1. San Pedro Sula – Honduras

There is a reason this is the first one on the list. San Pedro Sula in Honduras has consistently ranked in at having the world’s highest murder rate, with an average of 3 murders per day.

2. Acapulco – Mexico

Despite the fact that Acapulco was once regarded as an extremely popular tourist destination, it is now ranked among one of the most dangerous cities due to its incredible large problem of drug cartels.

3. Caracas – Venezuela

Though as beautiful as it might look and seem, Caracas finds itself on the list due to the fact that it has one of the biggest homicide rates in the world – 122 homicides per 100,000 residents.

4. Distrito Central – Honduras

Another tropical and beautiful Honduras city that is unfortunately polluted with the high dangers of murder and violence that makes up the three cities of Distrito Central.

5. Torreon – Mexico

Although Torreon is one of the country’s most important industrial and economic centers, this Mexican city is infamous for organized crime and drug trade along with an extremely high murder rate of 87 homicides per 100,000 residents.

6. Maceio – Brazil

The first Brazilian city on the list due to the alarming number of murders per year that total in to around 135 murders per 100,000 residents. Although luring, tourists remain a huge target for Maceio.

7. Cali – Colombia

Despite the efforts being made in Colombia from time to time, the awfully high rate of 80 homicides per year allows for people to keep a safe distance from this Latin American city.

8. Nuevo Laredo – Mexico

The third Mexico destination on the list, Nuevo Laredo is known as the border town of turf war. The crimes that take place here involve carjacking, kidnapping, robbery and drug related violence, taking place mainly at night.

9. Barquisimeto – Venezuela

With over one million residents that find Barquisimeto home, unfortunately murder is a part of the everyday life here. Despite having several universities in the area, the risk of violence is simply too high for backpackers to take part in.

10. Joaeo Pessoa – Brazil

The final city of Joaeo Pessoa located in the most eastern part of Brazil is not only one of the greenest cities in the world but unfortunately, also one of the most dangerous due to its 71 homicides per 100,000 residents per year.


– Always do your research before heading to a city and be alert while there!
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