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Is South America Scary?

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Is South America Scary?

Thanks to Western media, we learn that everywhere except home is unsafe and scary. Especially Central and South America – right? The only thing that happens there are landslides, government coups and earthquakes. Crime is outrageously high and people fear for their lives.

Well, yes that’s true some places. But why would you ever move there? It would be like going on vacation in the bad part of your city, or retiring in a toxic waste area in your country. Every country has its share of good and bad places and people. Cuenca, Ecuador is our home, and it has less crime and less murders than Halifax – the sleepy capital of Nova Scotia (that’s a province in Canada BTW).

Watch this video, and tell us what you think. Should parents be bringing their children to such a scary place?

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Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

8 comments… add one
  • Mark Mar 5, 2012, 11:32 pm

    The scariest part is getting off the bus sometimes when the driver doesn’t completely stop.

  • Vegar Dec 19, 2011, 6:27 am

    I used to live in Cuenca back in the nineties. My family and I are planning on a return trip next year – finally. Looking for expenses in Ecuador is how we found your blog. Has the city changed much as far as you know? Is the hamburger place “Pity’s” still around? Heladeria Holanda? How are the streets in the old town, they were working on fixing them up when we lived there.

    Gosh, I miss Cuenca! Enjoy the city and the people. I wish I could move back!

    • Bryan Haines Dec 19, 2011, 9:18 am

      Hey Vegar – we’ve only been here since July 2009, so I’m probably not the best person to answer a question about changes since the 90’s. Pity’s is on Avenida Remigio Crespo. Not sure about the ice cream shop. The streets are in great shape in the center – all cobblestone. A fun ride in a taxi… There are always random repairs, but generally pretty good.

      All the best on your travel plans!


  • Louis-Marie Ste-Croix Oct 10, 2011, 5:43 am

    Thank you Bryan,
    Your site gringo abroad is very informative

    • Bryan Haines Oct 11, 2011, 7:38 pm

      Thanks Louis-Marie – glad you’re finding it helpful.

      All the best on your plans!

  • Martha AnneLynen Dec 26, 2010, 9:34 am

    we are two seniors living on a fixed income thinking of coming to Equador..
    how well could we live on $1,600.00 per month? we do not need a house just
    a condominium, is there such a thing? we are originally from Toronto now
    living in Florida…
    thank you

    • Bryan Haines Dec 26, 2010, 9:44 am

      Hi Martha,

      Costs are always subjective, but at $1600 – you could live very well. Check out our Cost of Living – we are a family of 3. We live on less than $1000 – and we live very well.

      Hope this helps,


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