Caracas Venezuela is a overcrowded metropolis squeezed in between mountains with the ramshackle colonias full of the poor covering the hills surrounding the city. The thing I remember from my visit was the passion of the people both for and against President Chavez who has attempted to socialize the country, disenfranchising the middle class. With currency controls, a black market exists to convert dollars, and the whole economy is dysfunctional because so many things that we take for granted outside of Venezuela can not be bought there. There isn’t even a reliable postal system. Venezuela has to be experienced in person to get a sense of how repression can still exist in the modern age.over 3 years ago
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I did not have much fun in Caracas. It was way crowded, dirty, scary, and boring! We couldn’t find anything that was in the guidebook (restaurants, museums, etc.) Although the subway system there is extensive and reliable, it is also extremely overcrowded and people are very aggressive and unorganized about getting on and off. You get stuck in huge moving waves of people. Two people, one standing in front of me and one behind me, were fighting over who should move to let the other one on/off the train and they got in a fist fight with me in the middle! It was awful. It was also the most expensive place in Venezuela that we visited.over 5 years ago
I’ve been to Caracas many times (just a few day before taking the plane to Carupano, where my relatives live) and I’ve always noticed that it’s a place very dangerous. The same thing said my relatives and my cousin, who lives there with his family.
Venezuelans are my favourite people so far, I’ve never met such friendly and warm people.
Anyway I think it’s not worth visiting if you don’t have any friend in there…too dangerous :(over 5 years ago
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