not being in a group of their 15 closest instagram friends.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >My suggestions are places that mexicans go to party, Mazatlan, PV, Veracruz...

      Is that even worth it though? And yeah I've heard Acapulco is fricked nowadays. Campeche looks neat but idk, I just want to go somewhere besides Mexico

      >Don't go to an all inclusive resort you'll only meet americans who will think you're weird for not being in a group of their 15 closest instagram friends.

      yeah this is what I figured, I still wouldn't mind if it was the right resort though. Sounds comfy

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not OP, but what is the consensus view on Tulum for solo travelers? Like OP, I would like "to drink some fruity drinks, eat some delicious food that's cheap, and perhaps indulge in some cocaine or maybe even cannabis on occasion" somewhere in Latin America.

      But also as describes resorts, Tulum seems to be a popular spot for Americans partying in huge groups of 10+ to show off on Instagram.

      It seems like there's two sides to the place - the cheap mexican version of Ibiza for party bros and instagram hoes, and the chill, hippy, ancient ruins, yoga on the beach vibe.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not to mention there's also a ton of sexpats

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >cocaine
        have a nice day

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        here we call the party side tuluminaties, it's full of druggie hippies but the beach, chill hippie side is neat. There's a lot of cool boutique stores, restaurants, bars, etc. but small enough that it doesn't overwhelm you.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you want to go to Colombia, then go to Colombia. Probably stay out of the big cities where there's a crime wave right now, but you'll probably be fine in places like Tayrona and Santa Marta or San Andres. If you don't have to be by the beach, you could go inland to the places with hot springs in the Manizales area (Santa Rosa de Cabal). They have hot spring resorts there that might be up your alley. I wouldn't worry too much about traveling alone. Colombians are very friendly and social, so you would probably make friends pretty quickly.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Probably stay out of the big cities where there's a crime wave right now

      I thought Colombia was supposed to be pretty chill compared to the 90s drug trafficking days. Has it gotten bad again? I just saw a friend of mine and her mixed gender group of 30 year old American millenials go on a trip to Cartagena and RioBlacks and they seemed find tbh

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's chill, but you have to watch out in some places where they are targeting tourists for drugging/robbing. THe thing is that all the criminals came over from Venezuela so now they have twice as many criminals as they used to and they discovered that passport bros are good targets. Cartagena, Medellín, Bogotá all have issues with tourists getting drugged. But to be fair, drugging and robbing has always been present in every city in South America. It's just now the risks are greater, because they have gotten more ambitious. It used to be that they would rob you of what you had and at worse, take you for a millionaire ride to get as much cash out via ATM. Now they want you to empty your entire bank account via your apps and online accounts. So some guys get taken for tens of thousands of dollars. That's the risk of trying to get laid down there. You could literally lose everything.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >it's chill.....but you could literally lose everything.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I was thinking about going to Bogota for a few days before going to Peru. How bad is Bogota if I avoid hookers? Thinking about staying at the Hyatt southwest of the University at Bogota.

          Also is Peru fairly safe? Thinking about doing the tourist track in southern Peru. I've been to Mexico a bunch of times and I was in Cartagena(fricking touts) and Medellin.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            In Bogotá you want to stay in the north, around Calle 85. Look for something in that area.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Coronavirus wiped a lot of people out and then there are a ton of Venezuelans that have moved to the major cities. Both factors have led to an increase in crime, especially armed robbery. Bogotá seemed safe during the day when I visited in the fall of 2022, Cali is getting worse. My girlfriend was robbed twice last year in Cali, and so was her roommate. The typical method is for three guys to roll up on a motorbike. One holds the gun, one grabs the phone, one drives the bike.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Its getting bad again, its all over my Youtube feed. Gentrification in Medellin especially is pissing off locals and they are starting to rob/kidnap/drug gringo tourists now.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Medellín does attract a particular kind of tourist though. Most of the guys who want to do cocaine go there because of Escobar. Sex tourists. Naive Redditors. Google Paul Nguyen. He was murdered there around the time I visited.
          Captcha: PAYX

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Colombia is fine but it might not be what you're looking for since you can't be 100% carefree. There's tons to do and where to go and for the most part you're gonna be safe, but you have to take precautions at all times and I mean it, like us locals do. If you are with a local you can relax cause they'll take precautions for you, otherwise it might take away from your experience.

        I was thinking about going to Bogota for a few days before going to Peru. How bad is Bogota if I avoid hookers? Thinking about staying at the Hyatt southwest of the University at Bogota.

