Venezuela Warnings and Dangers

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Venezuela Warnings and Dangers

  • Other Dangers

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    If you like the good herb like I do. If your staying in Caracas, make sure you are not walking the streets with it on you. I got stopped and frisked by the bastard cops. They searched me dam well. I thought they were gunna strip me bare. Always leave your guja back at your place of stay otherwise you will end up in prison or with no money left...

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  • Street Crime

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    There are many people with guns in Caracas. Try to avoid moving around the city during the night. If you have to go somewhere, take a taxi you trust at your hotel. Be aware of the people with motorbikes. If you go walking and you see some guy with a motorbike is aproaching you, try to scape from there.

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  • Moving Around Town

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    Before traveling to Caracas, please go online and read carefully State Dept. travel advisory warnings about suspicious arrangements made between some Airport Staff and some Taxi drivers. Use ONLY taxis sent by your hotel, and only book at brand hotels that you are familiar with. Do NOT wear jewelery, carry a handbag, or move around with large...

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  • Squatter Settlements - Barrios

    Caracas Warnings and Dangers

    Hi! 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,...

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  • Venezuela has some dangers.

    Venezuela has some dangers, especially in Caracas.If you are out at night it's best to keep a low profile, especially if you have a very northern look like me since some venezuelans are not too happy about gringos.But if you keep it humble and take care you should be OK.

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  • Feelings about United States of America

    One concern American's have about visiting Venezuela..is Hugo Chavez and his well documented hatred towards our government (Chavez has called President Bush the devil....has compared capitalism to Count Dracula, Frankenstein & Jack the Ripper)...is this negative attitude reflected in the general public?I have several comments about this:1) A...

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  • How to successfully use an ATM in...

    I spent six months in Venezuela in the last year, and yes, the ATM's can be difficult. Each bank is associated with either the Plus or Cirrus system. The back of your card will tell you which system it is linked with. Mine is Plus, therefore, the only ATM's I can use in Venezuela are at Banco Mercantil or Banco Venezuela. Also, they frequently...

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  • Be carefull but beautiful country worth...

    We travel to Venezuela in March with my 3months old baby and my little sister who's 14 Obviously, i had given her an explanation as to why not wear her digital camera around your neck, listen to her Ipod and wear valuables. Instead, she read, tried to exchange w/ locals, and enjoyed the salsa blasting from all over (houses, cars, buses,...

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  • Fake Taxi tour guides

    Guys hanging around air/sea ports pretennding to be taxis private hire and tour guides, car usually looks legitimate but not. take you on tour then rob you at knife point ours was a bad experience place full of traffic so better staying on ship or just telling them to go away. Only book official tours with cruise ship otherwise stay on board pre...

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  • thirsty mosquitoe

    Not all cities have mosquito related issues and if there is, there might not be a period of epidemic. So, you might want to check before arriving in some cities if that's an issue.Then off course, your best bet is covering yourself especially when the sun sets down (in areas like the amazon forest that where the malaria bearing moskito wonders...

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  • Designer gear/Gold jewelry

    (edit 2008)Although Venezuelans love to dress up, they used to usually wear clothes bought in Venezuela. Since returning there (2008) , there seems to be alot more imported named goods and people wearing them!While it is customary to dress up 'to the nines' when going out for dinner or dancing, at other times, it is better to dress simply (you can...

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  • Trust NOBODY in Venezuela!

    First I will say that 90% of the Venezolanos are great people, but like every country, you also have to beware of the scum. Here are some examples: I have lived in San Cristobal, VE and have visited VE many times, and if you are an American, they WILL try to rob you. They wont hold a gun to you head and rob you, but they will try to charge you...

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  • SANTA ELENA DE UAIREN: PURIPURIS

    'Puripuris' are sandflies and they are everywhere near the waterfalls and rivers.There is no avoiding them, I guess, because even if you spray insect repellant, by the time you dip into the waterfalls and rivers, everything would be washed off. It is a price to pay for enjoying such wondrous nature.

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  • Money

    It is not easy to get money out off the ATMs in Venezuela. I have heard that you will need an extra two numbers in your code and that many tourists can’t use their cards. I paid for my tour to Roraima and the one to Canaima/Angel Falls via Internet before leaving home and then brought cash for the rest of the trip in Venezuela.When I visited...

