Several times during the trip we asked ourselves if it was worth it.The women were alluring and exotic and the danger had a certain intrigue element.The local men are some of the most violent and aggressive that we have encountered.They are very possessive of their women and have strong reactions to foreigners dating their girls. These guys are built, students of MMA fighting and ready to throw down quickly.Tit is not uncommon to see men carrying knives in public. The police will be looking to make a quick buck from you.
If coming in the winter, be sure to pack lots of warm clothing and layers to take on the frigid temperatures that will be found as you enter higher elevations.
In the end we decided to stay and enjoy the fruits of this isolated, anything goes country.