I don't really know why, but I always had a big wish to learn English, even though I was never encouraged to do so for my family that never really had a good financial situation or good education in life. I remember telling my mom who raised me as a single mother, and was working very hard at factories in the industrial area of my hometown Manaus, about an English course that I wanted to start, and she immediately said: I'm going to work extra hours at the factory, but I will pay it for you! So because of her I was able to step into this amazing world of the English language that was the first step in getting me to where I am today!
As soon as I started my English course, I noticed that I was learning almost all by myself, and I felt serious lack of conversation and interaction in it. By that time, I had an uncle who was already successful in the tourism business, so I started to ask him: please can you let me go to work with you. . . . until one day he said: ok! it was one of the happiest days of my life! I remember going to work with him and taking my English books with me sitting on bars tables with his clients, trying to clear my doubts and practicing. . . . learning the business was a natural process after I was able to understand the client!
My uncle of course noticed that I had the ability to speak English and to deal with clients, so he started to give me other responsibilities, like picking up his clients at the airport, going to the jungle tours as a guide and things like that. Now a days, I feel really thankful to him as well because I was able to learn the process of the business one by one starting from zero and it made me a great manager. I believe that if you are starting a business you must know everything about it from the small tasks to the big operations. It will certainly make you succeed just like I did!!!!
After working with him, I had the chance to work at amazing Hotels to improve my guiding skills by listening to clients expectations, learning with their critics and many other things who helped me improve professionally. To conclude my journey working as a jungle guide, I had the opportunity to work for many years in few Lodges where the level of exigency was one of the highest I ever experienced, and of course it helped polish my skills!
After all this process I was able to fly alone and open my own business, that has already 11 years officially in the market, joined with 17 years total of self experience!!!!
All tours offered here on Toursbylocals are guiding by me, Leonardo, in all the places I know very well. I have been there a hundred times, and I'll make sure you will be in good hands with me!!
Come and Discovery the Amazon with me!!!
A Recent Review of this guide
Leonardo was just the best. A wonderful tour full of surprises. We were so impressed with the tour - the four of us unanimously agreed that it made our visit to the Amazon special. The meeting of the waters, the floating village, the fish hatchery, lunch, our walk with the monkeys and above all cuddling a small sloth were all great. We also gained a lot of Knowledge about Brazil and the Amazon. The 5 star rating is well deserved.
Mary Ann Willson
Cadastur certificate Number:03.064471.10.0001-5
This certificate indicates that I have a registered tour business in Brazil.
I've been in the tourism business for 17 years already.
I am not permitted to guide inside of the Opera House as they have their own guide.