Brazil travel guide

Tips, advice, warnings and alerts to make the most of your Brazil holiday.

Brazil is a steamy, sensual, vibrant, raucous melting pot of sights, sounds and experiences. Whether you choose to explore the Amazon or the beaches of Rio, you're going to have an awesome time. There's so much to see and do here.

But it's not without its challenges. Mother nature can wreak havoc, and in the cities poverty, sadly, breeds crime. It can be a dangerous place if you don't know what you're doing.

So read on, these tips, hints, advice and guides will make sure you DO know what you're doing.... and make the most of your time in this wonderful country.

Safety On Rio's Beaches

By , Travel Insights Editor Brazil travel-safety, featured

Rio's beautiful beaches are a haven for petty thieves. Sneak thieves and bag-snatchers routinely operate on the beaches, but lately a more frightening type of crime has emerged. Find out about it here, and follow these tips for staying safe in the sun.

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