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Rent a Local Friend

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rent a Local Friend and Live the Local Spirit of different cities. Explore local's favorite spots and get authentic tips, behind the touristic scene. Don't be a tourist! Be a local traveler! Virtual or local assistance for original local experiences. Make your price bid now to our Local Friends :)
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Karen R wrote a review May 2018
New York City, New York149 contributions91 helpful votes
We had Michael as a guide through Tours by Locals for a whole-day private tour of Rio. He was excellent - very informative, polite, and respectful of our requests. We made it to every major sight in Rio despite the questionable weather. He took us around to neighborhoods we would never have seen on our own and we were totally comfortable in his car the whole way. He is a real pro who knows how to please his clients.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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John H wrote a review Feb 2018
Boca Raton, Florida4 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife, Jean, and I visited Rio de Janeiro via cruise ship in February, 2018. We decided not to purchase the ship one day bus tour which was very expensive and would require touring in a bus with 60 other fellow passengers. We opted for a customized, private tour of Rio using "Rent a Local Friend" as our personal guide. We selected Emma Platais who Has a Brazilian Father and American Mother. Emma speaks perfect English and is a font of knowledge when it comes to Rio. We contacted each other via email prior to the cruise and requested a one day itinerary inclusive of all the Rio "Must Sees" for first time visitors. Emma designed a custom itinerary that included Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, The Beaches, Copacabana Fort, the Botanical Gardens, the Favelas, and the Olympic stadium. Emma organized all tickets that had to be pre-purchased and we traveled through Rio in Ubers which were less expensive than the taxis. A Bonus was Emma took us to a place that served the BEST Cappuccino I have ever had anywhere in the world. We also requested that Emma arrange reservations for a Brazilian steakhouse after the tour was completed. She made reservations at Fogo de Chao which is situated on the waterfront with a magnificent view of Rio. Emma met us at the passenger terminal and was waiting for us at the 9:00 am appointed time. She did not accompany us to the top of Sugar Loaf or the Christ the Redeemer statue but was always waiting for us at the designated meeting place upon our return. We felt completely safe with Emma even though Rio de Janeiro can be a somewhat dangerous city to visit. Emma was our guide from 9 am through 6:30 pm at which point she dropped us off at Fogo de Chao. Emma left us at the restaurant but not before discussing with the manager who we were and how we needed to be placed in a taxi that would return us to the cruise terminal. Highest Recommendation is hereby given to Emma.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Sara-Koller wrote a review Jan 2018
Munich, Germany17 contributions2 helpful votes
I meet Lucas in Flamengo, where we went to a nice restaurant for food and drinks. After two hours we almost got lost in really good conversation, that we forgot time ;). After an evening city walk through Flamengo we joined his friends in Botafogo for further talks and some beers. Lucas is very friendly, helpful and has a lot of stories to tell...especially his opinion and view of Rio de Janeiro, which is was counts when meeting a local! Thanks (again) Lucas for hanging out, see you very soon!
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Frank Benoit wrote a review Nov 2017
Miami Beach, Florida451 contributions199 helpful votes
My partner and I were elated to have Michael as our tour guide for 3 days on our recent trip to Rio! Michael is an expert on his magnificent city. He is truly interested in making sure you love Rio as much as he does. He is totally flexible and caters the touring to your interests. One of the 3 days we had with him was a rainy one with poor visibility...he totally geared the day to activities and places whereby we still had an amazing day, despite the rain! Finally, Michael's English is excellent and he is fun to be with! We were really lucky to have Michael show us Rio.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Melanie S wrote a review Apr 2017
Southampton, United Kingdom34 contributions34 helpful votes
I hired Michael to show my 3 sons and I around Rio in Feb, 2017. We communicated via WhatsApp prior to our visit and Michael picked us up promptly from our hotel at 7.30am, in his smart 4x4. It was so worth the early start, as we enjoyed the spectacular views from Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf, without the crowds. Michael was very informative throughout the day and also very accommodating. We managed to fit in so much! As well as the statue and Sugar Loaf, we also saw the Maracana stadium, the Selaron steps, the Sambadrome, the cathedral, even a brief visit to a favela! We finished our day at a lovely private villa/arts centre with fabulous views over the city. Muito obrigada Michael!
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Date of experience: February 2017
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