Brazil in a few weeks
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 7, 2013 7:41 PM Last Post By: hanajp
Feb 19, 2013 2:58 PM
Brazil in a few weeksHi all!
So i've booked first leg of my trip
Rio (staying in Ipanema) then flying to Floripa for 8 days, then flying to Salvador and have intentions to go inland to see the Parque for a few days or however long, after that then make my way down the coast after reading up on thorntree (boipeba, itacare, transcoso or wherever else I'm loving at the time and hear about as i travel around)
I'm travelling solo, so if any other females are travelling alone during Mid March - Late April along this similar route, let me know..
I think especially in Salvador i'm a bit concerned being alone after reading its not the safest place.. Id want to stay somewhere bit better than a hostel, but that might be my best option to meet other people so I can be out with a group rather than sight seeing alone?
Feb 19, 2013 3:31 PM
1If you are not foolish , Salvador is not unsafe. (female solo traveler/resident since '96 w/ no problem) I see lots of stupid gringoes with risky behavior, though, regularly.
Feb 19, 2013 4:05 PM
2Indeed, try not to worry too much about Salvador. I stayed there a week (nothing compared to amobr82) and was told left right and centre about how dangerous it was. Locals seem to enjoy telling you this - possibly to scare you! (what do you think amobr82?). I was staying in Graça which was nice and felt pretty safe even after dark. I walked around after dark but with local Brazilian friends.
The key to avoiding trouble is to not walk around unknown areas after dark (some areas are a bit sketchy even during the day, especially on a Sunday!) and to avoid carrying valuables. Carry the minimum you see for food, drinks and entrance fees. It's useful to have your money in more than one place - one thing I did which made me feel happier was to have a wodge of 2/10 real notes in my main pocket and a couple of 50s in a hidden pocket. Should you be unlucky (and this really is the case, most visits are trouble-free and great fun!!!) you can quickly hand over the stack of notes. Whether this would actually work or not I don't know, I didn't need it thankfully! Walking around any South American city (Brazil has a very bad rep and in my limited experience it's not completely deserved) flashing iPads and other costly electronics invites trouble. Taxis are not expensive and should you feel worried or unsafe, just grab one.
Above all, do not let paranoia spoil your experience of this wonderful, vibrant, spicy, colourful city. If you're always looking over your shoulder you won't enjoy yourself. The mantra is: caution without paranoia, precautions without OCD, don't stand out with flashy jewellery/cameras/etc. If you are robbed, which is highly unlikely, hand over whatever the person asks for without question - being mugged is traumatising but can happen anywhere.
Enjoy Brazil - it's out of this world.
Feb 19, 2013 5:58 PM
Feb 24, 2013 7:44 AM
4Hi there, I was in Salvador alone a couple of months back and had a great time. I stayed in a hostel in the Pelourinho and met a great bunch of people, one night we all went out together (4 taxis) and went to a bar then over to a club that had a samba band playing. It was a really nice atmosphere plus there was always someone to share a taxi with/see the sights/visit the beach with.
I didn't feel unsafe, theres a strong police presence after dark and you have no reason really to be wandering around any dark alleys alone. I took the bus down to the beach and again always felt safe. There were plenty of people ready to rip you off, but with common sense you should be ok!
Have fun anyway, I was worried about going through Brazil as a girl on my own but didn't have any problems.
Mar 7, 2013 7:41 PM
I've been dying to go to Brazil and was thinking of going end of March-April but didn't have the courage as I have never traveled on my own. Mind if I join you for part of the trip?
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