Rio Photo Tours
City Tours • Cultural Tours • Walking Tours • Private Tours • Photography Tours
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Discover and experience the best of Rio de Janeiro city through the eyes of a local professional photographer on an unforgettable private photography tours. Rio Photo Tour is a wonderful opportunity for amateurs or professionals photographers meet the city and discovery non-tourist areas of Rio de Janeiro guided by a local photographer.Get inside Rio's forests, street markets, historical places, navigate on the coast, see diversity and friendly people of Rio, discover new points of views and capture memorable shoots from the one of most beautiful cities in the word.
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Gordon5051
31264040 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
What a beautiful City to visit with so many attractions taking place over the carnival time. If you can afford to go to Rio and watch the carnival then go and have a fantastic Samba time. So many floats and themes and the live music and so colourful with the beating of the drums make this a once in a lifetime event not to miss
Written August 26, 2014
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LindaBarn
Birmingham, AL1 contribution
Feb 2017 • Friends
Rodrigo is an exceptional guide. Before we even arrived, he corresponded with us and built a tour based on our interests which included the obvious spots like Sugarloaf and Christ The Redeemer but also included less visited spots like the Bibliotheca and Botanical Gardens, museums, and his favorite restaurant. Throughout the tour, he was flexible and completely attuned to what WE wanted to do which resulted in a visit to the Seralon` Steps which turned out to be a highlight. Equally important, Rodrigo made us feel safe in the city. The next time I visit Rio, he will be the first person I call.
LindaB
Written April 15, 2017
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Hey Linda, thank you so much for your review. I'm really glad you had a great time. I hope see you again in Rio! Cheers
Written July 23, 2018
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Kryffo
Frauenfeld, Switzerland28 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
I had a great time with Rodrigo in Rio. I booked the half day tour. He showed me some places I wouldn't have seen without him. It was very interesting what he had to tell about the city. Although it is not easy to take pictures in Rio because you have to hide your camera from thieves I could take some good shots. Inspite of all the problems with criminality and traffic Rio is a marvelous city, the light here is exceptional, the views from the hills spectacular. I only can recommend it
Written July 14, 2016
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Hey Michaelm Thank you for your review! keep photographing and rockin'g! Cheers form Rio!
Written July 23, 2018
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SSSUCHAN
Canada155 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
I usually only review hotels but my time with Rodrigo was so exceptional I'm taking the time to review this tour. I spent two days with Rodrigo. He has a relaxed style and he is an absolutely great guy. Here are some reasons why you should book Rodrigo.

- He will get you around Rio with the highest regard for your safety and security. This alone is worth the price of admission.

- His tours are completely tailor made and flexible. I arranged with Rodrigo to explore certain things and when I wanted to tweak the plan it was done on the fly without question. He is there to put you in front of what you want to photograph and he does this very effectively.

- He will get you into places and situations that you would NEVER find on your own.

- He has excellent English language skills. Not once was there a misunderstanding while communicating.

- Outside of photographic pursuits Rodrigo introduced me to people, art and aspects of local culture that made for a diverse experience. Again, things one would never experience through independent exploration.

- Rodrigo gladly helped me out with pre and post tour advice and recommendations which I consider to be outside of his mandate.

In summary if you are planning a trip to Rio and looking for a photo-specific tour you need look no further. You have found your guy. Be honest and up front about your expectations and what you want to photograph and you'll get more than you bargained for. Independent travel in Rio can be very stressful for the uninitiated and Rodrigo provides a ton of relief.
Written March 5, 2016
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Hey Norm, thanks for your words, I'm really glad you appreciate the tours and had a good time here. I'm sure you took great shoots I wish you a lot of inspiration and hope hear from you again next time in Rio. All the best!
Written March 9, 2016
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Sanders P
Swisttal, Germany2 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
WE Had been with hostel light house in Ipanema and it has been fantastic, they organize the whole trip for both of us with transfers and great prices.
Tanks to Pedro, he was a nice gentleman and made our time at the hostel memorable.

We enjoyed every minute with them and also the trip at Ilha grande at Jungle lodge.
The whole trip In Rio depends where you stay and the people working with you during your staying in the city.
We are very happy with hostel light house in Ipanema and Pedro was a great guy making our trip memorable.
Pujan and sanders April 2013
Written May 12, 2013
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Ian
Falkirk, UK11 contributions
Dec 2019
Without question this is the way to see the best of Rio. My wife and I had a full day with Rodrigo and his driver. Both were fantastic company and made us feel at ease from the outset. Before we got to Rio, Rodrigo corresponded with me to ensure that we got to all the places (off the beaten tourist track) we wanted to photograph and match these with our photographic styles. This made the day even more pleasurable rather than being faced with unproductive and uninspiring staged set-ups.
Rodrigo is an accomplished photographer and knows the best location to match your style but will not take away the creativity by setting up your shots; he lets you get on with it and enjoy the experience but will provide expert advice if asked. I mainly shoot landscapes and architecture, but in addition we managed to fit in traditional samba, street markets, the Selaron steps, churches, restaurant life and even a spectacular trip into the Tiradentes Palace.
The finale of the tour was sunset over Rio from Niteroi after exploring the area around Niemeyer’s art museum. Put this on your bucket list; it is the place where the locals go to view this spectacle and Rodrigo helped us to get the best spot with some fabulous results.
We got picked up and dropped at our hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with water provided.
It is worth mentioning that we felt completely safe with Rodrigo. Rio has a reputation, but he knows all the areas and asked us to put away our equipment so that we did not attract unwanted attention.
Our holiday had many, many highlights; the experience with Rodrigo and Rio Photo Tours is at the top. If you are looking for a special photographic tour experience don’t look elsewhere…you will be disappointed if you do. I cannot recommend highly enough.
Written February 10, 2020
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Rodrigo R
Hello, Ian and Sue! I ´m so glad that you enjoyed our photo tour, you two were an amazing company and we had a great time together. Thank you so much for this valuable review, this makes my day. Hope to see you again someday in Rio or in Scotland. Wish you all the best and keeping inspired for your photography. Cheers from Rio!
Written February 11, 2020
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jaspersmycat
SF, CA1 contribution
Feb 2017 • Friends
I took a cruise which would be in Rio for 2 days. I contracted with Rodrigo to take us around so we could see as much as possible in the short time we had. I like to take pictures and, since he is a photographer, it sounded like a perfect match. My friend Linda and I had a great time. He took us to more things in Rio than most people saw. When I first contacted him he sent asked what we were interested in. The tour he set up matched my requests perfectly. The first day we had a driver so we could quickly get around the city. This was very convenient. The second day, we took a tram downtown and hiked back. Rodrigo was very informative. Took us places where I was able to get great pictures. I cannot recommend him enough. HIs price was comparative to the cruise line excursions but we got so much more for our money. Don't hesitate to try his tours.
Written April 15, 2017
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Hi Elsie! I'm so glad that you enjoyed my photo tours. Was a such a pleasure guide you and Linda in Rio, hope you did great photos and next time you come back I will be here. Thank you so much for the review. Cheers from Rio!
Written July 23, 2018
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JIMMY R
Guayaquil, Ecuador43 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
Nice place to visit, take some pictures, great place to enjoy de wiew of RIO DE JANEIRO. One of the best place to visit in Brasil
Written October 14, 2014
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hesc
Paris, France183 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
The Niemeyer built MAC in Neteroi is a must ti see and visit. In addition to this, I recommend the Niemeyer way and the walk along the bay to SaO Francisco pier.
Written September 1, 2014
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iPhototraveller
Vancouver, Canada82 contributions
Dec 2019
Why take a tour with Rodrigo? If you just want to go to well known tourist places like Corcovadao, Sugarloaf Mountain or Copacabana, then there are other less expensive tours that will do or you can just take a virtual touristic tour on the Internet. However, If you want to experience the real Rio, interpret and capture your own unique impressions of the city then Rodrigo is your ideal guide. Rodrigo is a photographer and understands that photographers do not want just record shots or narcsissistic selfie shots but rather images that reflect a place and the photographer and tell part of a story or journey

For me, I wanted to capture some of the everyday lifestyles in Rio, Some parts of Rio are potentially dangerous and so it is essential to have a photographer/guide like Rodrigo that knows Rio and where to go for photography and to keep clients safe.

We went to the Selaron steps, a local market selling all sorts of things from food to clothing, several places where unique groups of musicians where playing for they own enjoyment and for the locals, and a park where a group of dancers and drummers were practicing for the Carnival - all off the beaten tourist track.

Rodrigo is a versatile photographer and does everything fro landscapes, architecture, people and impressionistic images - so you just need to advise him what your photographic style and interests. As far as I can tell, Rodrigo does not do set-ups for others to copy but takes you to laces that offer opportunity for self expression and interpretation

I have been in photography for more that 40 years and highly recommend Rodrigo
Written December 15, 2019
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Hey Robert, thank you so much for your words, this is one of the best reviews I have for sure. You really describe very well the kind of service that I provide. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the photo tour I build for you and the most important thing is to know that you did great shots. I really appreciate the photos you post especially the carnival group ones, I'm sure you have much more! All the best for you and Charlotte, and I wish you a lot of inspiration to keep shooting great photos. Salutes from Rio!
Written December 15, 2019
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