Monday, August 6, 2018
How are you??? Yes I know...I am a little bit late with all updates, but please understand life of a tour guide is a busy one, and the good thing is that I love it...
Let me tell you about ART..., lots of lively art around the city of Rio, you will have lots of access to our local culture if you have a guide that you trust...and who will be this guide...well...you are reading the blog of one.
If you are an artist, if you are a painter or if you have an artsy life, Rio is the destination for you and we can organize a tour for one day visiting the best spot where street arts shows their best masterpiece.
And the local art is very updating, recently we had the visit of the brilliant student who is taking her example to all women in the World, Malala Yousafzai, she came to one of the favelas in Rio to talk with children about freedom and the importance of education in our lives. I was pleased to welcome in Rio, my friend, and famous Teacher of Art in the Secondary Schools of São Luis, in the State of Maranhão who is a great fan of art and history who leads many social projects in their land, and she was fascinated about the cultural movement in Rio.
We love colors, and the tours in Rio are filled with art options. Art, culture, natural beauties, you can find it in one day exploring the secrets of Rio. And I am here for you, just write directly to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rio de Janeiro is the cultural capital of Brazil.
There are some people who love street art, and Brazil is a source of great ideas printed in so many walls all over the main cities. I am based in Rio and if you want to make your trip to Rio colorful, surely you can count on me. Come to Rio and find out so many unknown artists, as well as Valpairaiso, Lima and Buenos Aires.
Rio can impress you. Do not waste your time, write to me and discover what we can do together. More than a tour guide, I want to be your friend in Rio.
Just write to me and I will make it special.
RAFAEL TORRES LOPES
I love tourism and the travel business, but I am so much interested about art and culture in Brazil and also South America. Join me and we will find more amazing works all over Rio, I am ready and super in the mood to make Rio easy for you.
Thank you very much!
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Yes, dear reader, a long time no talk...ooops, I mean, no writa...but I am back to pay a tribute to our proud culture called SAMBA and we have one of the big symbols of Samba, a wonderful person, so diverse in his talents and the great representative of the Brazilian Culture, MR. Martinho da Vila. He is so important to us that when we think about Samba, we immediately have Martinho in our minds.
Martinho is a poet, a songwriter and excellent musician, the ambassador of so many African rhythms, the one responsible to make Brazil and the Portuguese Africa so united, thanks to him we love the culture of Angola, Guine, Cape Vert and so many others.
Images are stronger than words in this case, check this youtube video below
Samba is in our heart since we are babies, it is part of our BRASILIDADE, as I love saying. We can translate brasilidade as "identity". Samba is known around the World as a symbol of Brazil and the soul of our Carnaval. I would say Samba is the icon of my identity, not only mine but of all the Brazilians. Samba became a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity, its roots came from Angola and Congo, and the slaves brought it to perform some religious rituals and soon it became a big influence in the country.
Right now in Rio at the MAR, Rio's Art Museum, there is an exhibition about Samba, telling us the very beginning of Samba in Brazil until nowadays, when you come to Rio we should add this event in our agenda because you learn about our culture, folklore and so many wonderful traditions. Samba is for us what Jazz is to New Orleans, or Blues to Chicago, it is as important as Tango to Argentina. And I had the chance to meet the masters, one of them is Paulinho da Viola who generously enriches my knowledge explaining some important moments of our music cultural, I heard inside stories which I am so grateful. Here below you can see Paulinho performing:
No doubt Paulinho is the lively voice of Samba and has its place of our genius galleries such as Clementina de Jesus, Zeketi, Cartola, Dona Ivone Lara, and still alive masters of Samba as Martinho da Vila, Beth de Carvalho, Zeca Pagodinho, Martinalia, Ana Costa, Tereza Cristina
I am a big fan of Brazilian Music, and of course, I have to be where the music is, and she is one of the newest and most talented voices of Samba, Ana Costa, she has a DVD Album called Pelos Caminhos do Som that means INTO THE SOUND'S PATH...and it is a fascinating journey from the deep Brazilian rhythms to the drums of Africa...so inspiring, so profound and full of love. Ana is always open to introduce our BRAZILIAN MUSIC to all over the World, so if you are reading thus humble blog, please contact us and we will find a way to take with us so many BRAZILIAN MAGIC to your country, she had performed in Africa, Barbados, Cuba and so many other countries, and I want your country to enjoy her samba and let's organize a huge BRAZILIAN PARTY.
Here I am sharing her complete concert below:
Brazilian Carnaval is contagious, and you know me...LET'S PARTY!!! hahahahah, it is a honor to defend our culture wherever I go in the World and welcome my guests introducing our joy, our open hearts, when you visit Rio, it is not only a visit, it is diving into the soul of Rio de Janeiro, the picture translates my love for BRAZIL and deep pride of all my friends, Ana, Cacá, Marcone, Thamires, my adorable folks that I love, and my gratitude to belong to this "continent" named Brazil.
RAFAEL TORRES LOPES
Tour Guide and Travel Planer
Thursday, April 5, 2018
This picture is just possible if you take a boat and sail close to the coast of a very dear city called NITEROI. Wonderful and hidden angles can be seen there. And guess what...Niteroi is very present in my tours, by land and by the sea.
I was born and raised in Niteroi and I am always here to make your stay in Rio very special, going to places where regular tourists never go because they do not know that such a chance exists. The sun is a good friend of Rio and when we have sunny days, we will enjoy places that you will never imagine to explore.
This is what happens when I take my guests to Niteroi, unique photos, breathtaking views and lots of fun!!! Niteroi is the place, and it will enrich your day when you arrive in Rio.
Lots of history with forts built on the entrance of Guanabara Bay in 1565 and since that time people fall in love with. It is time to fill your heart with passion for Brazil and Niteroi is one of the ways to this "BRAZILITY"
Remember that you will find a passionate tour guide, but much more than that, I am your friend in Rio!
LOTS OF LOVE,
RAFAEl TORRES LOPES
Tour Guide and Travel Planner