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Brazil

Located in South America, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country, occupying almost half of the South American continent and bordering every country in it except for Chile and Ecuador. Brazil is the home of many famous sites, such as the Amazon rainforest, Rio de Janeiro, and Carnival. The richness and diversity of Brazil’s fauna is astounding. The country ranks first in the world for numbers of species of primates, amphibians and plants; third for bird species; and fourth for species of butterflies and reptiles. The climate in Brazil is varied. Depending on location, it can be hot and humid or cool and breezy, but overall the climate is mild throughout the country.

The culture of Brazil is also very diverse. The country has been shaped not only by the Portuguese, who gave the country its religion and language, but also by the country’s native Indians, the considerable African population, and other settlers from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Forged by music and religion the culture is robust and well known for having fun and showing the beauty in things.

Brazil is officially a Catholic country, but in practice the country’s religious life incorporates Indian animism, African cults, Afro-Catholic syncretism and Kardecism, a spiritualist religion embracing Eastern mysticism, which is gaining popularity with Brazilians. The primary language of Brazil is Portuguese, although it is infused with many words from Indian and African languages, it is spoken by all Brazilians. There are varying accents and dialects through the different regions of the country.

Brazilian cuisine is wild and flavor filled. Specialties include moqueca, a seafood stew flavored with dendê oil and coconut milk; caruru, okra and other vegetables mixed with shrimp, onions and peppers; and feijoada, a bean and meat stew. On many street corners in Bahia, women wearing flowing white dresses sell acarajé, beans, mashed in salt and onions and then fried in dendê oil. The fried balls are filled with seafood, manioc paste, dried shrimp, pepper and tomato sauce. These and many other delights will be sure to satisfy even the most demanding appetites.

While in Brazil be sure to take in all that this wonderful country has to offer. Rich in culture there is always a reason to celebrate, although Carnival is the biggest celebration, there are many other celebrations in Brazil.

Important: Travel to Brazil may require a travel visa. Whether a visa is required for travel depends on citizenship and purpose of journey. Please be sure to review Travisa’s Brazil visa instructions for details. Visa instructions for other countries are available on our do I need a visa page.
Country Statistics

Full country name: Federative Republic of Brazil
Capital city: Brasilia
Area: 8,514,877 sq km
Population: 199,321,413
Ethnic groups: white 53.7%, mulatto
Languages: Portuguese
Religions: Roman Catholic
Government: federal republic
Chief of State: President Dilma ROUSSEFF
Head of Government: President Dilma ROUSSEFF
GDP: 2.294 trillion
GDP per captia: 11,800
Annual growth rate: 2.7%
Inflation: 6.6%
Agriculture: coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus
Major industries: textiles, shoes, chemicals, cement, lumber, iron ore, tin, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, other machinery and equipment
Natural resources: bauxite, gold, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, platinum, tin, rare earth elements, uranium, petroleum, hydropower, timber
Location: Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean
Trade Partners – exports: China 17.3%, US 10.1%, Argentina 8.9%, Netherlands 5.3%
Trade Partners – imports: US 15.1%, China 14.5%, Argentina 7.5%, Germany 6.7%, South Korea 4.5%

When to go to Brazil

The best time of the year visiting Brazil , depends on a few things: the weather, things you want to do and when it is the most crowded i.e high prices.
Weather-wise, a rough indication is that the seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite to the northern one. So when it is winter in the USA and Europe, it will be summer in Brazil and vice versa.

Due to Brazil’s sheer size, there is a lot of regional variation in climate though. On the other hand, keep in mind Brazil is located almost entirely in the tropics: it never gets really cold (although frost in the southern states of Brazil is locally not unheard of in wintertime).

In Brazil, humidity and rainfall are more important weather aspects to take into consideration than temperature. In summertime, Rio de Janeiro for example gets very humid. While most of the time hotter than Rio, the north coast of Brazil will be less humid due to a nice sea breeze. In Rio de Janeiro, the wettest months will be roughly between October and January, in the north from December until July.

By the way, in Brazil’s rainy season showers will usually only take a few hours at most in the coastal regions. There will be still plenty of gorgeous days. Different stories are both the Amazon and the Pantanal, which see plenty of rainfall year round, with December until May (Amazon) and October until March (Pantanal) as the wettest (and least accessible) months.

