Traveling across national borders has become increasingly easier and more affordable as of late. It’s always nice to take a breather from the stresses of work and visit other countries. However, there are some places on the planet that are just not friendly towards visitors, no matter your intention. In this article, we’ll list for you the top 25 most dangerous andinhospitable towns and cities on Earth to visit.
1. Aleppo, Syria
This city was once the largest trade hub in Syria. It was home to ancient art, sports, and schools. However, due to its unfortunate location, it became the front line for the Civil Way in Syria that sparked in2011. Parts of the city remain under siege to this day. The entire country has been deemed a war zone and unsafe for travel.
2. Caracas, Venezuela
The country of Venezuela is currently facing an age of economic depression unseen in recent history. Caracas, the country’s capital, has now become home to violence and drug-related gang wars. Muggings and murder are commonplace, making this once-beloved city an undesirable tourist destination. Not many other cities in Venezuela are doing better than Caracas.
3. Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul used to be thriving with trade and tourists from all corners of the globe. Its beautiful gardens were unparalleled by any other. The sad state that Kabul is currently in has made the country less than inhospitable for travelers, especially those from Western societies. Bombings, kidnappings, and general gang-related violence have become rampant in Kabul.
4. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
There’s nothing worse than living in a city or country where the law enforcement is in the pockets of the bad guys. This is the sad truth that’s currently happening in Ciudad Juarez. The flow of drugs and human trafficking throughout the country and even the continent usually stems from Ciudad Juarez. Avoid this city at all costs for the time being.
5. Juba, South Sudan
Civil war and general violence throughout Juba have deemed the city an unsafe destination for foreign travelers. It’s a shame since one of the most beautiful sights to behold is the stunning migration of various species passing through South Sudan.
6. Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa has been one of the more tourist-friendly spots in the continent, but the city of Cape Town should be avoided. The crime rate has spiked due to the overwhelming population living under the poverty line. It’s possible to travel through the city but only in large groups and never at night.
7. Sanaa, Yemen
Ever since the catastrophic bombing that took place at several World Heritage sites in Sanaa in 2015, the country has been in economic and political turmoil. Foreigners are strongly advised not to visit the city at the risk of falling victim to another unpredictable terror attack.
8. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Although many towns in Brazil have extremely high crime rates, Rio De Janeiro, as a popular tourist destination, has to take the cake. Only10 years earlier the city’s streets were relatively safe and free of crime, but lately, gang activity and drug smuggling have put the city on lockdown. Visitors still come to enjoy the resorts and beaches, but they do it at their own risk.
9. Kinshasa, The Democratic Republic of Congo
The country of Congo has been one of political and economic instability for the greater portion of recent history. The Virunga Mountains used to invite nature lovers from around the globe to feast their eyes on majestic gorillas, but it is no longer safe. In the capital city, Kinshasa, crime and gangs tear the city apart.
10. Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala, is tormented by drug cartels, drug-related violence, and gang activity. Despite the high murder rate, robberies, muggings, and holdups, the city remains one of the most visited places in Central America.
11. Khartoum, Sudan
Khartoum is the meeting point of the white and blue Nile Rivers. Due to the constant conflicts in their government and guerilla militia, Sudan has been in a state of emergency. Movement in and out of the city is heavily monitored, and foreign visitors are more than likely going to be turned away for their own safety.
12. Acapulco, Mexico
Not too long ago, Acapulco, Mexico, was a safe haven and popular destination for travelers looking to hit the beaches. However, statistics show that the city has one of the highest murder rates in the world. If you feel like risking it, you’ll be advised to stay within the property of the resort you’re visiting but be warned that crimes usually take place just outside.
13. Islamabad, Pakistan
Although Islamabad has only been the capital of Pakistan for roughly 60 years now, it’s a high-risk area for terror attacks and kidnappings, especially for Westerners. The most dangerous times to visit this city would be during religious holidays and political elections.
14. Baghdad, Iraq
The US has deemed Baghdad and many other cities in theMiddle East as unsafe travel destinations. As US troops are pulled away from Iraq, the future of the country and its capital city are shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain: this war-torn country is not going to heal itself anytime soon.
15. Pyongyang, North Korea
North Korea has been hostile towards the international community but strangely friendly towards visitors, except to those from the US. The good news is that Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has taken some steps to introduce political reconciliation, but the bad news is that it’s unclear what they’ll be and when they’ll be applied. It’s best to visit the friendlier country just down south.
16. Bogota, Colombia
Bogota is known for some of its beautiful architecture, mysterious art pieces, and street crime. Murders, kidnappings, muggings, and street violence are just some of the things that plague the streets. Unfortunately, not many cities outside of Bogota are any safer.
17. Karachi, Pakistan
Karachi is home to some of the most vocal terrorist groups in the world. It’s not surprising since the country, in general, has been known to breed some of the most prominent leaders of many Islamic terror groups. In Karchi, assassinations and kidnappings aren’t uncommon, so it’s best to avoid traveling through the city if at all possible.
18. Aswan, Egypt
Egypt is known for its haunted pyramids, exotic dances, and deep roots in religion, but it’s also the unfortunate home of rampant violence. In Aswan, cases of assault towards men and women in the streets out in public are not unheard of. Tensions in politics and instability are the main driving factors behind it all.
19. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
For many years now, San Pedro Sula in Honduras has been on the list of the most violent cities on the planet. The main issue that contributes to the downward spiral that the city has been experiencing is trafficking illegal firearms and the use of them on law enforcement and members of parliament.
20. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is home to the ruins of Aztec and Mayancultures, as well as around 10 million citizens. Despite being so denselypopulated and economically stable, it’s not exactly a safe place for tourists.If crime and assault aren’t enough to ward you off, just know that earthquakesare common in the city. Perhaps that’s nature’s way of preventing travelersfrom visiting.
21. Mumbai, India
This city located on the country’s west coast is the capital of Maharashtra state. It’s an urbanized city that’s home to more than 10million people from all over the country. However, terrorist activity, rape, and scams on tourists and locals alike put everybody on a state of constant fear. If you’re a woman looking to travel alone to a foreign land, avoid going through Mumbai.
22. San Salvador, El Salvador
San Salvador is a haven for many of the country’s street gangs who ill, extort, and smuggle illegal arms and narcotics. In 2015, almost 2,000people were brutally murdered by street gangs, and most of the crimes that occurred that year were never solved.
23. Distrito Central, Honduras
Dangerous weather isn’t the only that that torments the municipality of Distrito Central. Violent crimes on both men and women are something of a norm to the people of Honduras. This municipality consists of two cities –Tegucigalpa and Comayaguela – and neither of them is safe. Gunfights erupt sporadically during the daytime between the police and several drug cartels, so it’s clear that this District is not a place to seek relaxation.
24. Medellin, Colombia
This is considered to be Colombia’s most dangerous city. The murder rate in Medellin has increased dramatically over the years as rival gangs fight to gain control over territory and drug trade deals. Pablo Escobar, the notorious drug lord who has managed to escape from the arms of the police numerous times, has set up base in the city.
25. Natal, Brazil
A few years back, the Brazilian government deployed a squad of more than a thousand armed policemen to bring restore calm after a gang-driven riot occurred. Since then, Natal has been cited by the UN as having of the largest murder rates per capita.