Or they hold you for as long as it takes your family (or travel companion) to do the same.It usually begins when the victim gets into a taxi.Gutiérrez later conceded in interviews in her homeland that the experience had been humiliating, but later told Harvey during an appearance on his television show that she had put it behind her.
In February 2010 the French government declared parts of Colombia to be "safe": adding Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Bogota, Tunja, Bucaramanga, as well as the Zona Cafetero departments of Quindio, Risaralda and Caldas to Cartagena and San Andres as destinations approved for travel.
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.
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.
If this happens to you, your travel insurance will cover medical expenses for injuries they give you, and you'll have access to an emergency assistance helpline that will put you in touch with consular officials and experts who can help you deal with the psychological trauma - invaluable stuff.