This is one of the first questions we receive from prospective travelers interested in traveling to Colombia. Fortunately, over the last decade, Colombia has cleaned up its reputation and is today a safe place to travel to in South America. In fact, Colombia is now safer on average than all the countries immediately neighboring it. In the poorer neighborhoods of Colombia’s big cities, there are still some street crimes, but this is no different than anywhere else in the world. If you’re vigilant and use your common sense while exploring Colombia’s main cities, you should have no issues. As a foreigner, you will stick out, so keep an eye out for your belongings and don’t wear lots of expensive jewelry or show off your newest iPhone or expensive camera and laptop. There are police everywhere in Colombia, especially at major attractions, parks, and stations. Please don’t jump to conclusions that it isn’t safe. They are present to avoid issues not because there are issues.