Traveler Reviews for Private Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Tour Guide Lais Tammela S.

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lais Tammela S.
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Sheila Alderman

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Apr 6/18

Terrific. Private tour is the way to go. So easy to ask specific questions and I believe honest answers. I was so impressed with Lais' driving skills. And PARKING. She was brilliant. Her love for her country was apparent in her explanations. Truly an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Well worth it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sheila, What an enjoyable day! Thank you so much for the review. It was a pleasure meeting you in Rio!

Luke Hardiman

South Africa
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Apr 4/18

Lais was a brilliant guide for our first day in Rio. We asked for a trip with a more local flavour, and she took us to places that gave us great insight into the Carioca way of life, from carnival, to football, Parque Lage, local markets, we saw and learned a lot on day 1, which gave us a grounding for the rest of our time here. She also provided us with contact details for another excellent local guide, Bruno, who took us hiking and found us bikes to ride up to Christ the Redeemer. Thank you Lais!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Luke! It was a pleasure to meet your family! I am glad I could assist with your specific needs :-)

Alice (Becky) Clark

United Kingdom
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Feb 17/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again! ;-)

Alice (Becky) Clark

United Kingdom
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Feb 16/18

Lais is a friendly, knowledgable guide who made our visit a very enjoyable experience. We will hope to see her again on any future visits.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Becky and Roy! Hope to see you again in the near future. I had an amazing time with you!

James Kendrick

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Nov 23/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jim! It was a pleasure meeting you in Rio!

Michele Kircher-Sternig

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Oct 31/17

Knowledgeable & friendly resulting in a very enjoyable tour

Rob Wiegers

Netherlands
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Sep 14/17

Since I already have been in Rio before, Lais managed to show other very interesting parts of Rio (and outside) based on my interests. It was a great experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Rob! And see you next time! ;-)

Mark Peters

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 20/17

My 12 y/o son and I spent a fun and informative day with Lais last week in Rio. We only had two days in the City and Lais was able to fashion an itinerary that hit all the "must see" spots on our list -- Christo, Sugarloaf (wow!), the Maracana, Olympic Boulevard, Sante Teresa and more. Lais' knowledge of Brazil's history was encyclopedic, her laugh and sense of humor was infectious and her love of the city obvious. If you want a true insider's view of Rio, tour with Lais: gentileza gera gentileza.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: �� Gentileza gera gentileza �� Thank you so much! I was very fortunate to have met you guys.

Sarah Najjar

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jun 7/17

Rio de Janeiro would have not been the same without Lais! We spent 2 days with her and we got the full Rio or "Carioca" experience. Lais is so sweet, so caring and so much fun, she took really good care of us. We covered everything in 2 days and she was so considerate to what we wanted to do, and managed to fit everything in our plan, even though Rio is huge! We had such an amazing time and we will never forget it! Thank you Lais for everything!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello ladies! Thank you so much for your feedback. I had a great time with you too and loved to learn about tour country also. :-) All the best, Laís.

Sarah Najjar

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jun 6/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure Meeting you in Rio!

Robert Martin

Australia
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Feb 2/17

We had Lais for a day and a half in which she showed us her city. We did not have a set itinerary , we just told her our interests and she took us on a great bdiscovery tour. She knows the highlights, the traffic, the shortcuts, the conditions and everything went smoothly. Her English is excellent and colloquial as she has lived for a time in Australia and the USA. Best of all is her great personality, sense of humor and caring approach. We could not recommend her more highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert and Pam, Thank you so much for your review. I loved our discussions about politics. It was a pleasure meeting you in Rio. Have a great trip! Best regards, Lais

Chris Jessop

New Zealand
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jan 3/17

Lais was a biologist so very knowledgeable for our visit to the Botanical Gardens. Highlights were the visit and lunch to Santa Teresa, the aqueduct and a typical meal. Highly recommend. P

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Chris! It was a pleasure meeting you in Rio. Best wishes, Lais.

Robert Lennon

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - Rio your own way!, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Nov 4/16

Calling this a "tour" doesn't really do it justice; it was more like a Rio "experience." Lais tailored the original itinerary to my particular interests. Her knowledge of Rio's incredible history was marvelous, and her ability to relate it as an interesting narrative as we walked around downtown was incredible. Very well done! I recommend Lais as a tour guide in strongest terms!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Robert! It was a pleasure spending time and exchanging experiences with you in Rio!

