Rio de Janeiro is such an amazing tourist destination, but many tourists have not been to Rio or even want to go in the first place. So, what is the problem? Why is this country with its unique nature not a prime destination for backpackers, campers, explorers, and travel bloggers? The issue is in tourist safety! Although Brazil doesn’t have any war conflicts with its neighbors, the tension inside the country remains high due to poverty, gangs, and drug dealers. That being said, there are still so many amazing things to see and do in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro was my dream city to visit, but once I arrived in Rio, I felt how unsafe I was and such a feeling can ruin the whole experience. Especially if you are not aware of simple precautions to help you stay safe.
- Forget about long walks! If you are planning on going to a restaurant or a bar or any tourist spot, it is better to take a taxi. Even if this location is just 10 minutes away by foot. In Rio de Janeiro you can be robbed in the light of day on the main street with police standing a few meters away, so it is better to be safe than sorry. Plus Uber is quite cheap in Rio.
- Do not wear your jewelry, expensive watch, or other things that might attract thieves. It is one thing if a pickpocketer will quietly steal your wallet, it is another to get stabbed for a watch, even an expensive one.
- In crowded places watch your things. It is better to keep your backpack or purse in front of yourself at all times.
- Do not carry too much cash and all your credit cards at the same time in one wallet. It is best not to put all your eggs in one basket! In case you will get robbed, keep a backup card and cash at your hotel room as a safety net.
- Do not go out at night unless you are taking private transportation to safe locations like restaurants or hotels.
- Do not try to be an explorer and walk alone among favelas. It is not a rule to get shot or mugged there, but the probability is pretty high.
- If you are planning on exploring the nature of Rio de Janeiro it is best to find a tour guide who knows all the safe routes. If you decide to walk in the forest or up the hill without a guide, it is best to have another person with you, in case you will need help.
- The beaches tend to be safer than the alleys but still take basic precautions. Do not bring expensive electronics if you plan on going swimming unless someone will stay and watch over the stuff. There are plenty of security guards on Copacabana, but it’s an easy crime of convenience to swipe a phone left on a towel.
If you pay attention to these basic security measures then there’s a good chance you won’t have any issues on your trip to Rio de Janeiro. And if you see everything you want, you can spend the rest of your trip on Copacabana enjoying tasty beach food brought right to your sun lounger!