Wednesday, September 23, 2015


The sun shining high, a whole day in Rio to enjoy and you will have a great day, I can assure you because you will have the chance to see Rio from a different perspective, RIO AL MARE. 

A fantastic chance to see Rio from a different point of view and you will find out one of the most beautiful places in the World, do understand how the first navigators reached the city and use your camera because the photos will be awesome.

All this in a large and comfortable sail boat under the endless blue sky and the fascinating shape of the mountains that will make your day magic. You will see the Bay both sides of Rio and Niteroi, the Sugar Loaf and the ocean beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The tour will take 6 and 8 hours of real pleasure. And we will have some stops for a delicious jump in the water. 

So bring your swimming clothes and let’s enjoy our Paradise. You can opt to use the sail and go by the wind or use the engine. It is not recommended if you get sea sick easily. 

Our captain Marcelo Pellerano will always find the best way for a comfortable adventure in the waters of Rio!

We are always creating unforgettable tours in the water exclusively tailored for you. Your only chance to fall in love with Rio with great style. I am ready to make it happen. Remember this is a very special tour, absolutely designed for you to have a unique and super rare chance to see Rio from its gorgeous coast.

Being in Copacabana in a most private way tasting some delicious barbecue and drinks on board, also visiting places that can only be seen if you are in a boat. It is a different way to discover much more about Rio. Take the chance to see Rio in a way that no so much people can do, and we are here to make it right.

We welcome all number of guests, we have at our disposal three sail boats with different sizes.

Always looking for the great way to see Rio,

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


If you want to see a different Rio and just enjoy the city like any one who live here, maybe you should consider visiting one of the oldest districts of Rio. Santa Teresa! So quiet, so nice and so unique and a real invitation to simply enjoy life and take amazing photos.

Where in the World you can kiss Monalisa with Pele right by your side??? ONLY IN SANTA TERESA. 

Much more than taking pictures, you can have fun with some amazing and very creative street art. The best gastronomy is there for a simple snack, lunch and dinner, every time of the day is a great opportunity to see Santa Teresa.

Yes...this will be your tour guide when you arrive in Rio...Nice to meet you, my name is Rafael, my guests and close friends usually call me RAFA, so this is how you can call me!:) I will know all the secrets of this little place and you will be in love with Santa Teresa.

We can spend precious time in Santa Teresa, walking in the cobbled stones streets of the neighborhood watching the lazy time goes by, sitting at Cafecito for wonderful homemade bread with homely olive oil; having fun with the street art and learn more about the local's culture in the ruins of Parque das Ruinas.

Not so far from Santa Teresa another icon that you have to see when you come to Rio, the steps of a great artist, Jorge Selaron, we always go there to pay tribute for such a enormous piece of Art, he has made this whole shortcut with colorful tiles for 26 years. We do not have Selaron with us any more, but he left his legacy for us to take care. It is a guaranteed part of my tour, so be sure we will take load of pictures there, recently I had the honor to take Daniel and Mike in their trip to Brazil, thank you guys for being so special. Daniel is a famous photographer in the States and I learnt a lot with him!

And we will have the rest of the day to visit a place that YOU NEVER THINK WHEN YOU COME TO RIO...and let me tell you dear reader, it is a big mistake not going there! Yes, this place is called Niteroi. No matter what time of the day you choose to be in Niteroi, it is always a great surprise. New and unknown angles of Rio and Niteroi itself has lots of amazing places by the Bay and Ocean...Again I have the sweet participation of my guest and friend Daniel who will always carry his experiences in Rio in his mind and heart. 

Mark my words...Once coming to Rio, believe me...let's go to Niteroi! And you will see gorgeous views, you will meet fun people and you will eat good food. Once you are in Niteroi you will find out that there are much more to see and Rio will turn way more fascinating. Niteroi is the second largest city in Rio's Area and it is still there, untouched, gorgeous, charming...only waiting for you to make you feel special. 

I was raised in Niteroi, and Niteroi is the city of my heart. 

This is only one of many options of one day in Rio, I have more ideas and in all of them we have to be flexible, because Rio is changing a lot. The Olympics are driving us and the city crazy, so we have to change ways because streets are closed and traffic is not so friendly here. So we will have to be patient but meanwhile we will have fun the best we can, I am prepared and you come with all your energy.

I am a tour guide for almost 16 years and when I meet you you will be treated like I knew you before! Write to me and let's discuss about your days in Rio, my email is

With tight hugs and a big smile in the face I am waiting for you, 

Rafael Torres Lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh - WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW...This is what you will hear all the time when you see it for yourself. Cataratas del Iguazu, this is the spanish name for this explosion of beauty that you will find in the argentinean side of the Falls.

