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Rio de Janeiro - Basic Travel Tips

Ipaneman beach Rio
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If you are planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, you need to have some basic travel information before you step onto the plane. Whether you are travelling in a group or on your own, you need to keep all of these travel plans and basic information in mind before you do anything.

Leave the valuables at the hotel room : 
Rio de Janeiro is a fantastic vacation destination. You can soak up the sun on the beach and people watch, as some of the most beautiful people in the world are going to walk the beaches here.
However, you should also leave your bling back at the house. While a beautiful city, Brazil also has one of the highest petty crime percentages in the world. You can avoid setting yourself up for being the target of a scam if you don't bring your gold watch or large jewellery with you. While chances are you'll be fine, it is better to just play it safe. When you tempt fate, sometimes fate wins.

Stay with the crowd:
At night, if you hit up one of the local bars (many of these stay open until well past sunrise), make sure to take a marked cab home and also stay where there are people. There are many fake cabs in the area, and while some are just looking to make some money driving you home, others may look to score more money off of you through a holiday kidnapping (Brazil is the kidnapping capital of the world). By avoiding walking alone in an alleyway and staying with the marked taxis, you should be fine.

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