Which seems to be the key: Going off the beaten path might not be the best idea, and when you're in the big cities ask locals or other travelers which areas to avoid. It describes the capital, Caracas, as "the most dangerous city on the planet." That was probably a promotion stunt to cover up for the fact the movie wasn't very good.However, kidnapping is one of the dangers of South America, a crime particular to the region, and particularly lucrative for the criminals.Or they hold you for as long as it takes your family (or travel companion) to do the same.
They 'persuade' you to cooperate with knives, guns, a punch or two, and unfortunately for women, sexual assault.
Unfortunately, other South American countries haven't been as successful as Colombia at combating kidnap.
You get kidnapped for an hour, or however long it takes for them to drive you around town visiting ATMs, emptying your bank account, and maxing-out your credit card.
They certainly aren't perfect, but our vibes tend to match pretty well.
One of the best ways I can describe the women I met in Colombia is fun, but affectionate.
The southwestern and northeastern parts of the country which border with Ecuador and Venezuela are dangerous, and many foreign governments recommend against any travel to those regions because of the risk of kidnap or being caught in the crossfire of a drug war.