This was our fourth tour with Carlos during our 10 day trip to Madeira. This was a lovely levada walk that Carlos chose for us which we really enjoyed. He brought us early to the trail so as to avoid the crowds. On the same tour we went to Santana, and visited gorgeous viewpoints in the north. He tailored our trip throughout the day....he's very good at figuring out what we like.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the time spent together, it was a pleasure and really fun to have the opportunity to guide you, see you next year.
We had an excellent tour with Carlos- he took us on this beautiful levada walk that we had to ourselves.....no crowds! He planned the tour so that we would see different parts of the island that we had not explored on our own. This was our third of four tours with Carlos and we highly recommend him. When we come back we will be contacting him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The weather also helped this great day, hope to see you very shortly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review, it was a pleasure to have you both.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review, it was a great tour to know hidden secrets of our capital :)
Alan ShlosbergUnited Kingdom
We had a wonderful full day with Carlos. He was charming, spoke English well & was very flexible in fulfilling our wishes to see specific sites. His car was comfortable & he drove safely. Highly recommended as an excellent guide for the lovely island!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alan, hope to see you next year in our Paradise.
This was our second enjoyable tour with Carlos. Unfortunately for us it was a somewhat rainy day but Carlos did his best (providing some umbrellas too) to show us all the places we were scheduled to see and it turned out to be a very fruitful trip after all. Carlos is very fluent in English, has a good sense of humour and has a thorough knowledge of all the points of interest in Madeira. I recommend his services to anyone interested in taking a private tour by locals in Madeira.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, it was very funny and plesant to guide all of you. See you next year.
Tudor ThomasUnited Kingdom
This is our second tour with Carlos. He is a wonderful guide and a delightful person. I would recommend him most highly to any person who wants to see the most interesting places in Madeira.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again for the opportunity to guide around our Paradise, hope to see you again next year.
Carlos is an excellent tour guide. Very informed, patient and always willing to accommodate our needs on todays tour. What an awesome experience with this thorough gentleman. We are so looking forward to our next tour with him on monday to the west side of the island of Madeira. Anyone looking for a tour guide in Madeira .... i guarantee you will not be dissapointed with Carlos.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It has been great moments of full joy, it's a pleasure to guide all your family around my Paradise
Karyn HankenUnited States
If I could rate Carlos as a "20", I would! My fiance and I had the most amazing private tour in Madeira, and we were just floored by the level of professionalism and fun that Carlos exhibited with putting our personalized tour together. He actually gave us 4 different tours in a day, at an incredibly affordable price. He even went as far as having a birthday cake and picnic planned for my fiance's 50th birthday that day! Forget the Trip Advisor or Viator tours.....get an amazing custom tour with Carlos!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a really great day with such amazing couple. Lots of fun and wonderful shared moments, I hope all the best for you two. See you next year, Carlos
Richard TaubeUnited States
Carlos provided a fun and enjoyable private tour for my wife and me. He focused as promised on wine but added excellent stops for scenic photos and a unique lunch at which we sampled limpets (delicious). Carlos is very personable and shared many fascinating details about his life on Madeira. The several wine stops varied from conventional (a stop in downtown Funchal) to the rustic ( a single proprietor in his basement) to the magnificent ( an appointment with a major producer with no public tasting room).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was indeed a remarkable day, combined with great weather, scenery and the wine tour itself added with your great company, thank you. Hope to see you next year.
Neiland SammonsUnited States
Carlos was very accommodating to our party of three. He was most helpful with our handicapped relative. 10 stars!! Call Carlos!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review, see you next year.
Brian PeddieGainesville, FL, United States
Carlos is FANTASTIC! Use his guiding services. He is an irreplaceable asset to make your travel experience perfect in Portugal. He is the best guide I have ever used ANYWHERE. Staying away from crowded areas, per our request, he revealed the rugged beauty of his home island with expert skill. He can solve any problem and enables fun. Just to prove he could do it, he delivered items to our ship that had already departed.....2000% ABOVE any expectations! WOW! WOW! WOW!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review Brian. When we love the work we do, everything turns out easy and at the same time a lot of doors open for us. Looking forward to see you next year ;)
Gerald PhilsonLakelland, FL, United States
This was our first time in Madeira and we really wanted to Explore, and Carlos really was exceptional in spending the day with us. We saw all of the main tourist attractions, plus much more than we expected. Carlos took us all over the Island, told us of its history and to top it off took us to a Restaurant for lunch that served a local fish that was out of this world delicious.. When we returned to our ship and compared tours with other guests, we undoubtedly saw more, had more fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a lovely time together with a lot of fun, hopefully we will see each other next year, here in my Paradise.
