One of the world’s most exciting and intriguing cities, Rio de Janeiro is on many people’s lists of places to visit. This vibrant, colourful city attracts thousands of tourists from all corners of the globe and treats them to an array of amazing attractions and sights.
If you’re planning a trip to Rio or you’re looking for inspiration for your next long-haul holiday, here are some top tips to help you stay safe and avoid travel accidents in this iconic destination:
Travel safety tips: Rio de Janeiro
Rio offers something for everyone, from the glistening golden beaches of the Copacabana to dense rainforests offering glimpses of tropical species, but it can be a dangerous place. Here are some travel tips to help reduce the risk of holiday accidents and unsavoury incidents:
- Don’t carry valuables around with you. Most major credit cards are accepted, so take your card with you and a small amount of cash and leave the rest of your cash, passports and any other valuables that you don’t need with you in the safe at your hotel.
- Stick to the main streets: Street crime is a worry in Brazil, so stick to the main streets, which are busy and well-lit and avoid wandering off into areas that are unfamiliar.
- Avoid touts and street-sellers: Tourists can be a target for petty crime, so avoid touts and anyone who is trying to sell you anything, especially if there are only a few people around. Watch out for pickpockets and avoid being lured into shops, as you will probably feel inclined to buy things you don’t want.
- Take an organised favela tour: The favelas are very famous and they are well worth a visit, especially if you’re eager to get to know the people and gain an insight into day to day life in Rio’s poorest areas. If you are visiting the favelas, book an organised tour, as this is a much safer option than walking around by yourself.
- Avoid unregistered taxis: If you’re catching a taxi to travel around Rio de Janeiro, make sure you hail a licensed cab. Using unlicensed taxis increases your risk of being involved in a road traffic accident and sustaining potentially serious travel accident injuries.
Claiming compensation for an accident in Rio
If you were unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident abroad or you sustained injuries as a result of a travel accident, you may have a case for travel accident compensation; however, your case must meet strict criteria.
To discuss the details of your holiday accident claim with a personal injury lawyer, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice