I work for a British travel agency and I always use Rafa for my group tours when in Rio. He is enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about not just Rio but the whole of Brazil and he always makes sure that my groups get to see the highlights of Rio as well as his personal favourite places which helps everyone get a better feel for what Rio is really like for a Carioca.
So that I could get to know more of what he offers he took me on a trip across the bay to Niteroi which is a part of the Rio bay area that is often overlooked by tourists. Rio's sister city certainly has its own pace of life and offers stunning panoramic views of Rio itself. Rafa loves this place and will certainly get you the best views and photos as well as taking you for a delicious meal if you choose to go to Niteroi as part of your trip. He can even arrange for you to go paragliding from his personal favourite spot! I enjoyed this part of the trip so much that I organised for it to be included in my following group tour and it, like Rafa, was a huge hit.
I have also had the pleasure of working with Marcone who Rafa sent when he wasn’t available himself. Sweet, patient and helpful with my older passengers as well knowledgeable and funny he gave us an excellent tour which included a visit to the Complexo do Alemao favela and Marapendi wetlands.
Whatever you do and wherever you go with Rafa or Marcone you will always have a fantastic time and I highly recommend them!
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