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Featured Destination - The Inca Trail
Chile is not difficult, nor dangerous. Good roads, splendid bus network, many airports. It's probably the most stable, most secure and most western country in the whole of South America, even down to the local's respect for the driving laws.
It's said that Argentineans often get into trouble when they cross the boarder, first by driving as they do at home (like Italians), and then attempting to bribe a Chilean
policeman as they would with their own policeman. I don't know if that's true, but there's more than an element of truth in it.
Peru is also stable these days, but has a history of instability. In the last decade of the last century, a very nasty terrorist group called the "Shining Path" practically took over the rural interior of the country. The Government acted in a very nasty way too. Peru is still tending the wounds inflicted by this terror. That's the bad news. The good news is that the
country is now pretty much at peace.
It's not as safe as Chile, but it IS safe, despite the probably apocryphal stories and travelers' tales. But, as any sensible traveler knows, you ought to be careful, and
take the same precautions as you would going anywhere where you are vastly richer than the locals.
The Inca Trail is a serious long-distance hike. You should only undertake it if you are reasonably fit, and are used to carrying all the food you'll need for a week. That said, there are tours and day trips for those people who'd find that daunting...read more »