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10 Dangerous Destinations And Which Ones Are Worth the Risk (PHOTOS)

Posted: 10/11/11 06:07 PM ET

Pickpockets working the crowds, fraudsters looking to clone your credit card and even modern day pirates working the high seas -- traveling the globe can be a dangerous game. Just recently there have been terrorist attacks in Norway and rioting on the streets of London, making it seem nowhere is safe anymore. But what would it take to stop you traveling? How dangerous is too dangerous?

From ravaged war zones to narco-trafficking hotbeds, these 10 countries (in no particular order) are a selection of some of those that pose the most danger to travelers. The question is: are they worth the risk?

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With an ever-increasing divide between rich and poor, a lack of police presence in the crime-ridden favelas and drug use rampant throughout the nation, the incidents of muggings, car-jackings and violent street crime show little sign of subsiding. The UK and US governments both warn tourists of high crime levels, but the pristine beaches of the north, Amazonian rainforest trails and samba-fueled kaleidoscope of the annual Carnival still draw in the crowds.

Should you go? Absolutely, just take care. Like many areas of the world, Brazil's big cities can be unsafe and violent crime is sadly much higher than many of its neighboring countries, but much of this can and is avoided by tourists every year. Keep your belongings close, avoid the favelas and non-tourist districts, be extra diligent after dark and always abide by the advice of the locals even when it seems overly cautious.

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Read more about travel on the edge:

* 12 Dangerous Delicacies
* 10 Difficult-to-Visit Places and How to Get There
* 6 Countries on the US State Dept. Alerts and Warnings List That You Should Visit Anyways

 

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