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  • Too cold on the night buses

    The buses in Venezuela are much too cold (the night buses). I had been warned about it but could not imagine how cold it actually was. For my first bus journey in Venezuela, with the night bus between Caracas and Ciudad Bolivar, I was dressed in long trousers, a warm sweater, socks in the sandals and a scarf. I very soon realised this was not...

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  • Smoke covering the road

    At the end of the dry season, many of the fields in the open country are set on fire. This burns off the old dead vegetation, then when the rainy season starts, everything comes in green again. The smoke sometimes covers the road and you can't see. Be careful because you may not see where you are going. Just stop and wait for the wind to shift or...

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  • Caiman

    Don't swim in the Orinoco river at night. Caiman are in the river. Although this one is small, they can get up to 2 1/2 meters in length.

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  • Parrot's make a nice pet

    Some people in Venezuela have a parrot for a pet. The one I am holding is gentle but a friend had one that was mean and would bite you. Be careful when holding one, because they have a very sharp beak. A parrot can take a chunk of out of your arm or hand very easily.

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  • ATM machines/credit card fraud

    In October-November we were in Venezuela and could not use our ATM cards to obtain the local currency. My friends were from Australia and I'm from the U.S. Also the couple from Melbourne used their credits a couple of times and when they returned home, someone in Venezuela used their credit card to run up thousands of dollars in charges. My...

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  • Demonstrations - Stay away

    If you see tires laying across a road and on fire, this is a demonstration. Don't go near and get involved. Sometimes there can be violence. Just stay away for your safety. Turn around and go a different way.

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  • Take the same precautions as in any big...

    There is really bad press about Venezuela at this point in tim with a destabilization campaign against the government of the actual president Hugo Chavez & intense polarization in the Venezuelan society. If you are outside of Caracas, you will not even be aware of these events, almost entirely concentrated in the capital city of Caracas.Althought...

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  • Failure to Reconfirm your tickets

    It is especially important to reconfirm your return tickets on Venezuelan airlines. Get a confirmation number even if it costs a few bucks service chargefrom a travel agent. You can also do this by phone. I never suffered from making this error but in four pleasure trips to Venezeula I met numerous people, some who had travelled extensively in...

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  • Small planes and other travel.

    Considering flying in a small plane? Kick the tires, judge the plane and look at pilot's overall condition before you board. I guess I should have even checked the gas tanks. We were flying on double empty (both tanks reading empty) as we landed. Maybe there was no danger, but I clearly understood the pilot to tell the tower in Bolivar City in no...

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  • Growing corruption-- get your passport...

    Over four visits I observed what seemed to be a growing boldness and presence of corruption at the airport. Finally, on my last trip I was with a group of Boy Scouts. After we cleared immigration we noticed that one passport had not been stamped. We inquired but the officer said it was OK as we were a group. When we went to leave the very same...

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  • It is dangerous...

    At the moment I only advice my friends to go to Venezuela if they go with a prearranged tour to a secluded place. No lonely travel, no let's go and find out, no wonder around, no hitchhiking, it is dangerous!!Right now Venezuela is going through a horrible political transition and there are no guaranties for any rights, abuse and anarchy are...

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  • Common sense

    We didn`t experience any problems except riots all around Caracas and people wavingmachetes and handguns on the streets.but they were nice and didn`t shoot us. Hah!Just like in everywhere : Use common sense and learn some spanish.

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  • Review the news before you come here

    Since a lot is happening in Venezuela, you must review the news before your trip, just in case. The web page of the journal "El Universal" has a summary section in English.

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  • Do you know where your backpack is...?

    *this is a general warning for all of Latin America* I think that I would recommend that always either leave the backpack at the hotel or wear it in front. Generally speaking Merida is not a dangerous city, in fact it is of the safest in Venezuela. But I always make sure that all precautions are taken cuz its just not worth it.There is a police...

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  • Caracas, Taking the right taxi at the...

    Always make sure to find a real cab with real registred plates, and never let anyone help you to find a cab for you!!!It´s easy to be naive and think good of friendly english spoken people, but never do so in caracas... find a cab or catch the bus when going into your hotel..I will next time!!!

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  • Hey everyone, when you travel...

    Hey everyone, when you travel with a backpack 'line' the inside of it with a (chicken) wire mesh. It will not deter would be thieves but it will make is hard for them to 'slash-grab-and-run'.

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  • Everyone we met around the...

