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Old 03-15-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I don't really think Colombia is worth risking it over. If you want rainforest you've got Brazil or even Peru and Ecuador, which are much more diverse, and safe.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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I don't really think Colombia is worth risking it over. If you want rainforest you've got Brazil or even Peru and Ecuador, which are much more diverse, and safe.
It's more about what you get for your money.

Colombia has rainforests, the amazon. Argentina and Chile really don't.
Colombia has dramatic mountains, Brazil doesn't.
Colombia has beautiful beaches good for swimming, surfing, or diving. Ecuador and especially Peru the water is too cold.
Colombia has beautiful women and a good party culture.
Colombia is cheaper than most of those destinations.

To me as a first time tourist to SA I'd recommend Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina in that order.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I don't really think Colombia is worth risking it over. If you want rainforest you've got Brazil or even Peru and Ecuador, which are much more diverse, and safe.
Weird that you say that given that there were multiple accounts already about how the crime in Colombia isn't actually so bad.

Have you been over there before?

I'm thinking about making a trip over this year because of some Colombian co-workers--they feel colombia's reputation for crime is exaggerated.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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Spend one month in Brazil, and you will see how UNDERRATED this country is...
and also how expensive! love this country, the people, almost everything about it. But the cost of living in the big cities is absurd
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:07 PM
 
Location: new jersey
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i feel Guatemala is a Underrated country, just saying
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Rome
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I think there's no overrated country in the Latin America. It's not a very popular travel destination compare to the Carribean, Europe and Asia.
The whole region itself is underrated.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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Brazil is known for its drugs..

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay are the only places I'd consider living in.. no arrogant assumptions here just based on research and a deep interest in the world!

...ignorance...
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Camano Island, WA
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Nicaragua for Underrated, Costa Rica for Overrated. Nicaragua is so much cheaper than Costa Rica. I was in Nica for 5 weeks (spanish immersion program) and one weekend, I went to Liberia, CR and the cost of everything was double or triple that of Nicaragua. In many places, a Costa Rican meal will cost closer to the same ammount in North America for the equivilant meal (but generally still cheaper). I went to both in Aug/Sept which is the low season so prices are reduced. The cost of a single room in a hotel (on weekends I explored and on weekdays I had classes and stayed with my host family in Granada) would be about $12-15 dollars wheras in Costa Rica, close to $20 was the norm for equvilant space. Plus one of the hotels in Esteli included breakfast (though I was robbed of a deal they had due to misinformation). In Nicaragua, you can travel by regular bus across the country for between $1-2.50 USD. the exchange rate is generally 1 dollar = 20 cordobas. 1 USD in Granada (a tourist town but its colonial and has a local feel to it) gets you atleast 1 hour of free internet/computer usage at even the most expensive of internet cafes (skype is about 50 cents extra at some places). You can get two Eskimo ice creams for $1, three corn on the cobs (only 6 cords which is like 25 or 30 cents), a bus ride to managua, or for $12, a ticket to Costa Rica or Honduras on a luxury international bus.


I don't hate Costa Rica, Rincon Vieja is beautiful, but I hate tourist areas. Pretty much everyone I met in CR spoke English, while I prefered to communicate in Spanish. To be fair to CR, if you visit Nica, avoid San Juan Del Sur. Its pretty much a tourist /spring break type town and another place where English is spoken too (meaning they assume you are some college kid or tourist who wants to party, drink, and surf all day). More than half the people in San Juan Del Sur are American, Canadian, or Western European. I went there the friday evening/saturday morning before my flight home the following day, just so I could see the Pacific Ocean. I'm glad I did my study in Granada..touristy but atleast some flavor). I would not go back to SJDS. But other parts of Nica are very affordable and very underrated.

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Old 03-29-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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I think there's no overrated country in the Latin America. It's not a very popular travel destination compare to the Carribean, Europe and Asia.
The whole region itself is underrated.
Agreed.....Latin America as whole is very underrated......you may find some people saying very nice things about one particular country, but they are the minority......most people just don't care about Latin America, they just ignore it, wich is pretty sad.......
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Camano Island, WA
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What do you all think about Honduras? I didn't get a chance to visit it. Has anyone here been?
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