Many of the cities on this list are in Latin America and for good reason. Drug cartel violence abounds in many of these cities.
Colombia is no exception with a great reputation of nearly 80 homicides and it’s unlikely to become a tourist destination anytime soon.
Despite being in some of the most beautiful areas of the world, these cities simply present too much danger for the average traveler.
It’s safer to find a place where you are not as likely to catch a stray bullet. Are you planning to go to any of these cities?
Mexico’s violence problems are big enough to warrant it two spots on this list, for in reality, there are many more Mexican cities on the world’s most violent cities list.
Chihuahua beats them out because of its position on the cocaine smuggling route to the United States, and the place is just a stone-throw from El Paso in Texas where i practically walked a portion of the length of the border.
Drug cartels in Chihuahua have taken over the area and it is not uncommon to see random firefights in the streets, making it a very inhospitable place to visit or to live.
That’s probably why i adopted a chihuahua dog and named her huana to remind me of those fleeting moments in my adventurous life.
Nairobi has suffered considerably in recent years, while Kenya is a beautiful country with plenty to offer, but it is also so dangerous that most tourists leave it off the itinerary. Nairobi is considered particularly dangerous for women, but no one should walk around the city at night.
The city of Mogadishu has had problems with al Shabaab militants for a while now, making the area unsafe for citizens and tourists alike.
Many tourists refused to set foot in the country for over two decades, but in 2013 when military advisers were sent to Mogadishu to help the locals resolve the militant issue with aid, the area is still dangerous.
Brazil has a whopping 14 of the world’s most violent cities. Maceió is the capital of the Alagoas state and sees around 135 murders per 100,000 residents each year.
The city is by far the most dangerous in the country, topping even Rio de Janeiro, which most people know for its favelas, or slums.
Brazil may host a large part of the Amazon rainforest, but its most populated areas are not places you want to hang out in.
While no large city is immune to violence, Distrito Central has surpassed the usual amount of violence. The dangers can be attributed to extreme poverty, government corruption and a heavy Mafia presence.
Distrito Central is actually three cities blended into one. The high level of violence deters all but the most reckless of tourists.
Acapulco was once a popular tourist destination, however, the stunning beaches see only a handful of vacationers these days.
Drug cartels are a problem throughout Mexico and it has only been getting worse over the past decade. Large numbers of dead bodies are a common occurrence in this port city, making it a nerve wracking place to hang out.
Yemen, a politically unstable country, has its share of problems. The capital city, Sana’a is one of the most dangerous places in the entire world, and despite the best efforts, the city remains a high risk destination.
Those who do make it there enjoy visiting the Old City, a section of Sana’a full of beautifully designed buildings from a more peaceful time.
Pakistan is another dangerous place in the world, with tribes and warlords fighting for supremacy. Peshawar is not safe, especially for foreigners.
Although the city boasts amazing landmarks and breathtaking parks, targeted attack on security forces and suicide bombings, unfortunately, make Peshawar one of the world’s most dangerous cities to visit.
Though Barquisimeto has just over a million residents, the city sees murders almost every day. The city is the capital of its region and features a surprisingly high number of universities and other places of higher education.
Aw! come on! where’s the spot for manila, the city made famous as “gate of hell”, where?!?