Tuesday, April 14, 2015


FARRA....La alegria es mutua...Colombia con toda la Cumbia...y Brasil con el Samba...son encuentros donde la felicidad es bomba...de mis clientes de habla hispana no hay dudas que por todo el dia la carcajada es garantida...Siempre tengo gente de todo suelo colombiano que viena a Rio para ver sus paisajes, sus encantos, la cultura y darse cuenta lo mucho que tenemos en comun. 

Rio tiene el Cristo, creo que es el icone de toda Sudamerica y yo con mucho gusto se los llevo, y desde arriba se ve casi toda la ciudad...y si vienen mas colombianos a Rio, que traigan la bandera y marcamos esta presencia tan rica de ustedes cuando visitan mi País.

ENGLISH: Always a great happening when we have COLOMBIAN PEOPLE IN THE TOUR...they belong to the Cumbia Music and we belong to the Samba Music, when the two people get together, for sure it is an explosion of happiness!

LOCURA: Si, colombianos y brasileños se enloquecen cuando se juntan...locura total, todo muy informal, todo siempre buscando los lugares mas lindos por conocer...hacemos lo tradicional que es conocer el Cristo, el Pan de Azucar, la famosa Copacabana; pero tambien se visita el MAC de Niteroi y toda su bella costa, se conoce mas del bosque de Tijuca, los pueblos pesqueros de Jurujuba...No es como un tour normal...Estar con Rafa es como estar con un pariente lejano que hace mucho tiempo no se vé. 

ENGLISH: CRAZYNESS...colombians and brazilian together just make every day incredible, Rio is easier and more informal, we let the improvisation make our day visiting the traditional spots and the unknown places where just locals go. MY CONCERN is to make a day in Rio the most authentic possible.

Rio es asi...imperdible...el lugar que yo siempre les hago sentir en casa...

ENGLISH: This is Rio, a place that you should never miss, a place where I will always make you feel at home.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


One guest and a good friend of mine, Bernie Chaves, granted me the honor to take him to places where he can move on with his great hobby: PHOTOGRAPHY...So I decided to take him to places where just locals enjoy life, where locals simply follow their own pace...A normal Rio, a Rio full of beauty and simple daily life...In return Charlie wrote a review that I am honored to share with all my readers...


I communicated with Rafa over email several times giving him a sense of what I wanted to photograph on my upcoming trip to Rio. Rafa was very professional and responsive to my emails. On the day of the tour the rain was so bad but Rafa still came out to meet me and we agreed that due to the rain we would postpone the tour for one day.

 The next day, Rafa picked me up bright and early and we set off. Now, i've traveled to Rio many times before, but Rafa showed me parts of Rio I never knew existed! We hit many spots that were photographically pleasant as well as rich in history. Rafa had excellent knowledge of all the places we went and was very safe in driving his car with me all over town. We spent the whole day going from place to place at a very good pace.

 We met some very interesting locals on this trip which was quite nice in getting an inside perspective on the people that inhabit Rio de Janeiro! I'd say the best aspect of the tour was that literally every place we went too, I did not notice one foreigner! Rafa only took me to places that locals go too, which was excellent!!! Many tour guides take clients to very commercialized places that give the guides commissions... Not Rafa! His main interest is that his "guests" get a true representation of his city. 

Rafa was also very personable and he felt more like an old friend then a tour guide which gave a sense of intimacy to the day. I would gladly recommend Rafa to anyone looking to do a photo tour or just regular sight seeing tour of Rio! Rafa was professional, courteous, responsible, and safe in the tour we did. 

There are many other parts of Rio I'd like to explore and look forward to my next adventure with Rafa!

Photography is also a big passion, I like to register what my eyes see...I like to keep images form places that I love, things that catch my attention, I love playing with different colors and scenarios, I am not good at all at paiting and I love great painters, so I paint my things with the click of a camera...And I love having tours with AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHERS...professional and amateurs; but always with people that come to teach me! And I am so grateful to all of them!!!

This is my friend and wonderful photographer Bernie...he lives in Asia and hiw work helps people from all over the World. God knows how much my life is filled with happiness to have this person as a friend! :) We spent the whole day sharing ideas and selecting good places for our photos collection, and believe, Rio is a playground for photographers!

So if you wish to come to Brazil and not take normal pictures, if you want great memories for life with someone who will be crazy to welcome you; if you are coming to Rio and take more photos of our natural beauties and everyday routine, just come to our tours. A tour that will be a great family meeting, a tour where you will have the best of each place you choose. I am prepared, my Team is prepared. I am waiting for you. This work is a big passion and a life celebration.

Yours faithfully,

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Well, it is not me who took this photo but it was a picture directed by myself! :) hahahaha...Here comes the sun style of image...in a very local beach spot in the outskirts of Rio called Barra de Guaratiba, we can go there if you really want something off the beaten path. But it is one of the places where you can experience the authentic Brazil.

Ohhh yes, it is Ipanema...our famous "baby"...the birth place of THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA taken from the rocks of Arpoador...actually, mark my word: this is the best place for sunset pictures, but it is gorgeous any time of the day!!! :) Great time I took with the clouds close to the hill of Two Brothers!

One of my favorite photos taken from the first hill of Sugar Loaf Mountains, this hill is called Morro da Urca; you should know that when you come to Rio going to the Sugar Loaf you might face a huge line and there is no way that the guides can make it easy for you to avoid, and it is a place soooo easy to go by yourself. So not going to the Sugar Loaf with a guide will allow you to see way more of the city! :)

Nature in Rio and all over Brazil is VERY generous, and once in a while I capture these moments...here is a giant bromelia that I took in the Botanical Gardens of Rio. Rio has always been a MECCA for all people in the Natural History fields and I am a nature lover, so I will be always ready to give you the best ideas about how to find many nature spots all over the city and the State of Rio!

Few times in the road and we find small paradise spots like this, pure jungle with a lot of photo opportunities!!! This photo was taken in a very hidden village in the depths of Guapimirim, called Poço do Rogerio...places that humbly speaking, you can only find with me!!

I am sooooo VERY ready to give you the warmest welcome when you come, so please count on me always. BRAZIL IS WAITING FOR YOU!

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner