We can't deny it: Venezuela is not the safest country in the world. Muggings and kidnappings, especially in larger cities such as Caracas are almost a part of daily routine. However, it is possible to avoid such situations with prior planning and by simply using the good old common sense. This way, you can easily have a safe and memorable traveling experience. Our advice is to not feel discouraged by this information but to take it in your stride; Venezuela is a beautiful country and worth visiting.
Venezuela is the cheapest country in South America right now and for you to not make use of this in a proper way, that is by going there, would be a pity. A place where a can of beer costs just 25 cents, is a dream destination for many travelers.
Spectacular Venezuela is known for some of South America's most incredible landscapes. No matter if you are all about the beach and sun or if you like mountain climbing and hiking, Venezuela's diverse terrain has something for everybody.
The climate is tropical, so it stays fairly warm throughout the year. The only thing you should consider though is the hurricane season (from June until the end of November). It mostly affects northern Venezuela, so keep an eye on the weather reports.
The biggest problem in Venezuela is the high and prominent crime rate. Venezuela was ranked as the most unsafe country in the world by Gallup in 2013 with the United Nations stating that such crime is due to poor political and economic environment in the country.
Taking this into consideration, Venezuela isn’t a place for an everyday holiday but a place you go and have an adventure. So if you’re an adrenaline junkie, you should definitely book a trip to Venezuela.
Situations and areas to avoid:
Tips and tricks to outsmart the “bad guys”:
Always be aware of your surroundings. Don't wear too much jewelry, don't carry big cameras or backpacks, and don't use smart phones in public. Thievery is more likely to occur in larger cities than in the countryside, but it can happen anywhere.
Monitor the media about possible new security risks.
Do not blindly trust the police and follow their demands. Travelers have reported that it is sometimes better to pretend you don't understand them.
If you’re traveling by car, make sure that your doors are locked and windows closed at all times.
Passport numbers are often required. It is wise to make two photocopies of your passport, tickets, and visas. Keep one copy with you in, separated from the original, and leave another copy with someone at home.
Be careful to only use the ATMs in a well-lit public places.
Carrying lots of cash is risky, but . . . If you think about it, you can also be robbed in any other so-called safe country. Plan a secret pocket, a secret hiding place where no one can find your money (but make sure you don't forget where it is.).
Trust you inner instinct. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
We believe you are now 100% prepared and excited to finally book a trip to Venezuela. We don’t want you to miss out on an adventurous and unforgettable journey, so keep on reading.
That being said, Venezuela truly is unique and it will not let you down. Enjoy, experience and have fun!
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