How it works:
- There have been boats held up at gunpoint and passengers robbed, or passengers being driven to a secluded location and then mugged and left in the middle of nowhere.
- In some cases, the robbers are working with the tour boat company.
Places to beware:
- Napo River
- Sucumbíos Province: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
What to do:
- Only choose a reputable tour company and ask about the kind of security they provide.
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) also some popular boat tours and cruises.