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Solo female traveler in Rio

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Hi everyone, I am a solo female traveler that has been to over 30 countries, including Columbia, Panama and Mexico. In all these countries I have rented a car and driven around after doing research into safety. For Rio,I have arranged tours to get around in the city of Rio Because I do hearThat the safety concerns are fairly high here.

However, I will be in Rio for only two days and plan to rent a car from the airport.How safe is it crime wise,For me to drive the rental car from the airport during the day, straight to Ipnema beach on the highways,And then from Ipanema Beach to Paraty. I would much rather drive then take a bus if possible. I don’t mind bad roads or aggressive drivers. I would love to hear your tips? Thank you!

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I don't recommend driving, which can sometimes be problematic. Take Uber from the airport to Ipanema and later take a bus to Paraty.

The Foreign Office of Brazil advises tourists to be wary of straying into favelas while driving.

"All favelas are unpredictably dangerous areas, and remain high risk given the level of violence within them and the severe strain on police resources," its website says.

"Take extra care when using GPS navigation in Brazilian cities, particularly Rio de Janeiro, that the suggested route doesn’t take you into a favela."

Two years ago, a 70-year-old businesswoman was shot dead after using a mobile phone app which made her take a wrong turn into a favela in Rio de Janeiro.

A senior U.S. diplomat in Brazil was shot during an attempted robbery on a highway near Rio de Janeiro.

Rio carjackers took Brazilian football player’s Range Rover at gunpoint (video):

http://bit.ly/2z6QsMG

Police in Rio de Janeiro said they shot dead a Spanish tourist after the car she was in failed to stop at a police roadblock in the Rocinha favela.

http://bit.ly/2l9xeRp

British woman shot as gang opens fire on family after straying into favela near Rio:

http://bit.ly/2vG8GUH

A female driver ran over armed thugs who had tried to hijack her vehicle in Rio.

The woman had been driving through the Lagoa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro on September 3rd 2018 when a car pulled up ahead of her and three men got out.

Her dashcam captured the moment one thug stands in front of her vehicle, pointing a gun in her direction. But she quickly accelerates her car and makes her escape while the thugs are seen desperately scrambling to get out of the way and shooting at her.

She was not injured during the attempted robbery although one of the thugs did fire at her, according to Globo.com.

https://glo.bo/2AoK56G

A motorist survived an ambush of heavily armed robbers who unleashed a barrage of more than 30 bullets in a suspected car-jacking in Tijuca, north zone Rio de Janeiro:

https://dailym.ai/2RVE6gZ

Prison guard shoots at family car in Rio’s West Zone:

https://bit.ly/30prR08

Crack addict kills two people in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio:

https://bit.ly/2YvORZZ

Tourist, 73, is 'critical' after being shot by robbers when he drove with his wife through a favela as he followed GPS directions.

https://dailym.ai/2SEKvk8

The Swiss couple had been enroute to the seaside colonial town of Paraty, south of Rio.

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welcome,

some disclosures...

> I HATE Driving.

> So i try not to drive on my vacations - anyplace/anytime and that include Rio....

What i do on my trips is to use public transportation as much as possible. In Rio or the major cities i Brazil, i found is easy in most of the places. They do have taxis/uber and maybe the next thing in Rio if you want.

you may want to think outside the box too. Consider using public transportation for the city and when you want to get out, do the car thingy such as going to Paraty.

Also, i get it some people love to drive, sit in traffic and so forth. If thats you, then have fun.

you will have some replys for both so in the end its up to you how you want to do things.

After visiting the countries i have been to, driving is the last thing i would do, but others have different ideas of fun too.

good luck

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do you have where to park in Ipanema? that can be an issue and not worth the hassle,

even GIG intl airprt is not that far from area where you will stay; UberX is quite cheap,,,

you can take Uber from airport and use it as needed in Rio (besides your pre-arranged tours)...

as you say you are used to driving in Latin America, then you can rent car only to go to Paraty and back.

Does your lodging offer parking there? the core historical area in Paraty is pedestrian only; there are some parking lots outside it (ask your lodging in advance about that)... so, if your lodging is inside core historical area, car will be a few blocks away from you anyway...

you dont need to go all the way back to GIG to rent a car; you can do that in Copa or the other, closer airport (Santos Dumont)... simply Uber to get to either location...

the times people got in trouble driving from Rio to Paraty can be mostly summed up in 2 situations, not too hard to avoid: driving away from main roads (force app to stick to main roads, no shortcuts to shave off a few minutes are worth it...)... or they stopped in some obviously not safe place along the road... and I would stick to daytime driving too.

in the end, having a car may not add much overall to your trip, but if you really want to avoid buses, the Rio-Paraty-Rio leg can be done if you are used to local driving conditions... but it could be more relaxing just not to have to worry about it

Edited: 01 June 2021, 04:54
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Would you rent a car to visit London or NYC? No, it's not practical, and nor is Rio. Just use Uber to get everywhere; dirt cheap and very reliable and safe.

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for what its worth, i was going to mention about the parkings in both places, but i figured since they have driven in other places, they may get the idea and notice a common theme in places.

and some people love to drive and think the drawbacks are worth it.

also, the (secure) parking in places...

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Uber Rio de Janeiro:

http://ubr.to/1REeByf

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Thank you so much everyone, of course while I am in Rio I will definitely take Uber ‘s. I think I just mean getting the car from the airport in Rio and then driving it from there to Paraty , is that safe if I stick to the main highway?

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Yes, it's safe and you can use GPS all the way, but even an Uber to Paraty is not expensive by international standards and the bus service is also excellent, safe and affordable. Think about ditching the car entirely as you are only using it to reach a set of fixed destinations rather than as a daily necessity. I live here in Rio and don't own a car (out if choice) as other means are so much easier and affordable.

Edited: 01 June 2021, 08:27
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GreenToad Bus from Rio to Paraty:

https://bit.ly/3uDEsf2

Van Transfer to Paraty (Door to Door; Duration: 6 Hours 30 Minutes): “You will be picked up from your accommodation in Rio and transferred to your accommodation in Paraty. En route you will be stopping to drop-off and pick-up other passengers at the docks to Ilha Grande, and you will continue onto Paraty in a different van.

Please be aware that Rio de Janeiro is a big city which at times has traffic & parking problems. This is a pooled transfer where the driver will be picking up from accommodation all over Rio and delays are not uncommon.

En route you will also be stopping for lunch for approx. 30 min. The stop is at a typical Brazilian Por Kilo restaurant where you weigh your food to determine the price (unique to Brazil). Not Included.”

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