Other things to consider besides the weather, is what you want to do and when it is most crowded in Brazil.

High season in Brazil runs from December until March, roughly from one week before Christmas until one week after Carnival.

This is the liveliest time of year in Brazil, with Brazilian families vacationing and the largest number of foreign visitors arriving.

Prices of flights to Brazil and lodging will be significantly higher than in the rest of the year (peaking nationwide around Carnaval). Lowest prices and less crowds can be found between May and September, except for July which is a Brazilian holiday month as well.

Visa information Brazil

If you need a visa prior before arrival, depends on which nationality you have. If your home country requires Brazilians providing avisa, most likely Brazil wants you to provide one as well. Citizens from most EU countries, New Zealand and South Africa do not need one if they plan not to stay longer than 90 days in Brazil, while Canadians, Americans and Australians do. It is recommended to check always before your departure with the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate for current visa regulations.

Tourist visas are valid for 90 days from the date you enter the country. While inside Brazil, the visa can be extended once for another 90 days with the Policía Federal. It is possible you will be asked for a flight ticket out of the country and proof of sufficient funds, especially if you dress poorly; it is always wise to dress up as smart as possible while dealing with officials, including when extending your visa.

The costs for obtaining a visa also depend on what your home country charges visiting Brazilians (running from about US$ 20 to a steep US$ 130 for citizens from the USA). In all cases, it is recommended to carry a passport which is at least valid for six months after your date of arrival.

Upon arrival you need to fill out a card (‘cartão de entrada/ saida’) which you need to carry with your passport throughout your stay and hand in when you leave the country. You will be fined if you fail to provide the card as well as in case of overstaying your visa. Note that you cannot return to Brazil after leaving the country during the period of time your extended visa lasts (except for daytrips at Iguaçu falls and the Amazon tripoint border area).

In principal, for business visas

the same regulations apply as for tourist visas, as long as you do not work for and get paid by a local employer. You need to provide an official letter with a summary of your business purpose, financial responsibility and the dates you plan to be in Brasil for your business trip.

More information on Brazil business visa

Transportation in Brazil: Getting there, away and around

Air

In a large country like Brazil, travelling domestically by airplane is something to consider seriously, as it is sometimes as affordable as travelling by long-distance bus. Moreover, Brasil is the country with the highest number of airports in the world after the USA, so the network is vast. If you want the most options and best prices, try to book as long in advance as possible, especially during the holiday season (one week before Christmas until one week after Carnival) and in July/ August (summer holiday in Europe and Northern America).

The main carriers which offer domestic

Flights

in Brazil are GOL and LATAM. The cheaper one usually is GOL, but do not miss out on special offers by LATAM. Other major ones are Azul, Trip, Ocean Air and Varig (which is the former largest airline in Brazil, now entirely incorporated by GOL).

If you plan on visiting more cities on one trip, purchasing a Brazil Airpass might be a good idea. This pass, offered by both GOL and TAM, gives you the possibility to be on 4 to 5 flights anywhere in its respective domestic network. Extra flights are offered for reduced prices as well. Prices of the Brazil Airpass slightly differ between the two

Airlines

(LATAM gives a discount when you fly to Brazil with them as well).
There are some restrictions though, for instance the Brazil Airpass is valid for a maximum of 30 days and you can only purchase it outside Brazil. Furthermore, when you buy your Brazil Airpass you need to book your flights at the same time, otherwise penalty fees might apply. You cannot change the route anyway, only the dates. Nevertheless, the investment in a Brazil Airpass is often money well spent.

Note 1: Airport tax applies on all domestic flights. If it is not included in the price you have to pay the tax in cash reais when you check in. Taxes also differ; the larger the airport, the higher the tax.

Note 2: Always reconfirm your flight about 48 hours before departure.

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Long-distance bus

In Brazil, the bus network between all the major cities and beyond is extensive. Unlike domestic flights,

Buses

usually leave strictly on time. Long-distance buses are often spick-and-span and comfortable. The best services and vehicles will be found in Southern Brazil. In Amazonia and up north they are of less quality. Services are operated by numerous private companies. Standard prices between them are more or less similar, although if you have time it might be a good idea to look for discounts. Every town of considerable size has one or more long-haul bus terminals which are called ‘rodoviária’. Unfortunately, they are often located at the edge of town. Bus terminals are bustling places, the larger ones with facilities like showers, ATMs, luggage lockers and tourist offices.

