Hello fellow travellers!!
Just curious if anyone has been to Venezuela recently?
My gf and I have been doing a round the world backpacking trip and so far have visited vietnam, laos, cambodia, thailand, india, nepal, tibet, china, peru, bolivia, chile, argentina, uruguay and soon antarctica. We are also planning on going to Ecuador, Columbia, and possibly Venezuela.
Unfortunately Venezuela is the first country we have had second thoughts about; we have read and heard from a couple of other travellers that at the moment Venezuela is possibly the most dangerous country in south america and have been advised against visiting.
So what do you guys think? Should we go or not?
VENEZUELA. great country, i grew up there, DONT GO, EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
TOO DANGEROUS. DONT GO. PLS
unfortunately it's changing every day.
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[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2013, at 05:15 by ElCattivo Sorry, no promos please. ]
When you have a guided tour you don`t will have any problems...The organization here in venezuela is not so easy for Backpackers it`s highly recomend to do a travel organzitaion before with a experienced tour operator...
My wife and I have just got back from 15 months travel in South America - we visited every country except Venezuela. From what I've read, I don't regret skipping it. Still, as previous posters say, it's hard to define "safe". British tourists are stabbed and shot dead in Thailand every year. Whatever you decide, enjoy your travels! Colombia and Ecuador are simply fantastic.
we visited every country except Venezuela.
So, you've missed the best one.
I visited Venezuela in 2011. And it was not an easy trip. First, you have to always be on guard. I went ot Plaza Bolivar in Caracas and stepped into a church. I remember a woman coming to me and saying in broken English that I had to be careful, because there were a lot of bag- snatchers and pickpockets in the area.
We were also in an accident on the road on the way from Merida to Maracay. The bus flipped over at 4 am on a bridge. Some people were injured. We were lucky nobody died. But that was quite an experience to find yourself on a lonely road in the middle of the night, scared and try to find your luggage in the luggage compartment of the overturned bus in the dark.
I find Venezuelans somewhat arrogant. They dodn't like gringos- I heard a few sarcastic comments a few times.
A piece of advice: learn a few phrases in Spanish before you go, because otherwise it will be tough....
Do not expect too much in the way of service. Busses and planes are late and people are lazy...
Overall, Venezuela is a beautiful country and is well worth a visit, you just have to be careful...
Angel Falls are fantastic in the rainy season....
I fact I plan to go back in the future, despite my previous bad experience. I want to hike to Roraima this time and go straight to Manaus after that.
I was born in Venezuela but currently live in the USA and planing on moving to the UK since I am also from Spain. I have been to Venezuela many, many times in fact I have a lot of family there including my 2 sisters so, Venezuela is a beautiful country and it is worth going to see but to answer your question it is a bit dangerous but it all depens though. Iwould recomend that if you do go visit venezuela always keep in mind that you can't be as liberal as you are in other countries there are times where you should never go out, never take dollars or talk about dollars in public, if you take a taxi only taxi thats are with your hotel or a big taxi line, don't ever get in a random taxi these sort of tings will help a lot. Going to a tourist place and being carefull will help and I think you wont have any problems. Right now Venezuela is not going through its best moments. If you have any questions in particullar you can always message me and I will be glad to help you as much as I can.