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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on this tour and we were very pleasantly surprised as we were the only group of 4, which ended up being a private tour with us and our friends. We were greeted at our hotel lobby the morning of our tour by our guide.. Tavi.. he was fantastic and we had a very comfortable ride to all the tours throughout the day. The driver was also great and made sure we were all comfortable throughout the day. This is a very long tour but you pretty well see all the best sights all in one day. We had a delicious lunch served in a small local restaurant with great staff, good food and very cold beer.. which was much appreciated as it was a very hot afternoon. All the sights were very easy to access with our guide and no waits in line ups. Tavi spoke English very well and was well informed about culture. We also felt very safe and did not feel and anytime insecure. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Rio. Thank you to Tavi and his Driver (Yuri) for a fantastic tour!!

Date of experience: February 2020
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tavinoren, Owner at Rio Love Story, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks a lot for coming on the Big Five Rio tour. It was a great pleasure.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I rarely leave reviews, I will make an exception this time because our experience with Rio Love Story, and Tavi, was so good it warrants a few words and a recommendation for others to consider when in Rio.

We had the opportunity to go to Brazil for a friend's wedding, we decided to stop by Rio for three days prior to the wedding. We were 7 people in total and decided to engage in a guided tour to see Rio. Before leaving the US we booked Rio Love Story and the Big Five Tour. Tavi, the principal owner of the company, was accommodating from the first email we sent. We ended up asking Tavi to pick us up from the airport, added another tour to fill a second day as well as take us back to the airport. If this does not summarize the excellent service we got from Tavi I am not sure what will.

Tavi was 100% committed to us having fun and enjoy Rio, his attention to all the details, and his ability to be flexible, given the weather conditions and our type A personalities, with all of us asking for different things :-) along the way, I know was a challenge for him, but he stuck with us and made everything seamless, perfect and a lot of fun.

Tavi loves his job and Rio so much it is no longer a job for him but a vehicle for him to meet people and have fun with them.

So if you are in Rio and want to make a friend while visiting the city, call Rio Love Story and connect with Tavi :-)

Date of experience: February 2020
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tavinoren, Owner at Rio Love Story, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks a lot for your kind words and it was a big pleasure meeting all of you here in Rio. Until next time you come back. Thanks / Tavi

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Reviewed February 25, 2020

In December, we had two days in Rio at the end of a cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the half day tour with Tavi. His knowledge and passion for Rio was infectious. We saw the main sights as well as areas we requested to see. Tavi went above and beyond what we expected. The following evening, he took us to the samba school, which was the highlight of our time in Rio. It was an incredible experience, not to be missed. He was also very helpful in arranging a private transfer from Rio to Paraty with an excellent driver. The four of us agreed that Tavi is one of the best guides we have had in our travels around the world. Not only is he passionate and knowledgeable, but he is a kind and fun person! We highly recommend doing any tour with Tavi.

Date of experience: December 2019
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tavinoren, Owner at Rio Love Story, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words and it was such a great pleasure to do some fun things with you here in Ro.

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Reviewed February 23, 2020

Our guide Tavi was exceptional! He spoke English very well and there was no communication lost. We were fortunate to have his expert knowledge of the different Rio communities. He took the time to listen to and answer all of our questions no matter how trivial. He also explained the meanings and cultural implications of each and everything we explored as well as things we would pass by during our driving time from one stop to the next. Listening to his local point of view regrading the Favelas was one of our favorite parts of the trip. No, Favelas were not part of this experience, but Tavi was patient and accommodating anyway. Our driver, Chandon, was also great at navigating through the heavy influx of the “very busy tour season” traffic. The views from Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer are something that is only understood by experiencing them in person. Pictures do not explain the grandeur of their beauty. We stood in AWE at these places and just took it all in. AMAZING!!!

Don't waste your time nor money going to these locations with anyone else. Tavi's trip is most definitely worth the money

Date of experience: December 2019
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tavinoren, Owner at Rio Love Story, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2020

Thanks you so much for going on our Big Five Rio tour and it was a true pleasure spending the day with you and your lovely family.

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Reviewed February 20, 2020

Amazing experience, tavi was extremely. Great, enthusiastic and personal in his interactions with us. Went out of his way to give us the best experience possible, and took us to locations not normally visited by a lot of tourists which was just great! Great knowledge of the place, funny and one of the nicest tour guides we’ve had so far :)

Date of experience: February 2020
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tavinoren, Owner at Rio Love Story, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks a lot for coming on the Big Five Rio tour. It was a great pleasure.

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