Is Rio de Janeiro safe and how can I mitigate the risks?
Like in most big tourist cities there are “tourist traps”and risk of being mugged/robbed. However, these risks can be mitigated by following these simple guidelines and should in no way stop you from visiting the Marvellous City because for sure you will have a great time.
– When using Uber, important that you to check the licence plate of the car before getting getting in
– Choose the right neighborhood to stay at from the beginning. The right neighborhood for you depends on what you will want to spend your time doing in the city. For example, if you want to stay close to the beaches then stay in Ipanema, Leblon, or Copacabana. If you want cheaper accommodations alternatives and staying close to the beach is not so important, then consider Botafogo, Gloria, or Santa Teresa.
– When on the beach, keep your eyes on your valuables or best yet, do not bring valuables to the beach
– At night, ask locals which neighborhoods are considered safe. In general be extra cautious at night in Lapa, Centro, and Santa Teresa
– Walk with a purpose and try not to look like a lost tourist or worse yet, a lost drunk tourist
– Most importantly – Do not drink alcohol is such quantities that you loose control and always eat before drinking!