Keith Perry

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - Keith Perry, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jun 16/16

Best guide we have ever had!! If you want to see the real Rio take several days and go with her. Her English is amazing and she is so much fun to be with. She acts more as a Freind then an guide but the knowlage she has of the city is hands down amazing

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Keith and Stacey, It was a real pleasure to know you guys and spend the week with you! I was personally pleased to be able to show you so many local places and local activities that only adventure travellers are willing and interested to experience. See you next time in Rio! I look forward meeting the kids! :-)

Barry Kelly

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: May 8/16

This tour was fantastic. Laisknows the city well and has a passion to share her knowledge and love of the city. Our tour of the botanical garden was outstanding . I went thinking it would be just another pretty garden and it was a highlight of our tour of Rio. Laid spotted mommies and told us all about the plants and trees etc. She took us to a terrific antique fair and then we had a great Brazillian lunch. I've had lots of tours by local tours and Lais is in the top 1% of guides.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Barry!! I had great fun and learned a lot with you guys also!

Susan B.

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Mar 25/16

Lais is a great tour guide. She provided an enjoyable and memorable tour of Rio de Janiero. We saw everything on my list and then some. She is very personable and knowledgeable. If you have little time and want to see a lot Lais the guide for you. She is also a very safe driver with a comfortable car.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Susan! It was a pleasure meeting you in Rio!

Darius Koenig

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Mar 18/16

Lais is a truly special tour guide, a consummate professional who ensures her clients have a great experience. She brings with her the insight of a native carioca, the training of a naturalist and a zeal for life that is infectious. Our group of 5 chose an 8-hour tailored tour which played to Lais' strengths. She is very perceptive, constantly reading situations and the people in the party, and constantly looked for ways to make the most of the tour. Great memories - obrigado!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much, Darius! I had an amazing time with your beautiful family! See you next time! :-) Best wishes, Lais.

Charles Dickson

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored - 2 days, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Mar 10/16

The three couples that took this tour together (and have used Tours by Locals in the past) all agreed Lais was the best tour guide we ever had. Now that is high praise because we have never had a tour by tour by local professionals that didn't just meet but virtually always exceed expectations. If you go to Rio do yourself a service and contact Lais. Chuck Dickson

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chuck! Thank you very much for your review! I had a lot of fun with this group! It was a pleasure meeting you in Rio! All the best, Lais.

David Emanuel

New Zealand
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Mar 1/16

We had a great 2 days with Lais. She is an excellent guide who gave us an enjoyable tour which covered Rio in all its aspects. We can recommend her in every way.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, David and Sue! I learned a lot about NZ and had a great time with you too!

Donald Boston

RENO, NV, United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jan 6/16

We enjoyed Lais so much we booked a second private tour on our return to Rio. We were picked up at the airport. Again, she designed an interesting day which provided additional insight about Rio around our specific interests and requests. We stopped for a late lunch at a local restaurant and enjoyed a traditional Brazilian dish and local beer. She dropped us at the GIG airport. We highly recommend Lais who is very knowledgeable,friendly and a pleasure to be with. We had a great day with her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again, Jack!

Donald Boston

RENO, NV, United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jan 4/16

Lais was prompt, friendly, excellent driver and spoke excellent English. We were picked up directly after clearing customs at the Cruise Pier. She designed a tour to meet our specific interests and requests. We enjoyed seeing and hearing about the Rio de Janeiro area. We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoyed a traditional Brazilian dish and local beer. She dropped us at our the SDU airport. We highly recommend Lais who is very knowledgeable, friendly and a pleasure to be with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jack and Sharon! It was a delight to meet you in Rio! Best regards, Lais.

Kevin Betts

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Dec 12/15

Lais is great person and guide, you will be very lucky if you are able to have her show you her beloved Rio. We are repeat customers because she is knowledgeable and very flexible and willing to address your interest.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much, Kevin! It is always a pleasure to see you too!!

