I strongly believe that if you come across confident and mangle with locals without showing off your expensive objects, you have already dramatically decreased your chance of being a victim of crime.

This con involves criminals posing as police officers, complete with uniforms, realistic-looking identification and even false building fronts that appear to be police stations. Although I’ve used some buses in Rio during the day, they are not known for being exactly safe at night. I think is too much drama about Rio going on. I gave him all my stuff. In absolute terms, Ipanema is safer. Lol I've been in Michoacan for months and I have not once ever been assaulted. He or she may suggest you go with them to a friend's home. It sure doesn’t hurt to be more aware, right? Located in a very local neighborhood, well-connected and in a specific street with its own security guard, I can say I’ve always felt safe. I feel like every second corner there are criminal people spotting the tourist in me and getting bad ideas. Here’s the link to the full rating page with the map of the city’s favelas and most dangerous areas http://www.city-safe.com/americas/brazil/rio-de-janeiro/. A 15 year old kid just attempted to rob me on the beach in Copacabana pointing a plastic knife at me (one of those knives that break when you try to cut through a piece of chicken in the park during a pic-nick, lol). Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. ⏩ Peek into the future. The areas where kidnappings are most likely to occur in La Paz include Plaza Abaroa, Plaza Humbolt (Zona Sur), Plaza Isabel La Católica, Plaza del Estudiante, Plaza San Francisco, and the Altiplano, as well as the downtown area of the city. But unfortunately I think Rio is not as safe as you think. Heck, the title of this post already assumes the city is extremely dangerous – which is not entirely true! One woman was carrying her camera and they took it near santa Teresa and the other two got robbed on the beach. I want to start receiving Geeky Explorer's newsletter with more travel tips and inspiration.

Losing your phone is bad, but having to go to the hospital in an emergency is far worse. Someone in our hostel recommended Praia da Barra too! Contact us for full details. @Blue Wolf I am going :-p However, a recent power struggle between drug lords and police has caused a series of spontaneous shoot-outs and army intervention as the authorities attempt to regain control over Rio’s largest favela. Santa Teresa was full of tourists when I was there. I never had any problems in 2016, I kept my money (just what I needed for the day) in an empty cigarette box which I carried in a plastic super market bag and always wore flip flops and very casual clothes. I still don’t think there’s a reason to AVOID traveling to Rio de Janeiro entirely; it’s definitely not a war zone. I could go on but cant be bothered. While it is supposed to be a non-stop trip to the La Paz bus terminal, shady bus drivers are often in cahoots with criminal taxi drivers, and purposely stop short of the destination, ejecting the confused passengers and leaving them with no choice but to hail taxis. And to the guys saying that u lived the for 10 years or 30 years why would you be reading this? Instead, get yourself out of the area as soon as possible. This includes the areas of Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo and Flamengo. Traveling Ted, you could also say the same thing about Peru, too! Wait wait wait, kidnappings in Plaza HumbolDt?? By telling us your country of residence we are able to provide you with the most relevant travel insurance information. Please note that not all content is translated or available to residents of all countries. Fuck no!

Just hand over your things and don’t struggle. However, not all operators have your safety as their priority so it pays to ask around and do your research before booking. That voice in your back is the voice we hear all the time living here . It’s definitely one of my favorite cities in the world, but I have to say that it’s not safe (in my opinion it got much unsafer in 2018 than a year and a half before). Yall talking about "nothing's ever happened to me here". I stay in a homestay directly at copacabana. While doing so, they will also relieve you of your valuables. Don't waste your time arguing in the comments guys.

