Ecuador seems more dangerous than Colombia

Tourist police not on the job.
Tourist police not on the job.

Contrary to some public perceptions, to us, Ecuador seems considerably more dangerous than Colombia. We base this on:

  • There’s tourist destinations that it isn’t safe to walk to.
  • Cafes and restaurants display signs encouraging you to get them to call a cab (apparently it isn’t always safe to flag them).
  • Barbed wire and broken glass atop fences.
  • Much more stringent warnings about theft and muggings in guide books.
  • Everyone wearing their backpack on their front on public transport.
  • The much less visible police presence.

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