Mary ThelenUnited States
Carlos was one of the best guides we have ever had anywhere. What a charming personable gentleman with obvious love of his island. He conveyed that love to us and so much more. He seemed to go above and beyond to make our day a total success. He knew his facts and seemed to understand exactly what would make us enjoy our time. We went away feeling that we had explored the best of Madeira as efficiently as possible. Madeira could not have a better ambassador. We all loved our day with him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the review - probably the best I’ve ever received! I didn’t even think about myself as ambassador, but now I feel I like the idea, thank you ;) I’m very happy that you enjoyed the tour and our paradise, Madeira island, and I hope to see you again next year for even better experiences – Madeira still have a lot, A LOT to offer!
Diane CarterUnited Kingdom
The Levadas are something you come to Madeira to see but we had so much more than the regular tourists as we were taken to areas that they don't normally go with beautiful waterfalls, shaded woodland and quaint forests. This tour was a little more relaxed but we were offered the choice to walk further and did. Carlos was always flexible with the tour if it was safe and everyone was happy. I was the group leader and we worked very well together making decisions which can be difficult for a tour leader.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the opportunity, trust and confidence. Together we did wonders, see you next year, Carlos
Diane CarterUnited Kingdom
Wow just when we thought we could not be more astounded this walk blew our minds. These walks visit mountains all over the world but were amazed at the beauty. The walk required good stamina but Carlos assessed the varied fitness and from 50 to 70 we all did it. He motivated everyone and helped with taking on the height and acclimitisation. The views were amazing and although we were up high I felt safe taking all the group with Carlos as a leader. We will talk about this for ever.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: This is some memories that I'm going to record and remember for future, thank you for the opportunity to guide you all.
Diane CarterUnited Kingdom
Oh I could not believe this walk it was like walking in a magical land. I love forests but the ancient trees and the peace just astounded me. Everyone was in awe of this area and loved it. We have visited many places but this area was like paradise, as you said. The group were so happy and relaxed as they had recovered from their flights and it was a wonderful memory for us all. Anyone visiting Madeira must see this woodland beauty. Thanks Carlos for your nature knowledge too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review, I enjoyed to watch all your faces: like if you were big kids with shining eyes that discovered a huge treasure.
Diane CarterUnited Kingdom
So we arrived a little shaky after warnings of late or cancelled flights due to thunder storms but Carlos contacted me to ask if we were all ok. He said a few walks may need to be amended due to landslides but I felt totally confident in him due to previous conversations and his knowledge. I have done many tours with this group and this one I believe was the best. From the moment they met him they loved him and found him respectful, funny an kind. The tour was so beautiful and breathtaking. plus very safe
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, your group was really great to work with, see you next year.
Patti EverettUnited States
As a native of Funchal, Carlos showed that he knows seemingly every corner of the incredibly beautiful island of Madeira. He is knowledgeable, youthful, energetic and very personable. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Carlos and strongly recommend him to visitors who want to see more than just what is available to see in Funchal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Patti for the review, it was a pleasure to have a opportunity to guide your lovely family around my wonders, see you next year, Carlos
We enjoyed our tour with Carlos. He was very friendly and took us around to many different places. It was the day after Christmas so some of the places were closed, but we still enjoyed the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review, it was my pleasure to show the magic of Madeira to such wonderful people. Hope to have a chance to show you more next year. Have a great new year full of hapiness, Carlos.
Gordian ( BO) BoteilhoUnited States
Carlos was an extremely engaging guide. We saw more of Madeira in his tour than we expected. Carlos is born on the island and has an extensive knowledge of everything. His English was great. We met as strangers and by the end of the day, my husband and I felt we left as friends. We enjoyed the tour so much, we booked Carlos for a second day. I would highly recommend using Carlos when visiting Funchal, Madeira. Excellent guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, it was also a pleasure to have such great people to guide. Hope to see you next year, my friends.
Dawn MarshallUnited Kingdom
Carlos was a very good guide. Entertaining and full of information on Madeira. We were grateful he was able to come at very short notice and do his best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your review, I hope that you come again to our Magic Madeira, we have plenty places to discover together, see you next year, Carlos
Hilary PrescottUnited Kingdom
We had a wonderful hike with Carlos and he went out of his way to show us as much as he could of the area and to introduce us to the local food and wine. A wonderful introduction to Madeira.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Hilary, it was a great day, I learned a lot with both of you, see you next year, Carlos
Leslie BrownUnited States
Carlos was an amazing tour guide. He showed us exactly what we wanted to see and was amenable to any and all suggestions. We could not recommend him more highly. We had a wonderful day in Madera with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was also great to have you with me, hope to see you next year, all the best for you both.
My sister and I really enjoyed our time with Carlos. The experience was better than expected. It was our first day after arrival in Madeira, and Carlos was everything a good guide should be and more! He was very aware of the hiking conditions of the levada and safety was always paramount. At the same time he was fun, knowledgeable about the plants and trees, and really patient as we stopped so many times to take photos. Thank you so much Carlos! It was so much fun!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review, hope to see you very soon here in this Paradise, life is just good, Carlos
Suzan ReznickUnited States
Carlos was a fantastic tour guide. He was prompt, courteous with excellent English and VERY knowledgeable! The day before we arrived, I emailed him to ask if we could bring friends along, that we had met on our cruise and he cheerfully obliged us. We saw the most beautiful scenery of our entire trip in Madeira, we did go" above the clouds" as advertised! And the restaurant he took us to for lunch was fabulous! Our day with Carlos was one of the highlights of our trip!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure for me to have such company in such marvelous day. Hope to see you next year, Carlos
Irina CollinsUnited States
Here we'd like to mention the fact that Carlos is a very skillful driver. And, believe me, it is very important on a very narrow Madeiran roads. We were safe. Besides, this, Carlos is also a very knowledgeable guide and e learnt a lot about people of the island, its cuisine and beautiful nature. We were very happy with our choice of Carlos as our guide-driver. The car was very comfortable and big.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review, it was also very pleasant for me to have your both as company for the day, hope to see you soon, all the best, Carlos
Irina CollinsUnited States
When we travel around a foreign country, usually we are interested in nature, people and local cuisine. Carlos shared with us all three. We had lunch in a local restaurant and tasted local food, such as octopus, for example. We visited black sand beach and swam there. We talked a lot about people of the island. Ina word, all was EXCELLENT.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a beautiful day with great people as you, thank you for your company, hope to see you next year, Carlos
Irina CollinsUnited States
The tour was great. Carlos is a very knowledgeable and eager to help us to see as much as possible. We had a private tour guide - driver 2 times in Sesimbra in 2014 and 2016. It was excellent. That's why we decided on a private tour guide this time as well. And Carlos deserves the highest rating. Well done, Carlos!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, I wish all the best for you both, Carlos
Lyle ShoostineUnited States
Carlos is a great tour guide. There are so many beautiful vistas on Madeira Island, Carlos knows where to go and the ride is never boring, always with breathtaking views. One piece of advice.... throw away your tour books and guides.... Carlos will take you to one of the many beautiful beaches of Madeira (yes, they exist) if you want to go for a swim and take you to a restaurant for lunch where the locals dine. A nature walk through the forest is both peaceful and adventurous.... you will enjoy it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review and also for sharing all those magical moments together, see you next year.
Lyle ShoostineUnited States
Carlos was a great tour guide. Arriving on time, we began our adventure driving to visit the many natural vistas of Madeira. The lava caves in Sao Vicente were spectacular and swimming in the natural lava lagoons in Porto Moniz is a once in a lifetime experience. Carlos took me for lunch in a restaurant where the locals dine and not only was food and drink great, but the view was unbelievable. The time went fairly quickly, and before you know it, the full day of touring was over.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, it was great to have you as company, hope to see you next year.
Jay PosterUnited States
The tour we took with Carlos was truely exceptional - best excursion of our cruise! He is pleasant, intelligent, articulate, and incredibly knowledgeable about Madeira. He took six of us on amazing tour of the island taking us to some amazing viewpoints. Even though our tour was on a Sunday, he brought us to a private winery to sample 25-year-old locally produced wine, straight from the barrel. You will not be disappointed if you book a cruise with Carlos. 5-Star Ratiing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for all the fun and joy, it was a pleasure to have such moments with you. Hope to see you soon, to discover all other wonders we have!
