Our daughter would like to go with her girlfriend to visit the father during winter break who is there to work. We are concerned about any safety issues; specifically travelling alone, the beaches, night-life, etc.
Brazil, especially the big cities like Rio can be dangerous. Petty crime is pretty high and visitors are advised not to wear jewellery or carry expensive cameras while out and about. But it's not like the whole place is a seething den of crime - if you know where to go, and take precautions, you can be perfectly safe.
We have some tips from experienced Brazil travellers on the worldnomads.com safety hub here:
Local knowledge is the key, her father will already have the lie of the land and know which bits are best avoided, and I'm sure she'll find out more from the grapevine of other young travellers. Things like; don't use the unofficial taxis unless you want to be ripped-off.
Brazil has the football World Cup and The Olympics coming up in the next 4 years, I'm sure the authorities are making an effort to reduce crime against tourists and clean up their image.
I'm a parent, I understand your apprehension, but 20 year olds are resourceful, especially if they're armed with good knowledge on what to expect. about 6 years ago
In my opinion there is a lot of myth about crime in Brazil. Yes, you have to take care in big cities like Sao Paulo or Rio, but you have to do the same in New York or San Francisco as well. If your daughter takes the usual precaution a girl should have in a big city and avoids deserted paces at night, she will be all right, have fun, know wonderful places and have a great experience especially if she visits the beaches from the south like Florianopolis or the northeast like Porto de Galinhas. Both of the are very beautiful and safe. about 6 years ago
I feel that Brasil is very safe. Locals are friendly and as long as you keep your common sense around you, there won't be any problems. 2 years ago I backpacked Brasil on my own (as an 18 year old female) and I didn't have a single problem in 5 months. It's a fantastic and vibrant country with a unique and inclusive culture. I'd recommended it to everyone!! about 6 years ago