Rio de Janeiro continues to experience a high incidence of crime. Tourists are particularly vulnerable to street thefts and robberies in areas adjacent to all the main beaches in Rio. All incidents should be reported to the tourist police, who can be reached at tel. 511-5112.
All areas of Sao Paulo have a high rate of armed robbery of pedestrians and motorists at stoplights. At airports, hotel lobbies, bus stations, and other public places there is much pickpocketing, and the theft of carry-on luggage, briefcases, and laptop computers. Travelers should closely protect these items. Travelers should "dress down" when outside and avoid carrying valuables, especially any jewelry or expensive watches.
A number of violent assaults have been registered in the hotel district in Brasilia in recent years, and it is advisable for visitors staying there to take taxis to their destination when going out at night. Also, the U.S. Embassy has noted that certain areas of the Lago Sul district in Brasilia, where many U.S. citizens live, are prone to being targeted for burglary. Travelers considering taking lodging or establishing a residence in Lago Sul may wish to consult with the U.S. Embassy in advance.
The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State’s pamphlet A Safe Trip Abroad for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. This publication and others, such as Tips for Travelers to Central and South America are available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http:www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.
Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Poor
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Poor
Road conditions in Brazil are not what one would expect from the world’s tenth largest economy. No U.S. standard interstate highways exist. There are some stretches of divided highways but signs, shoulders, exits and merge lanes are all haphazard. All major routes are clogged with heavy truck traffic and, for the most part, have two lanes. Road maintenance is a problem. There are many potholes, often marked with a tree branch protruding from the hole, and uneven surfaces. Many municipalities have erected speedbumps that may be unpainted and unmarked. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and horsedrawn vehicles all pose hazards on even the most major routes. Travel after dark outside city centers is not recommended. Dirt roads are the rule in non-urban areas. These vary in quality and are often impassable in rainy weather. Passenger car traffic is normally safe, but truck and passenger bus hijacking, normally non-violent, erupts from time to time and place to place, more commonly in the Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo metropolitan areas. Anyone traveling extensively in Brazil should consult the "Guia Quatro Rodas" for the information available on road conditions. Most traffic accidents in Brazil are attributable to driver error, and caution should be exercised whether in a vehicle or on foot.
For specific information concerning Brazilian driver’s permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, travelers may contact Embratur, the Brazilian National Tourist Organization, on the Internet at http://www.embratur.gov.br. Embratur does not have an office in the United States, but Brazil does have eight consulates in the U.S. and an embassy in Washington, D.C.
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