Lorena is a born and raised carioca. She studies history of art in college and has worked as an exhibition mediator in some of Rio de Janeiro's many cultural centers. Lorena loves talking about Brazil's history, culture, costumes and traditions. She sees the streets of Rio as neverending and always changing museum and takes pleasure in sharing stories about her marvoleus city with all kinds of visitors. From religious art to pop culture she is always happy to engage in a conversation about her beloved country peculiarities.
Lorena's Rio Tip!
If you have the chance go visit the Lage Park, it's unique place and it has it all! You can find interesting works of architeture ranging from colonial times until the early 30's; visit a contemporary art school and maybe get to see some exhibitions; enjoy local nature; have a nice breakfast and take some awesome selfies all in the same place.
Debora is a former English teacher who brings Rio de Janeiro in her heart and has always loved to walk around showing her beautiful city to her friends and family, and that passion made the decision to stop teaching to become a tour guide quite natural and simple.
She is an enthusiast for Rio’s culture, it’s beauty, history and specially it’s people. To Debora there is no better way to know a place than walking through it´s interesting and hidden streets.
When you meet Debora, you will find her with a smile on her face, willing to have a good talk, from soccer to food, she will always be willing to help others discover the beauty of her beloved city!
Debora's Rio Tip!
My advice is to always try simple, local food. With that in mind, I recommend our coxinha de frango. Coxinha de frango is an amazing Brazilian/Carioca fried snack made with chicken and it can be found in any snack bar around the city! Yummy!
This born and bred carioca has been walking the streets of Rio and sharing her passion and love for her hometown for years. In fact, she's so addicted to the streets of Rio that when she's not walking and guiding through them, she runs through them, following her other passion. She has run up and down, sideways and straight, through even the smallest and most hidden corners of the city. So it should come as no surprise that she even met her husband when she was out on a run. One of her lifelong highlights was to be able to help during the Olympics as a volunteer. But worry not, she just about manages to keep her tours at walking pace!
Rafaela's Rio Tip!
Rio is known as "The Wonderful City" because of its amazing geography and also for its people gentleness. So, if you like to be with locals at a very beautiful place, do not miss the chance of watching the sunset from Ipanema Beach. The colours from the sky will make it an unforgettable experience.
What about a woman from São Paulo who fell madly in love with Rio de Janeiro?
Especially for the diversity, gentleness and color that the "Cariocas" carry in their souls, especially in the most crowded neighborhood of all types of urban tribes: Lapa.
Transitioning between culture, arts, history and nature, this actress and theater director graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro loves to discover places that are unusual to delight her thirst for knowledge and "rediscovering" the urban and landscape spaces of the city. Passionate about tourism and a specialist in business travel. She has worked in major travel agencies and one of the most respected airlines in Brazil (VARIG). Then unbuckle the belts and allow yourself to fly for new discoveries!
Andrea's Rio Tip!
Rio has some surprises for those who know how to look for and appreciate, such as a bible in Tupi-Guarani indigenous language or the remnants of buildings from the time of Brazil Colônia. In addition to these surprises, I especially recommend a tour of the Antiques and Handicrafts Fairs in Lapa and in the shops and galleries of Santa Teresa, nearby.