Colón’s reputation throughout the rest of the country for violent crime is not undeserved, and if you come here you should exercise extreme caution – mugging, even on the main streets in broad daylight, does happen. Don’t carry anything that may attract attention or that you can’t afford to lose, try to stay in sight of the police on the main streets and take taxis rather than walk. Many drivers will give tours of the city (about US$12/hr); consider hiring one if you want to explore. Asking for Pablo (who speaks English and Spanish) at the Hotel Internacional is a good option.

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