How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 29.5 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Americas average: 20.9 (2016).
- Gang related violence favelas (slums).
- Still a threat.
- Civil unrest:
- Demonstrations and strikes can take place.
- Common areas where protests happen at:
- Sau Paulo: Avenida Paulista, Largo da Batata, downtown area.
- Brasilia: Esplanada dos Ministerios.
- Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana Beach.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- Hotspots of violent crime to be careful at:
- Brasilia: Central Bus Station
- Sao Paulo: red light districts (Rua Augusta north of Avenida Paulista, Estacao de Luz metro area), Ibirapuera Park, Avenida Paulista
- Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Lapa, Santa Theresa, favelas, Corcovado trail, Christ the Redeemer statue
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice