6 Places Appear to Be Dangerous but Are Safe to Visit

There are so many incredible places in the world which can be suitable for your perfect vacation. Stunning beaches, mesmerising mountain ranges, happening cities and what not! But how about visiting a place which has a pinch of danger and makes people apprehensive about it? Sounds interesting, right?
Indeed, it is! But, most of these places are actually not that dangerous as what they appear. Here's a list of six such places.

1. Cartagena, Colombia


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The fifth-largest city in Colombia, Cartagena  is a city with so much drama that it can be an ideal setting for a Hollywood film. Pirates, prostitutes and the likes! The city has seen it all. But in reality, the city is one of the tourist hotspots in the country. You can visit the clock tower, Steps of La Popa Mount, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas or Las Bute Vedas.
Disclaimer: You can walk around freely, but avoid going out too late in the night.

2. Iran

Even though, it is not a stable country when it comes to politics, but Iran is one such place which will give your vacation, a royal touch. But don't mistake it with the highly unstable Iraq. Iran is one of those places which is known for its culture, cuisine, and people. Beautiful landscapes, vibrant culture, welcoming people, Iran has it all. If you have a fascination for films and filmmaking, then Iran churns out some good cinematic gems, every year.

3. Detroit


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The largest city on the United States-Canada border, Detroit had a reputation of being the murder capital, some two decades ago. Most of the murders were due to drug-related issues and it was not safe to roam around freely at night. 
But not anymore! If one part is all about crime, Detroit has another side too.
The city has a rich cultural heritage and there are several museums which will treat you well if you are artistically inclined. Most prominent ones being the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Science Centre. In addition to museums, there are many recreations as well. Greektown and three other downtown casino resort hotels will bring out the party animal in you. Museums, extravagant hotels, beautiful parks make Detroit one of those modern marvels of the world.

4. Rwanda

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda, one of the smallest countries in South Africa has haunted the people living there for past some years. But in reality, the place is extremely rich in biodiversity. Social tensions among the tribals were common but not anymore. The country is slowly and steadily erasing its reputation of being one of the most misunderstood countries in the world.
With art and culture being an integral part, Rwanda is also making its presence felt in the tourism sector. Culturally rich and naturally richer, Rwanda is one of those underrated gems of the world.

5. Rio De Janeiro


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In the past, Rio De Janeiro had a reputation of being one of those places which was not safe for tourists. Street violence was high, hence adding to the city's crime rates. But now with the new reforms made by the government, Rio is not that dangerous as it was, a decade ago.
Part of Rio is already designated as a World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Brazil. In addition to the famous Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains, Rio also has the famous statue of Jesus Christ, named Christ the Redeemer, which happens to be one of the seven wonders of the world.

6. San Domingo

Santo Domingo being one of the most dangerous cities in the world, but not that shady as it appears to be. The casinos are not controlled by any governmental body and hence gambling here can get hard for your pocket. But the city has more to it than just being a gambler's den. Beautiful squares soaked in old world Europe, ancient churches, beautiful beaches makes it an ideal tourist destination. But while roaming around the city, you must be careful enough so that the street vendors or hotel owners don't fool you.
These are six of the most misunderstood places in the world. Newspapers, news bulletins, gossip mongers will only tell you a part about these places, but there is so much more to them.
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