A few classes are available:

– ‘Comum’ (or ‘convencional’), which comfort is reasonable. It sometimes has air-conditioning and a toilet aboard, but not always and if so, it is not always in service; better check before you buy a ticket.

– The second class is called ‘Executivo’, which is in general of better convenience (air-conditioning and reclining seats for instance) and it has more express services (less stops).
– The best class is ‘Leito’, which are usually night buses (to take into consideration: you save money on a hotel, but miss out on the scenery). Seats are very comfy and can be almost turned into a bed (‘Semi-leito‘ means your seat is not able to be put fully in horizontal position). In Leito class often a host is on board, handing out bed linen and serving snacks and drinks.

Regardless the class, every bus will stop for short breaks every few hours. In general, it is possible to buy a ticket for the next departing bus, but to be safe you best buy your ticket in advance. In the high season (one week before Christmas until one week after Carnaval and in July/ August) you best make your purchase a day in advance (so you can check other companies if necessary). Many bus companies have agents in town, so you do not have to go all the way to the rodoviária in order to buy a ticket.

Note 1: Bus tickets will not be refunded, so be sure about date, time and destination.

Note 2: Seats are numbered, so you can choose window or isle seats. If possible, stay clear of the seats near the toilet.

Car

Driving yourself is a great way to experience the beauty and vastness of Brazil. However, road conditions vary by region. As a rough rule of thumb, the best roads are in Southern Brazil and the more north you go, the worse the conditions might get. Roads in the Amazon, Pantanal and Sertão are often unpaved and only accessible by 4×4.

In order to Rent a car, you need to show a valid driving licence, your passport and a common credit card. Bringing an International Driving Permit (IDP), although not officially recognized by Brazil, might be a good idea in case of a road accident and its aftermath (the permit is essentially a multiple language translation of the permit-holder’s normal driving licence). It is usually possible to purchase an insurance policy with the car but you must be often at least 25 years old to rent a car. Note: in order to drive a motor cycle in Brazil, you have to carry a Brazilian driving licence for motorbikes; a foreign licence is not sufficient.
There are plenty of car rental companies in the cities and smaller towns. In the metropolitan areas there is more competition, so prices are usually lower.

Localiza is the largest national brand, but also the large international brands like Hertz and Avis have many representatives.

A car rental company is called a locadora. There are plenty of options concerning size, comfort and price.
Note that cars in Brazil run on petrol and/ or ethanol, but many rental cars run on petrol only (if you can choose: ethanol is a lot cheaper). Gas stations with petrol are also more common than the ones selling ethanol.

Things to consider:

– If you plan to stay only in one city, a rental car might not be your best option to move around (the exception is Brasilia). Driving in the large metropolitan areas can be chaotic and a great hassle; traffic jams can be a nightmare and your fellow road users will not perform the same courtesy like you are used to at home. Parking can also be a problem in the metropolitan areas. Never leave valuables in your car and if possible, park inside a closed, off-street car park (consider this while choosing your accommodation).

– Brazil has right-hand traffic. Road rules are more or less the same as in Europe and Northern America (an important exception is that you are not allowed to turn right at a red traffic light unlike in the USA). Nevertheless, many drivers completely ignore the road rules and can be aggressive and impatient. Overtaking at the right, suddenly switching lanes without indicator, speeding and tailgating are common. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is also prevalent in Brazilian traffic: the bigger the vehicle, the more ‘rights’ it claims (with trucks at the top and pedestrians at the bottom of the ladder).
Come prepared and be confident while driving yourself (and make sure the horn functions properly…).

– If you head out for a road trip, make sure your car is in good condition and bring water, reserve fuel, a spare tire, tools and a flashlight in case of a breakdown.

Better not driving at night. Roads, even the highways, are often poorly lit, so road signs and other road users are hard to distinguish, let alone speed bumps and potholes. At night, many drivers ignore red traffic lights for safety reasons, bear this in mind and do the same if possible.

