Be safe and informed with these safe tips:
Social inequality and the gap between the rich and poor in big cities or a high tourist is notorious for street crime like pickpockets.
- Be smart and don’t dress up like a rich tourist, showing off valuables items and jewelry
- Try to stay with the crowd. Don’t put yourself in a situation that you will find yourself alone in a street that doesn’t look safe or anywhere your gut tells you to stay away.
- Put your wallet in the front pocket to prevent opportunists to snatch it from behind.
- Don’t carry large amount of money in your pockets.
- Tourism is very important in Brazil and the and the local authorities provide security. Sometimes the presence of police can be seen everywhere in some places. However, just as a precaution, do not keep valuables such as jewelry with you, stay alert, and stay in reasonably crowded tourist areas.
- If someone demands your valuable items such as cameras, laptops, cell phones, etc… just give to them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Take a cab if you wish, but prefer the ones affiliated to the hotel you are staying at. They can call one for you.
To travel to Brazil you will need a valid passport with at least 6 months and a Visa. Some countries does not need a Visa as Brazil has a policy of reciprocity.
Visit the page of Brazilian Consulate (I chose the one in Los Angeles as I live near it, but you can try to find a Consulate closer to you) http://losangeles.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us
You can find information about Visa, forms, documents needed and other useful information related to your trip and other tips here.
*An important information: to visit Amazon it is necessary to have a yellow fever vacine, but again, you may find this and other information in that website.