Brazil - Do and Dont's2010
By Amelia Meyer
Every country has certain cultural and practical ‘rules’, however formal or informal. Brazil is no different. As a foreign tourist, it is a good idea to become familiar with the general do’s and don’ts so that you are comfortable and do not offend the locals of your destination. So, here are some tips:
• Make eye contact with those around you, even as you walk through the streets and marketplaces, or travel on public transport. This is considered to be normal and polite. It is also a safety measure, as pickpocket thieves are known to prey on those who do not make eye contact (since they can, presumably, not identify the people around them and the perpetrator of the crime).
• Be a careful, alert pedestrian, looking carefully before crossing the street. This is a busy country, with plenty of traffic.
• Leave the bulk of your money and important paperwork (passport, driver’s licence, etc...) in a safe place at your accommodation. Carry only the money you need for the day with you. If necessary, make photocopies of your paperwork to carry with you and leave the originals at your hotel.
• Pickpocketing is, unfortunately, a threat, particularly in bustling areas, full of locals and tourists making their way around the beautiful cities of Brazil. Therefore, when visiting a very busy area, do not wear valuable jewellery (including wristwatches) and do not carry cameras, money and wallets anywhere in or from which they can easily be seen or taken.