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Central Sao Paulo (“Sé”)
The area around Praça de Sé is the old city center, with the Neo-Byzantine Catedral de Sé, the nearby Municipal Market and the Lebanese shops street of 25 de Março. During the day, this area is safe – though be aggressive homeless people and pickpockets, but there is a police presence. There is an area called “Crackland” near the Parque de la Luz that is to be completely avoided by tourists (see the map) because of a high number of drug addicts, prostitutes and criminals.
The WestThe West side of Sao Paulo is home to the State Government and is a center of business, nightlife, education (it is where the University of Sao Paulo is located). The area is one of the city’s richest, and its skyscrapers hosts c. 30% of the city’s workforce. The area is safer than other parts, although the wealthiness attracts criminals know for “express kidnappings” : prefer taking cabs than expensive cars. There have been reports of muggings around the University of Sao Paulo.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Sao Paulo is an averagely safe city – some parts should be avoided, and the risk is much higher at night. With a rating of 51% Brazil, is ranked 81th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Sao Paulo. Be careful around Praca de Sé, Lines 1 and 3 of the metro and bus/train terminals. A few common sense precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
Sao Paulo is a dangerous city regarding risks of mugging and kidnapping, central urban areas are better avoided late at night, and it is recommended to travel in private cars.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Sao Paulo. Be extremely cautious around ATMs – particularly at night. Be also aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
There might be some risk while taking public transport in Sao Paulo. The metro and buses are generally safe, but many buses stops are dangerous at night.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There can be some occasional natural hazards in Sao Paulo (see the page about Brazil for more advice).
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Sao Paulo is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats. There can be some protests in city center.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Sao Paulo is generally safe for women travelers.