3. Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas, the once vibrant capital city of Venezuela, used to be considered the “Paris of South America”. It boasts consistent warm weather, stunning mountain views, proud people, eclectic cuisine and exceptional coffee. Unfortunately, the city and country have undergone a rapid decline in recent years. Drug cartels, armed robberies, kidnappings, street fighting and violent protests are all too common. Caracas has one of the world’s highest homicide rates in the world with 95% of them remaining unsolved. In the last year, there were over 600 reported kidnappings with an estimated 80 percent unreported. There are serious food shortages, and hardly anyone dares go out at night. Keep Caracas in your thoughts and hearts, but wait it until tensions simmer down before visiting here.