Palmira is a beautiful city in SouthWestern Columbia. Nearby are exciting jungle trails and rivers to explore, and in the city is some beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, a lot of violence occurs in Palmira because of drug-related gangs. In 2017, Business Insider dubbed Palmira among the most violent cities in the world, down to the astonishing number of homicides that year.
Homicide Risk: HIGH
In 2017, Palmira had a population of 308,669 people and 144 murders. Gangs here are clashing for drug territories, murdering people stuck in the middle. Activists and human rights defenders lives are particularly at risk here and the city isn’t safe for solo women travelers as violence towards women do frequently occur.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
Travelling through the city is generally quite dangerous. Roads are unsafe and you shouldn’t wander alone, especially at night. Robbers wait at the roadside to ambush passers by.
Scams & Mugging Risk: HIGH
There are a lot of scammers operating in Colombian cities. ATM scams are popular, and taxi drivers take advantage of tourists by overcharging them. Across all of Colombia, violent muggings, armed robberies and kidnappings are common.
Terrorism Risk: HIGH
The National Liberation Army (ELN),’ the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and other illegal armed groups all pose a threat to the people of Colombia. These groups may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls etc… In 2019, the ELN conducted a vehicle-bomb attack on a police academy in Bogota, killing 23 people.