    Everyone we met around the country recommended us NOT TO GO to downtown Caracas...it's extremely unsafe.Around bus stations in downtown cities, some 'strange' people are found...beggars or homeless can hassle you if they can see you are the typic tourist.

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  • Caracas can be a dangerous...

    Caracas can be a dangerous place. It's good to watch out for robbers. But there's no need to be afraid, just alert - people told us it was extremely dangerous, and when we got there we didn't feel like we were running any risks.

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  • Have patience --Getting out or...

    Have patience --Getting out or Venezuela is a real chore. We were met by airline employee who led us to a point of pick up by bus, which took us from the National to the International Terminal of the Caracas Terminal. Checking in for our flight home was an interesting experience. A. When we entered the airling ticket booth we were met by a military...

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  • Well in Venezuela, you could...

    Well in Venezuela, you could only drink bottle water.Be carefful wiht the sun..you are in the tropics, and the sus is much much stonger than Europe..If you rent a car, be prepared: there are no rules in the roads. Everyone wants to pass first that the others cars..the traffic is crazy.They dont respect anything. It's much, much worse than in...

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  • Kidnapping is on the rise,...

    Kidnapping is on the rise, although not nearly as widespread as Colombia or Mexico. Criminals will target wealthy-looking business people and generally prowl the areas around the business and governmental district.

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  • Do not under-estimate how long...

    Do not under-estimate how long it will take you to get out of the Caracas airport on an international flight. I used to take a 9:00 a.m. flight, yet leave my hotel at 5:30 a.m., to arrive at 6:15 a.m. Even with this enormous headstart, I only had a small amount of excess time on my hands. Reason: incredible bureaucracy and about 5 safety and...

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  • Do not take pictures in EL...

    Do not take pictures in EL METRO. Although fascinated with the system - I was hurled before some kind of official and told in Espanol whatever. A guy I don't know his name bailed me out and in English I was told don't ever do that - the light from the flash can confuse the driver.

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  • If you think about driving in...

    If you think about driving in Caracas, think again. The traffic is horrible. The locale, if they think they can make it, they just just go for it. If not, they'll let the other party stop until they are clear...Red Light, Stop Sign, what, where..... also, crimes are extremely high, it is very dangerous to walk alone in downtown during the evening...

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  • If you go to Margarita -...

    If you go to Margarita - beware of pickpockets, don't change money in the streets, stay out of slum areas unless you're with a trusted local. It can be dangerous for girls to travel alone. The crime rate is very high and some tourists have experienced horrific robberies. Don't smuggle drugs. The authorities show no mercy for drug trafficers.

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  • Car hire... We didn't actually...

    Car hire... We didn't actually hire a car, but be warned that there are rumours that if you are invovled in an accident, both parties are locked up until the case is sorted out... don't know how true this is, but considering how cheap buses are...

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  • Be careful when walking...

    Be careful when walking through muddy puddles, or where you sit down... one of the three of us (not me thank goodness!) came back with Mytate Lava Worms in her feet and bum... they caused a lot of grief and sleepless nights, and after two courses of medicine (which took us six weeks to get!) and being photographed by the hospital we took her to...

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  • Take loads of insect reppelant...

    Take loads of insect reppelant & Malaria pills. Check out all rooms before checking in. Forget the bus service - it was almost non existant when we were there in 1995. This has got to be one of the most corrupt places on earth. Everyone in a uniform expects a bribe. Don't offer a bribe to any officials - you may end up getting arrested! Don't use...

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  • You may find that you will...

    You may find that you will have a new friend(s) as soon as you arrived. Some people say to avoid people who approach you for help, so we did do the same. The capital, Caracas is considered unsafe in the evening, but we did not have any problems. Please check the departure tax since this has increased regurarly and can be in the region of EUR 50.

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  • Venezuela has more than its...

    Venezuela has more than its fare share of crime. The stark disparity of the have and have not is all too apparent. This can only lead to frustrations that result in crime. Please be extra-cautious in Caracas and in evaluating people who will offer themselves as a guide to you. While my experiences were absolutely terrific, stories abound of...

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  • Don't buy any wildlife or...

    Don't buy any wildlife or wildlife products while traveling in Venezuela, or elsewhere in the world. I was in Venezuela working to combat the illegal trade in wildlife, especially the sale of birds, primates and big cats as pets. Near San Carlos, is the Association for the Rescue of Fauna (ARFA), one of few officially sanctioned wildlife rescue...

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