South America, the land of the mighty Amazon River, Indian cultures, the majestic Andes, and so much more, it is one of the great travel destinations on this planet. Of course, with adventure comers potential danger; and we have all read about and seen the movies, where wealthy westerners are kidnapped by gun toting gangsters and political terrorists. South America has always fascinated me and especially in regard to the many coups d’états and bloody revolutions. It seems like the mix of Indian culture with Latin blood has produced a wildly passionate and sometimes violent ethnic grouping of human beings.

South America’s Scary Past

The tortures are infamous from those cruel regimes like Pinochet in Chile and military juntas in numerous other South American countries over the years. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have all suffered dictatorships of brutality, which have seen sections of the community deprived of their liberty and savagely tortured. Is it the dark echoes of the twisted Spanish Inquisition, which has electrodes inserted into vaginas and anuses to produce pain of a particularly wicked nature? Perhaps, also, the blood sacrifices of the Incan Indian nations still beat in the DNA of some South Americans?

Cruelty Free Future

Hopefully, we have seen the last of these genocides and mass murders. Isn’t it time for some cruelty free manifestations of the better parts of humanity in South America? The wonderful indigenous Indian cultures have so much to offer visitors to this rich and colourful land. The abundant flora and fauna, especially around the Amazon Basin is extraordinary. The tropical timbers of South America are well known around the world for their look and feel. Unique timber, which makes gorgeous furniture and artefacts.

Vibrant Culture & Fun Loving Locals

You will enjoy the vibrant culture and fun loving nature of the locals in South America. The beautiful beaches, the mountains, the tropical forests, the yummy local foods and the music. If you can keep your wits about you and don’t unnecessarily put yourself in danger, you will have a great time here. The top survival tips for first timers are: don’t flash lots of money around; don’t advertise your importance; dress appropriately to the situation; use your intelligence when making travel itinerary decisions; and always keep a few compadres around.  South America is becoming safer and armed with these few travel survival tips I am sure that you will remain on the right side of a good time.