2017 Brazil

The good news is that Brazil survived the 2016 Olympics. The bad news is that the economy is still terrible so tourists continue having to deal with epic crime including sexual assault, armed robbery, armed assault, burglary, theft, political unrest, Zika virus, and that doesn’t count the other infectious diseases, and pollution. As such, Brazil is ranked as #10 in the 2017 List of 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women Travelers.

Rating: Very Dangerous and Unhealthy

According to Forbes, Brazil’s daily death toll from crime is higher than Syria’s death rate from war. Other crime remains high, according to the latest OSAC report which notes that the crime situation is considered critical for those posted to embassies. Sexual assault, armed robbery, armed assault, burglary, and theft are the principal concerns, and most likely due to back to back years of severe economic recession.

The Aussies are fairly representative of most countries who warn their citizens about exercising a high degree of caution as to the crimes listed above as well as demonstrations and yellow fever:

Additionally, Brazil continues to have the hazard known as ‘quicknapping’ where a tourist is kidnapped briefly for a stop to the ATM to get cash and then released.  There are also ‘motoboys’ who speed up on motorcycles, rob at gunpoint and then flee quickly. Carjackings are also a problem. Tourists are specific targets in Brazil, with a rising amount of crimes by children and teenagers. It’s particularly unsafe in major cities like Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro; however popular tourist areas like beaches and restaurants are also vulnerable to crime.

There’s also infectious disease to deal with, including Zika virus, which peaked at 8,000 new cases a week in Spring 2016. But let’s not forget malaria, yellow fever and other infectious diseases.  There is also extensive water pollution that affects water recreation.

Finally, driving in Brazil is not recommended since Brazilians tend to drive fast, and the roads are often rough and not well maintained. Also worthy of note is that during the summer months of November through March, there are serious landslides and flooding.

If you want to go to Brazil or must go:  Natal is known as the City of the Sun and is the capital city of Rio Grande do Norte, a North-Eastern state on the northeast tip of Brazil as clean and bright and a spot where Brazilians take their families for beach vacations and buggy rides.  According to Brazil’s Institute for Applied Economics, it is the safest city in Brazil. It is known as the City of the Sun.  There are coral reefs, beautiful beaches, a medieval fortress, and Dunas State Ecological Park (a very large, urban park).

Conclusion:  Perhaps you are thinking it would be better to go where a woman can travel freely and safely, if so, please refer to our 10 Safest Countries for Women Travelers, Best Countries in Africa, Best Places in Oceania, and Best Countries in South America.

Cover Photo Credit: The Guardian

Description: Untreated sewage and viruses in Guanabara Bay have led UN to advise athletes to spend as little time in the water as possible

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