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Jimmy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This was an excellent way to see Rio - tour guide spoke excellent English and gave more information that just a textbook speech. He made suggestions of things we might want to see and knew all the head of the line shortcuts to see everything with very little waiting in line. Truly made us feel like VIPs.

Donald C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Our tour guide, Igor, was terrific, knowledgeable and at a nice pace with my group of seniors.
We had a great time.

Janice C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Our guide, Fatima, was wonderful and did a great job showing us the highlights of Rio in one day. She was knowledgeable and had an excellent command of English. This was a perfect way to see the city with the limited time we had available.

Tamara S. E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

A lovely, carefully planned tour by a bright and interesting guide!

William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Super experience and our guide was perfectly suited for a custom tour. We were able to eat an authentically local breakfast before arriving at Corcovado and were dropped off for a delicious chiurasco lunch when the tour ended. The four hours was adequate for all of our purposes. We were 9 people total and had a full-sized, comfortable coach that added a lot of extra comfort.

Joan USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

My husband and I were only in Rio for one day and wanted to make the best of it so we decided to do a Half-day Private Tour. We were picked up at our hotel at 8am sharp and off we went. It was a beautiful day so we went to see Christ the Redeemer first. Our guide, Fatima, was awesome! She was knowledgeable, interesting and spoke very good English. She knew the ins and outs of getting around Rio. We also visited Santa Teresa (Unfortunately it was Monday and many things were closed). She then took us places we did not know anything about! We loved our time with Fatima! We would definitely booked this tour again when in Rio!

yana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

We booked a private 6-hour tour of Rio. We had an amazing experience. Our guide Igor was great - he told us about the history of Brazil and Rio. He took us to all the sights we requested to see trying to find the best times for visiting these sites. We also spent some time going throught the Tajuca forest and his knowledge of the local fauna really amazed us.

Thank you, Igor for the tour of Rio on Jan 4, 2015

BOB W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Nice tour,, we had a great time . Great way to see Rio

Martin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Excellent trip, tour was as described, guide was excellent and very informative about the places visited. Although the Private Tour is obviously more expensive would recommend it (over a larger group tour) as we were able to move around at our pace. Given the amount of queuing involved for train (to ascend Corcovado) and the cable car (at Sugar Loaf) I could imagine a lot of time being wasted waiting for a large group to organise itself at the various locations.

Carole B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Our customized Rio de Janeiro sightseeing tour was excellent!! Our driver and tour guide, Carla de Silva, arrived at our hotel promptly and took us up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, narrating along the way. We then toured the city, stopping at the Sambodromo stadium, visiting the cathedral, stopping by the Maracana soccer stadium, and visiting the Monestary Sao Bento, where we listened to the chanting by the monks. They then dropped us off right at our ship, making sure we were settled in line. Carla did an outstanding job of taking care of us and showing us the beautiful sights of Rio. We would certainly recommend Carla and Viator to friends and clients.

Vicki C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Our tour guide Lewis was the best!! Truely made our trip worth it!!!

Evdoxia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

It was a very comfortable and well organized private tour with tourist guide (Sheila) who had the willingness to share with us her knowledge very kindly and to show us as many as possible places according to our interest. We will definitely travel again with you ! until next time

laurie g

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

Camila was great. Lots of information and so pleasant.

dennis w

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2016

A private tour was the way to go. We told the guide where we wanted to go and she provided extra places that we were happy to see. Having someone who grew up in Rio to show us around was a great way to go.

Basanth Sadasivan Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

Solid tour. Very well done and at a reasonable price too

soni

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

We got this 6-hour tour so we can see some additional places besides Corcovado and 'Sugar Loaf Mountain but unfortunately there was not much time left. Our guide Fatima was excellent. She picked us up on time from the hotel and guided us very well. Spoke fluent English and also took our pictures. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. She also held our place in line so we didn't have to wait. Thank you Fatima for everything you did including fixing my mask I bought.

California Tourist USA

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Maria tour guide was on time and great. However back office disorganization came through again as they told us 9 am pickup when it was to be 8 am. Another logistics planning issue in the back office. Would give 5 stars due the Maria the guide but logistics was bad

Maria S

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2016

The trip is good but our guide is not very active

Lynn B

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2014

We had a very late start to this tour. The minibus arrived in plenty of time but the guide was 20 minutes late arriving due to the fact that he gone searching for our tickets for sugarloaf and Corcovado. He arrived to meet us without the tickets and then we wasted more time driving from one location to another to pick up the tickets. We were only in Rio for about 24 hours so decided to pay for this very very expensive private tour to ensure we saw as much as possible. Once the tour began, some 45 minutes late we did enjoy the sights we were taken to but all 4 of us ended the tour feeling we hadn't seen the downtown so to speak. Our tour ended at 130pm which in fact meant we spent 5 hours touring instead of the 6 we had paid for. Definitely felt there was a lack of organization on the part of the administration.

Steve M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2016

This type of tour is great...you can pick and choose what you wish to see...however, on this day when we wanted to go to the Botanical Gardens, our guide decided he wanted to steal a piece of large fruit from one of the trees in the gardens...made us quite uncomfortable as we knew this was not allowed and thought...wow, on tour and we might go to jail...and he walked out with it even with us saying it was wrong. He luckily was stopped by a security guard after he took his shirt off to try and hide it. This was our first stop. After that, the tour was sour tasting throughout even though we still go to see what we wanted. Very disappointed in our guide named Camilo. We had heard that Fatima was amazing and asked for her but she must have been booked ... so assuming ask for Fatima and it should go terrific.

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