Train & Boat

Unfortunately, the chances of enjoying travel by train are very slim in Brazil. It has never been a country with a dense train network and furthermore, many old railways have been dismantled to make way for roads. As luck would have it, there are still a few scenic train journeys to be made in Brazil, although they are often more or less presented as a tourist attraction. Arguably the most scenic trip by train is Curitiba – Morretes. Another interesting train trip is Belo Horizonte – Vitória, from the heart of Minas Gerais to the coast of Espirito Santo.

Besides ‘real’ train services, there are also a handful of interesting genuinely touristy steam trains, like the Maria Fumaça (‘Smoking Mary’) between Tiradentes and São João del Rei or the one between Ouro Preto and Mariana.

Travelling by boat is a lot more common in Brazil. At least in some specific parts of the country: the Amazon and parts of the North and North-eastern coast. In the Amazon basin, rivers are still the most important ‘roads’. The boat network from Manaus is extensive and there is a wide range of vessels and destinations available.
The most popular itinerary by boat is from Manaus to Belem or from Manaus upstream in the direction of Peru.
In some parts of the North East it is much more convenient to travel from one coastal village to another by boat, than to make huge detours by car. Most notable is the scenic stretch of coast between Parnaíba (Piaui) and Tutóia (Maranhão), which is 80 km/ 50 miles as the crow flies (as the fish swims…), but a 4 hours drive by car.

Ultimately, for the ones who can afford it: there are many options of travelling along the Brazilian coastline by cruise liner, with plenty ports of call, especially between Santos and Salvador. The islands of Fernando de Noronha are accessible by boat from Recife.

Urban transport

In Brazil there are many options to travel locally from point A to B. The large metropolitan areas of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have modern metro networks, but in most of the cities buses and minivans are the most common way of public transport. In rural areas the only option of local transport is often a motor taxi (‘moto-taxi’): at the back of a moped.

Metro: Fortunately Sao Paulo as well as Rio de Janeiro have convenient metro/

subway

lines which are much easier to navigate than the complicated bus network. They are also considerably cleaner and safer than travelling by bus. The metro system of Sao Paulo is much more long-winded than the one in Rio de Janeiro, but here most places interesting for the tourist are more or less in reach of a metro station.
Moreover, Rio de Janeiro metro has some ‘extensions’ of the network covered by aircon metrobus, carrying you to points of interest that are not near a metro station, like Leblon and the Sugar Loaf.

The metro in both cities is not in function at night, with the exception of the Rio metro during Carnival (5 days 24/7).

Among foreign visitors the combination of metro and taxis is the most popular form of urban transportation in Brazil.
There are also smaller subway systems in Recife, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.

Bus: In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo buses run 24/7, but less frequent at night (at night you should take a cab anyway). At the windscreen the final destination is shown and in smaller print you can read important stops along the line. In the bus you will buy a ticket from an attendant at a tourniquet; keep change at the ready. Buses often get entangled in the never ending traffic jams and are frequently packed. Petty theft occurs regularly; safest place to be in buses is at the front.

Taxi: When you want to make use of a taxi, you can flag one down in the street, order one by phone (radio taxi) or walk to one of the numerous taxi stands.

In the big cities taxis have a meter. However, some taxis like the ones at the airport and major bus stations as well as radio taxis do not have one, but take you around for a prefixed price. You should buy a ticket for these at a ticket stand (bilheteria).

Using a metered taxi, make sure the meter is at ‘0’ before you go and the tariff is ‘1’, except at night from 11 pm to 6 am, at Sundays and in December when tariff ‘2’ is applied. In smaller towns, taxis usually do not have meters, so you should negotiate a price before you head off.
The same applies if you use a moto-taxi. In case you are not sure what price is fair, ask at reception of your accommodation to give rough indications.

Staying safe n’ sound in Brazil: Safety Advice for Foreign visitors

Brazil is a beautiful country with great people living in it. Unfortunately, there are serious

safety issues in Brazil. as well.

In a country with such incredible differences between rich and poor, it is almost inevitable that the desperate are doing extreme things in order to survive.

Also the poor legal system and corruption in Brazilian police and judiciary do not help much in the field of safety. Crime and violence are, unfortunately, part of Brazil’s culture.

Crime rates are high in Brazil, especially in the big cities. Many people living in Brazil can tell you stories of muggings – or worse -, experienced by themselves or someone they know. Media only too willing to bring the news on crime with all the gruesome details do no good in restraining public paranoia.

On the other hand, people who get in trouble still belong to a minority. Moreover, hardly any violent crime is targeted at tourists. If you take precautions, use common sense and are aware of your behaviour and surroundings, you will probably have a great time in Brasil without any hassle.

It is also important to note not to generalize: in such a large country as Brazil there are many differences, also in the field of crime. For example, small towns and the countryside are considerably safer than the metropolitan areas.

In order to make your visit to Brazil as safe as possible, we have composed a comprehensive list of general safety advice. For more specific city information, we would refer to the individual safety monitors under Cities in Brazil, for example Safety monitor Rio de Janeiro.

Preparation

• Before you head out for Brazil, make a few colour photocopies of the most important documents.

Put the photocopies in several places (suitcase, daypack, wallet etc.).

If you need a visa for Brazil, also make a photocopy of the visa.

• Scan your documents and send them to your own e-mail account; you can always reproduce them at any internet shop.
• Write down all important numbers (like passport, cash cards, driving licence, traveller’s cheques and phone numbers of emergency, insurance, banks, consulates etc.). Put the list in a safe place and in case everything gets stolen, also send it to your own e-mail account.

• Before touchdown you should already have arranged accommodation for at least the first night and preferably also transport to the accommodation: if you are disoriented because of arriving in the dark or being in a dozing state after a long flight while carrying all your luggage, you are more vulnerable.

• Do not forget to arrange travel insurance.
Very important: Relax and just accept the fact that it might be possible that you get robbed or pick pocketed in Brazil. But do not get paranoid: if you stay cautious, take precautions and do not resist in the unlikely event of an assault, you will most likely not come across any crime let alone serious violence.

Safety in the street

• As a foreigner, you stick out by definition. However, try to blend in as much as possible.
Dress like the locals (yes, even if you have to wear those shorts, T-shirt and white socks…).
Simple things like hiking boots and carrying a water bottle will give you away; wear walking shoes or sneakers and drink fluids on the spot.
• Another thing that gives you easily away from miles, is speaking English (or other foreign languages) in loud voices. When you are in a group (i.e. two or more persons), limit conversation and keep your voices down when walking in the streets.
• Do not wear jewellery or watches, even if they are cheap by your standard: shiny stuff attracts unwanted attention.
• The same goes for cameras, mobile phones and other flashy electronics; leave them in your country. Otherwise, leave them in your hotel or use them very discretely. Using a disposable camera is also an option.
• Before you go out, study the area map of where you are going thoroughly, so you know roughly where you go (and know where you do not want to end up). In case you are lost nonetheless, always try not to appear disoriented; this will attract unwanted attention.
• If you have a map or guidebook with you, go somewhere inside like a café or shop to study it, never read a map in the street.
In case you are lost and do not have a map with you, always stay on main streets with plenty of other pedestrians and traffic.
Do not wander off in side streets or empty looking parks; before you know it you are in the middle of a bad area.
• When going out, only bring stuff for the day with you. If a bag is not necessary, leave it in your hotel room. If you have to bring a daypack, carry it on your chest instead of on your back when moving in crowds. Keeping your belongings in a nondescript plastic bag (of a local supermarket for instance) is also an option.
• Only bring money that you need for the day, preferably not in a wallet (this attracts attention). At least have a few coins and banknotes of small denominations at the ready for small purchases.
• If you have to carry larger amounts, you can consider distributing the money about your person (shoes, underpants, money belt etc.). Some locals carry a decoy wallet with a small amount of money which can be handed over in case of a mugging; muggers easily become frustrated (and therefore unpredictable) if the target does not have anything of value with him.
• It is obligatory in Brazil to carry identification. On day trips, instead of heading out with your passport, bring a photo copy and another form of ID with photograph of less value (a student card for instance).

• Diversionary tactics are a common way to separate you from your belongings. This can be accomplished by something simple as ‘accidentally’ bumping into someone or asking for a light. Also, many thieves work in pairs or groups. Spilling stuff on your clothes by someone while a ‘friendly’ accomplice will help you cleaning (and robbing you at the same time) is also a popular method. Be very alert when things out of the ordinary occur. • Do not take a stroll in deserted parks or empty looking streets. • Be wary of pickpockets, especially in crowded places and during Carnival. • A special last note in this section: be able to swallow your pride. Brazilians are a cheerful, outgoing people as a whole but it does not mean everyone is always happy and good at heart. Also, not all Brazilians are pleased to meet peeping, ‘cocky’, snobbish gringos at ‘their’ party or ‘their’ beach. Hedonism, egocentrism, machismo and ‘survival of the fittest’ are as much part of Brazilian culture as happiness, being laidback and joie-de-vivre. For example: in Brazil it is common to claim seats at terraces, swimming pools, discotheques etc. So while you think a spot is free, do not be surprised an agitated lot turns up claiming the spot as theirs, because they left a tiny towel or a half-empty glass you had not even noticed… Do not argue in situations like these but just walk away, otherwise things can turn very grim in an instant. Conclusion: modesty is the way to go for the foreign visitor of Brazil, even at parties like Carnaval. Always keep in mind that in a somewhat lawless country like Brazil more than ever the expression applies: ‘being right is not the same as being put in the right’. Safety while withdrawing or changing money

• Try to make sure you know where the favelas (shanty towns) are located (in the large cities this can be complicated as favelas are often intertwined with more upscale neighbourhoods).

Do not walk into the favelas, unless someone reliable who knows the area by heart will escort you.

Ask at reception of your accommodation if there are any areas around which you should stay clear of.

• If you need to use an ATM, always use the ones inside a bank building or shopping mall.

This also means that you have to plan ahead your spending in order to avoid liquidity problems when the banks are closed.

• Before entering a bank, make a quick scan of the surroundings. If you see any suspicious character observing the bank or the ATM, move on to another.

Cash card fraud is a common problem in Brazil, so only use ATMs which see a lot of traffic. Naturally, make sure nobody sees your PIN.

• If you really have to use an outdoor ATM, better use it during daylight in a busy street than at night in an empty street (note: some ATMs do not even function at night-time).

• Bring more than one cash card with you on your trip to Brazil, in case one gets lost or stolen (so do not take both with you when going out; always leave one in the hotel).

• Only change money at banks or reputable, guarded exchange offices. If strangers offer exchange rates too good to be true, they usually are.

• Always keep the receipts of traveller’s checks in case of any dispute.

Safety at night

• If possible, do not walk in the streets at night, unless it is a designated/ guarded nightlife area. Always take a cab, even when your destination is at a few blocks’ distance.

• Unfortunately, in the streets but also in bars some testosterone driven characters are preying on picking fights, just for the fun of it. And a fight in Brazil does often not fizzle out like at home; violence in Brazil is too many times fatal. Avoid aggressive (looking) people at all costs. If approached, walk (or run) away, do not even think about defending your honour.

• Be very wary of drinks, opened bottles, cigarettes, candy etc. offered by strangers. Chances are high they are spiked.

• For the same reason, never leave your drink unattended.

• Do not get drunk or otherwise intoxicated and walk home alone; you will be an obvious prey.

• Never go to the beach between dusk and dawn.
• If you arrive at night in a new city, make sure you have booked accommodation and know where to go and how to get there. Use a cab, even when your accommodation is close to the bus terminal or airport.

Safety at the lodging

• Before checking in, always check hinges and locks of your room thoroughly. Do not hesitate to ask for another room when something is wrong.

• When you stay at a reputable hotel, leave valuables in the hotel safe, preferably in a sealed, taped envelope; do not forget to ask for a receipt. In other cases leave your valuables in your locked suitcase in your locked hotel room, preferably in a locked wardrobe.

• Do not leave valuables in plain sight in your hotel room; it might tempt your underpaid chambermaid to do silly things.

• Do not leave windows open while you are away or asleep.
• If there is any, use the peep-hole for confirmation of the visitor at the door.

Safety at the beach

• Do not bring any valuables to the beach or even a bag, especially not to the beaches of the large cities. If you do so and go into the water leaving your stuff unattended, for sure it will be gone when you come back. A swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and money for the day are the only things you should bring.

Safety at Carnaval

• Do not be smart by putting valuables in the front of your shoes while going into the water:

Shoes are the most wanted object by beach thieves, because they often hold hidden treasures…

• Do not wander off to quiet areas. Staying around other people makes you less vulnerable.

• Never go to the beach between dusk and dawn.

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