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22 Sep

How To Stay Safe In Rio At The 2016 Olympic Games

Hints And Tips That Will Keep You Safe During The 2016 Olympic Games In Rio

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The 2016 Olympic Games look set to be one of the most colourful and exciting games yet thanks to where it is being held, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The carnival capital of the world is ready to welcome visitors with open arms, but there have been some concerns regarding visitor safety during the games.

Here we hope to give to you a few tips that will help to keep you safe throughout the duration of your stay, allowing you to enjoy the sporting spectacle without incident. Let’s jump straight in:

 

Learn The Location

 Before you head off to Rio for The Games, take some time to get acquainted with where you’ll be staying and the venues you intend to visit by studying local maps and doing a little research.

Google Maps is an ideal starting point and the ever impressive Street View with allow you to become accustomed with the areas you’ll be spending the most time in. By simply viewing the region online you’ll be able to get a feel for the place and you’ll also be able to plot routes in advance should you wish to do so.

 

Brush Up On Your Portuguese

The national language of Brazil is Portuguese, but many visitors make the mistake of thinking that it is Spanish. While some native workers in the services industries of Rio will be able to understand a little English, many will not. Therefore, if you really want to get the most out of your trip and stay safe too, learning as much Portuguese as you possibly can will stand you in good stead.

 

Try To Blend In

While you are there it is advisable to blend in as much as possible. Despite the soaring heat that can sometimes seem unbearable to visitors, very few locals will walk the streets in beachwear.

When you are not on the beaches you would be best advised to don a pair of jeans and trainers just as the locals do. Although you may still stand out, you will not look as much of a tourist as the person strolling down the street in the Hawaiian shirt!

 

Leave Your Valuables In Your Room

This may seem obvious, but many fail to heed the warnings. If you have anything valuable with you, leave it locked up in the safety box of your hotel room. Electronic devices such as cameras and iPhones are magnets to the impoverished youths of the favelas, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up getting yours snatched if you flash them about on the streets of Rio.

Keep cash to a minimum too and try to use credit cards wherever possible. The vast majority of shops, restaurants, bars and cabs now all accept credit cards as payment, and they are a fair safer option than pulling out a wad of notes.

 

Be Sensible

Our final piece of advice is to keep your wits about you and be sensible while you are in Rio. Common sense will keep you safe in the vast majority of situations, so stay aware and if you think something smells a little fishy, leave. Avoid getting drunk too while you are there, nothing makes you easier prey than being worse for wear.

 

As with any trip abroad, travel insurance is essential. Single trip travel insurance can give you peace of mind. All in all, Rio is a fantastic city to visit, and if you stick to the guidelines listed above you are sure to have a brilliant time watching the 2016 Olympic Games.

 

Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Summer_Olympics#/media/File:Stitched_003.jpg

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