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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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Wonderful Way to spend a day!

This was a very warm and knowledgeable tour guide. His hospitality was great! He showed us different areas of Rio and customized the tour to us. We were submerged in the culture... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very warm and knowledgeable tour guide. His hospitality was great! He showed us different areas of Rio and customized the tour to us. We were submerged in the culture and were taken to places off the path of tourist mainly where the locals hang out. One of the highlights of the tour was the lunch we so... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a cruise to Rio and from the ship we booked a City tour with Rafa for the day we will arrive. We had a medical evacuation and arrived 12 Hours later than expected....too late for the tour and worse than that, too late for our return flight home. Rafa was very helpful in reorganising our plans. We... More 

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Carefree, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I toured for two days with Rafa and found him to be a wealth of information and fascinating stories. He arranged our stops to avoid the crowds and we were whisked to the top of Christ the Redeemer with NO wait! We visited many fantastic view points not normally included on a tour of the city, and the lunches provided... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Rio with our HAL S America Cruise and found a group taking a 2 day tour with Rafa which was GREAT! His English is excellent so we didn't have any problems with language. We saw all of the usual Rio attractions plus surrounding areas and a water taxi ride stopping with a tapas lunch. We saw how... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rio is very difficult for Russians because of the language, even using English is difficult so I thought about hiring a guide, among all the great reviews I really thought I could write to Rafa and he replied so quickly with such a great email, and he is exactly like he seems to be in his words…a very nice friend,... More 

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Margaret River Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rafa (I call him Raphael) is an excellent guide with a golden heart and a very humorous man who has lived abroad and know English very well. Usually I like to go travel everywhere all over the world by myself but I had been attacked by 2 men in my first 10 minutes of arriving in Rio so I contacted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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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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 July 16, 2016

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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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 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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