Parking in Brazil

Understand where it is safest to park a vehicle when driving in Brazil...

It is generally not safe to park on the street in Brazil. Breaking into, and subsequent theft from, cars is a significant problem in certain places, including São Paulo. Insurance premiums reflect this. Whenever possible, the vehicle should be parked in secure apartment or office building parking lots. Private parking is another, although sometimes costly, option.

When finding parking on the street, it is a common practice for individuals to help find a parking place nearby and then guard a vehicle or vehicles. They expect to be paid a few reals for this service and it is an unofficial, yet valuable, source of income for many. It is self-regulating and generally trustworthy. Note that rudeness or indicating no intention to pay in advance or upon return could result in damage occurring to the vehicle.