When thinking of the “Wonderful City” as a tourism spot, the main concern is always safety in Rio de Janeiro. Due to its track record of high urban crime rates, a negative image of Rio has been widespread but the truth is that Rio de Janeiro is as dangerous city as any major capital from Brazil.

When we think of traveling to any major urban center in the world, we need to pay more attention to safety issues. Especially when we are in a different culture. Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in Latin America and is also among the 100 most visited cities in the world. This means that if you follow these safety tips in Rio de Janeiro, you will probably have no problem enjoying the beauties of the city.

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1 – Always plan

Before heading out to enjoy the city, plan ahead. Search for the sights or regions that you want to know in advance. Ask for hotel information, search on blogs and websites. Try to find out the best days of the week and times to know certain places and beaches. The best idea is to use a concierge service, as offered by Rio de Janeiro Feelings, which can create roadmaps and hire services tailored to your needs.

2 – Choose well where to stay

This is where you should invest the most financially for a good sense of security in Rio de Janeiro. You have to choose where you will be staying, especially if you plan to go out at night.

3 – Don’t look like a tourist

To avoid problems it is better not to draw attention to yourself unnecessarily. Cariocas do not usually display watches, jewelry and many props in their everyday life for safety reasons and also because of the heat!

Take care of your belongings and purse. Especially cameras and cell phones. Avoid using them when walking on streets stay alert in very empty places. Similarly, you should take care of your belongings in large conurbations and near busy roads.

4 – Avoid strolling with lots of money

Just walk with the money you need. Prefer credit or debit cards. If you can, leave your wallet and iPhone at home or in the hotel. The less possessions you have with you, the more you will feel safe in Rio de Janeiro.

5 – Care with the locomotion

Public transport in central Rio de Janeiro has improved over the recent years. With the subway it is possible to reach most places desired by tourists.

Traffic is confusing and slow. There are regions in the city that are far more dangerous. A driver who is not well aware of traffic can end up falling into real “traps” and create major risks to his safety in Rio de Janeiro.

Also avoid the bus. Prefer to use taxis or Uber. At night avoid walking even at small distances. Access your taxi or Uber from the Hotel door and get off only at the door of the desired restaurant or bar.

It’s also good to pay attention to taxis, so always use well-recommended companies.

6 – Beach care

Surely you will want to know the beaches of Rio. In general they are safe. The most famous in the South Zone, such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon require more attention. Among these, Leblon is usually quieter.

Among the safest beaches we have are Praia Vermelha, Praia do Leme, Barra da Tijuca beaches and beyond (Reserva, Recreio, Prainha, Grumari).

Ideally, visit the beaches when they are empty. That is, avoiding weekends and holidays.

7 – Care to know the shanty town

The shanty towns are “poorer” neighborhoods that are usually located on the hills of Rio. These places have strong community ties and a unique culture (in art, music and cooking). So there is a whole ” shanty town tourism” to get to know these traditional communities.

However, these communities have higher crime rates. In fact it depends a lot on the political and social context of the time. At certain times visiting certain communities is more recommended than others.

In case you are willing to have this contact with the communities, look for companies and specialized guides so you don’t endanger your safety in Rio de Janeiro.

9 – City center only by day

In downtown Rio de Janeiro we find many historical sites and buildings, such as the 16th-century São Bento Monastery; the Imperial Palace, former residence of D. João VI (today an important cultural center) and also the Municipal Theater of 1909.

But at night the downtown area is well emptied. Try to avoid weekends as well. If this is not possible, go straight to the desired places and avoid walking even at short distances.

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