Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Cariocas are the name given to the natives of Rio, and Irish, you know what Irish means. 

The world CARIOCA was invented by the indigenous people that the Portuguese navigators found here in the 1500s. The funniest thing is that the type of housing called more attention than the white color of their skin (I am talking about the Portuguese), so they named:


So literally they meant: THE FOLKS OF THE WHITE HOUSE. 

And IRISH, you know what Irish means...a native from the green and happy Ireland.

All this explanation to explain that for me CARIOCA and IRISH have different meanings...they both means OPEN SPIRIT, BIG LAUGHS, AND DEEP FRIENDSHIP

And my Irish friends Sarah and Catherine came...and I had the honor to show the best of Rio in one day. And we focused on NITEROI most of the time.

What a gorgeous place Niteroi is always a great surprise for any traveler to find so many hidden places. Spots that a tourist will never find, you should always have someone from the area to take you to these unique beautiful places. Beaches, hills and islands. 

Never ignore NITEROI in any trip to Rio, that is my suggestion.

So wonderful to share this amazing view of Rio from Niteroi, Parque da Cidade is a must see place and the reactions when my guests see this spectacle of Nature sometimes is more interesting than the place itself.

Thanks Girls for all your trust and friendship.

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Monday, April 17, 2017


If you love outdoor activities, nature, and love to spend part of your time visiting amazing Earth Sanctuaries, then Brazil is a perfect country for you. The Twenty-eight States for you to choose and have the best time of your life! 

This is why, I feel so blessed to be Brazilian, this is also how you can be sure that I am very passionate about this incredible labor to make Rio easy and unique for you!

And you do not need to go far to feel how the Portuguese felt when they came to Rio about 500 years ago, close to your place you can find many small paradises and one of them is BIG, its name says so...ILHA GRANDE.

PARADISE OF WATERS...salt and fresh...lots of water to REFRESH YOUR SOUL

Ilha Grande has 101 beaches, it is always better to spend at least one night, but we can easily spend the whole day there and come back to Rio, but it demands some sacrifice, we have to leave Rio before 7:00 am and travel by car for about 2 hours and then a speed boat that takes 20 minutes to cross, and getting back at 6:30 pm, plus two hours to arrive in Rio

Secluded beaches, amazing forests, spring waters and great food, this will be a perfect day doing something different in your stay in Rio. Ilha Grande is a lovely secret that I am ready to show you. 

The island is waiting for you, such a nature treasure where you can find extremely amazing food such as Marola where you can have the best of the local Brazilian cuisine in front of a paradise, Praia do Pouso; it is a floating restaurant not so far from the main village!

A big happiness that I have is no doubt my work, the smiles I see from my friends when I take them to Ilha Grande, it can be perfectly done in one day, two days, if you have time available during your trip to Rio. Ilha Grande is a wonderful option and you can count on me.

Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Thursday, April 13, 2017


It is easier to ask me where in Brazil I have not been...I am so lucky to know nearly all over the country, and in all my travels, adventures and journeys, I can picture in my mind, the five most beautiful places in Brazil. 

And, this is my Second Favorite image in Brazil wierd...this is the place where I born, the place I promote all over the World and my base where I start all the tours in South America.  Niteroi is my homeland and Rio my spectacular office. I agree it is one of the most beautiful city in the World, but this place called PARQUE DA CIDADE is my TEMPLE...

Here I take all my guests to feel this impact...countless WOW, people that simply see this beauty with tears in their eyes...Yes, I know how to make Rio touches your soul...

And for the record, my first favorite image in Brazil is no doubt, the Iguazu Falls from the brazilian side.

And we will have loads of fun in Niteroi, in your trip to Rio this is the place where we will visit. I spent 20 wonderful years in my life there, and the photos we are going to take will be speechless gorgeous. Come and feel embraced by new places not so far from your hotel!

I will be pleased to take you to some unique secrets!


Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner