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If you are about to visit Rio de Janeiro, you’ve probably heard and read something about the city’s safety – or the lack thereof. Before getting into details, let me start with this, there are two important truths about safety in Rio. First: it’s way safer than everybody says and the image conveyed by negative stories in the media suggests.
Try to imagine Rio de Janeiro without sun. It’s difficult. How about Rio in the rain? That is even more unimaginable. However, when visiting Rio de Janeiro, it is actually very well possible you’ll hit a rainy day. True, it’s not a great combination, Rio and rain, so here we give you some insight on what to do in Rio de Janeiro when it rains.
Traveling to Brazil is not the same as visiting Asian countries like India or Thailand. It's just not as cheap. So be prepared: Rio is not one of those places where you stay forever without spending a dime. Visiting Rio de Janeiro on a budget is not easy, but if you know a few local tricks (jeitinhos), you can definitely get by on less than you might think.
If a city has the nickname ‘The Marvelous City’, then it probably has lots of cool things to offer. Especially when the word ‘marvelous’ is related to the natural beauty of this certain city. Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, or Cidade Maravilhosa, as the Brazilians tend to call their beloved Rio. A city that truly lives up to its nickname.
The slums we visit during our Eco-Favela Tour are Babilônia and Chapeu Mangueira, two small, adjacent communities on a mountainside, with great views of Copacabana Beach. In the summer of 2009, for the first time in their history, they received their own community police. It is part of recent municipal politics to restore authority in the slums under control of drug gangs.