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The 5 Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations on Earth

All of these places have a lot to offer to those willing to take a chance and visit them, but, compared to other, just as beautiful, destinations they pose a higher risk. Just to be clear this is not a list of the most dangerous places on Earth; countries like Iraq, Sudan or Liberia haven’t been listed here because they are so dangerous that tourists have lost any interest of traveling there.

5. Brazil

Slums of Brazil

Slums of Brazil

Brazil is a beautiful country, with sunny beaches, clear waters, lush rainforests, incredible culture and many other attributes that make it a lovely travel destination. Unfortunately there is also a down side, a dark side of Brazil you’re bound to experience if you ever go. Despite the accelerated economic growth of recent years, poverty is still a serious issue here and people will do just about anything when their survival instincts kick-in.

You could end up with a switchblade pressing hard on your throat and be forced to surrender your wallet and valuables in order to keep your life. Kidnappings aren’t unusual in large cities like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo; you just get pulled into a car and taken to the closest ATM in order to pay your own ransom. If you can’t do that, well, you better hope your family can or you’re in serious trouble.

Drug cartels have a firm grip over the slums of many of Brazil’s large cities and the police simply don’t have the power to bring them to their knees, so you might be unlucky enough to find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time and become a victim of their crossfire.

4. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Beach

Sri Lanka Beach

Resembling a tear falling down from the Indian mainland, Sri Lanka is an exotic paradise where natural beauty and man-built luxury combine perfectly. With some of the most beautiful sights on the planet and a few of the world’s most luxurious resorts, Sri Lanka might seem like paradise to many tourists.

But those who keep in touch with world news would know that terrorism has been a great problem here ever since a conflict between the government and a revolutionary faction called the Tigers of Tamil broke out in 1983. Over 70,000 people have died since then and although foreigners are not directly threatened they could easily become collateral victims.

3. South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

With all the civil wars going on as we speak in African countries like Sudan, Liberia, Burundi and many others, some might say South Africa is one of the few islands of peace in an ocean of war.

But South Africa has its own problems and for many, they are enough to make them change their minds about spending a vacation there. The 2010 World Cup host is always rated as one of the top countries by homicide rate. Most of the killing takes place in the poor parts of the country but it often reaches the more peaceful cities as well.

South Africa has been named the “rape capital of the world” on numerous occasions and more than 10 million of its inhabitants are HIV positive. Not exactly your dream destination, is it?

2. Colombia

Colombian Landscape

Colombian Landscape

With a gorgeous coast, lovely mountainous inland and some of the most beautiful women on Earth, Colombia sounds like the perfect travel destination. And it is indeed worth a trip if you can live with the risks. It’s a known fact that Colombia supplies almost 80% of the cocaine in the world and people like Pablo Escobar have become legends to those that want to leave poverty behind through any means necessary. Drug cartels around Colombia have no fear of the law, they bribe who they can and kill the rest, especially local authorities who refuse to do their bidding.

And one mustn’t ignore the dreaded FARC rebels, famous for kidnapping people and releasing them when nobody really thinks they’re alive anymore. Those are the lucky ones, many others are simply killed. There are thousands of people kidnapped in Colombia every year.

1. Haiti



One of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean, Haiti is also the lawless, poorest and most dangerous. Riots, killings and kidnapping used to take place on a daily basis but, after the deployment of UN troops in the area, the country gained some political and social stability.

Still, the inefficiency of the police and judiciary system help maintain Haiti in a state of crisis. Even the UN Council called for aid in stabilizing the country that is now confronted with problems caused by devastating hurricanes. Of the 57 million demanded by international humanitarian organizations to help the Haitians, only one had been raised at the end of September 2008.

Famine and the lack of shelter could throw Haiti back into the chaos it fought so hard to climb out of.

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11 Comments for "The 5 Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations on Earth"

Marisa says on December 15th, 2009 at 10:06 am:

I live in South Africa. Yes, we do have crime. Not only in the “poor parts of the country” but everywhere in the country, especially in the large cities. But yes, we are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and if you – as a tourist – listen to local advise on how to stay safe, you will have a dream holiday of a lifetime.

HAITIANREBELS25 says on February 2nd, 2010 at 2:59 pm:


maggie says on February 23rd, 2010 at 10:34 pm:

people like to talk about bad things. please go to south africa and see youself. those who are bitter whereever the migrant critisize south africa.

Nutcracker says on February 27th, 2010 at 3:54 pm:

Well Your Island of peace in South Africa won’t be like that in the future. Many tribes are awaiting the departure of whites to take Xhosas and Zulues out of South Africa.

Calvin Ross says on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:04 pm:

OK ! Not the best blog ever but good start Maggie. Hope to talk to you soon.

Calvin says on March 2nd, 2010 at 2:43 pm:

they don’t seem dangerous at all, so don’t talk bull !

calvin says on March 3rd, 2010 at 12:45 pm:

no africa is not the most beautiful country in the world, it is the ugliest. It has the highest crime rate in the world too. thank you and goodnight.

Grant says on March 8th, 2010 at 1:43 am:

Africa is a country?

Jehnavi says on May 10th, 2010 at 5:08 am:

We visited La Paz Bolivia and drove El Camino de la Muerte, (death road). In my life, never have I been so terrified! Anyone fearing heights should absolutely stay away. We talked to locals in La Paz who stated they were on the road and actually witnessed people plunging off, and to their deaths. I can’t imagine witnessing something so horrific.
The scenery is breath taking, however, nothing in heaven or on earth could get me on that road again! I’m surprised to read the annual death toll is only 300 or so, it could easily be much higher.

Rai Nam Hang says on October 6th, 2010 at 7:50 pm:

In my view,Iindia is most dangerous tourist country because crime,rape,murder,decieve,robbery,corruption,fake things,fake foods are common in there.Everybody cheating to foreigner tourists.


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