Nathalie De SantisBelgium
Amazing day. Very good guide. We recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nathalie, what a great family. Enjoy your stay in Rio. Mike.
Elizabeth N.United States
Our day with Michael was excellent! He knew the visitor sights would be very busy so we started earlier than usual and beat the crowds giving us extra time to tour the city. We appreciated his knowledge, skill at negotiating the long lines and good humor!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elizabeth and Peter. We beat the lines for the main attractions. Have a nice cruise trip. All my best!
Ngoi May Sng (Mrs.)Singapore
Michael Serruya is a wonderful guide, who clearly loves his city and hence was able to share his views and knowledge, both historical and current. In the short space of a day and an evening before, we felt we had a good perspective of RioD JNeiro.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much May. We had a wonderful dinner and show. Cheers!!!
Michael provided a fantastic tour for me, very tailored to my requirements, very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elizabeth. Great time together with a great tour. Take care. All my best!!!
Charles RomighUnited States
Micheal was a wonderful guide. Very personable and with flawless english. He tailored everything to our wishes and even drove us across the bridge to Niteroi to see a museum building I wanted to see. Would highly recommend him. The best money we spent on our trip
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. I had a great time today showing my city and Niteroi. All my best...
What a fabulous tour with Michael! We had so much fun learning about Rio de Janeiro's history and attractions with him. He was absolutely wonderful and made our trip perfect ending after 4 weeks travelling around South America. He was charming, knowledgeable, kind, and patient with us. We highly recommend this tour and any tour with Michael to anyone visiting Rio de Janeiro.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sumalee. I had a fantastic day With everyone. All my best...
Michael gave us an excellent tour of Rio. He went out of his was to show us all that is Rio. Thank you we truly enjoyed our day discovering Rio
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the positive review. We had a great time together. Take care. Mike.
Michael is the most amazing guide, he is very friendly and know som much about Rio. I am more than happy for spending my money on him for guiding me around for a whole day. Thanks again Michael, for the most greatful and funny day in Rio. If it was possible you would get 10 out of 5 stars. Best, Jesper & Pernille from Denmark.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow. Thank you so much Jesper and Pernille for a fabulous review. What a dayyyyyyyyy.Everything was perfect. Thank you again. Mike.
Albert H.United States
Michael was great. Very knowledgeable. Adjusted the itinerary to our interests. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Albert and Jackie. We had a great day today with a beautiful weather. Enjoy Rio. Mike.
Renee BarnardUnited States
Michael is amazing! We have had a lot of private tours and can not remember a better guide. All the important factors: English - impeccable. Sense of humor - charming and funny. Historical knowledge - interesting facts that are in the box and many great stories that are not. It was our pleasure to spend the day Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: No words to subscribe my client's. All fun, special and unique. I had great time. Thank you. Mike
Ibrahim SeidovUnited States
I highly recommend Mike to Rio de Janeiro visitors. He is really very professional. We had fantastic tour today.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ibrahim. Enjoy Rio.
Michael, we both very much enjoyed our day touring Rio with you. We would do it all again in a heartbeat and have no hesitation recommending Michael as a superb private guide in Brazil. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. Great tour. All my best...
Rachael MossUnited States
Michael is a fantastic tour guide. He is very easy going and knowledgeable about Rio. He took my husband and I and our 4 year-old on great adventures throughout the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a beautiful family. I had great time with Rachael, Al and Jack. All my best...
Vikram GuptaUnited States
Michael was prompt, knowledgeable, friendly and polite. We spent 8 hours with Michael and he gave us a tour of Christ the Redeemer, Maracana, Santa Teresa, Lapa, Urca, Cathedral, Favelas and Sugar Loaf. The day my family spent with him was the best day of the trip. My 5 year old still talks about "Michael, my friend from Rio". I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Vikram. We had a great time together. All my best...
Marcelo ZiperovichUnited States
Michael S is what you want in a guide, especially in a city as complex, layered and interesting as Rio. His English is perfect, he is easy going, charming, reliable and very knowledgeable. His genuine passion for Rio and Brazilian culture shines through. With a limited schedule, we had a lot to see in a short amount of time, but Michael planned our day strategically so we got to certain places ahead of the crowds, got us in/out efficiently and kept us on schedule w/o making us feel rushed. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marcelo. Everyone is great. I loved to work for you guys. All my Best...
Russell LoveUnited States
Michael is fantastic! I can't imagine this trip without him. He was better than we ever expected.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jackie and Russel. All my best...
Elizabeth GallowayUnited States
Michael was courteous and my clients never felt rushed!!! Would book with him again with no problem!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. All my best...
Nadav SharirRaleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Michael is the best tour guide we ever experienced. He showed perfect knowledge and enthusiasm during our tour with him. He showed us places that we know they are not tourist attractions, and it was very interesting. He helped us also with our money situation since we did not have local currencies and he became our friend. We definitely want to recommend that if you really want to see Rio you must hire him as your tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nadav and Irene. We had a wonderful time together. Hope to see you guys one day again. All my best!
John R.St. Simons Island, GA, United States
Great tour with the perfect guide! Our group really enjoyed being with Michael for the day. He's very knowledgeable, considerate and fun to be with. We saw all the main Rio attractions using his very nice air-conditioned car. I highly recommended Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John. All my best.
Brigitte McintoshUnited States
The tour with Michael was better than promised or expected. He was early for picking us up. Was extremely courteous since we are seniors. Tried to find the shortest lines, described everything in detail, was very knowledgeable, and patient. We saw everything we had on our list plus some. I can recommend him highly and assure you you will have a great tour.
Graeme F.United States
We spent a great day, today with Michael. He is very knowledgable and thoughtful. He has a very comfortable vehicle which took us to many of Rio's highlights. He is very personable and organized. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a personal tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. All my best...
Wayne ClementUnited States
Michael was the best!He offered to change our tour to the next day due to poor weather.His new car gets to places the cruise buses can't reach.We saw neat sites we couldn't have on a bus tour.Fabulous host,went out of his way to accommodate us with a leisurely lunch & made a non-scheduled stop for us to buy a local rum we couldn't otherwise find.He got us to Christ Redeemer during the only 10 minutes of clear weather.He'd admit part luck but there was skill & local knowledge that made it possible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sweetttttttt. Thank you. All my best...
Sylvia HansenUnited States
Michael was an awesome guide. He was super friendly and very knowledgable. He was right on time picking us up and his car was very new and very clean. He was able to get us on the first cog train to see Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado. He took us all over Rio and showed us everything we wanted to see. We ended our trip at Sugarloaf. Everything was absolutely perfect! You couldn't ask for a better guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sylvia. All my best.
Michael is extremely professional: Educated, polite, safe and punctual which are all traits you need with a guide. On a personal level he goes above the previously stated turning your time into an enjoyable learning tour with a new FRIEND. As an avid traveler himself he knows what you're looking for: From knowing the seat to sit in on the train for that perfect picture to juggling the timing for all activities to optimize YOUR tour with zero stress. Michael gives www.toursbylocals.com a very good name.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tony, you are the man! What a day with great pictures and company. Thank you. All my best!!!
Zachary WoolUnited States
Michael was just great - personable, knowledgeable, flexible, and fun to be around. He made sure we saw all of the highlights, had a great meal, and got us back to our hotel on time. Getting the "highlights" done in a day allowed us to enjoy the rest of our time on the beach, caipirinha in hand. Thanks, Michael!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. All my best.
Danny ChangUnited States
My wife & I are seasoned travelers with over 25+ Countries visited in the last 10 years with numerous tours. Michael S. is one of the best guides. What made him special is his honesty and caring for his clients. After Michael picked us up, he informed us that since it's a cloudy day with Christ Redeemer & Sugarloaf mountain cover with clouds, it's best not to visit these 2 sites. We agree and instead, he showed us various sites of Rio. It was very enjoyable and informative. We highly recommend Michael
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys.Great time together. All my best.
Neil AndersonUnited Kingdom
Thank you Michael for a try exceptional day in Rio. Michael is fun, knowledgeable, and a all round great guide. I can't think there would be a better guide in the whole city. Car was very comfortable and we did everything we wanted to do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neil. All my best to you. Cheers
Tracy HobbsUnited States
Michael was a fantastic guide for our day in Rio: very knowledgeable and personable! He arrived right on time and went above and beyond throughout the day to ensure that we had a great experience. We would definitely recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tracy and Michelle, i had a great time with you guys. Cheers.
Paul D'OliveiraUnited States
Michael - a professional, experienced and attentive tour guide. speaks excellent english, communicates efficiently and responsively. Michael helped with pre-planning details, alternative choices and efficient time management, insuring a comfortable, relaxed and memorable experience (touring Rio). Highly recommended, thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul. All my best.
Frank CummingsMenasha, WISCONSIN, United States
Exceptional experience with Michael today. He has a passion for his country/city, and he communicates it extremely well in a personable, fun, and adventurous way. He managed our time and interests very well; very flexible. Couldn't have asked for a better guide. In fact, I would give him an honorary 6th star!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frank. You are a great guy. Hope to see you again. Cheers.
Amy KlineUnited States
Great tour and Michael was a wonderful guide!
Bradley MyersUnited States
Michael did a great job of explaining what we were seeing and accommodating our requests related to what we wanted to see. He is personable and was a pleasure to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bryan. Cheers.
He was great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carolyn. Have a great cruise trip. Mike.
Michael is very professional and service oriented guy who knows a lot about Rio and the world and who has absolutely the best plan to see the best of Rio in one day. Michael is very flexible, helpful and always on time. Without any doubt I recommend you to tour with Michael. We were 4 people with 2 of them children. A perfect day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marc. Wonderful family and a great day. All my best to you guys. Mike.
Andrea MarksUnited States
Michael was a wonderful guy. He is very kind, patient and knowledgeable. We were able to see everything on our list and more. He is a great guide and we enjoyed our tour very much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. Great day. Cheers.
Tammy HoUnited States
We had a fantastic time with Mike - he gave us some history, a lot of sightseeing and just general insight into the Brazilian culture. He was smart in picking us up early, at 7:45 to avoid lines and crowds - we were very lucky to see all the sights without waiting in line for anything and didn't miss any photo opportunities because of the crowd. It was a great experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tammy and Alvim. We had a great time. Cheers
Jim F.United States
Loved having Michael as our guide for a second day! This time we focused on the historical sites in downtown Rio: Opera House, Art Museum, the Selaron stairs, the Aquaduct, Botanical Garden, and St. Sebastian Church. We ate at the elegant Columbo Teahouse. We also visited the Chinese Outlook and view of the city in the Tijuca Forest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for wonderful 2 days we had together.
Jim F.United States
Michael was personable, fun and informative. He, and we, were flexible which allowed us to adjust our schedule according to the weather, possible protests and traffic issues. Highlights of the day included the Christo, Sugarloaf mountain, plus H. Stern jewelry and Amsterdam Sauer. Michael took us there at our request and Amsterdam Sauer provided a taxi back to our hotel. He selected, at our request, a very good restaurant on Copacabana beach (Marius). Delicious seafood and meat buffet in a funky venu
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jim. Loved the time we had together.All my best for you guys.
This is the only way to see Rio de Janeiro. Michael really knows his city (he can even organise the weather for you) . We saw and learnt so much about the city in 2 days it was fantastic and felt like like we were saying goodbye to an old friend when it was time to leave. Thank you Michael for the memories of Rio.
Cynthia MonesUnited States
We had an outstanding visit of the RIO sites. Although we got stuck in a traffic due to inoperable bus blocking 2 lanes, we got to see everything we planned to visit. We were also appreciative of your extensive knowledge of history. Although unplanned we got last minute passes to the Sambadromo and experienced the RIO CARNIVAL 2015. Thank you so much , your descriptive words for the Carnival made us curious of the once in a lifetime experience.
Doris ChanScarborough, ON, Canada
This is a belated thank you to Mike S. We had only 1 day in Rio on Feb 4th, 2015 and Mike was willing to start our tour at 7:30am and took us back to airport and caught a 8:40 pm flight. He showed us not only Redeemer and Sugar Loaf that I asked for, but also other places that we don't even known about but all good sceneries. Mike was courteous, cheerful, punctual and knowledgeable providing excellent service to us, you feel like a dear friend showing you around the city with passion. THANK AGAIN!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Doris. Great time together. All my best for you guys. Mike.
Roz PerlsonUnited States
My husband and spent a fabulous day with Michael. He is amazingly knowledgeable and extreme flexible. He has a terrific personality and we couldn't imagine any better guide When we said good bye we felt that we were leaving a good friend. We learned so much in such a shirt time
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rose. We had fun together and a beautiful day. All my best to you guys. Take care.
William CurrieUnited Kingdom
Michael is an excellent guide.Full of knowledge of Rio past and present.He ensures that you see all your chose sights with minimum of time wasted queuing.If you want to see the sights of Rio, Michael is your man.You will not be disappointed. Thank you Michael for making our day memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you William. We had a great time together. All my best to you guys. Mike.
Janet WareUnited States
Very organized, managed to show us all the sights bypassing the lines. Excellent English and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend for two persons. Not suitable for more than 3.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Janet. A sedan car can take up to 4 pax. Client can decide for a van for more people. All my best for you guys. Cheers.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments Janet. When offering tours using their personal vehicles, we already advise our guides to keep the maximum capacity of those tours to 3 travelers. Michael was just advised of that.
I would like to thank Michael for making our stay in Rio a truly unforgettable experience.We spent amazing 2 days. He is a very knowledgeable and professional guide. We discovered amazing places and learnt funny facts about Rio and Brazil. Highly recommended.
Michael was a terrific guide. Personable, knowledgeable and accommodating - everything you could want. Provided us with an excellent tour and very pleasant day. Would enthusiastically recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Todd. Cheers!
Candice BritsSouth Africa
Michael was great, full of knowledge and made it fun and enjoyable. He really tried accommodating all requests. Would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Candice. Great Tour. All my best for you guys. Cheers!
John SalasUnited States
Excellent guide, would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Perfect. Thank you so much.
Knowledgable, helpful (we had a baby and he helped to carry whatever we needed...push chair, baby bag etc) and well spoken. He is a qualified tour guide and is obviously well trained in his delivery of information and politeness. Well worth the money if you have a little one with you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Haydon. Rafael is very smart and a wonderful child. Cheers.
Jennifer ProphetUnited States
Michael was extremely flexible in organizing our tour based on weather conditions and time constraints. He made dinner reservations for us to see a samba show and confirmed they were open. He was on time for both days and was able to pack in a lot of sights without us feeling rushed. Michael is very easy going and a lot of fun and very knowledgable about Rio. He is an excellent photo taker and will make sure his clients get the best angles of the sights.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jen. We had fun. Take care. Cheers.
Walter FabianUnited States
It's was amazing. He took me to best views of the city, I didn't have to do any line to buy the tickets, and he took me to best "churrasqueria" of Rio. Thanks Mike
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you friend. Look for me when you get back in Rio. Cheers.
Wai Ling MarkSingapore
We had a wonderful time with Michael. He has a great personality and a lot of local knowledge. He was also highly responsive on emails which made it a breeze to confirm our booking with him. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. We had perfect timing today. Cheers.
Pallab DewanShillong, MEGHALAYA, India
My words will not be enough that how good he is. If HE is with you it is guaranteed that you will enjoy your tour.we all missed him after tour the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. We had great time together.
Mark Z.United States
Michael was an excellent tour guide. He picked me up at my flat at the scheduled time and took me to all the sites I wanted to see. I did not feel rushed at any site and he took as many pictures as I wanted. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Rio and answered all my questions. He spoke fluent English since I did not speak Portuguese. We had an excellent authentic Portuguese lunch in Santa Teresa. I highly recommend Michael to be your guide, you will not be disappointed!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark. We had a great time. Take care friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the stars.
Ross AtkinsonForest, ON, Canada
Our second tour was as awesome as the first! Michael spoke fluent English so touring with him made it so comfortable and relaxing for us Canadians. Another packed day of sightseeing & information. We saw the Christ the Redeemer statue which was amazing and had remarkable views. The Favela tour was another big highlight and will never be forgotten. The Tijuca Forest had incredible views and we even saw a monkey in the trees. Michael's willingness to take family photos was picture perfect. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Once again, thank you for everything. Cheers.
Brian EvansUnited States
Michael did an excellent job, he was responsive to e-mails and arrived on time. He was good company for our day touring Rio. Traffic was bad during the World Cup so our tour was really limited to Sugarloaf and Corcovado.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Brian. Wishing you guys the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the positive feedback. Mike.
Michael is just simply brilliant! We booked the day tour with him and we had a brilliant time! he arranged a nice car for our group of 8 ppl, and he is so knowledgable about the city, the history and everything. and most importantly he is very fun! And he accomendated our requests, and he saved the day as we are a big group and sometimes ppl have different opinions on what to do within the group, but he dealt with it so calmly and everyone was very happy! Totally recommend him!!!!! he is THE BEST!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I wanna thank everyone in the group for a wonderful time we had together. All my best for you guys. Thanks
Laura StarksUnited States
I was traveling alone to Rio at the end of a work trip to Sao Paulo. Spending the first day with Michael who picked me up promptly and took me to see many of the main attractions in Rio really helped me feel comfortable in the city. He was very passionate about Rio and Brasil, very knowledgeable and had a fun personality. It was a very enjoyable day in a beautiful city. I would highly recommend using Michael as your guide. In fact if I had more time there, I probably would have done other tours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laura. We had a great time together. Wishing you the best. Mike.
Michael was a wonderful tour guide and felt like a friend. We are so glad we booked him for our short stay in Rio travelling with our 3 year old twin boys. He took us to the places we asked to see and for a fantastic brazilian feast at a steak house. He was polite, professional, knowledgeable and great with the kids. Thanks for making our stay the best it could have been. We will never forget our time in Rio. Thx
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again clare. Hope James and Harry are well. They are lovely kids. I will miss you guys. Take care. Mike.
Tony S.United States
Excellent knowledge of history and culture.saved 4 hrs by timing Christo visit correctly.Introduced Brazilian food and drink.Great choice
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tony. Great tour and we got on Christ just in time. Cheers!
This was the perfect day in Rio. We had a limited time and wanted to see the main things that Rio had to offer. Michael was the best! He picked us up right on time, we arrived at both the Christ statue and sugarloaf when there was little or no line up. We also saw the main beaches and had a delicious Brazilian BBQ for lunch at Copacabana. Michael was also very knowledgable, so we learnt a lot and have some amazing photographs and memories of our day. Thanks Michael it is a day we will never forget!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Belinda, Gavin and Wilma, i wanna thank you guys for the positive review. Great tour and a Perfect day. Cheers.
Biao WangUnited States
Very nice young mannered guy and knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the positive review Wang. I will be here anytime you need. Best, Michael.
Eleanor FiumaraUnited Kingdom
Fantastic day in Rio de Janeiro. Michael managed to cram everything we wanted to do into the 8 hours available on our cruise. The ship's excursions only cover a fraction of what we saw. Our only gripes were that we got ripped off paying in dollars and we would have loved even 10 minutes on either Copacabana or Ipanema Beach to run into the sea - just one box left unticked but hey - reason enough to come back. Would definitely recommend Michael as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the positive review. I got surprise with the changing currency that they did at the main attractions. (Ripped off). I would recommend people to use only credit cards or local money "reais" to avoid this problem. Great tour and great family. I would love to have more time to show Rio next time. Take care guys. Mike.
Ida PullmannUnited States
Michael is one of the top two guides my husband and I have ever used, and that's a lot of tour guides. He picked us up at the airport, freely shared a ton of knowledge, & answered all our questions. His car was immaculate, safe and roomy. He knows Rio's roadways & how to maximize our time with him. In addition, when driving us to our hotel, Windsor Guanabara, Michael showed us a walking tour for the next day. We highly recommend him if you want to see Rio. Dutch & Kathy
Paul NelsonHouston, TX, United States
Michael was superb! Very professional. Excellent English language communication. Very knowledgable about his home town. Very informative about the history and layout of Rio. Also very accommodating to the needs of my wife, who is handicapped, and our eleven-year-old granddaughter who accompanied us. Thank you, Michael, for a great day in Rio. We were completely satisfied with our decision to use your services, and would recommend you highly to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul for the kind words. I will miss the wonderful time we had together. Great family!
David CornerUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour. Michael gave us just the right amount of information and paced the day well. Took us to areas in cenyre and downtown we would not have found ourselves. Fabulous sun going down from hills
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David. The sunset with the moon was something unbelievable at the Christ statue. Take care guys.
Cyril VergisUnited States
We had a great experience with Michael and his advanced planning was extremely evident during the tour. Given the fact that we had scheduled him on the first day of Carnival, he altered the order of our visit on the fly while taking into account traffic and weather conditions. He is well prepared and we highly recommend him for anyone looking to take a tour in Rio in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cyril, thanks a lot for the positive review. Great time.
Anne ForbesUnited States
Our 2nd day w/Michael started early. He picked us up at 7:10 am so that we could enjoy the Sugar Loaf summit and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. We arrived up at the top of the statue of Christ before anyone else. It was amazing & effortless. Then we hit the Sugar Loaf & did not have any problems either. Michael is knowledgeable, professional, full of positive energy & enthusiasm. I would highly recommend him to any of our friends. He is at the top of the list for us at Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for everything. I will miss the wonderful time we had together.
