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Traveling to Brazil

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  1. Jun 7, 2018 at 2:35 PM
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    mdavis [OP] I need a beer.

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    Just found out I'm going to Sao Paulo, Brazil on Father's day for a week for work. Anybody have any tips for me? Hear it can be rather danagerous if you stroll too far alone. Going down with my boss and we will have a driver and an interpreter.
     
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    Carry a gun

    Watch out for motorbike thieves

    Don’t dress like a tourist

    Carry minimal belongings / valuables

    Watch out for ladyboys
     
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    Trust no one! Not even your interpreter or your driver.
     
  4. Jun 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM
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    Can you carry a gun legally in Brazil?
    If your boss knows this driver and interpreter, then imagine you should be fine. Safe travels.
     
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    Define ‘legal’ in Brazil
     
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    True.

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  7. Jun 7, 2018 at 2:56 PM
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    teedubbya I like fat booty

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    My buddy is there now doing some work. I said eff that nonsense. Place seems ruthless
     
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  8. Jun 7, 2018 at 2:58 PM
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    They speak Portuguese. Don’t go out at night alone . Travel in pairs. The hotel may want your passport. In exchange for your room key. Befriend. The hotel staff. They will be very helpful. Make a few photo copies of your passport page .to give to whoever needs it instead of your passport Take a few hundred. U. S. Dollars. To exchange. When you get there. In case your ATM card does not work or you lose your wallet. Most. ATM. Machines work good. But only use ones at. Big. Banks. Watch for ATM card skimmers. When you arrive in. Sao Paulo. Get to the baggage carousel. Before. Thieves. Walk off with your luggage. (. Happened to me. ). Other than that. Have a good time.!!! People are mostly awesome. !!Friendly. !! and helpful. But. Remember. Most Brazilians are poor. And some are desperate. And. See YOU as a walking. ATM machine. (. A little about me. I have traveled to over 30 countries as well as Peru. Columbia. Equador. Brazil. Dominican Republic. Trinidad. Panama. Venezuela )
     
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  9. Jun 7, 2018 at 3:07 PM
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    Get a tan
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  10. Jun 7, 2018 at 3:08 PM
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    Interpreter is flying down with us. US company. Driver of course will be from Brazil.
     
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    Be safe Michael. I think I’ve seen too many movies.
     
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    Have mucho fun..
     
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    Just keep your head on a swivel and by that I mean I heard the ladies are hotter than fish grease so enjoy :D
     
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  15. Jun 7, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    TXRailRoadBandit73 RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL RÖCKIN' N RÖLLIN'

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    They got some gorgeous women down there with some BIG BOOTY :spy:
     
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    Bring a knife and checked it in with your luggage or a tactical pen. Keep your head on a swivel, cash in small denominations, larger cash in your shoes (go to the restroom and get your money out if you need it). Have the number to the nearest U.S. Embassy, buy a burn phone (folder). Know the exits within the hotel and where it leads. Use satellite images and retain as much information as you can where you can run to. Be the "Grey Man".

    Overall...have a good situational awareness.
     
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    Ladies are too nice there as others have mentioned

    :thumbsup:
     
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    This thread just became worthless without pics :rofl:
     
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    I just got back from Belize 5 weeks ago or so, another lesson learned, trust no-one and lock your valuables in your room in a safe, I had staff go in my room while out and rummage through my shit and take cash. People seem nice and ask ALOT of questions but I'd be careful what you tell them as where your staying, how many days where and where else you plan on going.

    When I arrive in different countries, I always take my phone sim card out and use wifi, my gf will at times buy minutes for the country. Enable use of my bank card for out of the country use and will bring enough cash to not always use my Visa card. Most things for purchase are negotiable too.
     
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    Get a BUNDA dance..:cookiemonster:...look it up...:cookiemonster:
     
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    Be safe out there @Mike. As mentioned above keep your head on a swivel. Leave them big booty's alone:p you'll have luggage you can't get rid of :eek:.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    I worked offshore in Brazil for 7 years.
    1) When you get to the airport, DON'T use the money exchange counters. They will rape you on the exchange rate. Instead when you exit the baggage claim and go through customs, right outside will be some guys wearing RED/MAROON Vests, they are supposed to help you with "Taxi's", but ask them if they will exchange money. Most of them will, for a much better price. But don't exchange all your money there, just some of it. Then at the hotel they will give you a decent exchange rate to. But chances are you are going to want to get something before you get to the hotel. i.e. drinks, food, mementos.....
    2) Don't ever where a ball cap under any circumstance, they will know you are American right off the bat. Try to where a button up shirt and leather shoes, they will think you are European. That will help smooth things over some.
    3) Don't buy the fake stories from the shoe shine boys roaming the outside (and sometimes inside) of the airport. They have been there for years trying to scam money from unsuspecting tourists, and they got it down to an art. Don't even shake their hands. That is how they know your weak to them pulling your heart strings. They may linger around you for a little bit, just ignore them, they will eventually find another victim.
    4) When getting a Taxi, don't go the first one. Find a group of drivers standing around their taxis and try to haggle a price, they will underbid each other to get you business.
    5) If it is to good to be true, It probably is.
    6) Find a phone case that has a spot you can connect a lanyard. Then tie it to your hand. These guys will take your phone right out from you, and they can run faster than Hussein Bolt from Jamaica.
    7) Carry your belongings in your front pockets. Never put anything in your chest pocket or back pockets. Find a pair of shorts or pants that have deep front pockets.
    8) Get a travel bag you can lock very securely.
    9) Use the safe in your hotel room. I know you cant fit everything in that safe (Because they are small), that is when your refer to suggestion #8.
    10) Don't get a room with a balcony, all that is, is a back door for someone to scale the side of the building and get into your room.
    11) Learn some basic Portuguese words, and really try to match the pronunciation and accent, or else they wont hardly understand what you are saying. Chances are you will not be able to understand their accent either in Portuguese at first. Just keep saying COMO until they slow down their words.
    12) You are going to Sao Paulo, a lot of people know how to speak English in Sao Paulo because of the massive competition for jobs there. (Not a whole lot of jobs, but a whole lot of people) They use this to sift through their candidates.
    All these other guys on here have good info too. Listen to them. (Never go out at night alone) and stay close to the hotel. I, personally, would never give my original passport to the hotel or anyone but the federal police or my company that I work for.

    Have fun!o_O
     
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    mdavis [OP] I need a beer.

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    Good info and noted. Going with my boss who is a big guy and I'm not too small myself so hoping there won't be any problems. I plan on not going anywhere by myself and you're right, not a damn person will be seeing my passport but a customs agent. Lose that and you're fucked.
     
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    mdavis [OP] I need a beer.

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    Yep, at least I'll have something to watch on TV. May be in porteguese but I can watch me some soccer.
     
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