Brazil Warnings and Dangers

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Brazil Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch your back!

    São Paulo Warnings and Dangers

    São Paulo has its problems but is not different from any other big city all over the world... New York has 9/11, London 7/7 bombings, Madrid 3/11... I was born and raised in São Paulo, don't have a bullet proof car and I'm still alive to come here and write this review. If you know where to go, nothing will happen to you.

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  • Pelourinho

    Salvador da Bahia Warnings and Dangers

    I set out on foot for a restaurant about an hour after sunset on Monday, 14 July 2003. I soon got lost. I should have turned around and gone back the way I'd come. Instead I walked on, finding myself on Ave Contorno, the main street leading from Campo Grande in the Upper City to the center of the Lower City. Halfway down I decided to take a...

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  • Favela slums

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    Stay away from the favalas (slums) in Manaus. These are durg infested, dirty, and impovished areas. Crime is huge and common in these areas. The poores favelas look like garbage dumps, the homes are on stilts to get above the flooding and to get away from all the trash and decay in the ground. Stay away from these areas.

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  • Come on! No more danger than usual ...

    São Paulo Warnings and Dangers

    Please take all the warnings about Sao Paulo with a pinch of salt. Like all big cities, it has its far share of crime but overall its not dangerous, you just need to avoid the favelas (shanty towns) and dont flaunt wealth. I have been living in Sao Paulo for a number of years, have a family, and have never seen anything to be concerned about. I...

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  • Thieves

    Salvador da Bahia Warnings and Dangers

    I am a LOCAL born and raised and I DON'T recommend travelers to come to Salvador. Right now it is quite dangerous to travel here. Even during the day. There are very few policemen on the streets and they are NEVER around when you need them. Check these pictures at the british Journal the DAILYMAIL in MAY of 2013. these pictures talk by themselves....

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  • Travel in tropical South...

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    You will hear repeatedly that there are no mosquitoes on the Negra River. This may be true on the river itself, but once you get into the forest or near people there are mosquitoes. Perhaps not enough to drive you crazy, but enough to transmit Malaria. I took Chloroquin but still came down with Malaria two weeks after exposure. This fits the...

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  • Traffic

    São Paulo Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic is a real b**** here, so allow plenty of time for your trip whether you're taking the bus, taxi, subway or car. Things get worse when it rains and/or during rush hours. Coach travel: I was on a coach and it took us one hour just to go from Tiete Bus Terminal to Dutra highway exit. A simple one-hour and half trip took almost 3 hours!...

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  • Carnaval

    Salvador da Bahia Warnings and Dangers

    Carneval in Salvador is the best party i have ever been to and i would go back any time. I did have a little problem with 2 guys though who beat me up for unknown reasons. Visiting a hospital in brazil was quite interesting though and they stitched me up pretty nicely.

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  • Jacare...Caymane

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    careful, those big, very big Crocodiles( called Jacare in Brazil) are realy not in the mood to get hassled and a swim with them could be your last when on the River, never ever leave the boat or for the tremendous...enourmes strong currents, it will knock your socks off

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  • Drugs

    Manaus Warnings and Dangers

    Due to Manaus's link by boat with Colombia, drugs is a growing problem. When I spoke to soem of the people in Manaus they simply said it is part of the economy: the poor sell drugs to the poorer. There is no security on boats not on the border so drugs flow easily into Manaus. When I was here a 75 year-old grandmother was caught with 15Kilos of...

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  • Use Common Sense and You'll Love Brazil...

    Much safer country that it is given credit. Love Brazil.Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the...

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  • renting a car

    yep. it's INSANELY expensive to rent a car, especially if you're not dropping off in the same location. i tried to rent a car from rio to floripa and just the "tax" alone was over R$1000. this was for a two day trip. also, like the above poster said, if you don't speak portuguese, you're pretty much screwed if you have any problems/get lost/break...

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  • DO NOT GIVE THE 'OK' HAND GESTURE

    In most countries in the world the ‘OK’ symbol made using one hand means just that – OK. In fact, in all South American countries that speak Spanish, the OK sign is OK. Here in Brazil it means something much much worse and is shockingly offensive. Don’t do it or you may just get a punch in the nose. Or worse. In fact, I don’t even have a picture of...

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  • Fingerprinting

    At Rio de Janeiro's international airport the fingerprinting of Americans is quick and easy.Seated just behind the business class section of my American Airlines flight (from Miami), I was among the first off the plane and first to immigration.After my passport had been stamped, I -- being an American -- was sent to a second window. There an agent...

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  • Don't be put off by scare stories

    On no account be put off your visit by the scare stories you will certainly hear, here and elsewhere: as long as you're sensible you'll come to no harm. I first came to live in Rio 38 years ago, have since lived all over the world but revisted for a month almost every year, and have recently chosen to retire here. Touch wood, I have never been the...

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  • People giving out your personal details

    This is something that happened to me time and time again in different places in Brazil. I think it's particularly worth pointing out as a danger because, unlike the more familiar scams, pickpocketing and dodgy casanovas travellers encounter. As it was something I'd never experienced before and had not been warned about, it took me a while to...

