Squatter Settlements - Barrios, Caracas
Safe areas: Los Ruices, Sebucan, Los Dos Caminos, Palos Grandes, Parque del Este, Chacao, Altamira, Chacaito, La California, Bello Monte, Colinas de Bello Monte, Los Chaguaramos, Sta Monica, etc...
To be avoided: Downtown and west of the city, from Plaza Venezuela metro station to the west, and the far east of the city, Palo Verde, Petare, etc..
When you visit Caracas you MUST stay away from the popular places or "barrios" because they´re very dangerous. They´re located over the hills of the city, there are a lot of poor houses. If you stay away from these places you should be ok
You will see them when you are flying in. You will see them as you are driving around town. From a distance they look cute and even beautiful at night but stay away from the ranchitos. They apear as clay huts all over the mountains and hills. If you travel into these areas you will more than likley leave, pennyless and naked. That is, if you leave at all.
Murders: 8,022 (2000) (per capita): 32 per 100,000 people
Definition: Total recorded intentional homicides, completed. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Per capita figures expressed per 1000 population.