Brazil is a beautiful nation. Arms down.

However a protected nation it isn’t; neither for the locals, nor for the vacationers. And for the reason that FIFA World Cup is on the gates, and the nation is already in World Cup fever, I’ve been questioning how protected it’s to journey to Brazil. Is the nation able to welcome all these guests this summer season? And are guests able to face the nation’s excessive crime charges?

São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have been prime in crime charges throughout these final six months.

Recife, one of many host cities for the video games, is the nation’s most harmful metropolis; not in accordance with rankings, however in accordance with the locals. And one ought to belief the locals. They’re dependable and street-wise.

Throughout my final journey, although I used to be in well-traveled firm, there got here that second of immense naiveté, which made us the proper victims. With one digital camera hanging from my neck and an costly watch on my companion’s hand, after all we turned the goal. Neither the time of day, nor the encircling crowds mattered. We have been talking half in Greek, half in English – within the language of the vacationer, in different phrases. We have been robbed at gunpoint (the gun appeared actual), at three within the afternoon, in Jardins, one of the vital costly areas in São Paulo, in solely 4 seconds. For some cause I’m but to understand, my digital camera remained intact.

The robber was most likely an novice, which is uncommon. 

And in case you are considering, “come on, how frequent can that be?” I can let you know it’s. It’s so frequent that you simply’d fairly go ready. My first-hand expertise made me revisit and replace the Security Guide in my suitcase, and I’m sharing it with you. As a result of security needs to be prime in your checklist of considerations – in each journey.

Just a few do’s, a number of don’ts, and the Security Guide is prepared to be used.




  • Hold your eyes open and all the time be alert. Nobody will thoughts for those who stare. Don’t be naïve and don’t be absent-minded. I do know, you’re on trip, and also you’d fairly be carefree, however not in Brazil. Brazil shouldn’t be Europe. Be conscious of all the pieces and everybody.
  • Take with you solely what is actually obligatory. Depart giant purses and wallets on the resort, and restrict your self to the fundamentals. No matter is seen may very well be a goal. Nevertheless, have your passport with you if doable. In any other case, lock it within the protected field of your resort closet.
  • For those who want cash, go for the ATMs at your resort or these at giant purchasing facilities. Issues are dangerous within the streets. Understand that some ATMs work solely till 10 at evening, for apparent causes. Draw cash solely whereas the solar is up. A bit like with pasta – it’s higher to not eat it after the solar has set. It’s harmful.
  • For those who fall sufferer of theft (like we did), report the incident to the vacationer police. Ask the resort for data, if it’s essential, and report the incident. The probabilities you get well your favourite watch are miniscule (sorry to say that), however you higher be typical. You need to know that robbers depend on the truth that vacationers don’t report cases of theft.
  • Have cash with you always. Even just a bit. Thus spoke the locals. It’s ways. When the robbers ask for one thing, you give one thing. For those who say you haven’t received any, they won’t consider you, and I don’t assume you’d need that. Give one thing after which point out you haven’t any extra. They may simply go away and received’t waste any extra time on you, since all the pieces should occur within the blink of an eye fixed.
  • On the seaside, go solely along with your bathing swimsuit, your towel, and your flip-flops. If you wish to return residence with out casualties, that’s. In Copacabana, after all, I can’t assure you received’t lose even these flip-flops. They steal something, from sneakers to burgers. The one factor chances are you’ll be left with is your bathing swimsuit. You assume I’m exaggerating? Higher protected than sorry, I’d say. Belief me.

  • No watches, no jewellery. It’s not unintentional that even the locals go with out. For those who don’t, you’ll change into a goal and likely you’ll get robbed. Depart them at your resort and if you would like my recommendation, go away them again in your nation of origin. You want neither. Actually. No must maintain time or look fancy.
  • Don’t present your new telephone off. If doable, it ought to by no means see the sunshine of day. In Brazil, iPhones are a primary goal. They’re costly and most of the people would possibly must work for eight months to have the ability to purchase one. Having lunch or espresso? By no means go away it on the desk. Going for a stroll within the metropolis? Hold it hidden (as a lot as you may). Transfer fastidiously, don’t change into over-exposed and, typically, don’t expose your devices.
  • Let’s suppose you’re held at knife or gunpoint (like we have been). By no means resist. Irrespective of how a lot you like your watch, regardless of how a lot you do not need them to pay money for the secrets and techniques in your telephone, you give what you’re requested for and hope it ends quickly. Our personal journey lasted for simply 4 seconds and nobody resisted after all.
  • Attempt to cover, as a lot as doable, the actual fact that you’re a vacationer. Don’t speak loud, don’t let your nation of origin change into evident, and don’t reveal an excessive amount of data. Hold you speak light and frugal. Thus spoke São Paulo’s Army Police. The thieves are after you, the vacationer. And they’ll discover you, so be conscious. 
  • Don’t stroll alone, particularly in areas you aren’t conversant in. Keep away from small streets and remoted alleyways, and keep away from exploring neighborhoods whose security shouldn’t be assured. It’s higher for those who transfer round in firm, morning or evening. For those who can, use a taxi. I don’t like suggesting this as a result of I desire to stroll the cities, however aside from being cheap, it’s additionally safer, many of the instances.
  • For those who actually need to go to the favelas, ensure you distinguish between the pacified and non-pacified favelas. Even within the pacified ones, you don’t enter alone. Don’t even try it. Be sure to discover a information, a neighborhood, who speaks the language and is aware of which favela you may go in and stroll round, with security.

Like each handbook, this, too, was written that can assist you out, however following its directions is your individual duty. Belief your judgment, journey prudently and punctiliously, and revel in every second. No want for exaggeration, panic, or stress. Observe your instincts and customary sense, however take into account that no matter appears regular to you, could be misunderstood there. So, observe the native customs and alter your habits accordingly.

Adjustment is the important thing phrase.

**Translation from Greek to English: Maria Coveou


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