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Is Venezuela safe to travel to?

over 10 years ago about Venezuela

Are there any current dangers and what areas are unsafe for visitors?

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    Venezuela is a BEAUTIFUL country! But, yes, sadly safety is not #1 as many other countries. Of course, you don't want to be walking in the middle of the street with a camera in your hands 24/7, neither walk in the middle of the night. But there are always great places to visit that you'll be safe. Margarita Island is one of them, specially visiting El Yaque beach since most of the people that live there are European and there are always tourist visiting (about the Island: http://ow.ly/1ClKd )
    Also, you might want to take a tour to go to La Gran Sabana (Canaima National Park) is gorgeous and safe if going with a group (http://ow.ly/1ClLX ). In Anzoategui state, you can visit Lecheria, Barcelona (the state capital city) and Puerto La Cruz. Lecheria is very touristic, I'd say stay in a hotel in that city and from Puerto La Cruz you can take a boat to visit the islands/beaches that are beautiful! And of course, last but not least, Los Roques I think is the safest of all and is amazing!
    Be careful with taxis you take as well. Always try to catch them at the hotel or mall. Hope it helps you!
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    Answered by Yoss Castillo via Site_iconTravellr.com
  • +1

    You're really going to need your wits about you to stay safe in Venezuela, unfortunately it's a very dangerous place (for locals as well as visitors).
    This is not the sort of place where you can wear jewellery or watches in public. Your camera will certainly raise the interest of thieves. If ever there was a place to blend in, to try to look like a local, it's here. If you know someone who lives in Venezuela, ask them to show you around - locals know the danger spots better than any guide book.
    A Venezuelan I know says 'everyone' gets mugged and robbed eventually.
    best advice: don't take anything valuable, use a second credit card with a low limit, stick to the popular tourist destinations, check with locals where the safe places are, and if you are mugged - don't fight back. over 10 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    Sadly, Venezuela is not really safe... However, it depends on the places you are going to visit...

    Maracaibo and Caracas are really dangerous...

    But Ciudad Bolivar, Merida and Margarita... are not that dangerous...

    Just pay attention and try to be with a venezuelan...! SO he/she can help you...

    It's a beautiful place... don't miss it!,,, Mexico is more dangerous...

    In fact, there are lot of places in South America as Venezuela... or worse!

    Hope you have the best travel! ;) almost 10 years ago

    Answered by genesisc_23 via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I agree with genesisc_23; not all places feel dangerous. Caracas is indeed dangerous, but Merida and the beautiful village of Chuao (and its awesome beach) are much more relaxed. However, people who want to visit the country should follow these safety tips:

    - Don't go out at night alone.
    - Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
    - Be as subtle as you can if you take pictures. You are not in Paris.
    - Never, never go into the « barrios », unless you know someone who lives there and you are with that person.
    - Don't resist if you get robbed, thieves can be merciless. I was robbed in broad daylight in Barinas, but I escaped unharmed, because I complied immediatly. However, I have a Venezuelan friend whose uncle was killed in Caracas after thieves robbed his motorcycle. And most Venezuelans I've met had some kind of horror story about robbery, murder, etc.

    It's a shame Venezuela is dangerous, as it is a beautiful country. And the vast majority of people are super nice, friendly, fun and generous. I spent four months there and I loved it. Here's some final observations and tips:

    - You better speak Spanish, as most people don't know a word of English.
    - I never had much problems with taxi drivers, besides overcharging issues.
    - I used buses a lot and I never had a problem.
    - If you take intercity buses, bring a jacket, because the air conditioning can be extra-powerful. over 9 years ago

    Answered by Stéphane Pageau via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Well I'm super late but,I'm a Venezuelan myself,trust me if you are american they will not like you that much,our president doesn't have such a good relationship with americans,if you are planning to go again I sudjest not until our president is gone for good.Just like the other people said watch your suroundings and doot wear jewelry.lock your doors all the time.and make sure not to ever leave your car running please -_-".and most sertently make sure if you met someone and you are going to visit them make sure that the neighborhood is safe ask arround people if its safe.If not donot go visit them at their house.My cousin got robbed when I was 6 he got tied and hurt all over.watch your area. After all you can go to Margarita.But never visit Caracas have fun if you are going back over 8 years ago

    Answered by mario via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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