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S2000magician
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I may be spending two weeks in Caracas, Venezuala - Dec 6 through Dec 18 - on a consulting gig: cost risk analysis. I've never been to Caracas, so I don't know the city.

Has anyone been? What would you suggest / recommend?

Thanks!
stoneunhinged
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My music partner lived there for seven years, but that was over thirty years ago. Still, I could ask him for tips.
MagicSanta
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Yes bit it is a looooot different now. A friend of mine just got back a couple months ago and they have restrictions on Americans big time.Too bad, it was a nice country with nice folks.
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Stck around...it's coming to a town near you.
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Chance
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Visitation policies are reciprocal. If they are strict on Americans it's because the US is even stricter on Venezualians coming here.

10 years ago we had much better international relations with countries that now barely let us in. But it's because the (so called) PATRIOT Act created so much havoc with visitors with so many new travel restrictions, and in many cases we imposed visa fees that we never used to have. And don't even get me started on TSA profiling dark skinned tourists or people with "funny" names. So now those countries pay us the favor back.

Sorry OP, wish I could help with some current info. When I need the same type, I look up an expat web site for the area. There's always a US or Candadian community in these places and they are usually glad to lend a hand.

When Clinton was prez I could travel anywhere and busk free as a bird and make a killing at the same time. After 2 years of Bush I had to return home in disgrace, and nearly broke. As Forrest used to say, "Pariah is as pariah does."
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I have visited on a number of occasions.

Be careful, first and foremost. Caracas is much like any other large city, crime-wise, and you can be a victim even in broad daylight with many people around. I'm speaking of mostly petty theft types of things.

I take teams of people to Venezuela on mission trips. One of our in-country leaders refused to even think about taking a medium sized group into Caracas on our final day in the country for shopping and sightseeing. Personally, I think he was overdoing it a bit, but who was I to tell a Venezuelan that?! On the other hand, I've been in the city with small teams to have dinner and go to one of the local shopping malls. Had fun.

Check the internet for government alerts to possible public demonstrations - there are quite a few that happen in Caracas, more than most places I visit - that could block traffic or inspire violence.

Just treat it as if you were visiting any large city with a high crime rate and you should be just fine. Cardinal rule: if the locals tell you not to go somewhere or do some thing....PAY ATTENTION! Smile
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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