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Old 12-29-2018, 02:57 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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I was surprised to find out that the state of Rio has risen to a homicide rate of over 40 per 100k.
Rio bate recorde de homicídios em oito anos, segundo o ISP - O GLOBO


Even more surprised to find out Porto Alegre in southern Brazil has twice the homicide rate of Rio.
https://veja.abril.com.br/blog/rio-g...io-de-janeiro/

Usually a state registers a lower rate than the main city but in Rio its the inverse that's true.

How did things deteriorate so quickly?

Rio de Janeiro has become a bankrupt state thanks to years of corruption at highest levels of government which alone drained millions intended to serve population and increase services. Their last 2 governors are in jail after graft scandals uncovered by police. In between, violence spiralled up. It's now going under Federal Intervention meant to appease things, but it's not working either.



On the other hand, São Paulo is by far a safer state, with a murder rate of only 9.5 per 100K. The city itself has even lower numbers (last figures shows only 6.1 from April-2017 to April-2018).
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Old 12-30-2018, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Forget the murder rate, you are not going to be murdered. Unless you are hanging out with murderers, which is what 90% of murder victims are doing, in every country.
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Old 12-30-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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I found this article a little surprising, given the generally positive outlook we hear these days



September 9, 2018

The United Nations rang the alarm on Friday over explosive increases in forced displacement and attacks on Colombia’s civilian population. Authorities are struggling to maintain peace.
In a report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that forced displacement went up 112% in the first half of 2018 compared to the first six months of a peace process with the demobilized FARC guerrilla group.
Almost a million victimized by armed groups

Armed action in Colombia. (Image: OCHA)

The explosion of violence in some areas displaced more than 19,000 people in the first six months of the year, according to OCHA.
Combat and attacks on the civilian population spurred a staggering 1,000% increase in the confinement of communities and a 1,200% increase in people’s restriction of movement, the organization said.

https://colombiareports.com/is-colom...return-to-war/
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:55 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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I found this article a little surprising, given the generally positive outlook we hear these days



September 9, 2018

The United Nations rang the alarm on Friday over explosive increases in forced displacement and attacks on Colombia’s civilian population. Authorities are struggling to maintain peace.
In a report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that forced displacement went up 112% in the first half of 2018 compared to the first six months of a peace process with the demobilized FARC guerrilla group.
Almost a million victimized by armed groups

Armed action in Colombia. (Image: OCHA)

The explosion of violence in some areas displaced more than 19,000 people in the first six months of the year, according to OCHA.
Combat and attacks on the civilian population spurred a staggering 1,000% increase in the confinement of communities and a 1,200% increase in people’s restriction of movement, the organization said.

https://colombiareports.com/is-colom...return-to-war/
It shouldn't surprise anyone really people forget how big Colombia actually is and if you were to lay it flat out (i.e. no mountains) we would be talking about a territory 3x the size, its always been the rural vs urban dilemma, exempting the period pre and post drug cartel explosion in the urban centres 80's to early 2000's.

Colombia's varied and difficult topography make for fantastic scenery BUT difficult for State presence. The regular conflict regions of the borders (Nariño, Norte Santander, Arauca) and rural Northern Antioquia and Cauca are highlighted in that map.

The big inner and coastal cities usually experience the refugees but not the first hand horrors in the jungles of the Pacific coast or Tropical plains in the eastern border with Venezuela. Also the highways connecting the cities are all fine, its when you go deep into the 'veredas' in the conflict prone states that things can get messy. The fact that in Colombia you can cultivate Coca upto 5-6 times a year compared to 2-3 times in Peru or Bolivia will always mean that Colombia will be blighted by the 'War on Drugs', prohibition, human greed and the developed world's insatiable appetite for cocaine. This problem will sadly endure for a long time yet, covering and managing the issue as best they can.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Formerly NYC by week; ATL by weekend...now Rio bi annually and ATL bi annually
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Sorry for late chime in OP, but Certain parts of Rio are not good for non Portuguese speakes just as im sure in Medellin for non Spanish speakers. The better you seem to fit in, the less you are a mark for petty crime and targeting for the most part.
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:39 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Sorry for late chime in OP, but Certain parts of Rio are not good for non Portuguese speakes just as im sure in Medellin for non Spanish speakers. The better you seem to fit in, the less you are a mark for petty crime and targeting for the most part.

