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Unfortunately, illegal business is very common in Rio tourism. Many fake travel agents offer low prices, especially on the beach, but the majority is not officially registered, nor does it provide minimum conditions for safe travel and/or minimum quality.

The worst and most serious scam occurs when the tourist purchase a tour or trip that does not exist; that is to say, he pays for a tour, but nobody comes to pick him up , and he has no one to complain to, so, this can be seen in the image of a testimony of a tourist on the site Trip Advisor.


– Hire a tour that doesn’t exist (burnout)

– Irregular transportation or unstable conditions

– Tour Guides that do not speak your language.

– Trips without insurance of passengers.

– Travel Agency that does not follow established route.

– Low quality restaurants.

– Undertake an inspection on the truck and the company in the presence of the necessary documents.


The considerations to take into account to choose your excursion agency and have a safe tour:

The legally established agencies in Rio de Janeiro must have a registry called CADASTUR. To verify if the company has this registration, it is not enough just to see it printed in a brochure, the tourist should search the website of the Ministry of Tourism: This is the minimum record that every company must have.

We also recommend looking for comments from other customers on the Internet, on pages like Google, TripAdvisor and Facebook.

Compare prices with different travel agencies and don’t be attracted by suspicious discounts. For your safety, agents are required to establish locations physically and legally. Find out if the company has a travel certificate.

Finally buy with conscience. Your vacation worth more than a promising offer.