Use a Registered Taxi
Only use registered taxis. Unregistered taxis can be dangerous or cost you much more money than a registered taxi.
Avoid Animals Animals, especially dogs and cats, may seem friendly but many strays in Brazil carry diseases including rabbis.
Never Accept Drinks from Strangers
If a stranger offers you a drink in Brazil it’s likely been drugged with some type of “date rape” drug. This could lead to sexual assault or robbery. While this is rarely used against foreign travelers it has been known to happen on several occasions.
Don’t Carry Large Amounts of Cash If you carry large amounts of cash you are inviting pickpockets, and possibly even violent criminals to target you. The cash you do carry should be divided up, and not all kept in one location.
Don’t Wear Expensive Items An expensive watch, expensive jewelry, and expensive clothing make you stand out in the crowd. That is the last thing you want in a country with crime rates as high as in Brazil. Try to blend into the crowd and you will be less likely to be a target of criminals.
Be Careful at ATMs ATM crimes and bank card fraud are on the rise in Brazil. Criminals may try to steal your recent withdrawal or they may try to steal your card number and pin. Be aware of your surroundings and protect your card number.
Avoid Favelas Favelas or shanty-towns are common in the larger cities of Brazil. They are also high crime areas that you are best advised to avoid. Incidents of violent crime are much more likely in favelas than in other areas of the city.
Swim With Caution The beaches of Brazil often have very strong currents and sharks are often present. When swimming keep aware of your surroundings and heed any warnings that are issued.
Always Carry a Photo ID Keep a photo ID handy in case of a run in with local police. Police in Brazil can use the fact that you don’t have a photo ID on your person as an excuse to fine you or worse.
Be Careful When Traveling on Roads The roads in Brazil are not kept up to American or European standards, they are often in a state of disrepair. Driver education is almost nonexistent and the standards of driving do not approach those in countries like the United States, Canada, England, and Germany.