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Rafael Torres Lopes Tour Guide

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Copacabana)
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Ranked #10 of 195 activities in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Windsor, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We were so lucky to find Rafa to show us around Rio during our recent visit. My husband and I have two kids (age 9 and 13) and we took two trips with Rafa -- one in Rio and its surrounding areas, and the other in Rio's nearby jungles. On both trips Rafa was full of knowledge about our surroundings... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I have used Rafa on both my visits to Brazil in 2010 and again now when I visited the 2014 World Cup. I was visiting with a friend who was a first time visitor to Rio, I decided to ask Rafa to take us on a quick day tour. He picked us up at our hotel on time. We started... More

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Rafa made our trip so memorable and enjoyable! We travel frequently and he is hands down the best tour guide we've ever had. In addition to be knowledgeable and passionate about his country, he's also fun and hilarious! I will definitely use him again when I visit South America. Highly Recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Rafa made our whole trip to Rio memorable. We wanted to experience Rio like a local and that is exactly what we got. He picked us on time at our hotel, and the first stop was Feira de Sao Cristovao, which is a 24 hour market on the weekend. The market place had everything you could imagine. We end up... More

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UppuYeriNagaram
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The reviews of Rafa on Tripadvisor, the description of the 'night tour’ on his blog, and our email communications with Rafa ahead of our arrival in Rio piqued our curiosity about this guy and how he can possibly open a new window into an extraordinary city like Rio. Our expectations were sky high as our minds had already been blown... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My husband and I had a whole day to tour Rio after our disembarkation from our cruise ship. We looked up Rafa on a friend's recommendation. What a tour he gave us! From 9 AM to 6 PM, Rafa showed us many spots in Rio . Many of these were off the beaten track and very interesting. My one hope... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Rafa...what a great guide but also a great guy! Even in the early morning when I started I knew from the start that Rafa was the right choice. He was so kind and friendly but funny as well. He showed not only the "classics" of Rio but also the hidden places that are not written in any guide book. Also... More

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

After a family friend recommended Rafa as one of the best tour guides without feeling like a formal tour guide. Rafa took myself and my family and a rather extensive day tour around Rio and it felt like we were getting a tour from a good friend. He showed us a lot of hidden spots that we would never have... More

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Houston
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We hired Rafael Torres Lopes (Rafa) to be our guide on our recent trip to Rio. I cannot say enough good things about him. We flew into Rio de Janeiro to begin our two week South American journey. Rafa was waiting for us inside the airport as we exited the customs area. We spent two days with him touring Rio... More

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Rabat, Malta
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Rafael Torres is an excellent tour leader. He does his work with passion and dedication ensuring that the tourist is comfortable, welcomed and above all ready to learn about Brasil, the country which he loves. He is always ready to answer to everyone's questions and goes out of his way to please his customers. He has a great sense of... More

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