Is Rio de Janeiro Safe?

Consejos de Seguridad en Río de Janeiro. Dicas de segurança de rio de janeiro

Hello dear students! Welcome to another lesson! Safety is a very important thing to consider when you travel to another country. And we are sure you have been asking yourself, “Is Rio de Janeiro safe?” Or perhaps even, “is Copacabana safe?” Today, we will discuss how dangerous Rio de Janeiro really is for tourists. After this Dica, you know exactly which places are and are not safe to stay in Rio de Janeiro!

Safety in Rio de Janeiro

1. Try to dress and act like a Carioca.

is rio de janeiro safe? example of how to feel safer: Os cariocas se vestem casualmente.

Wearing gringo clothes is the same as writing I’m a tourist! Rob me on your face. Dress basic and look at how other people usually dress on the streets. You will see that cariocas dress very casually. Also Avoid walking on the streets wearing expensive clothes or using your cellphone. Never show that you have money with you. Otherwise, you can be an easy target for robbers.

2. Try to separate your credit cards if you have more than one.

Keep one card safe at home and just bring one with you. In case you get robbed, you can collect money from the other one.

3. When you buy with credit card, they can’t take your credit card out of your view. 

example of safety in rio de janeiro: O pagamento precisa acontecer na frente do cliente.

Every employee in shops and restaurants knows that they can’t take your credit card out of your view. Therefore, don’t allow it if an employee wants to complete the payment somewhere else. Surely, he/she is trying to copy your credit card.

4. Don’t use mobile devices on the streets.

Don’t show off smartphones, cameras and other devices on the street. You can use it, but it’s good to be cautious. Don’t use it near the road because somebody with a car, motorbike or even regular bike can snatch it from your hands.

5. If you get robbed, don’t fight, and don’t try to resist. 

example of how dangerous is rio de janeiro: don't resist if someone tries to rob you.

In Brazil, for some criminals a life is not so important as we think. A criminal can have a gun or a dangerous object of any kind, so don’t get in conflict if you get in this situation. Losing money at the end is not so important as your own safety.

6. Try to avoid taking your passport with you.

Separate your national ID or license from the passport or simply take photocopies of it with you. Although legally you have always to bring your passport with you, you will end up in a bureaucratic nightmare if you get your passport robbed in Brazil.

7. Be careful with too much alcohol.

Rio de Janeiro security tips: É necessário ter cuidado com o excesso de álcool.

It’s not a problem to have fun, but if you get completely drunk you are an easy target for criminals. You are an especially easy target if you look like a foreigner.

8. Avoid dark places.

Always avoid dark places on the street. Just take another way!

9. Keep an eye on your glass!

example of how safe is rio de janeiro: mesmo com amigos, é necessário prestar atenção à sua bebida.

We already discussed how too much alcohol can be dangerous, but did you also know it’s important to keep an eye on your glass? People can put drugs into your drink without you noticing, so you can get robbed or even worse! This is called Boa noite, Cinderella. So, in order to stay safe, keep your glass close to you, and don’t drink from other people’s glasses! It doesn’t matter if we are talking about new friends or flings, you never know what some people are capable of. So, if you want to have a great night out, without getting roofied, take care of your glass and what you drink and eat, okay?

10. Walk around without jewelry.

Cariocas don’t wear expensive jewelry when walking on the street. This is because criminals might rob them by suddenly pulling your necklace or bracelet from your neck or arms. Besides losing your jewelry, you might also end up with deep wounds, so try to leave your jewels for special occasions!

11. Protect from mosquitoes.

tips to protect from dengue and zika virus: Sempre use repelente!

Try to avoid mosquitoes, use protection if you need it. Unfortunately, cases of dengue and zika virus are becoming increasingly usual. When you travel around Rio de Janeiro, don’t forget your repellent.

12. Don’t bring a lot of money with you.

It’s better to only take the money that you are going to use for the day with you. This recommendation applies to every place in Brazil!

13. Stay protected from the sun. 

tips to protect from the sun in rio: É importante proteger-se do sol do Rio!

The sun is hot in Brazil and it’s extremely easy to get a sunburn, so to avoid that, always use sunscreen before going to the beach or walking on the street. Even if the sun in Copacabana beach seems harmless, don’t get fooled by it!

14. Is Copacabana safe?

Safe areas in Rio de Janeiro are mainly the entirety of Zona Sul, which has the safest neighborhoods in Rio: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Flamengo, Laranjeiras, Catete, Botafogo. Zona Norte is usually more dangerous, but it depends on where you are. Like most places, Rio de Janeiro is safe for tourists if they stay in safe areas!

15. Favelas just next to safe neighborhoods.

getting to know favelas in rio: se quer visitar uma favela, sempre vá com um guia!

How dangerous is Rio de Janeiro and the favelas? Favelas and safer neighborhoods are right next to each other, so you must be aware everywhere. Even if a favela is considered safe, don’t get into it without a guide or local person. If you want to get to know a favela, you can come safely with us to Dona Marta and enjoy a day of RioLIVE! activities!

16. Don’t let a culture shock drive you crazy.

It is not unusual to experience a culture shock. Remember that you are not in your own country and that in Brazil people do things differently Try to avoid thinking that people don’t do things in the right way. Be open minded and accept differences. Things are not worse, they are simply different.

Is Rio safe for tourists?

Let’s recap these security tips and learn how safe (or dangerous) Rio de Janeiro is!


We hope to have answered your questions if Rio de Janeiro (and Copacabana) is safe for tourists! We hope you like this Dica and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Hugs from Rio de Janeiro.

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