A tourist couple was robbed yesterday in La Paz and shared their story on our site. We encourage all tourists to share their experiences in Bolivia. If you plan to visit Bolivia, please be sure to take the time to read all the travel safety tips on our site. You can find them under our TRAVEL PLANNER section. Every country on this planet has crime against tourists and Bolivia is no exception.
FAKE POLICE TEAMS UP WITH FAKE TOURIST
My husband and I are currently staying at the Hotel Europa in La Paz. We were out exploring the city yesterday and were sitting on a bench on the 6th Agosto and Montevideo when we were approached by a young women claiming to be from Chile asking directions. We were joined by a man claiming to be a tourist policemen. We were all hustled into a white taxi and our belongings searched thoroughly. We became very agitated when he demanded that I remove my rings which refused and I demanded to be taken to the British Embassy. He then hung my bang outside the car and I jumped out with my husband but he had taken all our money, a mobile telephone and camera. We made a statement to the hotel who have forwarded this to the police - I hope! This experience was very frightening but has not been taken seriously at all. It has made our trip to Bolivia horrible - we have lost all our photographs and we will be so happy to leave on Tuesday 6th Dec as planned. We will, unfortunately, be spending my birthday and our wedding anniversary in this country but we will never visit again or advise friends or family to do so. I suggest that hotels make guests aware of these teams of robbers and also take more seriously these events. I would like to make a statement to a police officer face to face not via hotel staff! I should like to unsubscribe to this site as I have no intention of finding anything further about Bolivia - I just want to leave! Your site is pretty useless and doesn't appear to worry about victims of crime more about how wonderful Bolivia is.MY RESPONSE
Unfortunately crime against tourists does occur frequently in Bolivia. We have several pages on the site that speak to this situation and on which you'll find advise such as travel precautions, preparing for your trip, safety measures, and more. You'll find them under the TRAVEL PLANNER section, in our forums, and in our LIVING IN BOLIVIA section, as well as other pages throughout our 3000+ page site.
I'm truly sorry you had such a nightmarish experience. But I'm very thankful to you for taking the time to share it. By doing so (and I wish everyone did) others may be able to avoid this type of situation.
To future readers of this message, the following are just a few of the pages on which you can find more information to keep you safe during your travels to Bolivia:Preparing for your tripPrecautions to take during your tripWe regularly post embassy travel warnings hereBolivia travel tips (includes many safety tips)Bolivia news - updated daily so you can be aware of potentially negative situationsCrime is one of the reasons we always suggest travel insuranceBolivia travel warningsYour travel stories - where you can share to help others