Caracas

Caracas, or Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital and the largest city of Venezuela. The city is located along the Guaire River, in the northern part of Venezuela, and it’s overlooked by Mount Avila (a huge mountain that divides the city from the Caribbean Sea). Caracas is popular for being one of the most multicultural and modern cities in South America. The city has plenty to offer like theatres, malls, museums, art galleries, parks, beautiful colonial architecture and even great restaurants for all the foodies out there. Moreover, some of the tallest skyscrapers in Latin America are here in Caracas. Below, you’ll find more information on safety and precautions you can take, so you can enjoy your trip.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Taking standard safety precautions are recommended in Caracas. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables. Avoid using your mobile phone or displaying any electronic device or valuable on the street or in a vehicle.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : HIGH

There have been reports of muggings. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables. Avoid walking alone after dark. Although kidnapping is not common, express kidnapping involving tourists have occurred. Victims are abducted for a few hours and forced to withdraw money from ATMs in order to be released.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

As in any other major city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Bag snatching is common, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There are unlicensed taxis in Venezuela, so make sure you pre-arrange a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible. There have been reports of taxi drivers exploiting visitors, especially from the airport to Caracas.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Expect floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Rainy season runs from May to November, and the hurricane season runs from June to November.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Venezuela. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men.

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WHAT TO DO?

Caracas is not the safest town, so common sense is recommended like in any other major city. You must be aware that there often acts of political violence between government supporters and anti-government protesters. The rate of violent crime is high; so it is best to stay in the tourist areas and dress like the average local. The neighbourhoods you should avoid are in the hills around the west side of the city, and there are no tourist attractions there.  

Federal Capitol

The Federal Legislative Palace occupies a whole block, and it may look bigger thanks to its golden domes and neoclassical pediments. The Palacio Municipal de Caracas is very close from the Capitol, and it is now the city hall and the Caracas Museum.

East Park

The Caracas East Park (Parque Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda) was designed by Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian architect, and it is located in the middle of the city. You can also visit the small zoo built inside the park and/or check out the replica of the ship led by Francisco de Miranda in the southern part of the park.

National Pantheon

Not too far from Plaza Bolivar, you’ll find the most venerated building by Venezuelans. The National Pantheon used to be a church, but it is now the final resting place for Venezuelan heroes.

Useful Information

Some countries do not need a visa to enter Venezuela for short stays (less than 90 days). US citizens need a visa (US$30 valid for one year. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your arrival date. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.  
The currency in Venezuela is the Bolivar Fuerte ($BsF). The country’s currency is severely inflated, so any price listings you see are probably out of date. Hypothetically, there are two official exchange rates in Venezuela: one for imports of medicine, food, and other essentials which gives 10BsF per US dollar, and another one for all purposes which gives 2970BsF per US dollar. Cash machines are common throughout the country; however, not all ATMs accept foreign cards. As of now, Banco Provincial (BVPP) and Mercantil accept foreign cards. Credit cards are accepted in main cities, but be careful of possible scamming and never leave your card out of sight.  
The weather in Venezuela varies depending on elevation; tropical, dry, temperate with dry winters, and polar climates. The highest temperature reported was 42 °C (108 °F) in Machiques, while the lowest temperature reported was −11 °C (12 °F) in Páramo de Piedras Blancas. En savoir plus sur https://safearound.com/americas/venezuela/#xyTCPmjYYAuTgiBL.99
Simón Bolívar International Airpot and La Chinita International Airport are Venezuela’s major airports. If you’re looking for cheap flight de
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page