Some people may think that Venezuela is a dangerous and risky place to visit due
to its high crime rate throughout the country. Listed as one of the world’s most criminally prolific countries, Venezuela has a notorious reputation that may scare tourists away. In fact, visitors and residents often report threats, robbery, and even murder by street gangs at all times of the day. The murder rate may be even higher than the past years, as 90 in 100,000 residents have been killed as compared to 82 in 100,000 in 2014.
This seems to happen because Venezuela is an overall poor and impoverished country that faces economic problems relating to malnourishment and lack of government involvement. In fact, it is well known that the country is on the very edge of economic collapse due to the rising of dictatorship and the ongoing decline of democracy. Throughout the years, Venezuela’s crisis has deepened according to statistics, which state that its gross domestic products have decreased by -3.8% in 2014 to -10% in 2016. Research has proven that there is an eminent link between crime and development, in which countries with the most extreme penury are more than likely to face a growth in crime rate.
However, I believe that this does not mean you should completely erase it from your
choices of destination. There are many travel hotspots in Venezuela that are a great and safe place to visit, such as Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world. With a drop over 3,000 feet high, Angel Falls is probably the most spectacular sight to see in Venezuela. Located deep in the jungles of Canaima National Park, the only danger you have to worry about is not falling over steep cliffs and injuring yourself!
But I know people feel strongly about endangering themselves by visiting crime-inhabited countries like Venezuela, especially if you are looking to visit or stay in more than just one place. But if you are planning on visiting for only a short while and are on a tight budget, than this may be a great place for you to stay. Not
only is Venezuela a cheap destination for tourists, but it has so much more to offer than just Caracas (which has one of the most highest homicide rates in the world btw)! There are many other breathtaking locations to see, such as Gran Sabana and the Médanos de Coro National Park.
Even so, I will always keep Venezuela on my to-go list whenever I get the urge to travel again. Despite its infamous reputation and daunting crime rates, I believe that as long as you take precautionary measures, Venezuela should be your choice of destination. For tourists who are more mindful for their safety and wellbeing, I suggest that you avoid the more precarious areas, such as Caracas and Matarín. But overall, Venezuela should be an amazing travel experience for even the most feeble-minded travelers.