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 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 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


Davina was a brilliant guest from South Africa and now she is a wonderful friend I have in Johannesburg...yes, sometimes I can have some unusual reaction when I meet you in Rio...I always tell my guests that I am not exactly a guide, I will be your friend in Rio. I tend to forget protocols and I want to show you the energy and the joy of brazilian people!

Moments with Rafa will be the surprises you will see in Rio...visiting places where regular tourists never go simply because they don't know these places exist. 

Friends meetings, family meetings...high spirit and free hearts covering amazing places with a lot of photos and history. A cool way to learn about our daily life. A Different Rio with someone totally concern to offer a real experience and to convince you that Brazil is a very informal destination!

 Rio has some icons...the Christ is for sure the most famous be sure I never forget these places...but get prepared to laugh, be sure that you will exercise a lot your informal side. With myself and mu guides, you will be with real friends, people who are really worried to gove you a very FRIENDLY RIO!

When we have time and when you want to discover the secrets of Rio, we can end up in paradises like that. Off the beaten path places will be waiting for you. I can dedicate the whole day to take you to many surprising places. It is up to you, the itineraries are just references, I am always flexible to taylor our day according to your wishes and my useful sugestions.

Social approach: Always I will be a "bridge" between your culture and brazilian culture, so I might take you to a local communities and some favelas for you to learn more about our routine, you will get to know the brazilians from all levels of life and pictured with unbelieveble views!

HIGH SEASON MEANS SUMMER!!! So the heat will be something that you will have to get ready and accept...I cannot control high temperatures...the good side is that I will always have a bucket, hahahaha :) And I will be close to the ocean or to a waterfall, so if you want to get wet...OH YES, I will love to give you water...not always for drinking, hahahahah :)))))

You see...HAPPY FACES...thius is what I want when I am with you!!! :)

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Yes...I walk, and my legs took me to places where a regular visitor hardly go...I have the legs of a traveller leaded by my own curiosity, and thanks to that I can take my guests to very unique places...Legs that allowed me to find out much more about my own land. my dear Brazil and my love Rio...Two places that gives me work, give me joy and feeds my passion to be much more than a tour guide, but a loyal friends in this side of America.

Thank you very much, 

Rafael Torres Lopes