Hey peeps! I’m writing from Turin (Italy), the place that I used to call home for over 10 years and that I have to call home again. *sigh*

I’m between jobs, so I can’t really go anywhere for now, though my nomadic instincts make me want to evade. I guess I’ll just enjoy the beauty of home until I afford to travel again…

But hey, this post is about the mega, beautiful city of São Paulo!

In my last two posts I talked about what I liked about this city and I shared a 24h itinerary. This time I want to address a very important topic: SAFETY!

Choo-Choo Lucky-Lucky in Praça da Sé, São Paulo

PARANOIA

I visited South Africa last year and I got assaulted by a gang on the first day, about 30 minutes after starting exploring Pretoria. Great way to start a journey!

But I came out alive, so I can’t complain. However, this experience made me a lot more cautious when it comes to visiting places known for not being super safe.

So previous to my trip to São Paulo I started looking for information on safety and I got paranoid, since most v/bloggers talk about it like hell on earth.

IS IT THAT BAD?

Here’s the thing: there are NO-GO zones in São Paulo, no doubt about it, and you do have to be aware of your surroundings and use common sense, just like in any big city. But is it really that bad?

NO!

If you are a tourist and your goal is to visit the main attractions Sampa has to offer, you don’t need to worry too much.

So here are a few tips that will help you stay safe and enjoy your journey without unwanted surprises.

SAFETY TIPS FOR TOURISTS

  • Beco do Batman, Ibirapuera Park, Avenida Paulista are safe during the day
  • Avenida Paulista becomes very lively after dark and going for a walk even during late hours should not be a problem
  • The downtown area is pretty safe during the day but I don’t recommend going there after dark
  • Beware of snatchers if you are trying to take photos in Praça da Sé.
  • Though people use their mobile phones in public, try not to flash your expensive electronic devices and/or jewelry too much.
  • Book your hostel/hotel in a safe place. I stayed at a hostel in Jardins, which is arguably the safest neighborhood in SP. I highly recommend it, since it is safe even after dark and close to the center (my hostel was at a 10min walk from Avenida Paulista). Hotel rooms can be pricy here but hostels are affordable.

I’m not an expert on safety but trust me, there’s no need to get paranoid about São Paulo. Just be smart!

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