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MBransford Rio Private Tours

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Address: Rua Saint Roman 271, S204, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22071060, Brazil
Phone Number:
+55 21 99986-5915
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Marco was amazing!

I met Marco by chance with a group of friends who did a tour of Rio and had him do a day tour with me. It was extremely informative, he had a great sense of intuition on what a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ethan K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I met Marco by chance with a group of friends who did a tour of Rio and had him do a day tour with me. It was extremely informative, he had a great sense of intuition on what a person/group likes, very passionate about his work and gave me a crash course about rio within a short time! Plus it... More 

Thank Ethan K
Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
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Reviewed December 19, 2016

Marco was great. He communicated well with us prior to our scheduled tour date. The tour was very nice. We did "Total Rio" which covered a lot of the key attractions that we wanted to see in Rio. He was great at keeping us moving so that the ever-changing clouds of the day didn't impair our experience. Besides being from... More 

Thank J-Rock2121
Oakland Park, Florida
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Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

I recently visited Rio De Janeiro for my first time. I wanted to see the key important sights and learn some history and facts about the city and surrounding area. The Marriott suggested Marco. He was phenomenal!! His knowledge and wealth of information was impressive. He was warm and friendly, courteous and did an amazing job of recommending Resturant's as... More 

Thank CLLane
Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

Just wrapped up a spectacular trip to Rio de Janeiro with my spouse and at the recommendation of the JW Marriott Copacabana we used the services of tour guide Marco Bransford. His knowledge and familiarity with "off the beaten path" sites was wonderful. He provided tons of info and spoke both English and Portuguese perfectly (I believe he speaks French... More 

Thank Santiago M
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Outstanding and in fact inspiring day with Marco and his local guide in the favela Julio. Marco speaks English fluently and took us through the favela helping us experience the life and sense of community. We could have easily spent the whole day with Marco seeing more of the sights of the city. No point looking any further than Marco... More 

Thank FryMB
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Reviewed October 28, 2016

We hired Marco for a 2 day trip. He brought an incredible understanding of the city and its history. I am a particular fan of architecture, so Marco was able to tailor our tour toward that. One of the most important parts of the package was Marco's wonderful personality. He is great at showing you around town, and fun to... More 

Thank David R
Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Just finished a day with Marco so knowledgeable friendly and helpful. He was very accommodating to our schedule and what we wanted to see. Don't miss Santa Maria! The side streets and neighborhoods he took us through were awesome. He made Rio truly memorable. Thank you!

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed March 14, 2016

As I only had half a day for sighseeing in Rio, I wanted the best and I wanted it quick. The lovely concierge Tomas of the Rio Fasano Booked my tour with Marco Bransford. Marco took me to see the two most important sights, Pao de Acucar and Christ the Redeemer. Not only was the good with the history of... More 

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Madeira Beach, Florida
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Reviewed March 14, 2016

We had a 4 day trip to Rio, Brazil after our cruise around the horn. The hotel that we stayed at arranged a private tour of the city for us. The guide (Marco) was very knowledgeable of the city and spoke perfect english. There were 4 adults in his car which was a little cramped. His fee was $50 usd... More 

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Denver, Co
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Reviewed February 24, 2016

We scheduled a one day all-around tour with Marco and got to see all we wanted and more. He is the most outstanding guide we've had anywhere and he made certain that we got to see not only the sights, but received a full historical perspective as well. If you have a chance to hire Marco when in Rio, make... More 

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Thank you for your review on our services. We look forward to meeting you again the future. Best regards, MBransford. More 

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