Caracas is one of the worst cities in the world and I don’t advise going there if you are backpacking Venezuela. But if for some reason you end up there, here are 5 shit things you can do in Caracas, Venezuela. And that doesn’t include doing a poo in the toilet! It is no coincidence that Caracas ryhmes with Carcass. I seriously hope Venezuela sorts its mess out sooner rather than later. The worst country so far from my 165 country wacathon journey.
1. Get Robbed
This isn’t difficult because you’re in Venezuela. Walk around with a load of cash and designer technology on you and you will get robbed for sure. In fact you don’t even need that. A $5 US Dollar watch is all it takes – you’ll not enjoy this moment but you get a touch of real Venezuelan culture.
2. Get Mugged
Similar to getting robbed but with more force and most likely knives and guns. Just just make sure you get out alive as these locals are dangerous. I was chased in Altamira by a fat, ugly mugger. I escaped by hiding in a cafe called Little Rock Cafe and he went the other way.
3. Get Refused a Visa
This is a really shit one to get into as it means you can’t even leave Caracas! I struggled for days to get a Suriname visa as I had a flight out booked to Paramaribo and was basically stuck in Caracas until they gave me the visa. They kept refusing and of course the black market crash didn’t help.
4. Get Ripped Off
Foreigners are targets for all sorts of dangers here – one of the most lenient but still scary is getting ripped off in shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. It happened to me once, so next time I was in the same cafe, I left without paying as they weren’t even noticing. Karma is a M*eller.
5. Witness a Gun and Cocaine Swap
While backpacking in downtown Caracas, I witnessed a gun v cocaine stash swap. It was ridiclous. Guys came into a pawn shop and urged everyone against the wall before doing their deal. No police in sight. I had no idea what was going on.
Caracas remains a sad memory for me and life later plunged me into depression caused by a known serial liar. I don’t need to return to such cities. Oh oh oh life goes on…