We booked a full day tour with Luiz on December 27, 2012. We met at Copacabana beach, stopped for an Acai smoothy then launched off via subway for a walking tour of downtown. We then took a bus up to the Santa Theresa neighborhood for more walking and then a snack at a local cafe. We then proceeded to the famous tile stairs and even met the artist who did the work. In the afternoon we picked up another couple (now 4 people plus Luiz in the tour). Luiz drove us to the Christ statue and a close by overlook of Rio. We then drove to the Santa Marta favela where Luiz gave us a guided tour. We were safe the entire time and never felt any threats even carrying a nice camera. Luiz returned us to our respective hotels. I can't say enough good things about Luiz's professionalism. He speaks perfect English and knows a great deal of Rio's history. I highly recommend this tour.
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