Tuesday, March 14, 2017


If you ask me what I like most in my work, among millions of answers, I would say, the true smile of all people I welcome here. Rio is deeply beautiful and easy to explore and there are places away from all you read in travel books, and my proposal is taking you to all the hidden spots. 

Every day is a new story for me. I still feel that big population of butterflies in my stomach before every tour, it is like this when I have one person, it is exactly the same when I have a couple and it is pretty much the same when I have a big group. They are not CLIENTS, they are guest, and most of these people become FRIENDS FOR LIFE.

Places are very important, we all love to see new places and feel our trip to be unique, but what remains in our memories are the incredible moments we have together. I love sharing my passion, I love showing to all guests THE RAFA, not exactly the TOUR GUIDE. So  come to see the SPIRIT of Rio de Janeiro, I will also show you the "body" of Rio, but think more about the soul of the place. Think about Rio as a place that you will visit over and over again. In Rio you will have a new friend, me and my team!

The sun is really generous in  Rio, so there is a bog risk that we will jump in the water when you feel the heat of Rio I am sure you will agree with me. We will visit many ocean beaches like Grumari, Recreio or Barra. Places where locals go and special places away from the big touristic waves. This day in Rio will be so different that you will be amazed at so many places that you could not research before.

We will have a special day between 6 and 8 hours visiting stunning places in out coast.

The west side of Rio has lots of neighborhoods like Marapendi waiting for you. A Rio that you will not be a tourist, you will be an expert.

I am here to make you feel special, I will be the one who will provide super different pictures on your facebook page or instagram. I am ready and happy to assist you in the Brazilian Adventure!!!


Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner



Wow wow wow!!! So you choose to come to Rio??? This is fantastic!!! That means I will have to make it special for you and I need to start by introducing you some cool surprises...NOT COPACABANA, NOT SUGAR LOAF, NOT THE CHRIST!

We are starting with places that a regular tourist will never think about visiting (the classic places we can do it afterward)

And I am talking about NITEROI...YES NITEROI!!!

True, I am always very excited when I take my guests to Niteroi, less than 20 minutes far from Rio, a place where you will find many different angles for your amazing travel photos. A place where you will really feel a local, so sunny and so spectacular.

In our way, we will stop to see a Museum, not really be visiting the museum but appreciate all the views from there, and this place is really important for us as our famous architect who built BRASILIA our capital, his name is Oscar Niemeyer, also left his great work, the Contemporary Art Museum. 

We will explore together many unknown places in the surroundings of Rio. You will see places that very few visitors know. So adding Niteroi in your itinerary will give you a lot of knowledge, a lot of great stories to tell. You will see much more, the photos does not make justice for everything we will see there!

So come join us for a different tour and figure out that RIO IS MUCH MORE THAN COPACABANA!

Places like Itacoatiara, Piratininga, Itaipu, Boa Viagem, Jurujuba and Parque da Cidade will be forever in your visited places list. 

Count on me, guarantee your place in this endevour, write to brazilrafario@gmail.com

With much love, 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Ohhhh and by the way...

My name is Rafael, all my friends, family and guests call me RAFA. I will be your guide in Rio (also in so many places that if you ask me I will be pleased to tell) but  also your friend in Rio, I am in this lovely business for 17 years now and still planning to be your reference in South America for a looong time. You will be in very good hands!

Saturday, March 11, 2017


HAHAHAHA OUR TWO DAYS IN RIO WAS CERTAINLY BUSY. The city is big, full of surprises and we had more than 100 people to deal with. A big honor for us because we do not see this people as client, passengers or GRINGOS....No...they are our visitors, they are our friends, they are our guest and it is my land, so it had to be special and I have made everything humanly possible, so it was not perfect but for sure every one had our best passion, our best attention and our best smile!!!

So it worked, and we want more! :)

All my guests deserve the best, so I select the la creme de la creme of my own team. I had the pleasure to be there together with Marcone Lima, the brain of all logistics, thanks to him we tried to deal with the wild traffic of gorgeous Rio; I had the expertise and the big sense of humor of Marco Coelho, he brings all the glamour that Rio had and nowadays is fighting hard to renovate a new glamour; I had Sonia with all her good heart and generosity and a soft love for Rio; I had Guilherme, the foodie member of my team, hahaha, he knows where the best local spots are and I hope one day he writes a book about Gastronomy; and last but not least, Juliana was part of the team, she knows the inside stories of each neighborhood. So the crew all organized by my good friend and great guest John Pain had the best in Rio and I think they had a fantastic time!

We had six groups and my group was lucky to go to Niteroi on the first day which was not part of the itinerary but I had to change because traffic in the city was super complicated, and Niteroi is my homeland, always a special place that I love taking all the visitors; from the other side of the bay you can have a broad vision of whole Rio, is like watching the whole New York City from Brooklyn. 

My big concern was taking my people to see this beauty. From the top of Parque da Cidade lookout where they can have an idea about how magic Rio is. And I am grateful because after months and months planning we all could meet in Rio.

John Pain and Rose, my australian friends that I had the honor to welcome. Just like all of us, they were so happy to visit the icon of Rio, the Christ where you can also have different views of all Rio. It was a lovely day that people could be a lot of the city, like the forest of  Tijuca, the Wetlands, a little bit of Rio's downtown. 

My big thanks go to each one of you that made this tour possible. Rio is always better with your visit here, so please spread the words and tell to anyone you know that in Brazil they will find a good friend!

Rafa is ready to make this city special and easy for you!

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner