Bridget BoardmanSouth Africa
Had a wonderful day with Marcos . Very informative and interesting and got around the city efficiently. Loved the walking part of the tour and would have loved to walk more. Marcos is highly recommended as a guide . Thank you very much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Bridget, I’m glad that you guys enjoyed the tour and than you so much for your review.
Irving LeeUnited States
It was an excellent 2 days tour with Marcos. The first day was foggy. But Marcos was able to adjust the itinerary so we were able to visit Sugar Loaf when there was a break in late afternoon. The next day we visited Christ the Redeemer. Despite the huge crowd, everything went smoothly and expeditiously. That would not be possible without the hardwork and ingenuity of Marcos. He is knowledgable, accommodating, and lots of fun. He puts together a customized tour that fits our needs. Thank you Marcos !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey guys, I’m overwhelmed by your review, it means a lot to me, thank you so much. All the best, let me know when you get back to Rio.
Ellen McVickerUnited States
Having Marcos in the beginning of our trip set the bar for the rest of the vacation. Nothing surpassed him. He took control of our day (based on what we wanted) and gave us an experience of a lifetime. We truly got a feel for the country he loves... he left nothing out! Worth every cent for his professionalism, knowledge, care for his clients, and adorable personality! We felt like family by the time we left him to board our ship. It should also be noted that he responded promptly to all my emails!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ellen, your review means a lot to me, I really would like to see you guys again! All the best..
We had a great day. Thanks Marcos. Highly recommend this guide and tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Craig, It was great! I hope to see you again! Regards Marcos
George P Vogt IIIUnited States
We have been blessed with many excellent guides around the world, but Marcos is, in two words, THE BEST! Gifted with instinct and intuition, and an ability to adapt at a moment's notice, he is a perfect guide. He negotiated traffic jams, weather issues, sold out tickets, and ensured the four of us had a glorious, memorable day in a cloudy Rio. We went everywhere, including Corcovado and Sugarloaf, and still had time to explore and walk. Don't skip Santa Teresa! A rich, unforgettable day, thanks to Marcos.
Marcos is a great tour guide - highly recommended. We booked this tour for friends visiting Rio. We wanted them to see the highlights in one day, so they could relax for the rest of their trip. Marcos did exactly that. Best comment from our friends: "It wasn't like he was reading from a guide book, like so many guided tours ("This was built in 1930, yada yada yada. Instead, we had a day-long conversation with Marcos about everything we were seeing. It was the most personalized tour I've ever had."
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Jeff, I’m very happy about the review and to know that your friends had a great time! Thank you.
Chulyong KangNew Zealand
He was very friendly, and always tried to reduce waste time to show more about famous places. We were really happy with him. I recommend him to everybody.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much !!
Denise SalisburyUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tours with Marcos. He was always prompt with emails, absolutely reliable, timely, fun, kind, resourceful & helpful. Even though the weather was very uncooperative, we saw everything we wanted to & more. I would definitely recommend him as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Denise, sometimes the weather does not cooperate but I’m glad that you enjoyed the tour overall.
Jun ReinaUnited States
Awesome tours and awesome guide. Our friends really enjoyed spending the day with Marcos from an early morning city tour to a night life bar crawl.
Bhaskar SavaniUnited States
Very friendly and engaging Great knowledge
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Dr Savani! It was great to meet you and I hope to see you again!
Eric StandalBoise, ID, United States
Marcos was a fun guide. He was prompt and had a well planned itinerary that pleased both adults and teenagers in our group. His knowledge of the attractions and associated crowds kept our wait times short, allowing more time to enjoy it and not wait in line. Along with information about each location, Marcos also shared background on the culture and politics of Brazil which we found very interesting. The tour was a good mix of sightseeing, shopping and eating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Eric, thank you so much for your review! I’m happy that you enjoyed the tour and the culture. I hope that You encourage more friends to come over and experience this wonderful city!
Heriberto EliasUnited States
Marcos did an OUTSTANDING JOB to accommodate everything we wanted to see and do, and then some. Due to the time constrain (only one day) we wanted to pack as many top attractions as possible. Marcos went ani de and beyond, even when we got stuck at the top of Pao o Acucar due to strong wind guts. He guided us backstage to make it back to the entrance safely and advocated for us for a 50% refund. Way to go! Marcos
David JayeUnited States
Incredible! I have been an International Chief Flight Attendant for 30 years flying to Rio de Janiero. Marcos showed us more in 8 hours than I have seen in 3 decades of flying here! We are so glad we choose Marcos and will definitely see him again! Bom dia'! Marcos
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey David, first of all congratulations for your family! Your are so genuine and educated that was a pleasure for me spending a day with you! I’m looking forward to seeing you again!
Christine TranUnited States
We very much enjoyed Marcos as our guide! So much knowledge. Made sure we were well taken cared of and made our day the best! We were the first ones up to Christ Redeemer and had the whole place to ourselves for like 5 minutes but totally enough time to get the best family photos with no one else around. This was priceless and we have photos everyone will be jealous of. Thank you Marcos and ToursByLocals, you truly have a gem in Marcos!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Christine and family, it was awesome to be the first one up there at Christ the Redeemer, I really enjoyed showing you the best of Rio! Thank you again.
Marcos was FANTASTIC. He's knowledgable, a great driver, informative, friendly, polite, a joy to be with and will happily take you off the 'beaten path' where the avg. tourists don't get to go. ASK HIM to take you somewhere different. You'll be glad he did. We covered a huge amount of the city in 8 hrs and had a lovely lunch at the lagoon where we saw capybaras, emperor egrets, caymen and more. Definitely get him to take you to a favela too. We were thrilled with him and can't thank him enough!!!
Robin BuxtonOrinda, CA, United States
Pty of 4 from Canada spent the day with Marcos. Our last day in Rio. Marcos was on time and eager to please. This was a full day tour prior to our flight home. We had toured the "typical" attractions the day prior - so he filled in the blanks. Marcos focused on the West side of Rio. Rio is a wonderful city, with great contrasts in geography... Fantastic hill tops views to boat rides between small islands on the flats. Lunch at a local venue that was not the usual "tourist" restaurant was a highlight
Loved Marcos. Very enthusiastic! We saw everything expected. He got us to the Redeemer before the crowds and up to Sugar Loaf in the afternoon when the crowds lessened.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gordon, it was a pleasure to me showing you Rio at its best!
Eira LiveseyUnited Kingdom
Lovely personalised tour. Followed my requests. Pleasant and easy to talk to guide. Excellent English. Fantastic local lunch and tour of unique mangrove area off tourist route which included seeing wildlife I had not expected to in Rio. Capybara and caimans totally unexpected. First class overall no hesiuin recommending Marcos.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Eira, it was really nice to meeting you, I hope that your amazing cruise trip gets better and better, I hope to see you two again!
Joseph GoldbergUnited States
Marco gave us a great tour with local knowledge Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joseph, all the best!
John PalmborgUnited States
Marcos was exceptional!! He was very knowledgeable of all aspects of the Brazilian lifestyle. We spent the entire day with him and felt like old friends by the end of the day. He even arranged for us to take a helicopter tour for far less than our hotel was charging for the exact same tour. He is the best and I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey John, thank you so much! I’m glad that you enjoyed the city and the tour ! Till next time...
Vladimir BuldyrevUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Vlad, hope to see you again!
Kelly CulwellUnited States
Great tour, very knowledgable guide. Marcos made everything so easy for us and was a joy to spend the day with. Took us to some "hidden gems" in addition to the standard "must see" sites and had great advice to help us get the most out of our one day of sightseeing in Rio! Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, guys ! I hope to meet you guys again, I had a great time with you! Regards Marcos
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Annette and friends!!
Magdalena BelenUnited States
Marcos was absolute GREAT! Very professional and knowledgeable . Our family really enjoyed this tour. Very knowledgeable . Awesome tour guide. His car was clean compared to the others that we have used. He suggested great restaurants for us to eat and try out and they were all fantastic. If you are looking for a tour guide for Rio De Janeiro make sure to contact him. At the end of the tour we gained another friend:) Thanks marcos for making our trip super memorable.
Jennifer KaczmarekUnited States
I made the best decision ever to hire Marcos for a tour of Rio for the day. Marcos is professional, prompt (a quality super important to me), and truly cares about creating an experience that is tailored to your interests. He is very knowledgeable and shares information on Rio's history and culture which you can tell he is passionate about. He knows the city well and was able to navigate efficiently in order to optimize my time. Many thanks, Marcos. It was a perfect day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Jeniffer your review means a lot to me! Thank you so much ! Hope to see you again. Regards Marcos
Charles B.United States
Very concerned guide. Goes out of his way to make sure all party members are pleased. High recommend Marcos!
Lucy ChanUnited States
Marcos showed us the "green" environment within metropolitan Rio. It was a beautiful day being in nature, and learning about trees, animals, birds that are native to Rio. Marcos took us on a boat ride for us to experience how some of the people making their daily living by the river. Rio is a city of contrasts. Thanks to Marcos we were exposed to the diversity of Rio. His tour gave us a balanced understanding of this amazing metropolis, not just what we read in the news. Marcos made our trip great!
Marcos was an excellent guide who took me to some fantastic sights in central Rio that I know you wouldn't be able to see with a big tour group. It was like having a friend show you around Rio. As per my request I wanted to see the city attractions in the morning and the western beach areas and despite the rain at times I loved everything I saw and experienced including a tasty seafood lunch in a beachside hut overlooking the surf. Thanks Marcos for a great day and introduction to Rio and Brazil.
Shalini BhargavaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Shalini, see you next time !!