I went there with a pregnant wife and without doing any research at all. Big mistake.
I found Caracas to have some very negative energy. People seemed not to like tourists, almost no one speaks English, and police are very intimidating. They pulled me out of the cab once for no reason and frisked me. Wherever you go, people look at you in a weird way, like they don’t want you there. Very weird.
Anti-American propaganda is everywhere, but then on the other hand you have TGI Friday’s and Burger Kings with valet parking – every existing American fast food chain is there, and it’s killing it. Also, the majority of Venezuela’s oil export goes to the US.
And yes, Hugo Chavez has daily TV address to the nation.
–Boogie ( http://www.artcoup.com )