First of all, this is Argentina, one of the countries that I most admire in the whole World and this country makes sure that I am feeling well and relaxed and they always succeed; from Patagonia to Salta, of course passing through Misiones, I am always happy when I step foot in this place!!!

Iguazu Falls is magic and I am always ready to make it special for you; most of the people who come to Brazil or Argentina for the first time, they always think about spending two nights, sometimes just one night, so pay attention to what I say here: DO NOT DO IT!!!

This place will need at least 3 or 4 days...okay, FOUR DAYS!!!

But I also want to describe ONE DAY IN THE FALLS and be brave: You need to wake up at 7:00 am!!!!

First thing we do is taking the first train to the impressive Devil's Gorge, some other says Devil's Throat; you will also hear Garganta del Diablo and in Brazil, you will hear Garganta do is the most distant thing to see in the Falls, you need a train to reach so make sure you will be the first one to board the train and OPEN YOUR MOUNTH WIDELY OPEN when you see a huge water whole that divides Brazil and will sense the strengh of nature invading your heart, your imagination and if you are a good traveller and think about Niagara will say like Eleonor Roosevelt: POOR NIAGARA!!!

We might meet these friends in the train station...for the record this is one of the best photography that I have ever made...really a unique moment, but do not worry they are not that vicious...they are curious and VERY HUNGRY, but please do not feed them. Talking about the train station, we have to be there at 8:30 am! :)))))

After arriving in the train station, watching the hungry quaties, this is what you of the most beautiful scenes in the World, and this is the first place where me and Marcone will show you.  You reach Devil's Gorge by walking in very interesting pedestrian bridges cutting Iguazu River, a fantastic chance to observe the birds, the caymans, the rapids and the jungle!

Ohhhhh my happiness is enormous when I take small groups to see our nature treasures and we always have fun, we take individuals, small groups and a good sized group of 8 people, it is possible, the more people I have easier will be the chances that I can be with you in person! :) Canadian groups look for me very often and I have a special relationship with Canada, I spent 3 months in Montreal and I have a special place for Canada in my heart!

You know when your work is appreciate when you get the best love from my guests, that always become FRIENDS FOR LIFE, you know when you are doing the right thing when you see each smile, when you hear each joke and when you have that I personally call it as GIGGLE TOUR, I feel that my love for my land is soooo big when people keep coming to your tours all the time. I love my work and people are my best prize.

The second step will be facing the rapids and see the falls right in FRONT OF YOUR NOSE!!! You should take an extra bag with clothes that you know you will be soaked wet, and this is the best part of all your days in Iguazu Falls, this part of the tour is called the GREAT ADVENTURE, or LA GRAN AVENTURA...For only 40 USD you can go down to the river after learning a lot about the jungle and see the falls with your arms wide opened. I have done this boat ride so many times and never get tired of it, this is optional but I am telling you dear reader; YOU MUST DO IT!!!

You will have your dry clothes and you will be ready to the last part of the will walk in the lower part of Iguazu Falls and then you will see the superior side of the Falls, more walking to enjoy wild places and breathtaking landscapes, a day full of emotions, a day that you can be sure that you can count on me. Me and my staff are always ready to optimize your day.

It is very important to know that less than one day you cannot see all over the Falls in the Argentinean Park, the park is enormous with so many things to do and see, you can even have lunch in the aprk, there are two restaurants, one is called La Selva which I love; the other one is called Fortin and it is close to the GRAN AVENTURA quiosk which is easier for us to board the truck that goes through the jungle and then BINGO...the highlight of the day!!!

We have Paraguay right beside Puerto Iguazu and also very close to Foz do Iguazu but do not commit the big mistake of changing the argentinean side of the Falls for a day in Paraguay, this is absolutely nonsense. 

If you have one entire day JUST SPEND THE DAY IN THE ARGENTINEAN PARK and you will never regret! No matter how many days you spend in the area, but take the entire day to be in IGUAZU FALLS - ARGENTINEAN SIDE!

You know now that you do have people to give you this dreaming day where NATURE will be the ruler!!! Just let yourself go with the flow!!!

And again, if you tell me way in advance abiut any trip to Iguazu Falls, for sure I will be able to be your guide there and give you the whole structure for the days of your life! I will be pleased to guide you and help you with the photography of your journey, I know the best places, the unique angles and I will be very creative as photography is one of my passions in life. I know I have my staff there, but nothing better than being with you in one of my most spectacular favorite place in the World. I will be honored to meet you and I will be honored to make one of the Planet's Wonder so easy, homely and friendly to you!!! Do not miss this chance, just write to me and I will give you the best way to explore Iguazu Falls and many other places in Brazil or South America. I am proud to be your friend everywhere you want to go.