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  • Rio: Really can be dangerous!

    Rather be safe than sorry, I never believe when people say a place isn't safe, but one girl in our tour group got a necklace ripped off her neck and another a purse stolen at Sugarloaf( tourist attraction).To be safer, don't wear any real jewelry, and leave the name brands (aka gucci purse and louis vuitton luggage) at home.

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  • NATAL: NO VALUABLES AT BEACH

    Do not bring any valuables when you head out to the beaches of Natal.Unfortunately, I was robbed of my camera. 2 boys jumped on me and fought me to the ground. When they had run off with my camera and my watch, I simply got up and watched them disappear. I looked around me, many stared at me, but no one helped. I guess they are used to seeing such...

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  • Exchange Rates

    I was recommend exchanging money at the airport. We were stupid and did not check the exchange rate before we left and just exchanged at our hotel and banks. The best rate we got was 1.93 Real for 1 US Dollar. When we were leaving we saw that the airport wwas giving 2.13 Real for the Dollar. So basically we lost about $10 for every $100 we...

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  • ANTI-MALARIAL PILLS NOT DISPENSED

    If you are going into the Amazon Jungle and are those who prefer to protect yourself against malaria, do arrange to purchase your anti-malarial pills before you arrive in Brazil. Here, you CANNOT buy anti-malarial pills from pharmacies.But, if you get malaria, of course, they will TREAT you.

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  • Camera on Coppacobana

    Watch your camera on Copacobana beach, my friend alsomst had his snatched, if someone offers to take your picture with your camera say no.

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  • Safety

    Beware, Brazil is a very dangerous place. Don't carry large sums of money in your pokets and try to travel in groups. Also, don't wear flashy jewelry as it may attract too much attention. Especially at night, you need to aware of your surroundings (Copacabana area)

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  • Ouro Preto-COLD AND FOGGY

    When I went to Ouro Preto it was the end of July-Brazil's winter. However, being from Los Angeles, CA I brought mostly summery light clothing. Unfortunately, Ouro Preto gets very cold at night and in the mornings and very foggy. It rained at night and the visibility was depressingly low. However, by midday it cleared up enough to see the beautiful...

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  • Losing all your money

    I can not think of anything worst than being on vacation in Brazil or any other place, for that matter, with no money. This is the danger of carrying just cash, or just a credit card. It is also the reason that I do not carry all my money or equivalents in one place.I would recommend that you take a credit card with atm utility, cash and a good...

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  • ATM Machines : HSBC saved my life !

    I must pay a special tribute to HSBC banks, that have been especially helpful during my trip in Brazil. I have a VISA international card, however i had a very hard time trying to get some cash from ATM machines, especially in Minas Gerais. Banco do Brasil is a good bank, but not all of their ATM accept Visa.The only banks where it always worked was...

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  • "Help" Club in Rio

    There is a reason this place is called 'HELP.' Located in Copacabana, this is the epicenter of prostitution and crime on gringos - avoid at all costs. If you are interested in prostitutes for some reason, then stay away from this place as well. You will lose your shorts in more than one way. I would also avoid even walking by this place at night,...

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  • caldo de cana - sugar cane water

    One of the sweetest drinks in Brasil is caldo de cana (sugar cane water) - but be sure to drink it directly after it is squeezed. Never, ever drink caldo de cana that has been sitting around. It can put you in the hospital.

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  • Behavioiur course for gringos (esp....

    OK, I can say this because I am a 6th generation Texan. Americans are loud, obstentatious, sometimes annoying, and a little too flashy with the bling. In Europe, this type of behaviour will earn one free passage on the A-train out of any establishment owned by a Frenchman. In Brazil, it will get you into serious trouble.If you speak english, wear...

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  • Be careful: don´t turn yourself into...

    Brazil is definately a sunny place, from south to north...this is a great thing, but you must take care with serious sunburns!Even in a cloudy day, if you are in the beach, you must use sun protector with more than 15 FPS...the climate can be very iluding....

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  • Watch on when walking on Reefs!!!!

    During a photo shoot I slipped and fell and gave everyone a good laugh. Thank god I had a good grip on my cam! LOL.

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  • Advice for women only...=)

    Foreign women are usually very concerned about coming to Brazil, since what everyone hears is that brazilian men can be very unpolite and harrass women in general.I can´t agree with that. I live in this country, i was born here, and travelling to other places around Europe, I did not find any difference from where I come from. Of course, we can...

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  • Surviving Tips =)

    You must take care about some things when coming to Brazil...as everyone knows, many places in the country, mainly big cities, are not the example of safety....Because of the uncontrolled growth and the social difference, violence exists, unfortunately. There are a thousand stories of robberies, mainly in São Paulo and Rio. That does not mean you...

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  • all around the Country

    all around the Country be aware and give pickpockets no chances..they work in bandos, from 2 onwards, kid's often, who have no other means of support...and where they're is temptation, there is gain and loss not far from each other.

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  • How to Get a Splint ("Tala") in Rio

    Although this is a tip about a warning, it's also about where to get fixed up after a run-in.Rio is a beautiful and fun city that has a lot of poverty and therefore, crime. I'd been to Rio 3 times without incident, but on my last visit (May 2005) I had a run-in with 3 teenagers who wanted my bag. Every situation is different and I am not...

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  • I got robbed

    I got robbed, when taking a morning walk along the Copacabana! Nothing helped - not even a nice jogger, who passed by and tried to help! I guess it was my fault that I went on that walk by myself AND that I had my daypack with me - probably an open invitation!!!I was soooooo lucky: the guy was stopped by a police man - and I got all my belongings...

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  • Just dont be dumb, its just...

    Just dont be dumb, its just like any other city. Copacabana had its charactors, especially down by the favelas. Anywhere the tourist hang out, be careful! We decided to take cabs only, the buses sometimes have robberies on them. We just decided to play it safe. When I first arrived, I was quite nervous about walking around solo, after a week or so,...

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  • Recommended Vaccinations

    Here is a list of vaccinations that we all hear about and think we might need to get for Brazil. You don't need to get all of them and, in many cases, don't have to get any. Malaria: Prophylaxis with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline is recommended for forested areas within the nine states of the Legal Amazonia region, including Acre, Amapa,...

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  • HONNEST people in Rio

    On a friday late afternoon, in a busy bus, Rafael forgot his bag with his camera and "documents". That proud lady ( Raimunda) found it and manage during 24 hours to reach Rafael ( with internet tools) and gave him back...INTACT !!!.The day before i left, we went to visit her again. She is a teacher, so with her we went to visit poor childrens in...

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  • SAFE BEACHES AROUND RIO ????

    Hey ...A question about safety in beaches in Rio,Brazil....Go to places where Brazilian go...like that fantastic beach, close to Niteroi,ITACOATIARA.I went there with Rafael ( DONRAFA ), a saturday.... full of people,,,, and we went swim and left money AND camera on the beach... IT WAS SAFE......CONCLUSION : TRAVEL WITH AND LIKE BRAZILIAN...AND IT...

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  • Dangerous Rio ?????

    As many of you i had many concern about security in Brazil, in Rio.Like you read the "stories" in Rio in the newspaper. Yes it could be true, they talk about it on TV in Brazil.BUT I NEVER FEEL INSECURITY during my 3 weeks in Brazil.Why ???Because i was with a local guide, Rafael ( DONRAFA ). He knew where to go, i dress more like a brazilian (...

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  • Street Crime

    Although there were few incidents involving violence in Fortaleza, I did experience 1 attempted pickpocketing, which was foiled as I carry no wallet in public abroad. Keeping money and passport in the front pants pocket is recommended. I didn't trust the hotel room safe too much, so I kept most of the loot inside an electrical outlet in my hotel...

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  • Copacabana - Shoe Shine scam

    I know others have warned about this, but just to reiterate: watch for shoe shine artists who create work for themselves by walking by and throwing something onto your shoe! I saw two shoeshiners get into a kicking fight with each other on the Copacabana beach boardwalk over an American woman customer after one was loudly exposing the other's scam.

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  • creepy crawlers

    when out and about in the countryside, be aware of what is underneath your feet. Brazil has some of the poisinest snackes,the Jacarara and Cascavel springs to my mind... scorpions and spiders one can think of. good footwear a great idea.the Instituto Butantan near Sao Paulo, has done great research of all kinds of reptil poison and is one of the...

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  • Watch out for these guys ...

    Think twice - do you really want to join an organised bus trip? If yes, then these guys (see picture) will be after you.Anyway, you don't have to buy the DVD/Video afterwards ...

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  • Caution, Caution, Caution

    As with any travel destination there are things one, as a traveller, needs to be careful of. In Brazil, if you don't look like a Brazilian then you are a target. It is important to try to blend into the scenery so you don't stick out. Don't carry fanny packs, backpacks or daypacks...Brazilians don't do this and it'll tip the bad guys off in an...

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  • Oct 23, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Brazil: It was a great experience for me because i was with my husband to a professional course for two weeks organised very well and all the brazilian experience was very well planned, except the last day.
    It was the only date when we left to the airport alone in a taxi, not with the group, everybody having different flight schedule.
    We were on the highway in daylight at 18 pm at not more then 10 minutes to the airport when a car with two 16 years old favelas guys with guns stopped the taxi, threatened us and taking all they could take in 40 seconds, including our money, credit cards and passports!
    We had the worst two days until we managed to solve our provisional living tickets from Brazil, but we had great help from the course organiser, otherwise we would have been in a really bad place because our embassy wasn't in sao paulo, where everything happened, but in rio, and without money, credit card and passport...i don't want to know.
    So, Brazil, is dangerous, no mater what you say.
    It is a country of contrasts with beautiful and great people and places, but with lots of favelas and dangerous people and places.
    It is just a story that must help you to be more careful than us when you will visit Brazil.
    Everybody told us that we were lucky they didn't shot us.

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