        Also is Peru fairly safe? Thinking about doing the tourist track in southern Peru. I've been to Mexico a bunch of times and I was in Cartagena(fricking touts) and Medellin.

        Bogota is a very large relatively ugly city. There's nothing interesting from the center to the south unless you're into poverty. That being said, it has all the capital city attractions: History, government buildings, financial district, national museums. The key to enjoy bogota is to remember it's not a SEE city, but a DO city. If you can find the free events, paid events, fairs, restaurants, theatre, art, etc then you can have a great time. Bogota is the cultural hub of the country and the amount of events of all types is astounding. From large international concerts to grungy punk gigs in an abandoned chinese restaurant. From one of the largest art fairs in the continent to pop up weekend art district events. If you're coming withing the next couple of months I can tell you what's going on.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I'm a big fan of punk music and that's one of my regrets not doing while there because I had pneumonia. I really need to bring antibiotics whenever I go anywhere

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Bogota

          The Macarena area of Bogota is pretty nice. Most people don't like Bogota though because it's cold year-round. So it's never going to become a tourist spot.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Southern Brazil has some nice beaches and is kinda safe compared to the rest of South America. Florianopolis is somewhat a big city with decent infrastructure where you can enjoy both nice and calm beaches and have some nightlife if you will - only thing is you'll have to rent a car since the island is huge.
    Also, the city is full of argentinians, chileans and hispanics during the summer willing to make friends during their trips.
    I've met a few north americans when I was there last summer.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't solo travel and definitely don't bring your wife or gf, find other men to go with in a group

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      But don't let your guard down just because you're with a friend. THere are plenty of cases where they drug both dudes. Ive also heard of groups of 5-6 guys being drugged. NEver heard of groups larger than that though, so you might be safe with 6+

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >>they drug both dudes. Ive also heard of groups of 5-6 guys being drugged
        At that point they deserved it, how do you and your friends lack so much common sense?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It's the bar/club employees being in on it.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Nah, if your entire group doesn't notice how people around them are passing out after drinking sketchy drinks you're extremely low IQ and most likely black. There's a ton of black passport bros in latin America these days so it tracks

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Not only that imagine not seeing it coming when your senses are heightened by snorting "pure" cocaine

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    He's right, years ago you could avoid scammers by just using common sense and avoiding sketchy people but now you could lose everything without talking to anyone or even knowing what happened. A buddy of mine lost his money through card skimmers and they stole his identity too, to sell on the black market. The scams are too sophisticated now that it's just not worth the risk anymore

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Credit card fraud is becoming common in the US too. As far as rohypnol robberies, they're unfortunately common in Colombia and some other parts of latin america. Don't buy mixed drinks at hooker bars, I think it happens more there, and go to the bartender and order drinks, watch him make it, don't leave it unattended or let a girl get you the drink, its some common sense stuff.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You can do all that and still get your phone stolen and accounts drained, guys that only drink bottles end up pickpocketed by girls, drunkenness and technology don't mix. The best thing to do is get a burner phone and pay for everything in cash only

        [...]

        If any girls come up to you in these places, they are definitely planning on drugging you. Some of them are brazen enough to do it on camera in front of livestreams.

        They do it on livestreams because the person livestreaming is a fellow scammer and she gets paid when the person watching the livestream sees her put it in and they all get paid when they've drained your bank accounts

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The pickpocketing thing was something I was always vigilant of. I had to keep my hands in my pockets all the time. I only had two times that I worried about it - one was a kid that came up and wanted to speak in English with me. He hung out for a while and it was near Bolivar Plaza which is a big magnet for tourists, so I was sure he was up to no good. The other was by the Mall (San Andino? It’s near a hospital in the Northeast section of the city). About a half dozen shoe shiners mobbed me and wouldn’t leave me alone. Some kid tried selling me cocaine around there, too.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >one was a kid that came up and wanted to speak in English with me.

            I saw this in a video and was wondering about that too. A french guy going thrugh the Metro and a teenager came up to him like that wanting to speak English. It was hard to tell if he was just being friendly but it also looked like the French guy was kind of getting marked. The kid was texting somebody right before he came up to him.

            He could have jsut been friendly but that's the sad thing about Colombia you are always having to watch out like that. I also had a weird experience where a local guy sat down at my table and bought me a drink and I wasn't sure what his game was. Probably just friendly but even to this day I wonder if I managed to avoid getting scoped and robbed or just missed out on a possibly great time like those vloggers who just notoriously roll with whatever comes their way. Of course I didn't have a camera which does offer some protection.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The ladder scam is also very popular in Columbia. An old man will ask you to get his wallet on a roof via a ladder. Once you go up the old man runs away and 4-5 burly Colombian men come around the corner and demand you throw your wallet and to then or they won't give you the ladder back to get down. Really horrible stuff.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Even if real, this is small potatoes stuff. The biggest scams in Colombia are the real estate scams. You think you're buying property that belongs to the seller, but nope, all of that paperwork, that elderly gentleman, the lawyers, all of it was bullshit. You're out hundreds of thousands of dollars and all you have his a shitty piece of paper to show for it.

