We were two couples traveling on the cruise ship Oceania from Buenes Aires to Rio. We only had two days in Rio and I booked with Rafa Torres after finding him on Trip Adviser. We couldn't have had a better guide. The first day we got to the Christ before the crowds and pretty much had it to ourselves. We visited the famous Escadaria Selaron and had lunch at a por kilo restaurant, which is a self service restaurant that allows you to sample all the traditional Brazilian foods. The most exciting part of the day for me was visiting a small fishing village in Niteroi, and walking through the favela there, something most tourist never get to do. That evening he took us to a club in the Lapa area that was one of a kind! You'll have to go on his tour to find out, I'm not giving away all his secrets! The next day was just as fun with visits to the Botanical Garden and the Marapendi Channels, and the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana etc. etc. He also took us to the airport, with no charge, imparted a wealth of information, took pictures which he sent to us, and promised to keep in touch. I feel like if any of my friends visit there I can recommend him to help them in any way. I have encouraged him to get a secretary to handle his bookings because he is so busy, it sometimes takes time for him to respond. Do not be discouraged, but do book early because I know he is booking for next season already.
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