Vidyasagar Premkumar

United States
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Tour: #20188, Tailored tour - Premkumar family, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 13/15

We visited Rio for three days and traveled as a family with 2 adults and 2kids. Lais was simply great - from picking us at the airport to Corcovado, Sugar loaf, Botanical garden, cultural night show, Samba drome and Centro tour, she was not only very knowledgeable about the historical facts, best options to do a particular tour, places to eat but also adjusted the pace of the tour to our families interests. I would highly recommend her without any hesitation

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Vidya! It was my pleasure to meet your family in Rio! Such a beautiful family!!! Thanks so much for your review! All the best, Lais.

Rey David

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 2/15

Lais was our guide on three different private tours in Rio. And I must say that Lais is an exceptional guide, a wealth of tour knowledge and interesting tidbits. And, just as importantly, she is effervescent with Carioca charm and warmth. She is sensitive to her clients' needs, and personalizes the pace or contents of her tour accordingly. My wife and I have enjoyed the services of numerous tour guides during our travels over the years, and I can honestly say that Lais is the best of them.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again, Rey! It was my pleasure to meet your family in Rio!!

Patricia Borges

Brazil
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Tour: #20188, Tailored tours - Patricia Borges family, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jun 23/15

Scott Gibson

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: May 2/15

Another wonderful day with Lais visiting our requests.. Cemetary, Favella, Santa Teresa, beach and more!! My daughters just had the best time.. Lais made our stay in Rio perfect!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Scott! You were true travellers in Rio, not just tourists :-)

Scott Gibson

United States
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Tour: #20188, Private Tour - 8h Tailored, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: May 1/15

What a wonderful tour and day with Lais. She listened to all of the things we wanted to do and we managed to do them all!!! She made sure we had our must eats of the day and answered every question we had. She is a life long resident of Rio and knows the city well.. plus she parks like no one I know.. it is amazing!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Scott! You brought beautiful weather to the city and we could enjoy it even more!

Mark Sullivan

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 21/14

I used Lais for one day while in Rio to research a novel I'm writing with James Patterson, and finish the research on THIEF, which is one of my books. We put together an itinerary of places I needed to see, and she executed the day's tour perfectly. In eight hours we visited seven different parts of Rio, including one of the medical colleges. Smart, funny, and purposeful, Lais is an outstanding guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Mark! I had a great time with you too! The other day I had a client that was reading one of your books and was a big fan of you! I thought you would like to hear that :-)

Peter Wernicki

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jan 30/14

Lais was a perfect person to greet us to Brazil. We all felt so at home with her the minute we met her. She guided us to the highlights, and showed us some of the local spots. She customized the tour to exactly what we wanted and was very organized. She was so pleasant and so much fun! We recommend her to anyone coming to Rio who wants to have a super time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again!!!!

Ute-Karin Edney

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Dec 18/13

Please let Lais know that we where very happy with every thing she showed us and she is a great Person and Guide. Thank you, Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Karin! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! You have a wonderful family!

Kevin Betts

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Nov 13/13

We had one day in Rio and Lais did a wonderful job of giving us the flavor of the city she loves. She is very knowledgeable of this very special city. Our tour felt like we were being shown around Rio by a friend. We will use Lais again when we return to Rio de Janeiro.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Kevin! It is a blessing to be able to make friends from around the world and have fun while working! It was a pleasure to meet you in Rio!

Michael Gerber

Portimao, Portugal
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Tour: #20188, Transfer in + 8h Tailored tour + transfer out, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Nov 13/13

For Lais' rating, five stars are not really enough. Anyone going got Rio de Janeiro should book her tour as quickly as possible as her calendar fills up quickly. Rio is beautiful and Lais makes it even more beautiful for her clients. While her knowledge and insights are exceptional, Lais' enthusiasm and love for her city will make your tour with her an unforgettable experience. Dr Michael S Gerber Portimão, Portugal

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muito obrigada, Michael and Ina!! It was a great pleasure meet you in Rio and share some Brasil-Portugal experiences :-)

Matthew Mason

United Kingdom
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Sep 14/13

I had a fantastic trip around Rio with Lais: our hike through the rainforest to Pico da Tijuca offered some magnificent views over the city and Lais pointed out animals (including monkeys), flowers and insects. The beautiful view of Rio from Sugar Loaf as the sun was setting will stay with me forever. Lais' had perfect English and she was a considerate and very knowledgeable guide, offering me the local perspective on the city. She really helped me to make the most of my time there! Thanks so much!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, Matthew! That was a delightful day! We could not have asked for better weather and visibility from Tijuca peak. It was a pleasure to share some time with another Biologist exploring a new ecossistem. It makes us more aware and thankful of the little details and wonders of such a magnificent and accessible forest right in here!

