From the music, to the parties, to the atmosphere, to the parades,
it’s easy to see why around two million people descend on Rio each day
during Carnival. The celebration lasts a week and this year will take
place from February 21 to 26, 2020.
If you’re planning to attend South
America’s most famed celebration, get ready to have the time of
your life. But take note, unfortunately, crime is also high during the
Carnival festivities. It doesn’t mean you can’t still go and have a
great time; it’s just best to be prepared and take certain safety precautions.
You won’t want to bring a lot with you every day, but you can pack
everything you’ll need in a duffel
and leave your valuables in the hotel or apartment safe.
Here’s how to keep yourself and your
belongings safe during Rio’s Carnival so you can relax, enjoy, and party!
1. Only Carry the Absolute Essentials
Thievery is alive and well during Carnival, especially in large
crowds and when tourists have their guard down. When you leave your
hotel or apartment, only bring the absolute essentials that you need
for the day, like a little bit of cash and an old cell phone. (You may
also need to carry your passport
or ID.) Leave all of your other valuables at home and don’t carry
anything you wouldn’t be upset if you lose or it gets stolen.
2. Keep Your Cash Hidden
You’ll want to carry a little cash with you during the day for
essentials. But be sure to keep it hidden in a neck
pouch or cross
If you do need to spend money, be sure to be discreet when pulling it
out and keep your eye on it when you’re in a crowd of other Carnival revelers.
3. Don’t Go out Alone at Night
It’s important to stay in well lit areas with people and police
around during Rio’s Carnival, especially at night. If you go out at
night, stick with the locals. Ask them about where it’s safe to go and
which transportation is safe to use. Women also shouldn’t go out
alone, especially at night. Avoid remote areas.
4. Tell Others About your Plans
Whenever you go out, be sure to let others know what your plan is
and where you plan to be throughout the day and night. You can also
let them track you via an app, if you plan to keep your phone with
you. Try to have a general plan of where you will be and an idea of
when you will be back.
5. Stay with a Local, If Possible
If you can stay with someone local in Rio, they will be your guide
to all internal knowledge about Carnival. They will know the safe
areas to go and where to avoid. They also will know about all the best
parties and where you can get the best deals! If you don't know anyone
local, try staying in a private
room on Airbnb at someone’s home. You can also sign up for tour groups.
The two core tenets of Rio Carnival safety in 2020 come down to
keeping yourself safe by making careful choices, and keeping
your personal essentials safe by using undercover
wallets and waist
bags that keep everything close to your body. Beyond that,
enjoy the festivities of this once in a lifetime experience!
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