Like hypochondriacs poring over WebMD, there's a certain breed of tourist that obsesses over the supposed dangers that lurk in the otherwise charming towns in their upcoming travel plans. But – silly fantasies aside – a number of popular destinations pose a legitimate threat to unwitting or inexperienced travelers. Here are 10 well-traveled tourist spots where you might want to keep a wary eye.
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.
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