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“Martha was "Awesome"”

Martha Vasconcellos - Private Tours in Rio
Ranked #25 of 548 Tours in Rio de Janeiro
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: "Our private tours are completely flexible. A selection of Activities, Vehicles & Professionals. Choose from our suggested itineraries or let us customize a program just for you." - A city full of joy is already waiting for you! -
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Martha was a fun, knowledgeable guide who made our time in Rio the highlight of our trip around South America. We had chosen Martha to be our guide several months before arriving in Rio and e-mailed back and forth with her many times to decide on our itinerary based on our time and interests. With Martha as our guide, we experienced the culture of Rio in a way that we would never have been able to on our own. We visited a Samba bar during our overnight in Rio and a local beach which allowed us to "blend in" and experience Rio like a carioca. We felt very safe with Martha and our driver who always stayed with our belongings in the car. Martha made us feel very comfortable asking questions and by the end of our 2 days, we felt like we had a true friend in Rio.

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

In December last year I went to Rio for the first time in my life and I did have some concerns about safety. Thanks to the many positive recommendations on Tripadvisor we did select Martha as our tour guide and this appeared to be the best option!

We did do a historic tour in Santa Teresa and downtown city and it was a great learning experience. She does not only know all the history,background of the places and buildings but she is also known and respected by a diverse group of true cariocas. Thanks to Martha we were able to speak with some local people (crafstpeople on the hippie market) and did feel welcome in the huge city. We did also learn about the cariocas, the customs of the people and their diversity. We learned abou the typical Brazil dishes and she made our Rio experience as one we will never forget.

We also did do a tour in Rocinha favela and I had some concerns there as well but again Martha did make all worthwile! We did feel safe all the time, we were welcomed by the local residents and a group of children played music for us. Thanks to this great tour from Martha we did learn that Rocinha is not a war zone but a place where people like you and me live. They do have their own shops, beauty centers in the favela.

Thanks to Martha I did feel the carioca atmosphere and was able to learn a lot about Rio and its people. It was an unforgettable experience and hope I can go back again and then for sure I will hire Martha again.

Based upon my own true experience I can only recommend Martha for your tours in Rio!

So discover her great services and tour guides yourself!

Thank Isela M
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We loved having Martha as our tour guide. It was our first trip to Rio. She organized different itineraries over the days we were to be in Rio. She made sure we were prepared for our tours. She is most knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had a great time with her, and she made Rio come alive for us. We highly recommend her services.

Arlene and Rick from Michigan

Thank arleneopp
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

After a Google-odyssey to found the right tour-guide for visiting the Rocinha favela the universe send us to Martha. We would definitely confess, that Martha herself is one of the high-rated attractions of Rio.
If you intend to visit Rocinha, its worth to book Martha as your private tour guide. The informations are told charming by-the-way, are fully packed with inside views and very personal informations about the people living in the favela.
Time flies- the 6 hours were even to short- we could hardly let Martha go away.
Definitely we will book Martha again when visiting Rio next time.
High recommendation- worth any second, every Real- don't miss her!

Thank realeastguy
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We spent a day in Rio with Martha in July. Arranging everything in emails worked well. Martha showed us downtown Rio and some off the beaten path places. She was fun, friendly, informal and yet very professional and informative. We were there during the Pope's visit, so traffic was hectic and she seemed to bypass every hassle. She even called Havaianas stores for us for the next day... Would recommend her without hesitation.

Thank einavido
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