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Americas > Brazil > Rio de Janeiro > Useful Info
Updated on Sep 10, 2018 Useful Info

Neighborhood and safety tips for Rio de Janeiro

  • Rio has safety issues in general because of the large wealth disparity here
  • Most people will be fine just by having the basic travel safety awareness (like not carrying expensive stuff). The city takes in a large number of tourists every year and few of them ever encounter serious issues
  • But it's important to know which areas are safe and which areas aren't
  • Below is a map I created based on my experience living there, research, and local friends
  • Keep in mind that even in "safe" areas, there are a lot of little favelas and unsafe neighborhoods mixed in. In general, avoid going into side streets, run down, and unpopulated areas, particularly at night

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  • Do NOT go into favelas by yourself. Favela tourism is a thing and you can go on tours for that, but again never go in there by yourself