Hi fellow Rio travelers:
I'm still basking in warm memories of golden Rio, a city that far exceeded my expectations. I had heard horrible things about Rio but was put immediately at ease by guide Martha Vaconcellos who greeted me at the airport with a huge smile that never left her face. I had contacted her in advance of our arrival and had worked out the financial details for a tour of Rio (less than half the price of hotel bus tours) and, while I had expected a professional guide, I had no idea that I would make a new friend.
Martha is a lovely woman, an ideal representative of the friendly people of Rio, who self supports her two children. She had provided me with options for tours over the internet and so I was prepared to walk and take public transportation to get a real up-close view of the City. She was prompt and enthusiastic and off we went to take the subway (beautiful and exceptionally clean) to the Cathedral, to walk down St. Teresas and to take the funky tram to the Christ statue with Martha expounding on the history, the culture and social mores all the while greeting a myriad of acquaintances (I mean she knows everyone!) and pointing out architectural features, churches, exceptional pieces of art, samba bars, and so on. She made the magnificent City of Rio come alive.
We had no trouble getting into one of the oldest most exquisite downtown restaurants for lunch.
Martha is proud of her City, clearly loves her job and her enthusiasm for life bubbles over. With some notice, she can also act as a guide to Rio's nightlife. With Martha as your guide, you will have a truly exceptional time in Rio at a price far less than you would pay for a hotel tour that spends half the day picking up and dropping off guests at the various hotels.Also, you will feel safe and pampered. Martha knows Rio like the back of her hand and will keep away from unsafe areas. She did not ask for one penny up front only wanted to be paid at the end of the tour.
Please e-mail me personally email@example.com if I can answer any questions. I will even send you pictures. In addition,
I had earlier met on two women at the hotel, the very nice Copacabana Plaza, and Martha didn't bat an eye, nor ask for a additional penny, when I asked them to join us for part of the tour. We all had a blast!
I recommend Martha to you without any reservation whatsoever. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions and for information on how to contact her personally.
M. Casey Diana, Ph.D.