Wednesday, February 7, 2018


It might be crazy but yes I am crazy and I am your tour guide, but after ages without updating my sweet blog, I think I should introduce myself. Hi, my name is Rafael, I am known in the business like Rafa and also my friends call me Rafa, so you should consider calling me like that. 

The title or the reason for this posting is my gratitude for a little island in Asia called Sri Lanka....

Recently I had 2 guests from this stunning island, Sri Lanka, so far from Brazil but with many things in common, like some Portuguese words in their Sinhala languages, common vegetation, same landscapes, spectacular tropical beaches just like the Brazilian Beaches in the North East, even the food we have lots in common. And thanks to my Sri Lanka's guests now Brazil is much closer because they will spread the World in this small island that far away in Brazil they will always have a friend, me!!! :)

Tropical palm beaches everywhere on the Island, but first on the coast of Sri Lanka lies on the coast, and its name is Colombo, they have resorts and historical sites in Galle, endless nature reserves with amazing fauna and flora like the Minneriya, Kanneliya, Matale, Udawatta Kele or Makandawa. You will discover a beautiful country!!!

And this is Brazil, you see how similar Brazil and Sri Lanka is??? Well, we have beaches like in the stunning island of Ilha Grande or the amazing coast in the north east like in Pernambuco or Rio Grande do Norte State, and people from stunning Sri Lanka are coming to Brazil to have a different experience, and they can count on me for that!!!

And talking about Sri Lanka, I had the honor to welcome a wonderful couple, Eraj and Rashan who live in Colombo, they came here because of an international event where Eraj gave some lectures, and they had some days left, and I was in charge to make Rio special for them. 

We had fun in the street arts of Rio, the city is really colorful with so many graffiti, Rio has some landmarks like the Christ on the Top of Christ Redeemer and some of the very interesting European Influence all over the city. 

Thank you, my friends, Eraj and Rashan for so much knowledge that you gave me, I learned a lot from you, and I hope I could give you the best of Rio and maybe make Brazil a special country for you. They even wrote a wonderful review on Trip Advisor for me!

Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Monday, December 25, 2017


When my guests write to me, I always say that much more than a guide, I am your friend in Brazil, yes, dear Reader, it is a friend who is writing to you and opening his heart to wish the best Xmas of all times!

Merry Christmas, folks!!! You are my guests and for sure this is a wonderful gift that I get each year. 

Well, I spend the night celebrating the birth of Jesus with my family and close friends. I could feel like a little bird in a warm nest. 

My apologies that I could not be updated with my messages, tours, and family affairs that make me prepared and super in the mood to make Brazil and South America to you!

My big strength in life is the love that I have from my family and all my dear folks close to me. I am grateful for all this love and care. I am made with love, my work and my life are only possible when I have this the flower loves the Spring.

My gratitude to my Mother that brought me to this World to be able to share my happiness and knowledge for all visitor, many thanks to my partner Marcone whose love makes me be stronger as a rock; my thanks to all my family and friends who feed me with love and energy to be always a better person; many thanks to my friends who are so generous to provide me love, support, courage and high vibes. 

To all readers and friends, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for being so incredible!

MERRY BRAZILIAN CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF THE WORD. May our minds be prepared to make only positive things, may God gives the inspiration to improve our lives. And a wonderful new year filled with success laughs and happiness.

Now, let me write all the messages that I have to answer to so many anxious travelers who will have such a great experience on my Continent. 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Sunday, December 17, 2017


I have no doubt that when you think about coming to Rio, you will think about tropical beaches, pleasant sun, and fresh ocean water, yes you will find...but not in Copacabana, not in Ipanema. Cool beaches, but not completely "raw" nature as I love saying. 

To find these unique spots, you will need some small trips to the countryside, you need at least one day trip but the result will be PARADISE. And this is what you will see when you arrive at Ilha Grande. 

Wild nature, endless ocean, and sandy beaches, laid-back inlets and green mountains. For many years in our history, Ilha Grande has been a good shelter for those who look for good life.

Enjoy yourself in the salt water and take the salt off in a sparkling water river. It is just being in nature and take yourself to the past when the Portuguese navigators did the same thing 500 years ago. 

Fascinating place where you forget your busy life, nature will make you soooo relaxed that you will be willing to spend the rest of your life there!

A place where you can spend one day for total fun, you can even overnight there, all kind of accommodation that can fit all pocket, and we can do a lot there. To arrive at this paradise you need at least 2 hours and another two hours to go back to Rio, but you know...all sacrifice leads to incredible results and ILHA GRANDE is a good reason. 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner