In general, Ecuador is a very safe country to visit. Violence and crime does occur here, but no more than you would find in a major city at home. Development in cities such as Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil has resulted safer, more traveler-friendly neighborhoods. The adoption of the U.S. dollar has also brought increased stability to Ecuador.
Nonetheless, being a foreigner can make you a target, especially for petty thieves and pickpockets. By employing a few simple strategies - including traveling to recommended destinations, not flaunting expensive items, and traveling in groups - most visitors will enjoy a safe experience to Ecuador.
Ecuador's tourist destinations are typically very safe. In these destinations, there is often an increased police presence and less violent crime. The top destinations in particular tend to be good choices.
If you're interested in learning more about crime and safety in Ecuador, you can do so here.
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