Crime in Ecuador

This item appears on page 65 of the August 2010 issue.

In Ecuador, nonviolent crime is common, with hundreds of travelers robbed each year, but violent crime has been rising dramatically. Be alert at ATMs on streets as well as everywhere from beaches and hiking trails to crowded streets and markets, especially after dark.

Do not hail a taxi on the street; use only radio-operated taxis. Keep your passport on your person, not in your backpack, purse or luggage. Luggage stored under buses or left in vehicles is often stolen. Avoid wearing expensive-looking jewelry or watches. Criminals have been known to use incapacitating drugs; never allow a stranger to buy you a drink and never leave a drink unattended.