Thanks Carlos I had 3 amazing days on Madeira! He created 3 fantastic tours according to my wishes and my physical possibility. It was great and I really had a lot of fun! I will never forget it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review. It was a pleasure to guide you along our wonders. Hope that luck always follow you whatever you go. See you very soon in our Healthy Paradise.
Harold BedenbaughUnited States
Carlos being a native was excellent. He certainly knows the History of Madeira and the van and driver we had were excellent. Many out of the way places that normal tourists do not see. I would highly recommend Carlos to all of our friends.. Harold
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great pleasure to guide you for those two days around some Madeira' wonders. Good company and excellent moments shared, thank you.
Merry EvansUnited States
Carlos is full of info and eager to share his island home! A superb driver, he took us to the top of a magical mountain for panorama views. We stopped on the roadside, where Carlos picked wild tropical fruit unknown to us! What a treat! In the PM, Carlos took us to a splendid lunch, with views of the sea. We've had many tours with TBL, and Carlos was a terrific guide! He is fun, easy to get along with, and will modify to suit your needs. Great tour, good value for the money. We recommend him highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your marvelous review, it was great to take you and amazed you with our unique landscapes and wonders, that Madeira has to offer for those that risk go get more than touristic spots. See you next year, Carlos
Tudor ThomasUnited Kingdom
Our guide was delightful and the tour excellent. We plan to take another tour with Carlos if he is available, when we visit Madeira again next year. I highly recommend Carlos as an excellent and charming guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Thomas for this charming review, I will be waiting for you next year to show you other unique Madeira' wonders, all the best, Carlos
Norris AndersonUnited States
Carlos provided a fantastic tour to one of the most beautiful locations I have ever visited.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Norris for your fantastic review, looking forward for the next visit, Carlos
Susan StockdaleUnited Kingdom
Carlos was fun to spend a day with. He was knowledgeable about Madeira and made it interesting despite the rainy weather! He took us to many places off the beaten track and ensured we left with great memories of his country. It was a real pleasure. Thanks Carlos!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad that you liked as I did! Both of you are really interesting people to talk with. If you didn't have the cruise we could speak all evening! Thank you again, hope to see you once more in my Paradise, Carlos
Richard SpoonerUnited Kingdom
Carlos has excellent English and is a very knowledgeable guide with a great love of his island and interest in sustainable development. He took us to one of the summits and on a lovely levada walk which we certainly would not have found on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard for your lovelly company, it has a pleasure to guide you around our wonders, hope to see you next year, Carlos
Katharine DiehlMooresville, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Carlos was a true professional in his delivery of service and for the tour which he conducted on the 9th of December in Funchal, Madeira. My husband and I were picked up promptly from our cruise ship and then escorted to his transportation to see all the highlights and key sites on the island. Carlos provided us with a deep understanding and history of the people and geography of Madeira and insights in the culture. His style was funny and personal and he felt very comfortable with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great pleasure to have you both has company. Looking forward to see you again in you next visit to our Paradise. Thank You!
Terence ChuUnited States
Very personable and knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review, really appreciated! Hope see you all back to Madeira once more!
Carlos picked us the Criuse terminal exactly on time. We did a perfectly organized 7 hours tour to the places we where most interested in (Levada walk, cliff views, Lava cave walk, sleigh ride and Funchal city center and market). Doe to Carlos wide knowledge we learned a lot about Madeiras history and the rich nature of this beautiful island. As it was clear that there will be not enough time for having lunch, Carlos provided some snacks - very kind and thoughtful - thanks a lot!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was also my pleasure to guide You around our Wonders. Hope that you could come for longer period, which I belive it will happen very soon! Have a save return back home.
Stacy EvosUnited States
I just returned from a lovely vacation in Madeira and wanted to say how much we enjoyed our tour with your guide Carlos. He was extremely friendly, polite and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with him learning about the local culture and history. I would definitely give Carlos a 5 star rating. He showed us places we never would have seen on our own and we got to sample delicious local food and drink. Because of our tour with him, it made me want to come back to Madeira.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stacy, it was great to guide such awesome travelers as you and your friends, and to share the best experience Madeira has to offer. Thank you very much for your attention, for your company, and for becoming my first ToursByLocals customer. Hope to see you soon again in our Paradise Island.