Tuesday, January 8, 2019


For sure Marapendi is not part of the tourist attractions in Rio, it is just a normal district of Rio in the way to Barra da Tijuca, in the west side of Rio. We take a boat , like a "boat bus" close to a shopping mall and a gas station. Only Rafa knows how to take you there!

It is one of our most favorite districts of Rio, we love it...hidden views that will be a real success in your travel photography, amazing restaurants with the best of the Brazilian Food. It is indeed a Rio that you do not expect to find!

Such a quiet and peaceful corner close to the crazy rhythm of Barra da Tijuca, for sure you would never think to find such a lush green neighborhood of Rio, only a local and a person completely in love with Rio can take you that case, of course, it is me! :)

I should have kept the secret but I cannot see some local wildlife, well it is not like a safari in Africa, but if you love birds you will like to go there, if you like all animals, the capivaras will make this day very special. 

There will be way more surprises and things to see in Marapendi, it is up to you to visit these wetlands, a little wildlife spot in Rio.

Do not hesitate to contact me, I will show you more secrets of Rio.

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner
whatsapp: +5521 97540 4501

Monday, December 10, 2018


If you want to know all the things you can do by visiting this Statue...a place where Christ is waiting with open arms, a city that not only him but all good Cariocas will hugs you, and give you some Copacabana to chill out, some big Ipanema to keep you cool while Rio's Summer will treat you like a barbecue, a place that will provide some limey Caipirinha so you can dance Samba without the fear of simply free your soul, you will have Niteroi to surprise you and convince you that WOW, Rio is still glamorous.

This could be fantastic if you have someone really in love with Rio, this will be great if you know someone with the genuine soul of Rio, your time in the city will be memorable if you have a cool friend (who happens to be a guide). Your time in Rio will be unique if you get to know Rafa.

What do you know about Rio??? When you choose Brazil you must have many reasons...Tropical Beaches, Copacabana, Carnaval, Samba, the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, the good life of Salvador, and sometimes when you hear about Rafa!!! 

YES, that's me...More than 18 years of huge love for my work...I am a registered tour guide but I feel myself like an informal ambassador of many is so good to make life easier for our visitors. If you come to Rio and I am your guide or you are using my Team, sure we will have fun!

Contact me now!!! If you have whatsapp, +5521 975404501 drop me some lines, or use my email and I will be pleased to organize the trip with your family, the trip with your friends, your trip. I am here to welcome from one person to many groups. Just count on me!

Rafael Torres Lopes
whatsapp: +5521 97540 4501

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Yes, Rafa has good contacts there and it will change your idea of travelling, coming across with amazing natural beauties in a place that you would never imagine to meet PURE NATURE, plus amazing history of one of the world's ancient civilizations, the Persian World. Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan and many other places. Tehran will surprise you, well, the whole country will make you fall in love. Get your wrong ideas aside and find out a land that will love to welcome you!