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10 Most Dangerous Places on Earth

Updated on February 2, 2015

A good way to unwind and to temporarily escape the hardships of life is to take a nice, relaxing and stress-relieving vacation. This list would present you the ten most dangerous places you have probably never heard of, making them the last places you would want to be. Help yourself with the sounds of random cars exploding. Reminisce the past with the screams of victims getting stabbed in the back by street bandits. Appreciate broken, rotten architecture and experience a five-star bloodlust marathon with this simple tour of the most dangerous places on earth.

Fortaleza, Brazil
Fortaleza, Brazil | Source

Fortaleza, Brazil

If you like to hang out on beaches and sunbath or have a splash on the water, then the city of Fortaleza can be on your to-go list. They have good-looking beaches and mediocre resorts, just fine for the typical tourists. Just be in full watch on your back 24/7 while walking the streets of Fortaleza. Tourists are not advised to take the bus since thefts and robberies usually happen there. So how exactly do you go around the glorious city of Fortaleza? Pure luck, maybe, and some hopes that no one roots your ear jewels right from your ear. Ouch.

Tourist Detraction: In a community, safety and public welfare is always one of the concerns. That’s where the police force comes in handy. But what happens if they went on strike? Police officers on strike? That’s insane! Unbelievable as it is, it really did happen in 2012. During that time, the crime rate exploded and more cases of violence were recorded, mostly to tourists. The dispute has since been resolved, but it created a huge scar on the police reputation.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haiti became the grounds of one of the most devastating earthquakes in history. Back in January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the west side of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, and produced a tsunami that killed around 1,700 people. Add that to the tragic list of floods and storms Haiti has ever experienced over the years and you’ll say Haiti is one unlucky country. Port-au-Prince is one of the major cities that were badly hurt, and all of these culminated into the rise of armed gangs. And mind you, they’re not the regular street gangs you see on movies: these gangs control the whole city. Go to Port-au-Prince and you’ll surely be in the middle of district gang wars.

Tourist Detraction: “The Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere”. That just leaves a bitter taste to the already unfortunate nation. Aside from gangs running the asylum, sexual violence cases among natives and tourists were also reported. Violent demonstrations against the government (or basically anyone) lead to more damages to the reputation of Port-au-Prince. Drug-related crimes and kidnappings are also common occurrences, as Port-au-Prince became a transit point of drugs from the US.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby, like Port-au-Prince, is also filled with city-controlling gangs who roam around the area. Raskol gangs reign supreme in most parts of the city and they are the reason why crimes like rape and robbery are common. Robbery almost became part of the culture since gangs would attack anyone at any time of the day. The age of the Raskol members has decreased over the years. Children as young as 9 years old were taught how to stab and rob people for survival.

Tourist Detraction: Lifeguards are people who are in charge of the safety in beaches, right? Imagine if they had an M-16 instead of a surfboard, and a blow dart instead of a whistle. In Port Moresby, gang members guard beaches and other tourist spots in hopes of robbing them. Also, the most common disease in the city is AIDS. Aside from that, Port Moresby is a zone for earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis.

Kashmir, Pakistan

“Paradise on Earth”. Kashmir got that nickname because of its beautiful lakes and rivers.

The place may look harmless and peaceful but the true moniker Kashmir is “The Place Where the Next Nuclear Holocaust Will Occur”. Kashmir is divided among three countries: India, Pakistan, and China. And when three countries with nuclear capabilities collide to claim one land, chaos will definitely ensue.

Tourist Detraction: Kashmir is a battleground of extremists, guns-for-hire, political murderers, violent protesters, and street bandits who are mostly anti-American. Some American and Westerners have been attacked that is why the government do not allow foreigners to visit most parts of the region. Aside from that, U.S. citizens are required to get permit to travel in Kashmir. Violent protests will just begin out of nowhere, and the results are always not pretty.

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

The second most dangerous city in the world definitely deserves a spot on this list. Ciudad Juarez, also pertained to as “Mexican murder capital” has become widely popular for the worst reasons possible. Ciudad Juarez’ murder rate is an all-time high at 148 per 100,000 people and the place is only the second of the world’s most dangerous city. One of the city’s main attractions is femicide. The murders of women in Ciudad Juarez are so common they actually generated a new term for it: femicide. More than 60 women were murdered in the previous year alone. So how did violence corrupt the city? You can’t really expect more when prostitution, drug trafficking, and random assassinations are their way of interaction in the society. And they say Ciudad Juarez is a fast-rising country.

Tourist Detraction: Between 2007 and 2011, more than 9,000 murders were recorded. Add the estimated 2,000 murders from 2012, and then start imagining what these 11,000 people can do to the community. In a somewhat positive note, the killings have dropped by 40%.