Colleen Fraser

Canada
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Dec 9/12

Our Rio tour with Lais was excellent in all respects. Her biology degree and good English, provided us with much insight while seeing Rio's spectacular beauty. She and her excellent driver enthusiastically exposed us to unforgettable aspects of Rio maximizing our visit. We also left in the van our valuables under the guide's close watch. Lais' charm and knowledge surpassed entirely our former Rio visit. She has so many online accolades, I fear she will be unavailable for our next visit! Colleen and Don.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Colleen and Don!! We had a great time and I will pass on the new words I assimilated :) All the best, Lais.

Gregory Cooley

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 11/12

Lais was GREAT!!!Weather it was a night life tour or climbing a 600 foot secluded trail on Sugar loaf mountain with little monkeys just a few feet away from us, to showing us all the great places to shop, many unique street markets for jewelry, souvineers, and local hand crafted items. She took us to all the scenic views in Rio for pictures,showed us the best beaches and restaurants, took us to the Botanical Gardens which has incredible plants and trees that she told us history and stories about. 6 STAR!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Greg and Michelle!! I had a great time with you!! It is always more fun to be around adventurous and experienced travellers like you, that will be happy to go off the beaten track and mingle with locals! I will miss you! All the best, Lais.

Gregory Cooley

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 10/12

We booked three 8h Tailored tours with Lais that were all awesome and totally different, this one we made adventure day. Lais set it up for us to Hang Glide in the morning and Zip Line in the Rainforest in the afternoon followed by a wonderful lunch at a place called the wall. There is this scenic bay with a wall going around one side of it with an award winning type restaurant across the street that doesn't have seating, everyone gets their food and ice cold beer or drinks etc.and sit on the wall to eat.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Greg and Michelle!! I had a great time with you!! It is always more fun to be around adventurous and experienced travellers like you, that will be happy to go off the beaten track and mingle with locals! I will miss you! All the best, Lais.

Gregory Cooley

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 9/12

Lais was much more than we could have hoped for, wish we could give her six stars! She was just so friendly and knowledgeable and since I sent her some of our interests she had lots of suggestions for places to go and things to do, from restaurants to beaches to shopping etc. we had a wonderful time with her and I would highly recommend her for anyone thinking of a tour in Rio!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Greg and Michelle!! I had a great time with you!! It is always more fun to be around adventurous and experienced travellers like you, that will be happy to go off the beaten track and mingle with locals! I will miss you! All the best, Lais.

Pamela Rootenberg

United States
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Tour: #20188, 8h Tailored tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Mar 21/12

Lais is one of the best guides that we have ever had. We had a wonderful 2 days in Rio with her. Lais is extremely knowledgeable about Brazilian history, customs and culture and has a lovely personality. We visited many sites including the botanical gardens where Lais was especially knowledgeable with her background as a biologist, Our tour was customized to our interests. We only wish we had had more time as we fell in love with Rio. Many thanks, Lais!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Pamela, David and Isabel, Thank you so much for your review! It was a pleasure to meet you in Rio! Best wishes, Lais.

Trevor Warr

United Kingdom
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Tour: #20188, Customized Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Feb 14/12

Excellent day with Lias, very punctual and knowledgeable, tailored the day to our specific needs. Would not hesitate in recommending her anybody with an interest in the local fauna and flora or indeed just seeing Rio.

Pranay Butala

United States
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Tour: #20188, Customized Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Nov 26/11

AMAZING! What we loved about Lais was that she was very in tune to our needs, especially considering we have a 2 1/2 yr old toddler in tow with us. She, being a mother, clearly understood that the toddler comes first, then comes sight seeing. She was proactive in making sure our toddler was taken care of first and foremost. Out of our 10 days in Brazil, the day with her was one of our highlights.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Pranay! You have a beautiful family and the sweetest little girl! It was a pleasure meeting you in Rio! All the best, Lais.

Lihong Liu

Brazil
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Tour: #20188, Customized Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    
Date: Jul 5/11