          This is why in Colombia empty tracts of land have signs saying "NOT for sale. NOT for mortgaging" and so on because someone is going to try to "sell" it to some sad sap.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            This is actually true, and its not just Colombia but all latin american countries have issues with land ownership, boundaries, title, etc., being unclear, poorly defined, disputed. It goes back to the Spanish who just weren't great at accurate recordkeeping, and on top of that, there's outright scams, fraud, forgeries, etc.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Kinda obvious when you think about it, why would 1 single old man live in a whole house to himself?

            This is actually true, and its not just Colombia but all latin american countries have issues with land ownership, boundaries, title, etc., being unclear, poorly defined, disputed. It goes back to the Spanish who just weren't great at accurate recordkeeping, and on top of that, there's outright scams, fraud, forgeries, etc.

            The Spanish were good at keeping records actually, it was the communists who messed it up because they burned the records to abolish private property

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I have literally never heard of this ever happening, but it sounds familiar, so I’m going to say it’s an urban legend. There’s no real reason to attract attention with a huge ladder (which is going to cost money to abandon and attract attention if carried) rather than just following the standard protocol of grabbing whatever someone holds in their hands.

          The general rule is that you should politely ignore anyone who tries to talk to you in Colombia.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    If any girls come up to you in these places, they are definitely planning on drugging you. Some of them are brazen enough to do it on camera in front of livestreams.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >If any girls come up to you in these places, they are definitely planning on drugging you. Some of them are brazen enough to do it on camera in front of livestreams.

      Couldn't they just be hookers? When I was in Europe, hookers would approach me in an effort to get me to give them money for sex. They were especially aggressive if I was alone and drunk. That being said if I said no and walked away they left me alone, they didn't try to rob me or anything.

      But don't let your guard down just because you're with a friend. THere are plenty of cases where they drug both dudes. Ive also heard of groups of 5-6 guys being drugged. NEver heard of groups larger than that though, so you might be safe with 6+

      >Ive also heard of groups of 5-6 guys being drugged. NEver heard of groups larger than that though, so you might be safe with 6+

      do they simply not want tourism? Never heard of anything like this happening in Mexico, and they can't be much better economically than Colombia. Then again if it's all Venezuelan migrants I can at least comprehend that

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Mexico's tourism isn't centered around large cities, where you would have that kind of urban poverty. Even in Mexico City the slums are kind of more in the suburban area.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Couldn't they just be hookers?
        They usually are some kind of hookers. Women that sleep with guys for money or drugs aren't upstanding people, go figure.
        >do they simply not want tourism?
        Latin Americans are impulsive, narcissistic, and do not think that far ahead. And these countries have serious issues with the government being able to effectively police the population.
        >Never heard of anything like this happening in Mexico
        I was drugged at a hooker bar in Mexico. I realized something was up, vomited in the toilet and immediately got tf out of there.

        Mexico's tourism isn't centered around large cities, where you would have that kind of urban poverty. Even in Mexico City the slums are kind of more in the suburban area.

        is largely true, few Americans visit the parts of Mexico that Mexicans live and work normal lives in, even the upper middle class parts of Mexican cities get few gringo tourists unless they're near beach resorts.
        Colombia is worse than Mexico imo in terms of social inequality, and general disregard for the well being of others. The country was in a state of civil war for decades and things are still not really normal there. Rule of law is very tenuous.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >>do they simply not want tourism?
        The money they get from skimming credit cards, draining accounts and stealing identies makes criminal organizations far more than any tourism they could lose and the government profits off this shit too so they will never stop it

        The ladder scam is also very popular in Columbia. An old man will ask you to get his wallet on a roof via a ladder. Once you go up the old man runs away and 4-5 burly Colombian men come around the corner and demand you throw your wallet and to then or they won't give you the ladder back to get down. Really horrible stuff.

        If only scams were still as obvious and low stakes as this

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    I'm in no way fricking with you and my buddy is pretty smart and in no way fell for any rookie mistakes boomers make like taking free drinks from random hookers

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Does travel insurance cover your losses if you get drugged and robbed like this?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Not generally, though some banks will reimburse you if you can prove you were under duress. Best defence is to just carry cash only. I only took my card with me when going directly to the mall or an ATM.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Nope, they're probably in on it

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    With the political "reshuffling" going on in Argentina, is the official rate basically converging on the market rate for things?