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Lol I bet 90% of the commentors are tourists or people who live in the rich rich area of bolivia, The Email address or Password is incorrect, World Nomads Contributor - Wed, 2 Sep 2020. read about lockdowns and border restrictions. Besides the tourist attractions, they are not really neighbourhoods to wander around and take in the beauty or go exploring – save that for Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, and Jardim Botanico. So more than any other place, Rio is the place to make the life of robbers and pickpockets harder. s.src = u + '?v=' + (+new Date()); 2. Even in mexico and guatemala i felt far more safe than in brazil. If you have never been there, then you can not say anything about it. If you travel with someone else give them part of it to hold. Probably not to the same extent as Brazil or Colombia, but you still need to be weary anywhere in South America. I’ve used every day with no major problems: it’s clean, runs frequently and the trains are even very spacious inside. Bus travel from Copacabana to La Paz overnight is especially dangerous and should be avoided. I can imagine is 100x worse for who lives in Rio I just think you need to be careful and embrace the beautiful Rio life! I hope you make better experience than me. There are some areas, though, that are worth checking out – Maracana stadium, the Feira Nordestina São Cristóvão market, and some of the Samba Schools – and these attractions are worth taking time out to visit. Then the "The areas where kidnappings are most likely to occur in La Paz include Plaza Abaroa, Plaza Humbolt (Zona Sur), Plaza Isabel La Católica, Plaza del Estudiante, Plaza San Francisco, and the Altiplano, as well as the downtown area of the city." Both are safe during the day. There are a few points of tourist interest there, such as the Catete Palace and a few great restaurants to check out, such as Ferro e Farinha which serves thin-crust pizzas and smooth red wine. For every decent neighbhourhood in Rio, there is usually a favela within a few minutes of it. Really, things are out of control down there and I’m not being dramatic. Really ? I think the key phrase here is "Bolivia has one of the lowest crime rates in S. America". However, save your nighttime beach stroll for the safer Copacabana, as muggings in Botafogo beach and Flamengo Park may happen, especially as there is a larger community of homeless people in the area. Here’s what you can do to stay safe! This includes the areas of Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo and Flamengo. The risk multiplies when drugs are present, so don't party too much or you may find yourself facing criminal charges. Anyway my advice for Rio (and Brazil in general) is to try to show that there is nothing to rob (with a see through plastic bag), listen to the locals, try to look like you know your way around (don’t stay looking at your phone on the streets for directions for example)… Great advice for Rio and for anywhere. In this scam, a friendly fellow "tourist" will approach you and try to befriend you. Just remember that you are in a big city (Rio has more than 6 million people) so stay aware of your surroundings and take normal precautions. If you wander around with a fancy shirt, you are just making yourself a target. So in case of a robbery you won’t lose it all in one time, As long as you take care of your own belongings you are fine, I would rate Brazil as my favorite plate 10/10, I stayed in Rio for three months in 2016 and went back in the beginning of 2018. It's not worth the risk. However, I never felt so safe in my life when going to Maracanã Stadium to watch the France vs. Ecuador match. However, save your nighttime beach stroll for the safer Copacabana, as muggings in Botafogo beach and Flamengo Park may happen, especially as there is a larger community of homeless people … You'll certainly find a number of speakeasies that don't honor this law, but there are strict penalties enforced on anyone caught at one of these establishments. for example "Bus travel from Copacabana to La Paz overnight is especially dangerous and should be avoided." Taxis are inexpensive and a great way to get around the city.

If you go running there in the early evening – and it really is a great spot for running – just keep valuables hidden and try running with a friend. The worst of this incident took place over the course of a weekend and the police were able to restore some calm to the area. I had it strapped around my leg, under my head or had it completely covered with my towel. One time on Avenida paulista, the guy that passed by with his bicycle the at the same time he felt off his bicycle so I were quite lucky, the other time a 15 year old guy that wanted to grab my phone while requesting Uber I managed to kick him under his ass so he was running away. Even there I felt safer with a guide. Don’t use your cellphone in public, if you wanna use it just make sure standing near a police officer for example Uber or phone calls Luckily nothing happened to me, in São Paulo there were two theft attempts on my new iPhone 11 Pro Max, even small children’s were looking at my phone. In any case, during the day there’s no problem, at night time I’d be cautious. Overall the hostel was nothing fancy, but did the job. nonsense. The good news is: I don’t think Rio is that bad.

Just stay aware of your surroundings. I saw tourists with huge DLSR cameras hanging on their necks and shiny expensive watches on the wrist.

Don’t take anything of value – no flashy jewelry, expensive cameras or fancy watches. All the conversations followed the same pattern: “It’s a great place and you’re going to love it, but… <>.

I consider myself a careful and alert traveler from my surroundings. But me i am totally feeling unsafe. Traveling to Bolivia is not like traveling to a resort in the Caribbeans.