Friday, April 1, 2016

BUENOS AIRES IS FUN AND WITH RAFA WAY MORE SPECIAL - BUENOS AIRES YOUR HOME

Buenos Aires in one day will be challenge, but I am sure you will love it, I just need your adventure spirit, your accurate curiosity and your open mind for a lot of surprises and improvisation. In South America, we will have to go with the flow and follow the rhythm of the city. We will also visit unique places difficult to reach, spots that no tourist can ever dream about visiting!!!




Boooo!!! This is not Mexico but normally we will start visiting THE DEAD, hahahahahaha :) I would love to reproduce the maniacal laugh in Michael Jackson's song THRILLER...but lets at least remember the lyrics:

Darkness falls across the land
The midnite hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'awl's neighbourhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell
The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller
Can you dig it?!


But we are not going to see spirits or ghosts, we will visit a very traditional and important cemetery in town that holds the history of many remarkable characters of Argentina's Democratic Saga, from the famous Evita Peron's Tomb to the great popular President Belgrano, one of the people responsable to guarantee the argentinean borders, and also masterpieces of many world famous sculptors like Rodin. 




From Death to Life we will cross in few minutes...A quick visit to the Rose Gardens in the Palermo Park is a must stop place, an incredible collections of Roses coming from every part of Argentina, the open space will give you food for thoughts for amazing photos and you will visit the main green lung of Buenos Aires, the neighborhood of Palermo is one of the most desireble places to live in town.





Now it is time to feel the soul of the argentinean person...we will explore places where Tango is lived with passion, we will visit squares where people come just to dance Tango, a charming dance which is a real religion as well as football which is also a huge passion. We will be visiting SanTelmo to see a charming flea market and we will also have fun, dance and have the best argentinean beer or wine in the colorful district of Caminito. A real journey to the past with a great experience in present all at once. 




Okay, now you should know that Argentina has a fine and absolutely wonderful gastronomy (and hopefully you are not vegetarian), and steak they make it with "art", best barbecue with amazing spices like the famous ChimiChurri and it is an opportunity to taste what locals love to do and we will have several options...Lunch at the super traditional CaféTortoni, a real "worker" lunch at Obrero or a simple great barbecue in the canals of Tigre by the river. I will always have those 3 options for you to choose




After lunch we will have an important decision to take...so much to see in Buenos Aires that we cannot do all in just one day...so I give to our group 3 options, and I cannot vote because I love all the options:

OPTION ONE - WALKING TOUR USING THE METRO AND SEE THE CLASSICS OF BUENOS AIRES




We are visiting the head of the Power were President Macri is cleaning the house, we will see the Casa Rosada on Mayo Square, visit the majestic Cathedral where Pope Francis spent a long time as a Bishop, we will walk through boulevard and more squares like the wide avenue of 9 de Julio, the corner of Corrientes Avenue which is always compared with Times Squere in London, we will pass in front of Colon Theatre and visit the beautiful San Martin square where we can have a good view to the port and the British Clock

OPTION TWO - THE WATER WAY OF TIGRE - A DIFFERENT BUENOS AIRES





OPTION THREE - WE WILL GO TO SOUTH AFRICA AND INDIA




Sure...you will feel like in Africa and in India in the same day!!! Plus a wonderful contact with the most gracious creatures on Earth, it is a animal center where they take good care of animals caught in circus and owners who did not took care of those animals, and also a big variety of animals who are born and raised in this blessed corner of Lujan. If we choose to have the best photos of our lives in South America, we will go there first because the zoo closes early

Well, this is how I deal with Buenos Aires and will love to share with you...lots of groups can be organized, we have enougb guides for this unique adventure in the capital of Argentina. I am sure you will have a great time!

LOTS OF LOVE, 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner


ohhhhh I just for got to mention, some people spend more than one day in the city, and I have cool suggestions about what to do after a complete day in Buenos Aires, like the whole day following the course of Plata River visiting many gaucho farms, or a quick visit to Uruguay in Colonia del Sacramento or the unknown cute village of Carmelo.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A MARVELOUS PLACE CALLED SALVADOR



Salvador is really a mix of sensations...it is hard to describe, but let me try...Getting to the place where all 365 churches meet, to a place where the bay gives amazing beaches, you just feel a different energy. All Gods are there and the atmosphere is high. Salvador sees no colors because the city is black and white, and they live in such fun vibe...The food feeds your stomach with style, the magic of the african spices with the traditional portuguese cuisine gives to the country, maybe the best food in Brazil...The drums of Olodum, the market sound of São Joaquim, the beats of the waves in Barra beach tells you how musical the city is.

I love Salvador and my task here is to make you love Salvador as well.



Beautiful coastline where the portuguese set foot for the first time in the history of Brazil, visiting Salvador is simply getting to know the first capital of the country, thanks to that...Lisbon and Salvador have a lot in common, from the architecture to the several cultures we find in the city...Coming to Salvador is a meeting with a very interesting part of the South American Past and a great meeting to one of the most exciting destination in the World. Salvador is simply marvelous and my team and I will always be there to give you the best of Salvador.


