Thursday, December 18, 2014


Most of the travellers I know are also avid photographers...some professional, some amateurs, but photo lovers and so do I...every tour...every trip I make, I have been to some countries in this World and I have been far to many states of Brasil and I always capture something that my eyes look...and the cameras are the best way to express the art that I comes from my heart, brain or...well it is hard to explain. But if you have good eyes, you will know what I mean. This photograph I made close to a church on the top of the hill in Saquarema. 

I know when you come to my blog you are looking for a guide, but if you love photography, hallo!!! I think I am your best option and we can have lots of fun here!

In the very end of Brazil where your company is just the wind and the flow of eyes capture the solitude...and resistance as a sign of the middle of the sand desert finding a brave tree is all I could think...this picture were taken years ago when I was wondering in one of the most spectacular wild places in Brazil called Lençois Maranhenses in the outskirts of Santo Amaro region, this is indeed one of my best works.

Touring in Rio allows me to take some amazing photos and nature is one my favorite themes...this group of seagulls were enjoying the rain in the pier of Niteroi's Ship yard...I just want to share their personal meeting...I am not a professional but at least I try to impose my style.

Cats are my big passion so it is perfect with my taste for photography, I am just putting my two passions together and sometimes I get wonderful results. I was in a bar here in Rio when suddenly this fellow came...and he got a click!!! :)

The brazilian diversity is fascinating, in my travels to Maranhao, I met incredible people...not only landscapes, nature makes a trip, but the stories people tell you, the character of every village you stop. This photo was taken in the far ends of Alcantara. Love my job.

In the title, I said...I am the guide who will take you to the secrets of Rio, Brazil and other countries of South America; I am the one who will take you to so many authentic places; I also said, I am a photographer; lucky it is one of my hobbies so I will show you the best angles for your best pictures, and I will be your not expect to meet a formal person, I will be the one who will wait for you with a big smile in the face and open arms to give you the best of your trip to Brazil. Coming to Rio and when you choose myself to be your guide, you are actually getting to know a person with 3 profiles: THE GUIDE, THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE FRIEND.

Happy Travels, 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Tour Leader

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Monday, December 15, 2014


I am not a photographer but I love photography, so I try to express the beauty that my eyes often see and traveling around the State of Rio I always have amazing inspirations and it is a pleasure for me to share with you. This weekend I went to Saquarema, a sea side town where lots of Cariocas usually spend the weekend, specially if you are into SURFING, then Saquarema is a popular place; and going there once in a while is fantastic. As I have relatives there, sometimes we have the opportunity to visit the village! 

The Vilamar beach offers a great view to the main church of Saint Nazaré

If you have five days or even one week...why not spending one night in one of the interesting spots of Rio's surroudings??? Saquarema can make your experience in Rio way more complete!

Saquarema has lots of lagoons, some of them nearly reach the lands of Niteroi which is not so far from Rio city, the nature is generous and lots of beach options like Itauna, Vilamar and Praia Seca close to another popular spot called Araruama. A local experience with some delicious beaches is something to do when you have a free weekend in Rio. 

Life is sweet when we know how to enjoy it, Marcone and I always look for places and go to places where we are sure that you also can have a cool experience when you travel to Brazil. But also I love sharing my own private travelling experiences. In Saquarema you can be in touch with nature and have a great time.

And it is not so far from is a little bit more than one hour drive...the rural area of Rio is very interesting to see, so the trip to Saquarema is never bored and we also have the great surprises to stop in amazing restaurants in the road. 

As for accomodation, I have no doubt that Pousada Catavento is one of the best places to stay in Saquarema and you look for peace and quiet, as I always say, it is like feeling in the back yards of your house, prices very friendly, the owners are great people and we loved our stay there...Look for Pousada Catavento in the web and you will not regret!!!


Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Dear Reader, Good Morning...I know, one more place that you never have heard and it is not so far from Rio, I had a birthday party to attend in a village close to Saquarema Beach called Bacaxá, nothing important there but a place where brazilians like coming for some cheap shopping, and it is the way to one of the most famous surfers point in the country. Saquarema...quietness and peace this is what I found in the next day...

I always prefer to find a bed&breakfast place close to the ocean...and I finally relax (but I am still writing), My time here is limited but I enjoy every minute of it.

Saquarema can give you a wonderful beach day but for the moment I am enjoying the simple confort organized by a very sweet family ruled by Axel and Ana Clara and their amazing children. a place with nature and children can explain something that we call "paradise". 


Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner