If you’re gearing up for a summer adventure in Rio de Janeiro, you may be planning like mad and drawing up itineraries to ensure you don’t miss anything this marvellous city has to offer, but spare a few moments to think about your safety while you’re away to avoid travel accidents and injuries. If you’re planning to explore Rio’s iconic beaches, monuments and favelas, here are some tips to help you steer clear of trouble.
Survivor guide: The favelas
The favelas are sprawling communities, which tend to start from relatively small collections of cardboard boxes and corrugated iron sheets and grow to become a full-blown village or town. Levels of poverty in these areas are high and most people struggle to survive from day to day, making very little money and experiencing difficulties like unemployment and hunger on a daily basis. Rio’s favelas are as well known as the Copacabana and Christ the Redeemer, but they present an alternative to most popular tourist attractions and it is worth bearing a few safety tips in mind if you venture down into the shanty towns to gain an insight into life in some of the poorest parts of the city, including:
- leave valuables at the hotel
- stick to a set guided route and don’t venture off on your own
- take care when taking photographs
- take extra care when crossing roads, especially at night
- do your research beforehand and seek out quieter, pacified favelas
Is it safe to tour the favelas?
A favela tour is well worth doing because it presents a completely different picture of Brazil to the glamour of Ipanema and the lively energy of Copacabana. Organised tours are the safest option and they are also hugely informative and insightful. Many may assume that tourists would be targets for crime, but in the vast majority of cases, visitors are welcomed with warmth and intrigue. The most commonly visited favelas are Rocinha and Vila Canoas; Rocinha is the largest favela in Rio, while Vila Canoas is a much smaller and tighter-knit community.
Can I claim for a travel accident?
If you’ve been involved in a holiday accident or you’ve been injured abroad and you have evidence, which shows that you were not to blame, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation. Examples of travel claims which may be successful include road traffic accidents abroad, food poisoning in a hotel or restaurant overseas and slips, trips and falls abroad. If you think you may have a viable personal injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for expert no-win no-fee* advice.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice