Greetings and an icebreaker from Brazil!

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11. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1032 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting rachel_branco

Regarding safety issues as brought by AndyF,
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we've developed some sense of wariness which would sound strange to most foreigners tourists, such as not speaking on the phone on the streets in Rio, and always keeping our bags/purses at the front.

Most travellers quickly learn these things wherever they travel in the world, but Brazil has a more dangerous reputation than most places.
Add this to the cost of flights and it moves Brazil down the travel list despite it having so many positive things going for it.

My brother backpacked through central America and south America 20 years ago and really enjoyed his time in Brazil (even though he couldn't speak Portuguese, only English and Spanish) but he also said it was one of the 2 places where he always felt nervous about crime most of his time there.
I can't remember which country was the other one he felt uneasy in but think it was El Salvador or Honduras...
My friends wife is from Brazil (they honeymooned in boozie/boozy…) and he loves travelling to brazil, but only when he's accompanied by his wife or one of his Brazilian family, although that's less often now that they have 2 young kids.

12. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1204 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Is the problem mostly in Rio?

13. Posted by rachel_branco (Budding Member 5 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

My friends wife is from Brazil (they honeymooned in boozie/boozy…) and he loves travelling to brazil, but only when he's accompanied by his wife or one of his Brazilian family, although that's less often now that they have 2 young kids.

Andrew, I believe you tried to spell Búzios, right? It's Armação dos Búzios, one of the cities I just suggested in my last reply (you can pronounce as "boozious"). It's a really famous destination in Rio state, and a very charming town for honeymooners. I worked in a great boutique hotel in Búzios for many years. However, i dare to say it's way too expensive comparing to the other cities of Região dos Lagos, especially when considering it doesn't even offer the best beaches (Google for Arraial do Cabo!). The fine restaurants and the nightlife there are great, though!

I totally understand his feelings. I guess I could finally say Brazil is not for beginners -- it will be interesting and far safer for travelers if they already have some experience with not-so-comfortably-safe countries. And if you've got Brazilian company, things get even better. It's way easier to find english-speakers around nowadays, but still you would be a bit limited in this regard if you really want to explore landscapes besides the capitals.

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Is the problem mostly in Rio?

Regarding safety issues, not at all, greatgrandmaR. Most capitals in Brazil, such a São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Fortaleza have been facing the same situation (as things in Brazil in general increased to a critical scenario of economic recession and political inflammation these years), although Rio was probably one of the first that came up with such reputation many years ago. Still, I could say things in Rio sound worse than in anywhere else, because we are the main international leisure tourism destination (so we are always on media spot), and also because Rio city is smaller than other capitals in dimension. Whenever I go to São Paulo I just feel safer, even if deep down I know it's not that better from Rio (so I keep wary all the same); but the constant mass-movement everywhere I go and the city's dimensions get me to feel I'll just come unnoticed to malicious people. I guess that watching most people just keeping their normal lives despite everything - going to work or hanging out - gets you more relaxed, and I believe most travelers feel the same when they get to really experience Rio (I myself heard some testimonials as such).
However, like I said, things really tend to attenuate as you move from the capital into the smaller cities. So if we are talking about Rio state alone, I'd say Rio city is the most dangerous you may get, and even still, as a constant visitor of the capital, I could say you may still enjoy many places and activities if you take properly precautions.

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