Is Rio de Janeiro Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Rio de Janeiro, a captivating city on the coast of Brazil, is famous worldwide for its breathtaking landscapes and cultural attributes. This stunning South American metropolis is nestled between the lush, green mountains and the deep blue sea, where its urban life blends seamlessly with cosmopolitan beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio is adorned with iconic landmarks including the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer atop the Corcovado mountain, the colorful Selarón Steps in Lapa, and the pulsating samba bars and dance halls of its neighborhoods. Not to forget, Rio’s lively spirit is exemplified in its world-famous Carnival, an annual festival that showcases vibrant parades, music, and dance, attracting millions of visitors from around the globe. Whether you're a fan of architecture, a history buff, an nature enthusiast, or simply love to immerse in a new culture, Rio de Janeiro is a spectacular destination that you'll never forget.

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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 16 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

3.4/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

4.1/5

Solo travel experience

Rio is beautiful, like no other city I have been to because of it being built into the mountains but you need to be careful and aware of your surroundings. Not many people outside tourist areas speak English.

Posted: February 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

I was in Rio for some time and I liked the tourist places I visited. My advice - take care of your phone's safety and use Uber. Don't walk around the city when it gets dark.

Posted: September 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I stopped in the Copacabana district and loved the place. I didn't go out late at night and always watched my belongings in crowded places, just as I would do in any other large city. I had heard various opinions before leaving, but I was very pleasantly surprised and generally felt safe in Rio. I highly recommend seeing the steak restaurants, Sugarloaf Mountain, and taking the train to Christ the Redeemer.

Posted: June 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I spent 10 days alone in Rio a few months ago and completely fell in love with the city. It's one of the best places I've visited and I never felt too scared or worried about my safety, but I adhered to all of those common safety rules. Brazilians are some of the friendliest and most cheerful people I've met.

Posted: May 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Rio de Janeiro is a city it is worth visiting. Crime is high but knowing how to move around will allow you to have plenty of experiences You can stay 2 weeks or 2 years and still have new things to do.

Posted: May 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 1/5
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I went to Carnaval and I really enjoyed it. I stayed in tourist areas and the whole time I was there, I felt quite safe. It can be quite cheap or as expensive as you want. I also really enjoyed the free walk around the city center.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I sensed some suspicion in the city center or when I was returning home after dinner. Besides that, I felt completely safe. Brazilians are so friendly and hospitable - they totally made my experience worthwhile.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I was alone in Rio during Christmas and I loved every second of that visit. I stayed in Leblon, went to samba/club tour in Lapa, and did a million other things that made this my favorite trip so far.

Posted: April 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Rio de Janeiro was the first place I ever traveled to alone when I was 18 years old. I spent 3 months there and I admit, I was young and probably naive at the time, but honestly, I felt safe and nothing was stolen from me, I even worked as a volunteer in the favelas.

Posted: April 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

I live in Rio, in Copacabana. I believe it's fairly safe here, so maintain the same precautions as you would in any large city. I recommend using Uber everywhere when night falls. Also, dress casually and try to scatter your belongings - put money in your bra and a card to be ultra-safe. It's really not as bad as people say. I love it here and I have not felt threatened in any way. Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, and Gávea are very safe neighborhoods. The downtown seems much less safe. Rio is an amazing city, and Brazilians are some of the friendliest people you can meet, always ready to help.

Posted: October 20, 2023
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I love Rio, but I usually avoid the city center in the evenings or going to bars alone. As for places to stay, I recommend the districts of Urca, Botafogo, Leme, and Copacabana. As for places to visit, I recommend Barra da Tijuca, Sao Conrado beach, Parque da Laje, and taking a ferry to Niteroi or to the island of Paquetá. As for public transportation, it is safe and cheap.

Posted: October 18, 2023
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I am half Brazilian and almost every year I travel to Rio to visit my family. People usually say that it is not a safe city, but honestly, you need to be cautious, just like in any other city, although you can take additional precautions. Do not walk around with your phone in your hand or attract too much attention to yourself, especially in places with a high concentration of tourists, like Zona Sul. Leave your expensive jewelry at home and do not open the windows too much if you are at a red light. Tourists are unfortunately a target for thieves, but if you keep everything close to you, you should be safe. These are all rules that the locals adhere to and that I have known since childhood. Rio is a beautiful city and I absolutely love it, you just need to be a little more careful.

Posted: June 11, 2023
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I lived there for many years and I loved it. A lot to see, but as anywhere, one needs to be street smart, carry local currency in small amounts, avoid showing jewelry and expensive equipment, pay attention to your surroundings. Enjoy the beaches if possible, get off the beaten path, visit Barra da Tijuca beach, walk along Copacabana sidewalk, admire the sunsets in Leblon or Arpoador, check out Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Botanical Garden, Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, if you can, visit the Lake Region (Buzios, Arraial do Cabo), it's also worth visiting Angra dos Reis, Parati, Teresopolis mountains to see God's Finger Mountain, Petropolis - visit there the Imperial Museum, Nova Friburgo. Try traditional grilled Rodizio BBQ, Feijoada, Romeo and Juliet dessert, Flan, Peixada and caipirinha.

Posted: November 28, 2022
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I'm isadora emer, 19 years old, brazilian from rio de janeiro. Traveler, student, singer, songwriter and a great enthusiast of Brazilian music (especially forró pé-de-serra). On Instagram: @isadoraemmer

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I'm a girl from Rio who has visited and lived in many Brazilian cities. So i have been a guide for several times, in different cities (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Aracaju and Porto Alegre). The best part is the opportunity to change experiences and make new friends! I really love it! Easy-going person, who loves to introduce my country and our culture to people.

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I'm isadora emer, 19 years old, brazilian from rio de janeiro. Traveler, student, singer, songwriter and a great enthusiast of Brazilian music (especially forró pé-de-serra). On Instagram: @isadoraemmer

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Hi there! I’m Jolien, a 33 year old travel enthousiast. I can not help but petting every cat I see, and l love cheese, wine and a good cocktail. Next stop? Brasil!

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