Gerald CohenUnited States
Michael was organized, had thought out our itinerary in advance based on an exchange of emails, was informative, shared with us his personal life in Rio de Janeiro, and worked hard in advance to arrange for a part of the tour which was not easy to arrange without an advanced effort. I'd recommend Michael to anyone who wishes a tailor-made tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you one more time May, we had a beautiful day with a lot of cool pictures. Cheers!!!
We cannot imagine any better way to learn about the city of Rio than with Michael. We had a great day and enjoyed our tour with him. Would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to see the sights!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. I had a great time with everyone. Enjoy Rio. All my best...
Lan BestUnited States
My colleague and I are so thankful to have connected with Michael for a 5hr private tour of Rio and also a Samba/Lapa/Rio by night tour. Michael was energetic, fun, extremely knowledgeable of the city, spoke excellent English, and he made our Rio trip amazing. He tailored the tour to our liking and identified great spots for pictures of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. We had so much fun touring the city and checking out the night life with him. My colleague and I highly recommend Michael!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lan. We had a fantastic tour and was really fun. We ruled the night life. What was that tour??? Fantastic!!! I will miss you guys. All my best guys!!!
Winston LettUnited States
Just a spectacular day, with visits to both Corcovado and toboth sections of Sugar Loaf! He took us to places at both that were so special... and which we would have missed without his experise!
William GillesUnited States
Michael is personable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Highly recommend him as a guide. If we return to Rio , we'll contact Michael. He picked us up at the cruise port ,took us on a great personalized tour, and dropped us at an airport hotel Thanks Michael for a great day in Rio!! Bill and Lynn
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bill and Lynn, we had a great time together. Looking forward for the next time you come to Rio. Take care.
Victor Gutierrez-contrerasSARATOGA, CA, United States
Great personalized tour, Michael does a great job starting with quick communication,fast & accurate responses. He truly understand the travel industry and customer satisfaction. He commands the English and Portuguese as native speaker, having grown with both languages he arranges everything for you. He is willing to listen and customized the tour of your choice. He goes beyond to make sure you are completely satisfied with the experience. We recommended without hesitation and looking forward to come back
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Victor. We had a great time together and you turn to be a good friend. Take care amigo. All my best...
Edward ShoreUnited States
Great guy who is knowledgeable about the local Ro sites , a good driver with excellent english..Professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Edward and Jun, I had fun showing my city and Búzios. All my best...
Richard RicccardiUnited States
Michael is very personable, knowledgeable, and accommodating. He tailored the tour to our particular interests. His English is excellent. He will show you what you need and want to see. Use him as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard. Great day for us. All my best...
Neil BemanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. All my best...
Robert DavidsonUnited Kingdom
An excellent day out with Michael on December 17 2016. We 4 adults were met as arranged at the cruise terminal in Rio. We discussed a few things we wanted to see and Michael picked the order in which we did them. Michael was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Great way to see the city. Would very highly recommend. Thanks a million Michael. Bob, June, Eddie and Sheila from Scotland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: No words to subscribe how wonderful was this tour. Thank you Bob, June, Eddie and Sheila for the wonderful time together.
Michael was brilliant, he tailored a tour just for us and our needs. He has a massive knowledge of Rio and very good English, we had an amazing time. Thank you Michael
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. Great time together buddy. Enjoy Rio. Mike
Rachael MossUnited States
Michael took my husband and I and our 4 year-old son to many historical sites, including visiting the Santa Theresa neighborhood. He was great to converse with and great with our child on the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a beautiful family. I had great time with Rachael, Al and Jack. All my best...
Catherine ReichardtSouth Africa
Michael is everything you could hope for in a guide. He is friendly, outgoing, well informed, obliging and flexible. He loves to impart his knowledge of and passion for Rio, and was quickly able to calibrate what was of interest to appeal to both parents and kids. As we had very limited time available, he was able to start very early and prioritised the tour based on our interests. His English is fluent (not always a given in Brazil) and his humour and energy are infectious. He's also a safe driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Catherine, it was a pleasure working for you. All my best.
Valerie SokolovaUnited States
My husband, our daughter and I booked a 6-hour Rio de Janeiro tour. Our guide - Michael - very easy going, humorous, knowledgeable, with perfect English and just a handsome guy :) was just AWSOME!!! He showed us Rio like we would never discover ourselves: hidden gems, known just to locals, history and entertainment and ALL tailored to our taste and wishes. Time flied: we could hardly believe that 6 hours were already gone. Thank you Michael for sharing your love and passion for Rio. We now love it too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Valerie, Tatiana and Alex, what a great family. Glad to work with you guys. Thank you so much. All my Best...
Russell LoveUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jackie and Russel. All my best...