A tour with Rafa has to give you smiles, colors, party, people, real action and some of our funniest stories. Salvador is a good friend of mine because the city gives everything I need. So we will start in the colorful and historic district of Santo Antonio, it is the natural way to Pelourinho which is considered the SOUL OF BAHIA and the capital of all saints according to the catholic and afro beliefs. We will walk a little but your legs will not complain about it when you visit a house of a local, when you walk in the cobble stones streets of the old town where Jorge Amado wrote his best novels, where Cahimmi sang his best songs and the drums echoes in every corner. 

A native from Bahia is called BAIANO, and the Baianos have a free soul, and this is what we will do in Salvador, we will set our souls free and enjoy the city.


Happiness was born here! And your eyes will get crazy to see so many master pieces ever created by our ancestors...the party in the streets of Pelourinho, the church of San Francis which for me is the most magnificent church in Brazil (and we have many!), a trip to Salvador is not really a tour, we will have a journey through our past and present time. The ups and downs of Pelourinho street will be always present in your mind! 



Diversity, this will be part of our tinerary all the time we will be walking and driving around Salvador, we will meet people, we will learn more about a Brazil that we are proud to show to the World, we will see beaches, we will have the best food ever (yes, once you are in Salvador, I want you hungry!). You can count on me and Marcone, we are the guides that can meet you in every place in Brazil, specially in Salvador, we also have a great team of guides that keep our quality and philosophy of exploring Brazil like a local, we deal with travellers, you are a traveller and we are your best friends in Brazil. 

Do not hesitate to contact me, brazilrafario@gmail.com is my email and we can deal directly or count on your travel agent to be in touch, Salvador will be more fascinating and easier in our hands!

HAPPY TRAVELS, 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS WITH RAFA IN RIO AND WHEREVER YOU WANT IN BRAZIL OR SOUTH AMERICA


So many guests wonder if I make PHOTO TOURS AROUND RIO, these specific people are incredible photographers and of course I decided to accept the challenge. I can spend hours with my guests taking to the hottest spots, places with unique angles and I have the patience to follow my guest friends. Photos of the classic places, photos of unknown places...Places where regular tourists never go because of the language barrier or even because people simply do not know any place when they come to visit. I am here to guide, and I am here to give you many suggestions. But let me be clear, I am not a professional photographer, I am just a good amateur. I am in the travel business for 16 years and I have welcomed amazing photographers from all over the World.

So with me we can explore all over Rio, the old neighborhoods, the generous nature, the hills, the ocean, the people. And not only in Rio, we can travel the country and we can travel the Continent. You just need to contact me way in advance and I will be ready.

Below, I am happy to share part of my favorite images and there will be much more in my tours.


Brazil has five region and one of our most fascinating regions is not doubt the North East which we call it as NORDESTE...One of the lively states of this region is Ceará with wild beaches with amazing falesias where you can capture the fishingmen life together with breathtaking nature. I took this photo in a village called MORRO BRANCO.


We have several old historic towns where the beautiful portuguese colonial architecture, barroc churches, old homes some of the homes with more than 300 years, cobbled stone streets, slow pace of life where every little corner gives you fantastic images. This photo was taken in the country side of Minas Gerais State, in the charming old town of Tiradentes.


Nature inspires me and I love travelling and take my guest to places where they can have a sort of EXPLORERS OF A WILD BRAZIL, hahahaha :) and one of the most interesting states that you can find the best beaches is the route between Natal and Pipa, in the Dolphin Bay. This is Rio Grande do Norte State, no doubt one of my favorite places in Brazil


Ohhhhh thinking about the sweet and delicious State of Bahia...Salvador comes to my mind in first place...the race mix that provides the best gastronomy in Brazil, the amazing samba rhythm, deep faith in religion, good hearts...everything is positive when you think of Bahia, and for sure my shots are always gorgeous when I get there.


I was born in Rio and I deeply love Brazil, so honored to be Brazilian and I have good friends anywhere in my country. There is a very unknown state of Brazil called MARANHÃO, very hardly foreign visitors go there and people simply have no idea what they are missing. My heart lives there and this State gave me the happiness I need to continue living, my love comes from there and I will be everlasting grateful. Maranhao which capital is São Luis holds some World's Best Images in places that you never heard such as Lençois Maranhenses in Santo Amaro, Cururupu, Carolina, Alcantara, Balsas, Morros...this place has endless colors and it is a huge source of photography inspiration, a real PHOTOGRAPHER'S PLAYGROUND.


An universe of waters and an orgasm for us photography fans, we share this treasure of nature with Argentina and from different angles maybe you will have your best shots in life. I always organize tours in Iguazu Falls, specially in Argentinean side where the falls are very present!!!


Uhmmmm this is my best photography shot in recently years and I took this photo in a Earth Paradise located in Argentina, in the Province of Corrientes...This is the Iberá Lagoon, an impressive wetland area. 


And in a photo tour with me, you can even be the PHOTO DIRECTOR of your own photos, hahahaha...this incredible "pet" is called Sharima, and she was born in Sri Lanka and she has a wonderful home in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, so I am ready to share my secrets with you. Do your best to be part of this amazing activity in Rio, in all states of Brazil and in every country of South America. 

Just contact me, brazilrafario@gmail.com and we can exchange ideas and figure out what we can do in your trip to South America.

ALL THE BEST AND LOTS OF LOVE, DEAR READER, 

Rafa