>> With political protests rocking Venezuela this year, Caracas has turned in to an extremely dangerous place with high kidnapping and murder rates, hunger and political unrest. Taking a casual stroll around the Venezuelan capitol would seem like a bad idea, but not for the dozen or so organizations setting up walking tours, exploring the city's architecture and barrios.
Some volunteers are even offering tours for free, while other small businesses charge between $0.20 and $2 at the black market exchange rate.>> It turns out that here you feel more protected, because you have people under more accompanied. I think that as long as they are groups like that to go out with, it gives some comfort when you take out your camera.
>> The groups, which mostly consist of Venezuelans, are as small as four participants, or as large as a 150. The tourists take people around the city where they can chat with locals and enjoy Venezuelan culture. But that comes against the backdrop of Venezuela's ranking last year, as the nation with the second highest murder rate after El Salvador.
> We live in the city beset by insecurity and fear. That fear paralyzes us and doesn't allow us to do the things that are normal in other parts of the world, like walking on the street, having coffee wherever you want.>> According to the Venezuelan observatory of violence, the homicide rate in Caracas alone was a staggering 140 per 100,000 people this year.
Despite the country's turmoil, these walking tours hope to revive and celebrate the city's under appreciated heritage, as Venezuelan marks the 450 anniversary of its founding.