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Rafael Torres Lopes Tour Guide

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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Soul of Rio - Beautiful!

Any registered tour guide can take you to the classic sites of Rio, but Rafa showed us the hidden gems, the places only locals know - and it was AMAZING! His energy and joy are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Lucia C
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Any registered tour guide can take you to the classic sites of Rio, but Rafa showed us the hidden gems, the places only locals know - and it was AMAZING! His energy and joy are contagious! I highly recommend booking at least two full days to explore "off the beaten path" with Rafa. You can request a few highlights, but... More 

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Gainesville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been on a lot of tours with a lot of great tour guides but nothing like the couple of days we spent with Rafa. We were a group of 12 and Rafa had us laughing and acting up the whole time all the while educating us about the history and sights of Rio. Our visit was during Carnival... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having met Rafa through other friends who have traveled to brazil and other South American destinations over ten years ago, Rafa has honed his skills and become very knowledgable for those who want an inside look at the history and culture of Brazil. I have referred friends and family over these years and all have enjoyed imensly the tours Rafa... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time for me in Rio. A friend recommended me do a tour with Rafa. She was right! It was one the best tours I´ve ever taken and I´ve taken over 70 tours all around the world. Funny, knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you Rafa for making my first time in Rio an unforgettable experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Rafa, was fabulous, he gave us a fantastic tour of Rio. He was attentive and listened to all the many questions my youngest asked him. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him. He took us to a lovely local restaurant in the Santa Teresa area of Rio, it was absolutely delicious and not too expensive. Because I am a... More 

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Great Neck, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I would like to tell you that Rafa is one of the nicest people you will ever find. He is warm, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. He will take you to special places if you request them, as well as all the great sights of Rio, and some really cool out of the beaten path if you want. His communications prior... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Arrived in Brazil and was treated like Royalty! I yearn to step onto the shores of Brazil once again and cannot wait to see your smiling face. A trip that will never be forgotten and we're still talking about it. If you need a host then Rafa is the man for you!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

best tour operator in Rio. Dont go anywhere else. Contact Rafa from his Cuban Friends Noel and famly

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Last Christmas my relatives from Europe decided to make a special trip to Rio, not only to see us but to enjoy the places in the city where tourists never go, i was Reading all the reviews here and Rafa caught my attention. He is very keen on off the beaten path, and he treat his people like family. I... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We had so much fun with Rafa, he's a kick to be with. He's more like family then tour guide. We had one day and saw sugarloaf, across the bay to Parque de Cidade de Niteroi, museum of modern art, authentic Brazilian lunch and Ceramic staircase by Jorge Selaron. Before dropping us at the hotel, he helped us buy some... More 

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