Friday, November 4, 2016

A LITTLE BIT OF MY PERSONAL LIFE - MY CATS


When I started this blog I was very clear to explain that my blog is not only about tour, travels, tourism, it is also a space I have to express my thoughts, to share my ideas and allow you to know more about me. YES, I AM A TOUR GUIDE, but I always say that when you come to Rio, you will also find a friend!

I do have a crazy life, it is hard to know what I will do in the next week, I have to deal with all kind of great people, super busy life but when I get home, I have them around, they are one of the big reasons of my happiness. Well, all people know I AM A CATTER!!! Did I just invented this word in english??? I have never heard! 

These are our cats, Kikinha and Javier...




Well, I also love other cats, hahahaha :) Animals in general are my big passion and as you will get to know myself, you will realize that I direct my tours to nature, landscapes and history. 

I simply love what I do!!!


RAFAEL TORRES LOPES

Tour Guide and Travel Planner
brazilrafario@yahoo.es

Monday, October 24, 2016

RAFA TODAY!!! :) I AM BACK - SOME WORDS ABOUT RIO


Yes, dear Reader, I am back...it took me a long time to update my diary, or blog because high season and also a lot of internet working taking care of future tour meetings, trips and domestic life. I recently turned 45 years old (it is a secret, hahaha) and I realize that when you get older life gets busier and busier...Okay...but I am happy to share some thoughts, ideas and suggestions with you, dear Travellers, dear Guests and dear Friends. The joy of my life is making friend from all over the World!

Yes...Rio is still very stunning! Crime is not a big issue, I feel Rio way safer so when people get here they will experience the contagious CARIOCA STYLE OF LIFE, beaches crowded by beautiful people, amazing mountains and landscapes. 

Rio since 1501 always gave to visitors that good sensation of "I WILL BE BACK", my work here is to give you my passion for my own land, I love being your informal embassador, someone that you can always count. 

Every week I welcome new people and during my high season, I will hug a big group of INTREPID TRAVELERS organized by my friends Wayne and John...so I want to register in the blog how enormously grateful I am for all the help, trust and support. 


When Rafa is your tour guide, one very important spot you will know is the not so famous NITEROI, my homeland, a great surprise next door to Rio that you will love to explore. MARK MY WORDS, it is a big mistake not visiting Niteroi in your first time in Rio. Our famous architect Oscar Niemeyer loved Niteroi so much that he gave to us one of the most iconic construction in Brazil, the MAC MUSEUM, which is our Contemporary Art Museum. 

For the record, Oscar Niemeyer is our Worldwide famous architect that made Brasilia, our capital. He was a visionary, a good man and a very brazilian person. He gave us so many important buidilng combining the landscape and nature, his curving architecture is inspired by the curves of a female body. He was a good friend of our former President Juscelino Kubitschek that had the crazy idea to transfer the capital to the middle of nothing. The current capital was Rio and you can imagine how angry Rio got to loose the capital, but the crazy idea worked out...thanks to Brasilia we could develop the rest of the country and important cities like Manaus, Cuiabá, Campo Grande, Goiania had an amazing growth and we became such an agriculture power in the World. Oscar Niemeyer worked until his long 101 years old, and lived until 103 years wold with extraordinary memory, sense of humour and with a fantastic legacy for all of us.



Rio gives you a lot of unexpected surprises by discovering new places, Marcone and I will be waiting for you get your camera prepared for amazing pictures. I am an avid amateur photographer and I will be happy to share many ideas, we love to make Rio easier for you!!!


When touring is a big passion, not only work, Rio gets more and more fascinating, so be sure that here you will always find a friend and I am ready to wait for you with my arms wide opened. 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

brazilrafario@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

THE THREE FACES OF A GOOD FRIEND - LUCIANA BONGUARDO - WELCOME TO THE TEAM

Always honored to have Luciana very present in my tours, but she is more than a guide, she is my friend and it is a honor for me to introduce her to my guests and readers. As you know, I have a team...so many people want to experience my tours, so I decided to select people with high personal qualities and knowledge, and above all some one who can treat you as a special friend who comes to Brazil to visit. 

It is easy to talk about Luciana, but let me choose 3 ways to introduce you one of the best guides that I know here in Rio.

THE GOOD FRIEND


Every meeting is a celebration of life, all the laughs are guaranteed and we always tell jokes to each other. She is the happiness itself. Luciana carries the good vibes wherever she goes. I trust all my guests to her when I am busy and we develp a good work together and we have great plans for you in the future!!

THE MOTHER



She is a sweet lioness...she cares about people in general..but when it comes to Family, wow...she is more than fascinating. Cario has the great privilege to have an amazing Mother and Gran Mother...she is a wonderful Mum and a great daughter...this is when you notice how wonderful she is. Motherhood is one of her specialty.

THE GUIDE



Joy, positive fun, high energy, lots of information and Rio like you want the city to be...informal and vibrant. If Rio has a face for sure Luciana has the face of Rio, she is one of the fewest RAFA WITH SKIRTS...her way of guiding has a lot to do with my own way of guiding, so when my guests and readers have Luciana as a guide, I am sure they will have the best time of their lives. So all the time when I recommend you to see Rio with Luciana, just do not hesitate to accept!

So Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so proud and happy to introduce MRS. JOY

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner
brazilrafario@gmail.com