- Rio de Janeiro
My business associates and I had a meeting with a Sao Paulo businessman and he told us that even Sao Paulo folks are afraid to go to Rio de Janeiro!!!
Machiam like a War Zone under Martial Law
Everywhere you can see Brazilian Police armed with submachine guns and bullet proof vests ( like the Armed Umbrella Corporation Guards in the Resident Evil movies) because armed bandits with M16s are known to occasionally block off the entire road and just systematically rob every car along the road of everything valuable you possess.
Really lawless place..... moi business associates and I were advised not to flash our smartphones in public, otherwise knife wielding punks ( just about everywhere!!!) will just rob you in broad daylight.
On top of all these.... the local scum are known to target Chinese because they are the richest type of people there.
Haa I actually strolled through one of the favela (vidigal) in the late afternoon to a viewpoint up a hill and then came out of it at night. Was scared initially but after a while looking at the residents going through their daily life along the main road, I felt more relaxed. My risk appetite was much higher back then, prob won't do the same thing again.