Just as every major city on this planet, no matter the country.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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I have been to Rio 7 times and Medellin 4 times. No question in my mind, I prefer Rio.

Rio has much more to do, within closer proximity, as it should since it is a much larger city.

Where you stay in Rio will impact your opinion of the city. I have always stayed in Leblon which is the nicest and most upscale area of the Zona Sul beach communities. Many of the best restaurants in the city are located here on Restaurant Row (Rua Dias Ferreira). It is predominantly residential. Ipanema is a combination residential/hotels whereas Copacsbana has the most hotels (more tourists attract more petty thieves). Leblon is also the safest area—I have never felt remotely unsafe nor had an issue walking back to my hotel by myself at 2AM; I would not think about doing that in Copacabana.

The beauty about Rio is it has everything in one place—beach, urban, forest, parks, etc. No need to drive or travel 30 minutes or more to get to the beach. It is either in front of your hotel or a few blocks away. Ditto for restaurants.

Medellin is OK, but I get bored there during the day. At least in Rio I can go to the beach (sunbathe or walk along it) and be entertained during the day. Medellin is cheaper and the restaurants are a notch below the caliber of Rio..the women are comparable—flip a coin....No beaches close to Medellin (think Denver, minus the snow). Rio beaches blow away Cartagena and the beach vendors are MUCH less annoying than the ones in Cartagena (I have not been to Santa Marta, Barranquilla, San Andres, Bogota or Cali)...never felt unsafe in Medellin and walked home alone at night.

Rio has world renowned must see attractions—Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, and others (beaches, Jardim Botanico).

As far as language, I speak much better Spanish than Portuguese, but that has not been an issue for me. Between Google Translate and Google Maps, your difficulties will be lessened. The biggest issue with Portuguese is pronunciation and listening—some letters and combinations sound a lot different in Portuguese than they do in Spanish or English...if you speak Spanish in Rio they will understand you but you will have much more difficulty understanding Brazilians when they speak. If you are conversant in Spanish you will /should understand / make out words in Portuguese when reading.

The only downside with Rio is the nightlife is decent, not great (think more like San Diego rather than Vegas or NYC). São Paulo has much better nightlife....Rio culture is all about the beach. Lapa is cool but not a place I would go more than 1-2 nights of a vacation.

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Old 01-12-2019, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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^One thing you left out Elchevere is distance (assuming the OP was from USA):

-Medellin is only a 3.5 hour flight from Miami. Rio is a solid 8.5 hour flight from Miami.

Probably not a big consideration for one trip but for some who want to make multiple trips that could be a consideration.

-That is a lot of return trips you made to Rio (7) especially since you lived on the west coast for so many years.

-Agreed about the beach in Rio. This does add to the daytime activities as compared to Medellin.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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Yes...shorter plane ride to MDE....but I think 4-5 days would give me my fill whereas I could, and have, easily spend 10 days or more in Rio...now that I am recently retired, I could possibly see spending a couple of weeks there ...a former acquaintance of mine from OC (former linebacker for the Rams and now attorney) spent 3-4 months at a time in Rio teaching locals American football.

Also, Brazil requires you to go through the additional process of obtaining a Visa (at least for US citizens) whereas Colombia does not (still worth it, in my opinion).


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^One thing you left out Elchevere is distance (assuming the OP was from USA):

-Medellin is only a 3.5 hour flight from Miami. Rio is a solid 8.5 hour flight from Miami.

Probably not a big consideration for one trip but for some who want to make multiple trips that could be a consideration.

-That is a lot of return trips you made to Rio (7) especially since you lived on the west coast for so many years.

-Agreed about the beach in Rio. This does add to the daytime activities as compared to Medellin.

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Old 01-12-2019, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yes...shorter plane ride to MDE....but I think 4-5 days would give me my fill whereas I could, and have, easily spend 10 days or more in Rio...now that I am recently retired, I could possibly see spending a couple of weeks there ...a former acquaintance of mine from OC (former linebacker for the Rams and now attorney) spent 3-4 months at a time in Rio teaching locals American football.

Also, Brazil requires you to go through the additional process of obtaining a Visa (at least for US citizens) whereas Colombia does not (still worth it, in my opinion).
Congrats you lucky SOB! Ok, well you actually worked hard for it so I guess there was more than luck involved...

Hope you are enjoying your new hometown (the "Magic City"). I peer into the Miami forum from time to time to get your perspective.

Forgot about the Visa...that is an extra step to visit Brazil.
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