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Thursday, November 16, 2017

FLAMENGO - A COOL NEIGHBORHOOD IN RIO


Just imagine a sunny day, super blue sky and a big area full of green and nature all around. A designed park called Aterro do Flamengo, great for a walking just to chill out and trying to make any problem looking small. Rio inspires you and when I can as I live close by, I just go down for a walk!


It is a lovely neighborhood, a typical middle-class district where the Cariocas love to make life good and easier...It is wonderful to have the Sugar Loaf, the Guanabara Bay and a park designed by Burle Marx in the 50s, making this park one of the largest urban green area in Brazil. 

Flamengo is not far from Copacabana and it is near the domestic airport, everything easy to reach and with pleasant streets full of trees...it is a quiet space in the middle of the crazy city. 

The Portuguese during the colonial times gave this name to the place because a lot of Dutch people used to live in this part of the city. Dutch people are "flemish" and "flamengo" is the Portuguese therm to translate it. 


We simply love taking our friends to a cool picnic or just sitting together to have a good time sipping a fresh coconut water and laugh about life. 

Visiting Flamengo Park can be a great option for a visit to Rio and I might stop there to make you see one of the most popular spots in the city, our people love going there!


As you know, this is a city of open arms, the Christ is here to hug you on the top of Corcovado Mountain, and Rafa is ready to hug you everywhere in Rio.

Yes, dear Reader, Brazilians love to hug, Brazilians love to kiss, we love showing our true feelings when we have people coming to Rio for the first time and be sure that more than a guide, I want to be your friend and main reference in Brazil. 

LOTS OF HUGS, LOTS OF KISSES FROM SUNNY AND SHINING RIO DE JANEIRO

Rafa Torres
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

brazilrafario@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

HOMELY LIFE OF RAFA - A GOOD WAY TO KNOW WHO YOU WILL BE IN RIO


Dear Reader, when you look for a tour, you will think you will see pictures of amazing places, but this post is for you to see a great family; my family...yes your TOUR GUIDE has a family. 

If I have such an endless love for my family, you can be soooo sure that I will take good care of yours!!!

I am proud to show you my family and best friends, the ones in the photo, and the ones who are not in the photo always have a generous space in my heart. 

This wonderful moment happened yesterday when we celebrate life because of my partner Marcone's birthday and also celebrating a new opportunity that life gave me, I survived a bad accident and since then we also celebrate this date as it is my "second birth".


Family and friends are my priorities...I am happy and people make me happy, so now you can understand why so much passion in everything we do. We love welcoming our friends and the house is always open for those who have a positive attitude. Thanks, Marcone, Grazi, Bianca, and Thamires for always being present in the best times of our lives.


Pure love explains my life, it is always important to give without expecting to take. I love to write all about my feelings, this is the best way for you to get to know me better. 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner
brazilrafario@gmail.com

Monday, November 6, 2017

A FAMILY CALLED CANADA - HONORED TO BE CANADA'S INFORMAL AMBASSADOR


Big thank you for Canada, this awesome country always sends me amazing people. When I look back at the first years of my career, I have made so many friends from life and Canada keeps making my work so rich. It is an honor for me welcoming more and more friends from all over Canada. 

This week, thanks to my friend Wendy White who always recommend my tours. I was so pleased to meet my cousins Williard, Elisabeth, Maureen, Vern, Gayle and Bruce (Sweet Heart). We had 5 days of pure fun, different places in Rio to explore, lots of laughs and very special moments. 


The tours have "soul" as well as Rio has a "soul, and my guests are part of this spirit. I love to be a tour guide and thanks to that I am a "smile collector", I understand that I am in the right way when I see all the wishes and dreams coming true when I show them the best of Rio de Janeiro and the rest of Brazil. 


Secrets of Rio will be easy to find out when you choose the right person to take you to places where no tourists go. Niteroi is a place that waits for your travel curiosity, count on me in this Rio's Journey. 


So canadians in Brazil will feel at home, this is a big family that I keep and we do have fun in Rio, so before going to Rio, please contact Rafa. He is the natural and informal ambassador in  Brazil that will make your plans in Brazil something to remember.

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

brazilrafario@gmail.com