Rio Safety Guide
Here are Important tips for a successful vacation
1. Rio can be Dangerous
Rio is not a war zone like most media around the world portrays. The most common issue with tourists are Thefts. You can mostly use Cameras, Cell Phones and Electronics most places as long as you are paying attention to your surroundings.This is the most important part of protecting yourself since Electronic Theft is a growing issue.
2. Dress Casual
Dress up with nice clothes and fancy jewelry? Dont! It isn't worth the risk. Most Carioca's dress casual. You do not need an apple watch and gold chain for a relaxing vacation. Wearing flashy stuff can make you a target, Though you may not get robbed the week you are here, it does put you at higher risk.
3. Riding Buses
Where to sit
The Yellow seats are Handicap and you must move for Elderly or Disabled people. If you use your Cell Phone on the bus you should not do so by the door or open window. Riding the bus late night can be dangerous if you are not sure the route you should use Uber. Moovit is a great bus App to be sure your bus is running and on time, get it!
4. Going to the Beach
Rio has great beaches but sometimes they can get a little tricky. First off, if you go the beach at night you can be robbed and most Carioca's don't go unless there is a market or party. Second, please don't leave anything on the beach without keeping an eye on it because it could be stolen. Third and last, take advantage with the vendors selling food and drink on the beach but do not buy Shrimp!
5. Street Foods
we love it
Some people love it and some hate it. Your biggest protection is common sense with any Street Food you eat. Look for Vendors who have many people because it shows they have a following or return customers. Check for Cleanliness of the Cart and Vendor. (Gloves or Napkins). If the food seems bad, toss it! Its not worth the Risk.
know before you go
Experience Rio wants to connect the outside world more with Comunidades but that doesn't mean they are safe. In fact most Favela's within Rio are very dangerous and would risk the life of a tourist. Places like Rocinha, you may see tours and we advise you to not join them. Vidigal is still a safe Favela but we advise you to find a service that is highly experienced.