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Rafael Torres Lopes Tour Guide

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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Within 10 minutes of meeting Rafa, you will feel like you've known him for years. Making you feel completely at ease, you will be taken by your new best friend through all Rio has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Within 10 minutes of meeting Rafa, you will feel like you've known him for years. Making you feel completely at ease, you will be taken by your new best friend through all Rio has to offer on a guided tour that will leave you more than satisfied. Spending a total of 9 hours, my girlfriend and I were very pleased... More 

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RafaTraveller, Owner at Rafael Torres Lopes Tour Guide, responded to this review

Dear ones, you are my sweeties...I just made a Rio with love for lovely people like you!!! Gratitude always! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hiring Rafa was one of the best decisions we ever made. I was a little nervous to explore Rio but once I met him I felt comfortable. Having him show us around let us to relax and enjoy ourselves more. I liked him instantly. He is friendly and funny. We had a LOT of laughs! It didn't feel like we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rafa is funny, fun, informative, and an all around awesome guy! He took us around for 2 days in Rio and we saw all the highlights plus. He gave us great recommendations on food. He is just an easy going and happy human, who makes you feel happy instantly when with him. He'll show you all the spots to get... More 

Thank Leigh F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

the best time spent in Rio. rafa is more of a guide, is a friend who takes you by the hand and makes you discover the wonders of this place. not only great sights, but also hidden places that only Brazilians can know. always ready to tell the stories behind what you see, total immersion in the Brazilian culture. one... More 

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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a day tour with Rafa and had a spectacular time! He was not only knowledgeable in history but shared personal experiences with local life as well. He speaks many languages and adjusts the tour to meet your needs. We started in the morning and visited Christ the Redeemer where we experienced amazing views of Rio without the crowds.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

You will instantly like Rafa, he is the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He speaks very good English, Spanish, and of course Portuguese and will take you to places where no tours go! I hired Rafa for 2 days (and I really recommend at least 2 days) and it was amazing all the sights and culture that I experienced. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Rafael or Rafa as he calls himself was the best thing to happen to us for the two days that we were in Rio De Janeiro. He is easy-going and amiable. But inside his soft exterior is a treasure trove. His knowledge of Brazil's History coupled with his awareness of world issues made him a pleasure to be with. He... More 

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RafaTraveller, Owner at Rafael Torres Lopes Tour Guide, responded to this review

Being with people like you was a big plus to all my knowldegge because you also taught me a lot, thank you for your sweet presence and you really made my two days with you. Your open heart was the big inspiration for such wonderful days! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Rafa is an amazing tour guide!!! If you want to see Rio with a local touch, he is your man! If you don't, he is also your man because you will regret it! Not only does he know what he is talking about and the hidden gems, but his personality makes the day fly by! I would do a tour... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I had gotten Rafa's name from a friend who had spent two days with him a couple years ago. She had highly recommended him. I contacted him months before we were to be in port in Rio for 2 days. He and I corresponded on all of the details of the tour. I could tell immediately that this tour and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Rafa Torres organized and led a tour of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes for us. It was wonderful. He had asked us what we wanted to see and came through with flying colours. Our Possada in Ouro Preto was fine (if a little spare) but all we did there was sleep and enjoy breakfast (included). The whole point of being there... More 

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