Michael VaughanUnited States
Michael was great. He customized our tour to come get us at our hotel which was 2 hours outside of Rio. He took us to the Jesus status, Sugarloaf, the famous beach areas, and a couple quick food stops. Our kids really wanted local club soccer jerseys, so Michael took us downtown before we left Rio and found us a great place to get several local club jerseys. He was great all the way around. He was very knowledgeable about Rio and Brazil. Highly Recommend his tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael. It was a long journey and we did it. Wishing you guys the best.
Winifred HassellUnited States
The tour was great, the guide allowed us to plan as we went on what we would see, he was very knowledgeable on the area and gave us a lot of local information as well, were pleased with his English as do not know Portuguese at all. One of the ladies in the group also mentioned that he was very nice-looking! They were thoroughly happy to have gotten to take the tour with Michael and would recommend him to anyone wanting to do a tour in Rio!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the positive review. The group was perfect. Cheers.
My wife and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael for giving us an excellent tour of Rio yesterday. He was attentive to us even before we signed up and paid attention and delivered on our requests during the tour. By taking his advice (especially about starting time) we were able to see the Christ Statue and Sugar Loaf with no waiting in line even though it was the high season. We rate him at 5 out of 5 and heartily recommend him. Stephen and Gloria Calgary, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I wanna thank Gloria and Stephen for the wonderful time we had together. Yes, we beat the big lines. Cheers!!!
Charles SwansonUnited States
Excellent. We were able to see Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, and beaches in a short time. This would not be possible using the cruise line tours. Four of us and the tour guide (excellent English)in a air conditioned sedan.
Urs von WartburgSwitzerland
Also our second day with Michael was a lot of fun. Thanks to his foresight we managed to be in the Sugarloaf-Cablecar only 30 minutes after leaving the hotel and be there among the first on a very busy day! Also during the rest of the day Michael gave us very good insight on how Rio is and how it works.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Urs. Perfect day for us. Cheers!
Urs von WartburgSwitzerland
A great day! Thanks to Michael's planning skills, we managed to avoid the big tourist crowds, but yet see everything planned for!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Urs, thank you for the positive review. Yes, we beat the big lines. Cheers.
David YoungUnited States
From the time of our initial booking all the way through our final hugs and handshakes it was a pleasure dealing with Michael. He was prompt in responding to every email, question, and request. His endearing personality and true love for Rio de Janeiro made our time with Michael one of the highlights of a fourteen day South American adventure. Highest recommendations!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David, I am glad that we beat the bad weather. We did it. Merry Christimas for everyone.
Brett M.United States
Michael is an excellent tour guide. He is very professional, conscientious, personable and knowledgeable. His English is excellent. We took the Cristo/Sugarloaf/Beaches tour and we learned a tremendous amount not just about the sights but also the culture. His perspective of having lived in the states for awhile and Rio most of his life provided a unique perspective. This was one of our favorite things we did in Rio and MIchael was the main reason it was such a positive experience. Great job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brett, perfect day with a perfect weather. Nice family you have. Cheers!!!
Our day with Michael was exactly as described. He picked us up on time (even messaged us the day before to suggest an earlier time, because of a public holiday) and was very knowledgable about all things to do with his city. He has an easy-going personality and we felt very comfortable asking questions about anything and everything. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael to anyone thinking of taking this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Vicki and Greg. We had a perfect tour and a good weather condition. Take care guys.
Raymond GogaUnited States
Michael is above 5 stars. Of the many tours we have taken, Michael has given us the best service we have ever had with a guide. Besides being knowledgable and fluent in English (he spent many years in the States) He is low key and extremely accommodating. Being flexible on our itinerary we got to do everything we requested and more: once he got to know us (we felt comfortable very quickly with him)he even did a few extra sights that pleasantly surprised us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Raymond and Julie, thanks a lot for the positive review. We had a perfect day. I would love to tour with you guys again on another oportunity. Take care. Mike.
Wendy SmithUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour,fitted everything in we asked for. Knew how to avoid the biggest queues which meant we could make most of our short time in Rio.Easy & interesting to talk to which meant got lots of info about life/culture in Rio. Enjoyed our typical Brazilian meal & 1st taste of ciprianha (had more later!)Would definitely recommend Michael,thanks for great day. Wendy & Stan Durham, UK
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wendy & Stan, thanks a lot for the positive review. We had a great time and we fit everything in just one day. Best, Michael.
