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!!!
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!!
Bernie EncarnacionUnited 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 !!
Tina Y.United States
Marcos was really fabulous. He showed us all around Rio. My whole family really loved the tour. Marcos is highly, highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Tina, it was a pleasure for me and I hope to see you again . Regards Marcos
Govind SandhuNew Zealand
Amazing day exploring Rio and all of its wonderful sights. Marcos was an exceptional tour guide, super friendly and knowledgable. Everything was organised and communicated very well. Highly recommend an all day, customised private tour with Marcos!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Godvin, it was really really nice to spend the day with you I guess I have new friend now! hope to see you again mate �� Regards Marcos.
We had a wonderful day in Rio de Janeiro with Marcos. He was very knowledgable about the city and took us to all the sights. He was considerate of our needs, taking us close to the sights and keeping us informed of what was happening. He has an easy going personality and we all got on well. I would recommend Marcos as your guide and I am sure you would have a fantastic time in Rio.
Douglas BirchUnited States
Marcos sent an email ahead of time stating that there was a cruise ship docking the same day that we were to have a tour. He recommended that we start a half hour early to avoid crowds at the Christ the Redeemer statue. We appreciated that. He was very prompt. Very willing to accommodate us on our tour with whatever we wanted, even a trip to the post office. He was pleasant and knew his way around as expected. He loves the city and loves touring with people even when he has done it many times
Felice GriffinUnited States
What a fantastic day with Marcos. We had 1 full day to see Rio & wanted more than the traditional. While it looked like a rainy day, Marcos had several great ideas. We did traditional sites, Christ Statue & modern Church, then off to Santa Teresa district where we saw artists & a local place that served the best ever cheese breads. We went to Lapa district, walked the famous steps, chatted with local artists & antique dealers & much more. Marcos is our new friend in Rio. Highly recommend!
Michael RayGlenville, NC, United States
Marcos was terrific. Highly recommend him. Very knowledgeable and speaks wonderful English. I hired him for two days in Rio.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the compliments i also had a very good time with you all, i hope to see you again ! I will be here on Tours by locals Regards Marcos V.
Sammie BevanUnited States
Wow! what a fun day with Marcos. He is knowledgeable of the area and showed us many places we might have missed. My husband and I booked Marcus for an 8 hour tour and every minute was enjoyable. He is professional and his car is immaculate and comfortable. I could ask for nothing more as Marcus exceeded in every way!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comment I also enjoyed very much the time we spent together ! Hope to see you again . Bregards Marcos !
Karl FacerUnited Kingdom
Marcos thank yo so much for such a great day in your fabulous city. We look forward to returning to see much much more. Thanks again. Karl & Chris
Joyce HergenhanUnited States
My friend and I attended the Rio Olympics, and we wanted to see the city while there. We booked Marcos for three full days. In a word, he was FABULOUS. He is incredibly knowledgable and has excellent communication skills. We went to all the "usual" attractions ... as well as some lesser known ones, including a fabulous boat tour through the Marapendi wetlands where we saw unique wildlife. We also had food and drink in great local cafes and markets. We regret we couldn't book more days with Marcos.
Terry JohnsonUnited States
Great guide. Have used Tours-by-locals in over a dozen cities. Marcos was one of the absolute best. Energetic. Fun. Understanding. Couldn't ask for more. Thanks Marcos.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Terry and Steven!
Percy T.United States
Elizabeth RobertsUnited Kingdom
Absolutley first class . From the moment Marcus V picked us up from our hotel we were totally impressed . We saw the most beautiful amazing views of Rio from every angle . Marcus not only looked after us impecibly , he was informative had many interesting facts and he was delightful . Spoke English extremely well . We shall be recommending tours by locals to everyone here in England . Rio is stunning and must rank one of the most beautiful cities in the world . Good luck with your Olympics dear Rio
Brien McelhoesUnited States
Marcos was a fun and very hardworking guide. He was very knowledgeable, knew how to get around the large tour lines, and worked hard to be sure we had a great time, adjusted things to our needs, and was great conversationalist as well. Thanks Marcos!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Mcelhoes thank you for your comment ,it was really nice and inspiring getting to know you ,hope to see you again . All the best Marcos V.