How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 3.5 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Americas average: 20.9 (2016).
- Hazards: minefields
- Mapuche indigenous community in the Araucania region have been retaliating against forestry corporations and landowners.
- Small scale explosives detonated in Santiago though rare.
- Civil unrest:
- Large scale protests can occur in Santiago and Valparaíso, especially on key dates such as March 29, May 1, May 21, September 11.
- Update: protests sprung up in October 2019 due to the rise in public transport fare (Santiago Metro fare). This was the straw that broke the camel’s back with simmering unhappiness at the stark income inequality in the country that has been built up over the past three decades.
- The movement started in Santiago, before spreading to other cities such as Concepción, San Antonio, and Valparaíso. The military has been deployed onto the streets to quell protests.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- Check out this Tripadvisor thread for the latest safety updates by other tourists in Chile.
- Violent crime hotspots to watch out for:
- Huechuraba, Estacion Central, Ñuñoa, San Joaquin, Renca, La Pintana, Macul
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice