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Rafaela M.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I was born and raised in Rio and have been walking the streets of my hometown and sharing my passion and love for Rio for years.

In fact, I am so addicted to the streets of Rio that when I am not walking and guiding through them, I am running, following my other passion - Sports. So it should come as no surprise that I even met my husband when I was out on a run. One of my lifelong highlights was being able to help during the Olympics as a volunteer. In fact, that was the best experience I have had in my life and helped me deciding to quit my former job at the Financial Market and start my studies to become a Tour Guide.

For almost 20 years I have worked as an investment analyst for banks and pension funds, but life at the office was no longer making me happy. During the Olympics, in 2016, I had the chance to be in touch with foreigners from all over the world and realized that I had a special gift. Communication and Leadership, Gentleness and English Fluency, Passion for my City and Brazilian History, it all led me to follow my new path. Well, here am I! I have been guidind for a year now and it seems I will be doing it forever! I really love being around with visitors, showing them how beautiful and interesting Rio is. My tours will always have a historical touch and I will always try to make the costumers very happy and satisfied with the secret places and gems of Rio.

A Recent Review of this guide

We had a great tour with Rafaela. She provided different views of the city from Sugar Loaf Mountain city views to a cool refreshing walk through the Botanical Garden and a visit to the historic Saint Teresa District. Throughout the trip we were learning about the history and people of Brazil. We highly recommend her.
Frank Kelemen

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Certified Tour Guide since 2017.

Graduated on Finance and Economics - Catholic University of Rio - 1997


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