Bogotá, Colombia
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Once the focal point of the war on drugs and the 80s stereotype of utterly corrupt, besieged Latin American countries, Colombia has rebounded well. But not so much Bogota. While the insanely high murder rate has been reduced substantially, there's still some 1,400 a year, or about four times that of New York City. For tourists the main threats are kidnapping, and being drugged and mugged. Apparently a favorite tactic: handing unsuspecting gringos a drug-infused pamphlet or flyer, which knocks them out via skin contact.