Wednesday, February 15, 2017


In our free time, Marcone and I never go to the touristy places in Rio, we always select places where there are not hotels around, we will be surrounded by endless sea, green forest, and white sand so we can have some privacy. Life is sometimes so busy, in a hurry and lots of stress, so the idea is to disconnect a little and enjoy ourselves. 

This is also an option that I provide to all my guests to be introduced to a more intimate Rio de Janeiro. In this part of Rio, we can still find places where nothing changed since the Portuguese stepped foot for the first time in our history.

Rio is more fascinating when we reach places where just the people of Rio go...Recreio, Grumari, Prainha and Guaratiba are names where you will not find in any travel plan, but for sure you will meet your friends and have lots of fun!

Close to Grumari there is even a nude beach where I confess that I go once in a while; giving some freedom to your private parts does not hurt, hahahaha :)

Dramatic views, amazing mountains and gorgeous beaches, this is what you find when choosing a different tour with us. 

Come to witness another side of Rio, a regular pace of an extraordinary city which is proud to be one of the most beautiful places in the Planet. 

I am sure you will enjoy this festival of Nature not so far from the busy districts of Rio, Grumari and Abricot beaches are the most secluded beaches we have, and surely we will visit all of it. 

I am pleased to take my guests to the places that I personally go for leisure, the places where I get rid of all booze and for sure you will love it. A whole beach day and this is wonderful to face our hot summer...seeing gorgeous places, meeting beautiful people and enjoy the fine local cuisine.

I am here to make Rio easy for you, as I always say...not your guide but your friend in Brazil.

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Sometimes people want to do what other people usually do not do, being to places away from the tourist discussion, being to places that hardly a regular tourist would never think to visit. And nothing pleases more than taking my guests to my hometown Niteroi where Rio can be seen in a very unique way.

THE UNKNOWN NITEROI is not so far from the city of Rio and it is always forgotten by people influenced by the fame of Rio.

I always is a big crime not going to Niteroi, people never know how much Niteroi adds to your traveling wishes. 

If people want to see many different places, NITEROI is by far the best option and in my opinion we should keep this secret. Niteroi is okay for not being famous and RAFA and his team are always ready to help you find amazing places.

Niteroi is famous for being the SMILE CITY and no doubt that once we are there we feel something different in the soul, a place where people talk to you...they are not worried about what you have but they want to know who you are, a city that welcomes all souls, absolutely friendly environment. 

Unique views will surprise you, a great inspiration for great photographers and a place where you forget about time, nature and yourself will be together with you all the time. Niteroi gives you wild adventure for the brave heart travelers who dare to challenge the airspace like this guide who writes to you...have a look below:

Well, I must tell you that Niteroi has one of the top 20 best beaches in Brazil, this paradise has a name: ITACOATIARA. Perfect waves, impressive rock formations, natural pools and incredible sandwich that you just find in Itaqua (this is how the locals usually call it. For sure a place to fall in love with.

Names that you never heard...and so what??? new places that will live in your book of travels and it will remain in your memories forever. Come and discover new ways of seeing a Rio that no one still never touched. A place that you will never be treated like a tourist, you will feel yourself a real traveler and part of the daily life.

Maybe I am not the right person to explain what Niteroi is...simply because the best years of my life I spent there...Niteroi has great stories about Rafa, that is why I am always honored when I take my guests there.

Well, I am here to make your trip special. My life is nearly all dedicated to guarantee the same smile that NITEROI has.

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Guide

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Thursday, February 9, 2017


Life needs to be enjoyed, so let's make the best of life, this is an easy task when you are in Rio and wow...big groups are coming and guess what??? I am ready. I am so fortunate to love what I do, and I love it dearly and FEBRUARY IS THE BEST MONTH TO SEE RIO because it is PARTY TIME!!!

WELCOME, EVERYONE!!! Carnival is waiting, the sun is waiting, the sunny beaches are here with wide arms opened to tell you: WE ARE PLEASED TO SEE YOU HERE!!!

I do not know what's going on here in Rio, not so many people are it is time for you to spread the news...COME TO RIO!!! You will have not only a guide as I always mention in my millions of emails I write every day. RAFA WILL BE YOUR FRIEND HERE! 

I am a tour guide for more than 17 years, this is all I know about life...studying deeply the best spots for you to is not the body of Rio, Brazil or Argentina, I take you to see the soul of those places. So crazy for this work and I bet we will have fun!

I have a wonderful team with me and we are concerned to provide meetings with real people, folks that you will be friends forever! And we are here for you. Indoors and outdoors we will laugh, we will roll on the floor of so much laughing. VISIT RIO WITH HUMOR and this trip will be forever in your memories!

So do not expect a classic tour...protocols??? Which protocols??? I will be the same Rafa from the person in the street to Queen Elizabeth and we will all have a blast!

In Argentina, I will take my people to see the tango nights, and in Rio get yourselves prepared because WE ARE GOING TO SAMBA NIGHTS. wE KNOW THE SINGERS, WE KNOW THE PEOPLE WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES FOR THE SAMBA, and the genuine experiences in Rio's culture will be with us!

Yes, this will be your TOUR GUIDE IN RIO and also the TOUR CONDUCTOR of a wonderful team of guides. We are serious but we have this large smile in the mouth, we translate our spirit for you...the spirit of Rio is CARNAVAL, the beating of the heart is our SAMBA.

We want you here, forget about the mosquitos...we hardly find one here, forget about crime...knowing the right people you will be safe...because remember...RAFA AND HIS TEAM ARE NOT TOUR GUIDES, THEY ARE YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS IN RIO, ALL BRAZIL, AND ALL SOUTH AMERICA!!!


Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner