Planning to visit Brazil? Well, a word of caution from the chief of Sao Paulo's World Cup police squad. "Don't scream or argue when robbed", so that a petty theft doesn't lead to murder. Kevin Raub, a contributing writer for Lonely Planet in Sao Paulo says, “People have been killed over a backpack and others have been killed simply out of frustration when the thieves couldn’t get what they wanted. It's best not to antagonize them whatsoever.” So there you have it, in case of robbery or pick-pocketing, don't scream. For more information, visit this article.
When we visited Brazil in 2011, most places outside of major cities felt very peaceful and safe. Also having a local with you taking you around, helping to avoid any situations would help as well.
On a lighter note, that should not stop you from visiting this beautiful country with amazing cultural diversity and addictive smiles. We especially enjoyed the high quality food everywhere we went, even at the highway rest stops!! The rest stop food was like an International Buffet at a hotel! Needless to say, my recommendation would be to rent a car and go to a remote town, and enjoy the rest stop foods along the way!
A very typical breakfast from Brazil, pão de queijo, is an absolute delight, and there is no comparison. The cheesy, chewy texture is so unique and delicious, you won't be able to stop popping them into your mouth. If you haven't had them before, I promise you, it is the most delightful experience you will have. Visit a local Portuguese or Brazilian bakery, or try this recipe.
Wherever you might be during the World Cup 2014, keep safe and enjoy the cultural experience!!