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World's Scariest Taxi Rides

Caracas

Jan Sochor/Alamy

Caracas

This Venezuelan city has more than its fair share of dangers lurking about, and the cabs have become a hot venue for crime, with local gangs running their own gypsy cab services, especially from the airport. They specialize in what the U.S. State Department calls “express kidnapping,” where robbers drive you to an ATM  (or multiple ATMs) and have you withdraw your cash limit.

A Better Ride: Get your hotel to call a taxi service for you; hotels like the JW Marriott Hotel Caracas will arrange to have a reputable taxi meet you at the airport. Otherwise, the hotel advises travelers coming to the airport to use only taxis waiting in the official taxi line. Anyone who approaches you offering his or her services is someone to avoid.

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