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rio in july with a 4 year old

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rio in july with a 4 year old

I have just read another post about brazil's weather in july and was hoping for some clarification. We are travelling mid July and my reading seems to indicate that the weather would be 15- 22C, which is similar to Sydney in winter, meaning jumpers and warm clothes. Is this right.

My husband and I will be travelling with a 4 year old and I am concerned about the crime, our government foreign affairs website has just upgraded the level of caution needed for travelling to rio. There are 5 categories, the last one being 'do not travel', so at least it is not there yet.

We will be staying with a long lost relative so I am guessing he will only take us to safe places etc, and we are staying at Leblon, any places we should particularly avoid with a small child.


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1. Re: rio in july with a 4 year old

The temperatures will be those you mention with some ocasionals 25s to 30s. Leblon is safe, probably the safest place in Rio. There are a lot of places you should avoid, with or without a small child, but I'm sure your relative will keep you away from them.

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Leblon is the best place to stay safety wise. Barra da Tijuca is also relatively safe but is further outside of the city and is harder to get around without a car.

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3. Re: rio in july with a 4 year old

Dear Jody,

In spite of many things you have heard or read about Rio, believe me, it's not that bad. Statistically, criminality index is high in the west and north part of the city, but very low around the area you will be staying. If you’d like some suggestions take your kid out to Lagoa, it’s behind Leblon and Ipanema, very nice area for kids, there you can rent bikes, skates, pedals, there are several playground around it, your child will definitely love it.

Also in Leblon beach, they have the “Baixo bebê”, kind of a beach baby “hang around”.

Rio is an excellent place for kids, there are outdoor activities everywhere and you are coming in an excellent time and temperature. Be welcome and have fun!

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4. Re: rio in july with a 4 year old

I've just returned from an 11 day stay in Copacabana. We arrived to beautiful hot sunshine (average 26 degrees most days). The only blip were 2 days when it was very cloudy and rainy. Then back to the sunshine. The evenings never went below 20 degrees so only a light jacket was required. One thing to bear in mind is that it Brazil's winter so it was dark by about 5pm which did make the evenings quite long.

I travelled with my boyfriend and we followed all the advise about not looking like a tourist and we experienced no trouble or threats at all. I think as long as you are careful (as you should be in any city) then Rio is a beautiful place with very friendly people. The only place I would advice avoiding in the evenings with a small child is Copacabana as it is rather seedy with a lot of prostitutes about.

Otherwise, Ipaneama and Leblon are really cool and very sophisticated and I can see why they may be the preferred destinations for many travellers.

Have a good time. It's a fantastic place and I hope to return one day.

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