Conakry, Guinea Republic

By any crazy chance you decide to visit and unwind to Conakry, Guinea Republic, expect a very warm welcome even at the moment you stepped out of the airplane and walk around the airport: pickpockets, purse snatchers, or worst case scenario, kidnappers. Crooks in Conakry often have their eyes on tourists because they see them as lucrative targets. Sad thing is that crime is generally a part of everyday life. You can’t really blame the Conakrians’ hostility. Conakry has been a witness to a lot of civil wars and violence, and for 52 years, their soils have tasted nothing but abuse. They have yet to witness a better political system that will once and for all solve their human rights and governance problems. It’s a work on progress.

Tourist Detraction: The role of the military is to protect every citizen of a nation but in Conakry, it’s the opposite. Soldiers themselves take part in the thefts and robberies that occur within the area. Conakry citizens should be able to count on the police officers but the police accepts and solicits bribes from wealthy people and tourists alike. Talk about security. By the way, Conakry lacks prisons so that’s one of the reasons why criminals can go aloof in the place.

Baghdad, Iraq

Iraq has been a ground for bad publicity with all those news about the country years ago. Until now, Iraq is still considered as a dangerous country to go to. Baghdad would back up that statement, as it became the capital of car bombings in the world. Just in July 2013 alone, around 700 people have been killed by car bombings.

Tourist Detraction: The civil war in Iraq, which was thought to have been resolved way back in 2008, has again been taken into effect. Of course, innocent citizens get trapped in the clash of weapons and the battle of political pride.

Mogadishu, Somalia

In another tragic case of the ill effects of civil wars, we have Mogadishu, Somalia. For two decades now, Mogadishu has been in the center of a grueling civil war that has crippled the livelihood and basically the entire society of Mogadishu. Suicide bombers and Muslim extremists attack citizens, and mind you, they don’t discriminate when it comes to their victims. More than 50 children have been killed since 2011. That’s just a fraction of the victim count in that place. Sometimes, you just can’t help to question what these men are really fighting for. You get too emotional at times like these.

Tourist Detraction: There’s a section in Mogadishu where bandits just casually rape women. Somaliland, a city which is supposedly a sanctuary where the scars of war are nearly unnoticeable, recorded more than 80 rape cases last year. Also, extremists chop off heads of those they consider infidels.

Cali, Columbia

If a country is considered the top producer of cocaine, that pretty much gives away what this city’s main problem is. Cali has become the melting pot of different drugs around the world. Of course, this is coupled with the drug-related violence caused by different gangs who want to control and possibly monopolize the city’s drug industry. But aside from the already clamorous issue on drugs, Cali violence has created a new problem that is way beyond the city’s apprehension.

Tourist Detraction: Youth bandits. Innocent children have been taught how to handle guns and weapons to specialize in crimes like kidnapping, robbery, and just casual violence. That must have been a good childhood for them, don’t you think? Luckily, a movement has now been set in motion to try to lessen the occurrence of youth gangs in the country. “Cali Without Gangs” aims to provide the youth with alternatives for them to avoid the way of the gangs.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

So what kind of place replaced Ciudad Juarez on the top spot of the most dangerous place in the world? Introducing San Pedro Sula, Honduras – The Murder Capital of the World. The Latino-based city boasts a 169 by 100,000 people murder rate, or equated to three murders per day. Indeed, Ciudad Juarez should be ashamed. Almost all forms of crime can happen here: robbery, drug trafficking, gang violence, and of course, murder. The violence in San Pedro Sula is so terrible, even authorities can’t contain it that sometimes they even become victims of it. Gangs have already established an unchallenged reign of terror in the city grounds. Ordinary citizens actually had to pay the gangs for protection, kind of like a mafia thing.

Tourist Detraction: San Pedro Sula is the ultimate drug distribution point in the world. Literally every drug is being sold there, adding to the corruption of the city’s values. Once, a US Peace Corps member who actually just wanted to help was wounded in a random shooting in San Pedro so the volunteers retreated from the place.


Thrills on vacations can always be fun. Doing things that pump adrenaline to your adventure-thirsty soul is completely fine. But then, you must not forget that the most important thing above all the fun and thrills is your life. So if you are planning to have a vacation these days, you might want to skip these bad boys right here. Keep safe, and have a fun trip!


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    • TheChaiiChi profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thanks, Mel! :D I completely agree with you. Have a good day!

    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      None of these places were on my bucket list for vacationing. I guess bucket list takes on a whole new meaning here because if you travel to any of these places you are likely to "kick the bucket." Great hub!

    • TheChaiiChi profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      I agree Rebecca, these places are beautiful and if not careful, someone could get in serious trouble.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A good negative. And a good reminder that we need to look carefully at the cons of a destination.

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      Mayank Agrawal 

      5 years ago

      good one...

    • TheChaiiChi profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks a lot Rosie :)

    • Rosie writes profile image

      Rosie writes 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Nice layout - love the way you pulled the reader in and then gave the "tourist detraction" for each place. Unique! Voted up.

    • TheChaiiChi profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Yes, me too. They're the one of the reasons why I am determined to live my life in a good way and not give in to life's hardships. Thanks for voting ! :)

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Can't help thinking about the people who live in the midst of all this violence. Where do they get to go? Anyway, thank you so much for the warning. Voted Useful! Looking forward to reading more from you.


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