Dangers & Annoyances

Crime is an issue in São Paulo, though the majority is limited to the city's periphery and tourists aren’t often targeted unless they’re the unlucky victim of an arrastão, when armed bandits rob an entire restaurant of patrons in the blink of an eye. General rules of thumb include being especially careful in the center and elsewhere at night (use taxis and ride-shares) and on weekends (when fewer people are about) and watching out for pickpockets on buses, around Praça da Sé and on Linhas 1 (blue) and 3 (red) of the metro. Otherwise, maintain the same common-sense vigilance you would in any developing-world metropolis.