Is Brazil Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Brazil is a country of many contrasts with unique culture and affluent natural beauty. However, safety can be a concern, particularly for solo female travelers. The different parts of Brazil present varying levels of security. Some safer regions like Florianopolis and Rio Grande do Sul can be enjoyed with relative peace. However, cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo tend to have higher crime rates. It's always advisable to stay alert, avoid isolated areas, especially at night, and to keep your belongings close. As always, knowledge of the local language Portuguese is invaluable to navigate any safety concerns.

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How safe is Brazil?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

Brazil, particularly major cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, could pose some safety concerns for a solo female traveler at night. Though there are safer neighborhoods and Brazil boasts beautiful night-time sceneries, it's generally advised not to roam alone after dark. This advice is particularly useful when it comes to secluded or dimly lit areas. Using a reputable taxi service or Uber to get back to your accommodation, rather than walking, could be a safer option.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in Brazil varies greatly depending upon the location. In large cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the metro and buses run regularly, are relatively safe and usually crowded. However, it is always advised to stay alert for pickpockets, especially during peak hours. At night, it is advisable to avoid certain areas and use trusted taxi services or ride-sharing apps instead. In more remote areas, public transportation can be less reliable and potentially riskier. Therefore, it is recommended to plan your journey carefully, stay in well-trafficked areas, and always be aware of your surroundings.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

In Brazil, there can be instances of street harassment, such as catcalling or unwanted attention. However, this largely varies by region and individual experiences. Universally, awareness around one's surroundings, avoiding isolated areas, and blending in with local attire can mitigate the risk.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:High

Brazil has a considerable rate of petty crimes like pickpocketing, bag snatching, mugging, and theft, especially in crowded public places and tourist hotspots. There is also the occurrence of 'quicknappings', where criminals abduct a person for a short period to get money from their bank account. As a solo female traveler, it would be wise to take precautions such as not displaying wealth, being vigilant in public areas, and avoiding walking alone at night.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

Tap water in Brazil's major cities goes through treatment and is generally safe for cooking and cleaning purposes. However, it is not recommended for drinking due to varying levels of quality and different microbes to which visitors might not have immunity. Drinking bottled or filtered water is always a safer bet while traveling around Brazil.

Is Brazil safe to travel?

3.3 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Nora

Nora

United States

Solo travel experience

Brazil is one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited. It resonates so much with me as a person - the music, food, people. Everything is so colorful and warm. I visited Salvador da Bahia, Buzios, Morro de São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. I would recommend brushing up on some Portuguese before you go, as it’s not always assumed that people know English. Salvador doesn’t have any nonstop flights from the USA, but you should go nevertheless, Bahia is beautiful - the people, the beaches, the music. I definitely felt safe, but don’t carry your phone around openly or wear any gadgets or flashy jewelry in cities, as this leaves you susceptible to thieves.

Posted: December 18, 2023
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Solo travel experience

It was my first time travelling alone. I spent a few days in São Paulo and a few in Rio. It was an incredible journey, and Brazil is a beautiful country with delicious food, great entertainment, and friendly people. I was cautious during my journey for safety reasons, but I never felt in danger (I was with a Brazilian friend and we stayed in safe places). I can't wait to return and discover more of this country.

Posted: August 4, 2023
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Group travel experience

I fell in love with Brazil during my visit in November. I was in Sao Paulo and Rio and I definitely recommend seeing both of these cities. I traveled with my best friend and we felt very safe. She was running in the morning, and I was walking alone for a few hours one day and felt very comfortable. Coming from New York, I found everything to be very affordable, from hotels to meals and transportation. The local residents are incredibly friendly and made us feel at home.

Posted: April 23, 2023
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Is Brazil safe right now?

Before your visit to Brazil, it's essential to check travel advisories for Brazil, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Brazil due to crime. Some areas have an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: October 19, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Brazil. This is due to high crime rates, coupled with frequent incidents of gang-related and other forms of violence in urban areas. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 8, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil due to the threat of violent crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 6, 2024

Is Brazil worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 8 experiences

Solo travel experience

I travelled 3 months in Brazil. I had an amazing time. The people are very friendly, even though it was hard to communicate sometimes, because I don't speak Portuguese and they most of the time don't speak English. A recommendation if you like nature: Chapada dos Veadeiros.

Posted: May 23, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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Couple travel experience

I have positive memories of Brazil, but we didn't go out in the evenings. In the Amazon, it was quiet and peaceful, without people. In Fortaleza - it's a typical resort and quite decent (even in the evenings it was peaceful). In Rio, we limited ourselves to sightseeing during the day and time on the beach, avoiding the slums. In Paraty, it was very touristy, with many people from Europe.

Posted: October 4, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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