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I am going for work and will be in Natal for most of my time. I have a few days in Rio de Janeiro before and after Natal. Any good ideas for places to stay in Rio?

 
I'd recommend hotels in the Ipanema area. I stayed at the Marriott Copacabana and you're pretty much on lockdown once the sun goes down. Ipanema had more nightlife that was in walking distance and was safer for gringos. Major knows better than I though.

 
Drunken Cowboy said:
I am going for work and will be in Natal for most of my time. I have a few days in Rio de Janeiro before and after Natal. Any good ideas for places to stay in Rio?
Def stay in Ipanema or Leblon. Easily the two nicest areas of Rio and very safe. Copacabana has the name recognition but can be shady at night for a gringo and the beach there is pretty average in terms of wimmenz. Have a great time in this amazing country. I miss it :kicksrock:

 
My advice: Get security if possible, don't stray from resorts, and carry a "fake" wallet that you can give when (not if) you get robbed.

When I was in graduate school, a group of 10 students went to Chile for a global business trip. They decided to spend the next week (spring break) in Rio. 4 of the 10 got robbed, and after that, the rest basically never left the hotel. One guy almost got robbed AGAIN when he was headed to the airport. All 4 were robbed in broad daylight at knife-point.

You couldn't pay me to go to Rio without security after the stories I heard.

 
My advice: Get security if possible, don't stray from resorts, and carry a "fake" wallet that you can give when (not if) you get robbed.

When I was in graduate school, a group of 10 students went to Chile for a global business trip. They decided to spend the next week (spring break) in Rio. 4 of the 10 got robbed, and after that, the rest basically never left the hotel. One guy almost got robbed AGAIN when he was headed to the airport. All 4 were robbed in broad daylight at knife-point.

You couldn't pay me to go to Rio without security after the stories I heard.
I lived there for several months and visit often. Never had a problem - I'm a gringo and speak poor Portuguese. Reports like this are overblown. Sure if you're walking around Compton late at night, LA can be a dangerous place, Bev Hills not so much. Same goes for Rio.

 
My advice: Get security if possible, don't stray from resorts, and carry a "fake" wallet that you can give when (not if) you get robbed.

When I was in graduate school, a group of 10 students went to Chile for a global business trip. They decided to spend the next week (spring break) in Rio. 4 of the 10 got robbed, and after that, the rest basically never left the hotel. One guy almost got robbed AGAIN when he was headed to the airport. All 4 were robbed in broad daylight at knife-point.

You couldn't pay me to go to Rio without security after the stories I heard.
I lived there for several months and visit often. Never had a problem - I'm a gringo and speak poor Portuguese. Reports like this are overblown. Sure if you're walking around Compton late at night, LA can be a dangerous place, Bev Hills not so much. Same goes for Rio.
I wasn't there, so I can't say, but 4 out of 10 still seems a bit high for my taste. Admittedly a few of the ones who weren't targeted looked like they could be locals (i.e. maybe Rye Toast, not Saltine Crackers). I guess like most places, it's about how well you fit in. I'd guess that since you spoke ANY Portuguese, and at least knew the area, you were better off than most.

 
I am going for work and will be in Natal for most of my time. I have a few days in Rio de Janeiro before and after Natal. Any good ideas for places to stay in Rio?
Def stay in Ipanema or Leblon. Easily the two nicest areas of Rio and very safe. Copacabana has the name recognition but can be shady at night for a gringo and the beach there is pretty average in terms of wimmenz. Have a great time in this amazing country. I miss it :kicksrock:
My advice: Get security if possible, don't stray from resorts, and carry a "fake" wallet that you can give when (not if) you get robbed.

When I was in graduate school, a group of 10 students went to Chile for a global business trip. They decided to spend the next week (spring break) in Rio. 4 of the 10 got robbed, and after that, the rest basically never left the hotel. One guy almost got robbed AGAIN when he was headed to the airport. All 4 were robbed in broad daylight at knife-point.

You couldn't pay me to go to Rio without security after the stories I heard.
I lived there for several months and visit often. Never had a problem - I'm a gringo and speak poor Portuguese. Reports like this are overblown. Sure if you're walking around Compton late at night, LA can be a dangerous place, Bev Hills not so much. Same goes for Rio.
Stayed in Ipanema while in Rio. No issues at all.

 
I am going for work and will be in Natal for most of my time. I have a few days in Rio de Janeiro before and after Natal. Any good ideas for places to stay in Rio?
Def stay in Ipanema or Leblon. Easily the two nicest areas of Rio and very safe. Copacabana has the name recognition but can be shady at night for a gringo and the beach there is pretty average in terms of wimmenz. Have a great time in this amazing country. I miss it :kicksrock:
My advice: Get security if possible, don't stray from resorts, and carry a "fake" wallet that you can give when (not if) you get robbed.

When I was in graduate school, a group of 10 students went to Chile for a global business trip. They decided to spend the next week (spring break) in Rio. 4 of the 10 got robbed, and after that, the rest basically never left the hotel. One guy almost got robbed AGAIN when he was headed to the airport. All 4 were robbed in broad daylight at knife-point.

You couldn't pay me to go to Rio without security after the stories I heard.
I lived there for several months and visit often. Never had a problem - I'm a gringo and speak poor Portuguese. Reports like this are overblown. Sure if you're walking around Compton late at night, LA can be a dangerous place, Bev Hills not so much. Same goes for Rio.
Stayed in Ipanema while in Rio. No issues at all.
Well played GB! Any stories?

 

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