Leah AroninUnited States
My parents and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Michael. He was early to pick us up, and had a lot of positive energy from the first handshake. Michael is extremely knowledgeable about his home city, and is very proud to be from Rio. Michael is also a great driver, which is important in a city of crazy drivers! I would highly recommend Michael, and I would be happy to hire him again. With Michael as your guide, you are sure to have wonderful memories of your time in Rio!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leah.We had a great time together.
Cynthia H.United States
Michael was the best! We would highly recommend him to anyone interested in touring Rio. He was prompt, reliable, courteous, knowledgeable, very friendly and all around excellent! An exellent driver and guide. The minute we met Michael we felt his genuine interest and warmth, we became instant friends. He even made it a point to be concerned over our safety when we walked around Rio at night. Touring with him, the wait in lines and traffic were minimal. Because of Michael we fell in love with Rio.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the great time we had. Wonderful people!!!
Fassil BelayUnited States
I have visited many countries and used many personal guides but Michael is one of the best or just the very best of all. I do not usually do reviews of any kind (this is my first ever) but I had to do this because I was more than satisfied with what Michael accomplished. You may see that he is new to the company and did less tours than others, but he knows more about Rio than most. His best tool of accomplishing his task is his promptness. When he says he will be there at a certain time, he meant it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Fassil, you know that you are invited to come back on carnaval season. Thank you for the the positive reviews.
Fassil BelayUnited States
Let me give you an example of how Michael surprised me.The day of my arrival, I wanted to go Corcovado mtn before the sunset that I can see Rio/take pictures right on transition. He was busy that day until 5pm with personal things which he could not miss. Since it would be too late to go up there after that, he was able to postpone some of the things he had to to do for another time, got me on the top of the hill on time to see Rio and take the best pictures of the city! Thank you, Michael!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great day. We did everything and took the best pictures!!! Take care Fassil. Thank you.
Fassil BelayUnited States
Michael is one most honest and kind person I have ever seen! He will suggest a tour plan first but accepts any change and personal requests you may have! He is also flexible on the time to pick up/drop off as well. Every morning, Michael was at my hotel's lobby waiting for me (not the other way around like others I have encountered in the past). I have not seen him not a minute late from our appt time (he is always 10-15 min early). He is also one of the best in taking pictures (I have over 500 pictures).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes, always on time. :) Thanks again friend.
Josh StockmentUnited States
Michael was very accommodating to our needs. He both met our requests and gave appropriate suggestions even before the tour started. Having done lots of international traveling I wasn't sure whether it was worth hiring a tour guide since I'm street smart and can read Portuguese. However Michael's knowledge of the city, tour guide perks, and connections saved us time and allowed us to enjoy the day. It was great being able to let him adapt the plan throughout the day as weather and traffic changed. Great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. We had a great time together. Take care.
Allison ObicoUnited States
I cannot say enough wonderful things about him. He is knowledgeable, honest, friendly, affordable and fun too! He knows the ins and outs of the touring spots. My daughter is studying in Rio for the next 6 months and he helped us get her settled in and even took us shopping for her stuff. Such a nice guy! Make your life easy and book Michael as a driver and tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thnks Paul, i will miss you guys. Hope to see you guys in another oportunity. Take care.
Jeff StephensSherwood, OREGON, United States
Michael was wonderful and we would recommend him highly. We had both english and portuguese speakers between the two of us and he did a great job with both. We only had Michael for one day and he managed to show us everything we could think of plus some more. He was on time, got us around beautifully, and shared many interesting things with us while we travelled. Top notch guide. Thanks Michael....jeff and isabel
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeff and Isabel, Thanks a lot for the positive view. Great tour we had!!! Take care. Michael
Adrian BiggsUnited Kingdom
Michael was an excellent guide with great knowledge and a good sense of humour -he needed to have as it rained the whole day but this did not stop his enthusiasm and wish for us to have the best day possible .Michael amended the tour to suit our needs including a visit to a Flavela and if you love food listen to his recommendation for lunch ( but wear loose fitting clothing !!) - highly recommended and we are now looking forward to visiting again .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Adrian. We had a great day. Waiting for you guys for the World Cup.
Michael really shows what a professional tour guide should be doing. He brought us the very best of Rio in such a short time and he really knows the secret spots to take the best picture of Corcovado and the coastlines. He even took us to more beautiful part of Rio that people don't normally visit. Truly is the best experience of Rio. If you look for the best guide in Rio, ask Michael. Looking forward to the next trip in Rio!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Adrian, thanks a lot for the positive review. Take care.