I have an opportunity to travel to Recife, Brazil for a couple of weeks in January. I still haven't made up my mind on this for sure.

An acquaintence there has proposed a photo essay of the "poor" of Brazil. They will help with the language difference if I decide to go.

Has anyone traveled in Brazil? How safe is it there?

I am undecided whether to take medium format only or 4X5 only. I don't see getting bogged down with a lot of equipment. Medium format would save hauling a tripod on the trip.

I am thinking along the lines of TriX or Tmax 400 for low light applications and Efke PL 100 as my prime film (since I already have that film sorted out pretty well).

Any thoughts, experiences and advice that you can share would be greatly appreciated.