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Subject: Carnaval safety...


Posted by michelle c.
On Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 22:50:44

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Can anyone offer an accurate description of how safe
or dangerous it may be for a girl to travel alone in Brazil,
particularly in Salvaldor at Carnanval time? I've heard it
can be somewhat dangerous, but how? What's the
worst that could happen?

Tips, anyone?
RE: Carnaval safety...
Posted by braslvr
On Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 10:48:16

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There are definitely safer places than Salvador to see Carnaval. Probably no problem if you are street wise. Are you comfortable at night in large cities in the US? I would suggest (for more reasons than just safety), a smaller city such as Natal, Joao Pessoa, or even one of the many small towns in the interior of Rio Grande do Norte. You would get a much more intimate view, and still a wild festa. Just my .02 cents, your mileage may vary.
I would suggest
Posted by Brian C
On Monday, December 17, 2001 at 08:08:31

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that you go to carnaval and enjoy it! Use common sense. Stay in areas with large crowds, don't wander off down dark alleys, etc. Also don't get too drunk! Don't take any valuables such as watches, purses, rings, jewelry. Take perhaps 20 to 50 dollars for pocket, meal and transportation money. If you want to take pictures take an inexpensive camera. Dress comfortably in sneakers, shorts. Like I said, common sense! There will be plenty of police on duty. Carnaval is no more dangerous than Mardi Gras or the St.Patricks day parade ... But it's about 50 times more enjoyable! I have been to Rio Carnaval which is held in a stadium type building. You need to purchase a tix that can be expensive. There is also a similar parade the Saturday after the Carnival parade. For much less money you will see the Carnival champions perform again on Saturday. However some of the emotion is gone since everyone now knows who the winners are. I have never been to Bahia but I hear that you get to participate. I also hear that the festivities last several weeks. Crowds are huge at both events... The small town carnaval sounds like a good idea for someone looking to avoid overcrowding...
I would suggest
Posted by Brian C
On Monday, December 17, 2001 at 08:08:37

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that you go to carnaval and enjoy it! Use common sense. Stay in areas with large crowds, don't wander off down dark alleys, etc. Also don't get too drunk! Don't take any valuables such as watches, purses, rings, jewelry. Take perhaps 20 to 50 dollars for pocket, meal and transportation money. If you want to take pictures take an inexpensive camera. Dress comfortably in sneakers, shorts. Like I said, common sense! There will be plenty of police on duty. Carnaval is no more dangerous than Mardi Gras or the St.Patricks day parade ... But it's about 50 times more enjoyable! I have been to Rio Carnaval which is held in a stadium type building. You need to purchase a tix that can be expensive. There is also a similar parade the Saturday after the Carnival parade. For much less money you will see the Carnival champions perform again on Saturday. However some of the emotion is gone since everyone now knows who the winners are. I have never been to Bahia but I hear that you get to participate. I also hear that the festivities last several weeks. Crowds are huge at both events... The small town carnaval sounds like a good idea for someone looking to avoid overcrowding...

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