Monday, December 25, 2017


When my guests write to me, I always say that much more than a guide, I am your friend in Brazil, yes, dear Reader, it is a friend who is writing to you and opening his heart to wish the best Xmas of all times!

Merry Christmas, folks!!! You are my guests and for sure this is a wonderful gift that I get each year. 

Well, I spend the night celebrating the birth of Jesus with my family and close friends. I could feel like a little bird in a warm nest. 

My apologies that I could not be updated with my messages, tours, and family affairs that make me prepared and super in the mood to make Brazil and South America to you!

My big strength in life is the love that I have from my family and all my dear folks close to me. I am grateful for all this love and care. I am made with love, my work and my life are only possible when I have this the flower loves the Spring.

My gratitude to my Mother that brought me to this World to be able to share my happiness and knowledge for all visitor, many thanks to my partner Marcone whose love makes me be stronger as a rock; my thanks to all my family and friends who feed me with love and energy to be always a better person; many thanks to my friends who are so generous to provide me love, support, courage and high vibes. 

To all readers and friends, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for being so incredible!

MERRY BRAZILIAN CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF THE WORD. May our minds be prepared to make only positive things, may God gives the inspiration to improve our lives. And a wonderful new year filled with success laughs and happiness.

Now, let me write all the messages that I have to answer to so many anxious travelers who will have such a great experience on my Continent. 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Sunday, December 17, 2017


I have no doubt that when you think about coming to Rio, you will think about tropical beaches, pleasant sun, and fresh ocean water, yes you will find...but not in Copacabana, not in Ipanema. Cool beaches, but not completely "raw" nature as I love saying. 

To find these unique spots, you will need some small trips to the countryside, you need at least one day trip but the result will be PARADISE. And this is what you will see when you arrive at Ilha Grande. 

Wild nature, endless ocean, and sandy beaches, laid-back inlets and green mountains. For many years in our history, Ilha Grande has been a good shelter for those who look for good life.

Enjoy yourself in the salt water and take the salt off in a sparkling water river. It is just being in nature and take yourself to the past when the Portuguese navigators did the same thing 500 years ago. 

Fascinating place where you forget your busy life, nature will make you soooo relaxed that you will be willing to spend the rest of your life there!

A place where you can spend one day for total fun, you can even overnight there, all kind of accommodation that can fit all pocket, and we can do a lot there. To arrive at this paradise you need at least 2 hours and another two hours to go back to Rio, but you know...all sacrifice leads to incredible results and ILHA GRANDE is a good reason. 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Sunday, December 10, 2017


In my life I always had a delicate life between work and leisure, almost both have the same meaning. I deal with the beauties of South America, I take people to see unique places and I work with their dreams and expectations. 

Second day in Paraty and it continues...Uruguayans guests this week, I still have to meet them in Angra dos Reis and introduce another paradise on earth, the mysterious and charming island of Ilha Grande. 

Paraty has been so generous to me, I always find incredible places and very secluded corners in so many little isles, so grateful for that. And I am honored to share these wonders to all people in the World. 

Nature inspires I always try to find places where I have trees all around where I can feel quietness to write and keep planning all the cool trips I have for you. The ideal place here in Paraty is the hostel of my friend Thiago Nadur, he has a "vegan" (I am not vegan!) hostel close to the mountains and not so far from the sea, yes, by staying here I am FORCED to eat healthily!!! :)

Well, long day ahead is waiting for me.

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner