Brazil World Cup Travel Advisory: Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Manaus and RecifeJune 13, 2014 in 2014 FIFA World Cup - Security Update
Belo Horizonte is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, which is located in the southeastern region of the country. As of 2013, the municipality’s population was 2,479,175, making it the most populous city in the Minas Gerais state and the 6th most populous city in Brazil.
Belo Horizonte has been classified as a “moderate” risk, due to the high crime rates that have occurred throughout the city. Travellers to the city are reminded to remain vigilant at all times, especially during major events including the upcoming World Cup, as thieves and local criminals will likely target tourists during this period.
The city has seen a recent surge in crime related to drugs. Travellers are therefore advised to avoid carrying expensive electronics, including cameras, notebooks, iPods or jewelry. You are also advised against walking alone at night. Keep in mind that muggings can occur at any time, day or night, and it is not uncommon to be mugged at traffic lights.
When crossing the street, you are advised to watch out for motorcycles as they can at times appear out of nowhere and often ignore stop signs.
Belo Horizonte is served by three airports:
- Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport: It serves both domestic and international flights. It is located in the municipalities of Lagoa Santa and Confins, which is 38 kilometers (24 miles) from Belo Horizonta.
- Pampulha-Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport: Dedicated to domestic traffic.
- Carlos Prates Airport: Dedicated to general aviation.
The city is connected to the rest of Minas Gerais state and the country by a number of roadways. The state of Minas Gerais has the country’s largest federal highway network.
- BR-040: Connects Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro, going south, and Brasília going northwest. It also links other cities in the state, including Juiz de Fora, Conselheiro Lafaiete, Barbacena, Sete Lagoas, and Paracatu.
- BR-262: This highway begins in Mato Grosso do Sul and ends in Espirio Santo, crossing Minas Gerais from west to east. It links Belo Horizonta to Pará de Minas, Araxá, Manhuaçu, Uberaba, Governador Valadares, and Vitória, the capital of Espírito Santo state.
- BR-381: This is an important federal highway as it connects Belo Horizonta to São Paulo.
- MG-010: This is a state highway that connects the capital to the Tancredo Neves International Airport.
Belo Horizonte is also served by other minor roads, including state highways MS-020, MG-050, MG-030 and MG-433. There is also an East-West Express Way, which goes from the city to the nearby industrial centers of Contagem and Betim.
The bus system in Belo Horizonte has a large number of bus lines that go through all the parts in the city.
Belo Horizonte Metro, or MetroBH, has one line, with 19 stations from Vilarinho to Eldorado Station, in Contagem.
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, which is located in northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.55 million, Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil.
The crime rate in Fortaleza has increased in the past few years. Although most of the commercial districts throughout the city are fairly safe, including the center and the tourist area around Beira Mar, pickpocketing, bag-snatching and other non-violent robberies have occurred in the past. MS Risk advises all travellers to remain vigilant at all times and to never display any valuables.
Praia do Futuro is bordered by one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Foratleza, Serviluz. MS Risk advises all travellers to not walk through the deserted areas of this beach, even if you are moving between two crowded places. Bus stops in this area are known to be targeted by robbers after sunset.
Fortaleza International Airport is the main airport in the city.
MetroFor is composed of 43 kilometers (27 miles) of rapid transit system in the city of Fortaleza. The rapid transit system has twenty-eight stations: 18 on the south line, four of which are underground; and 10 on the west line beyond the central station.
Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in northern Brazil. It is located on the north bank of the Negro River, 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. Due to its location in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, access to the city is primarily through boat or airplane. As of 2014, the city’s population is 1.9 million, making it the most populous in the Brazilian Amazon area and the 7th most populous in the country.
While Manaus is fairly safe, MS Risk advises all travellers to remain vigilant at all times. Always avoid deserted streets, especially after dark.
Eduardo Gomes International is the airport that serves Manaus. The airport has two passenger terminals, one for scheduled flights and the other for regional aviation. It also has three cargo terminals.
There are two federal highways that connect Manaus with the rest of the country. There is a paved road that heads north, BR-174, and which connects Manaus to Boa Vista, the capital of the State of Roraima, and to Venezuela. The BR-319 heads south and connects Manaus to Port Velho, the state capital ofRondônia. Access to this highway however requires a ferry crossing to Careiro, across the Rio Negro and River Amazon, which take about forty minutes. BR-319 is only paved for about 100 kilometers (62 miles) to Castanho. After that, the highway is not paved and cannot be used.
The two major state highways are the AM-010 and the AM-070. The AM-010 heads east, to Itacoatiara, Amazonas at the banks of the River Amazon. The AM-070 heads south and reaches Manacapuru, which lies at the banks of the Solimoes River. Both roads are paved and operate all year round.
Recife is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil. The city is located where the Berberibe River meets the Capibaribe River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic Ocean.
As in Rio de Janeiro, tourists in Recife are advised to take special care while on the beaches, as robberies may occur at any time, even in broad daylight.
In the upscale Boa Viagem neighborhood, carjackings can occur at any time of the day or night.
Guararapes International Airport, also known as Gilberto Freyre International Airport, is the airport that serves Recife.
Recife metropolitan area is cross by four main highways
- BR-101 North:Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte
- BR-101 South:Alagoas, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul;
- BR-232 West:Gravatá, Caruaru, Belo Jardim, Arcoverde, Salgueiro and Parnamirim;
- BR-408 Northwest:Carpina, Timbaúba and Campina Grande;
The Recife Metro currently has twenty-eight stations and is 44.2 kilometers (27.5 miles) long. It is formed by the Central line, which is further divided into two lines, and the South line.