Tips - Safety

Brazil has a reputation for being a violent country. To a certain extent this is true, but this situation is due to the massive social divisions and is only in the big cities ( Sao Paulo, Rio and perhaps Salvador). Below a few hints of things you can do to reduce the risks:

Before you leave:

These must be the type that you wear under your clothing as the pushes worn outside are a telling sign that you are a foreigner probably carrying dollars. An even better suggestion is to sew a cloth pouch into your trousers as thieves today are often wise to conventional money belts.

While in Brazil:

Groups of tourists on tours etc. are unlikely to victimised, the old saying of "safety in numbers" is true here. When travelling or even just wandering around alone, it is not recommended to stand out from the crowds and be sensible about where you go. Use taxis which are plentiful and cheap. Avoid buses unless you are certain you know where you are going.

An additional warning:

The most common insurance claim handled in Brazil is from people who have been robbed by visitors they take up to their room. Make sure that if you wish to entertain in your hotel room, your valuables and documents are locked away. Do not open door to anyone you do not know - even if they claim they are police.

Some women may find that Brazilian men are very unsubtle in the street. Getting offended solves nothing. Just remember that it is usually harmless and best ignored.

The most important thing to remember is that if you take care, there is no reason to be afraid of visiting Brazil. Be sensible, not paranoid.