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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 running! 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 on my decision 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 private 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! Since 2017 I work as a Tour Guide in Rio 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

Great private tour, nice to see the city with a local. It was good to go to sites without large numbers and spend the time you want at each location
Sharon P.

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Certified Tour Guide since 2017.

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


I don't do Favela Tours.

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