I didn’t quite know what to expect out in the barrios of Caracas, but I knew I wanted to visit them. I did know that the crime statistics in Venezuela are astronomical, and especially so out in the barrios. And I knew that most of the supporters of Chavez come from these neighborhoods. But, that’s about all I knew and that isn’t much. So, that was enough to convince me that the barrios merited an investigative visit. And what nobler cause can there be than dispelling one’s own ignorance?
Robert Young Pelton is currently soliciting input on places to visit for DPTV (Dangerous Places TV) and, upon our return, I noticed that the barrios of Caracas had been suggested. Shortly after, I read elsewhere that the Caracas barrios are considered one of the most dangerous places on the planet.
Hmmmm, I just took my wife there… I didn’t know it was that bad.
They are certainly interesting neighborhoods. And, yeah, I did feel the “I need to get the fuck out of here” vibe a couple of times – particularly after snapping a picture of some local drug dealers that really didn’t appreciate having their portrait taken.
By the way, if you have any suggestions for Mr. Pelton, he is still actively soliciting ideas…
Inside the Caracas barrios:
But, as with everywhere else I have visited that has a bad reputation, you’ll find that most people are friendly…
…and that it is mostly business as usual.