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“Amazing off-the-beaten-path experience”
Review of Tour guide in Rio

Tour guide in Rio
Ranked #183 of 481 Tours in Rio de Janeiro
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Owner description: Discover Rio de Janeiro with a licensed tour guide by the Ministry of Tourism in Brazil - we will explore all the best attractions in the city such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, the historical downtown, the Arches at Lapa, the Selaron staircase, Copacabana beach, Tijuca National forest, the Monastery, hidden areas and beaches where tourists don't go also the islands on the west side of he city where you see birds, caymans and nature.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing off-the-beaten-path experience”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

I've previously visited Rio, so wanted to get off the beaten path a bit to explore the city a bit more, and Diana was a fantastic tour guide for this. She is warm and outgoing, with a natural enthusiasm that makes her fun to be around and has a deep knowledge of Rio too. Among the highlights, we took a trip to Praia de Joa in Barra de Tijuca, a gorgeous gem of a beach that is only open certain times of the year. We also went to the Floresta de Tijuca, apparently the largest urban forest in the world, where there are some stunning waterfalls and dozens of trails and you can even hike to Corcovado (where the Christ statue is) if you have the time.

Capping it off, we took a boat outing on the Lagoa de Tijuca to have lunch at the Ilha de Gigoia, where we passed submerged alligators and cranes and crabs nesting among mangrove trees. It feels ages away from busy Barra, even though it is only 15 minutes away from the heart of the neighborhood. It is also apparently a bit of a hidden secret even to cariocas who have lived in Rio all of their lives! All in all, it was an amazing trip and I would definitely use Diana again. She is so organized and prepared and conscientious about making sure everyone has a good time. She also knows of other trips that aren't in the usual tour books on Rio, so I will definitely be using her again the next time I am back in the city!

Visited November 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“If you want Personal Service, contact Diana”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We used Diana for two days when visiting Rio. Diana was punctual, caring, and so very helpful. She was quick at responding to all my emails and even answered questions and offered advice for hotels, restaurants, and transport.

We toured many of the sights one day and then went even further the second day. I would not hesitate to recommend Diana any day. Here is a link to my blog and pics http://vickieandbernietravel.blogspot.ca/2012/02/rio-february-13-18.html

Visited January 2013
Thank Vickie_Bernie
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Diana - Great Tour Guide !”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

After being unable to book a tour of Rio through our hotel I went on Trip Advisor and found her friend Rafa. I called Rafa and he was unavailable but recommended Diana he said she was great and she was ! Diana picked us up at our hotel in a clean air conditioned SUV and drove us to Christ the Redeemer a number of other sites plus arranged a private boat trip around a beautiful lagoon located in Rio a hidden gem. If you book Diana for a tour of Rio you'll have a great time !

Visited February 2013
Thank Alan P
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Huntersville, North Carolina
1 review
“Very nice and memorable time!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

After completing work while in Brazil, I wanted to take advantage of the 2 days of free time I had before returning home. Having never set foot in Rio, I knew I would need competent help to make the most of my experience. Diana was an excellent choice. The amount of hassel free convenience she provided was amazing. It was so nice always having a ride available to go from place to place without having to deal with directions, taxis or the language barrier. Diana was also more than just a person to take you site seeing. She was a big help with arranging my hotel reservations as well as helping me get to the airport when it was time to go. Overall, she was very accomodating and knowledgable. Highly recommended!

Visited March 2012
Thank Stephen S
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Diana Persi: awesome guide & definitely recommended!”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We were a little unsure about how safe Rio was so we decided to use a private guide in Rio. This was the best decision we made as we felt safe the whole time we were there, mainly because we got some local insight from Diana Persi.

Diana was highly recommended to me by her colleague Rafa Torres. We received prompt response to our emails and from that point on until our departure from Rio, everything went smoothly. By the time we met her in Rio, we felt like she’s an old friend. She was funny, easy going, very reliable, and spoke perfect English. She made sure we got to all the places we wanted despite the wet weather that day.

Being foodies, one of our highlights is a local restaurant in Santa Teresa where Diana took us. I had a chicken dish served with black beans, farofa and rice and she showed me how the locals eat them. It was inexpensive and simple but one of our favourite meals in Rio!

We also booked Diana to take us on a trip to Buzios. She suggested we took a schooner boat which visited a number of the local beaches. What a great idea! We had so much fun in Buzios and it was definitely a side trip worth making.

The verdict: GO FOR IT! We think it’s money well spent. The local knowledge made such a difference in our experience of Rio. Thank you Diana. You are now our friends!

Visited February 2012
Thank Siropku
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