    I would like to make a trip in early 2025 but I am generic white guy #7876 and I just want to have some wine, eat some beef and see some snowy rocks in Patagonia.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Any devaluation will bring them closer but the blue dollar rate is also constantly eroding. So it doesn't even matter. The official rate has to constantly devalue to keep up with the devaluation of the dollar blue. As long as you have dollars, it doesn't matter what the rate is, just bring a ton of cash and avoid getting mugged.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Buying airline tickets in cash? I know flying into Santiago might be the best option for me but I want to see two places that are 1000km apart.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Buying airline tickets in cash?

          There are travel agencies that will accept cash and the airlines themselves should have offices in BA where you could book and pay in cash.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You dont need to bring a lot of cash, you can just western union yourself.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Panama is easy going, they love tourists. Go to the san blas islands, portobello or bocas del toro for beach. Stay away from colon, its the Black person containment shithole but thats easy to do.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is Mexico (cdmx is $500-600 flight) or Puerto Rico (like $350 -400 San Juan) good for a poor gay?

    I know two people in cdmx but I'm sure theyre busy. Not really into beaches. Volcanoes in central Mexico look dope though.

    I really can't tell if it's worth it I've never solo travelled most I paid was like not even $100 on day road trip with friends

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Absolute scam price for PR. <200 is more reasonable.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Depends if your airport has a direct flight to puerto rico and if you are on east coast or west coast

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Salta province for sandy rocks and Ushuaia for snowy rocks... I'm an idiot Canadian who speaks no Spanish.

    How stupid is it to visit the northwest and far south of Argentina in one trip? Getting mugged, raped and murdered isn't a deal breaker.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Not stupid at all but if you're going down south you shouldn't just go to Ushuaia. A few days there and you'll see and do most everything there is to see and so. You should fly from Salta to Ushuaia, do your few days there, then fly up to El Calafate and spend about a week between there and El Chalten.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'm thinking of ways to hit some of the touristy shit that isn't BA. Bariloche is on the list too, but I'm trying to keep the number of flights reasonable.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Really, I just want to be able to drink some fruity drinks, eat some delicious food that's cheap, and perhaps indulge in some cocaine or maybe even cannabis on occasion. Also, I would like to be able to chill out at a beach if all possible.
    You can do that in Perú.
    The food is really cheap, and there are exotic fruity drinks, cocaine and cannabis.
    You may find all of them in Cuzco if you don't mind being scammed.
    Food: Lima Chiclayo and Arequipa
    Drinks: the Jungle, probably more Tarapoto and Iquitos. Don't know about Pucallpa. Also Hookers
    Cocaine: it comes from Perú, but it's not stuff a Gringo should Look up
    Cannabis: Lima and Northern beaches. Also, beaches. A lot of them populated by locals, and surfer kind of guys. There are some resorts that are not Mexico or Colombia, but there are.
    >robbed, scammed, or drugged
    Don't stay solo for too long. And that works everywhere

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Peru and Bolivia as I only care to chew Coca leaves and eat fruit

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Te pondría una foto o descripción de mi país, pero tenemos tanta fama en masivos portales turisticos internacionales y en la "calidad de visitantes" que nos llegan que no necesitamos publicidad turística, menos en un sitio web que lo ven 3 gatos....

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Depends what you are into & regions in these massive countries vary a lot. I would think the South of Chile is quite good all round. Lets say from Pucón to Puerto Montt & everything inbetween. It's safe, good weather without being too hot. Not overrun by Western tourists while at the same time having a developed tourist industry. It's more expensive than other Latin american countries but still relatively cheap from from Europe or America.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Landed in Chile today myself. Currently in the Atacama desert for a week and then south. Will let you know if I get drugged and or murdered at any point.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >murdered

      okay just keep a note in your pocket that says update /trv in case of death. buen viaje gringo

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Interested in river trips and inland areas, north east probably

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >you want to visit Latin America, but are paranoid about security, Panama might be a good place to cut your teeth. One exception is the border region between Panama and Colombia, which is considered extraordinarily dangerous due to Colombian rebel groups and drug traffickers.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm 2 months in Brasil. What places near Rio are worth a visit?

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'll give you the best advice right now. Book a hostel in Mexico City if you're older or have some money book a private room in the hostel. You'll meet tons of interesting women and when you hit it off with one then you can book a trip with her to a beach destination. Very simple.

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