is not a violent country, and its towns and villages are -generally
speaking- peaceful and calm. However, a few precautions are worth
taking to avoid any inconvenience which could sour your adventure
in these southern lands.
During your trip through Chilean destinations, make sure you take the following precautions:
- Do not let yourself be accosted by unknown persons.
- If possible, avoid carrying or wearing jewelry or valuable items on your city excursions, and take only the amount of money you think you will need.
- When you can, avoid walking through deserted areas. Before visiting any place, find out how safe it is.
- In Santiago be on the lookout for pickpockets, who sometimes "ply their trade" on subways and city buses.
- It is a good idea to leave your valuables in the safety deposit box available for the purpose in the hotel or hostelry where you are lodged.
- In the event of any encounter with thieves or tricksters, go immediately to report the incident in one of the carabineros (Chilean police) stations.
is located on a seismic zone, so earthquakes
of varying intensity can occur; for this reason, buildings in the
major cities -especially the capital, Santiago- are quake-proof
and furnished with efficient earthquake security measures.
If an earthquake should take place during your visit to Chile
remain calm and look for a safe shelter. Remember that within buildings
and in public areas, these safe shelter areas are clearly indicated