Vivian ChinUnited States
We had the most wonderful travel experience during our cruise ending in Rio de Janerio. Michael S. was our tour guide. He was very efficient, thoughtful, caring and friendly, a real professional! Not to mention he was so nice, fun, handsome and sweet! He took good care of us, tailored easy tours for feeble seniors but covered all the must-sees in the beautiful city within two days. We would definitely recommend him to travelers who want great fun time in Rio. He is a natural, perfect for the job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Vivian. We had fun. All my best...
Michael was very helpful in maximizing our time together. He suggested that we get up early to beat the crowds to the Christ the Redeemer monument and it was really worth it. We had a full 6 hours but felt that he covered alot of ground to best show off Rio to us. He was very informed and made our time with him enjoyable. We would highly recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Simon. Happy new year. All my best...
John SheadUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John.
Lisa HallUnited States
What an amazing tour, with an awesome guide. My flight was early, but so was Michael! His English is perfect! I had such a short amount of time, but Michael was able to get me to see all of the top sights, with so much information on the area and history. I highly recommend him to everyone! I hope to be back with my husband later in the year and absolutely plan on booking with him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa. All my best
Debbie EatonUnited States
Debbie & I thoroughly enjoyed our time with Michael. He picked us up promptly at 7:30am, and as he drove us to the Christ statue, eased into his presentation. He was very knowledgeable about Rio and Brazil overall. We at lunch together, we got to know each other, and dropped us off promptly. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael to anyone seeking a tour of Rio. XLNT.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bryan and Debbie. Have a nice trip to Buenos Aires. Cheers.
Jenni GriffithUnited States
Michael was absolutely wonderful! It was like hanging out with a good friend. He took us to Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Santa Teresa, and the Favelas. Got everything done on our wish list. Never were pressured to hurry and move to the next site. Along the drives he pointed out everything that we were passing. He gave us great tips of places to eat and go to on our own time. We don't regret our time with Michael and it was very well worth it. Love that he makes the tour personalized to your wishes!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jenni. We did it. Happy new year!!!
John BarrUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John. Cheers.
Julia MironenkoUnited States
Michael is an excellent tour guide who took us all around the city's best attractions, stopped at a very fun and authentic places to eat. He knows everything about Rio and is the great tour guide. Highly recommend him. His price is also the best I could find!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Julia. Great time together. Cheers.
Ross AtkinsonForest, ON, Canada
Thanks Michael, you were a spectacular tour guide with so much local knowledge and willing to share it with 4 Canadians. Having you pick us up at the apartment and touring us around in your comfortable, spacious vehicle was wonderful and so less stressful. We were able to see all the scenery and listen to information on cultural & historical heritage. Sugar Loaf Mountain had fantastic views, the tiled staircase in Lapa was phenomenal and not to mention the traditional Brazilian lunch in Santa Theresa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys. Wonderful tour. Cheers.
Celeste QuinonesUnited States
Michael is super knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and most of all thoughtful. His thoughtfulness to give the best guide experience possible saved my trip to Rio. I booked a 6hr private tour with him the day of my arrival prior to meeting my larger organized tour group. Michael knew bad weather was forecast for days with my group so he made special stops to be able to still get GREAT view photos of Christ statue, Sugar Loaf, and Guanabara Bay, as well as my requested sites! Michael was a savior!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Celeste is a wonderful person and we had a great tour together. Thank you for the positive feedback. Wishing my best to you. Cheers.
Excellent. We took the train up to the Christ the Redeemer and went hangliding... a dream come true. Michael arranged everything for us and was a fantastic guide, pleasant, helpful, organised, on time. We felt totally comfortable in his company and are so glad we booked his services. Thank you Michael, for making our stay so great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the positive review Clare. Wonderful time with this family. Take care. Mike.
Robert EkedahlBoise, ID, United States
We've booked Tours by Locals 12 times and Michael was by far the best. He's totally fluent in English and we were impressed how up-to-date he was on current affairs for Brazil and elsewhere. He's a very personable considerate young man and a delight to be with. We did the standard Corcovado and Sugar Loaf tours (6 hours) but in addition we visited a Flavela (top to bottom - extra 2 hours). He was able to arrange a special guide who lived in the flavela and she added a very real dimension to our day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words Robert. We had a wonderful time together. Great favela tour. Resuming: Perfect day for us. Best, Michael.
Anne ForbesUnited States
We love Michael. He is a wonderful young man, willing to do whatever to make you happy & to enjoy his beautiful city. A few hours before our planned pickup, I sent an email to ask whether he could pick us up an hour earl. He responded quickly by saying that he could. He was right on time, had a nice, clean Renault & away we went, the four of us. He showed us the area up in the hills of Saint Theresa where we had the most amazing views. We ended our night w/a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One word to describe Roger, Anne, kim and Harry: Superb clients. I had the best time working for you guys. Thank you for the positive review. Cheers.
Knowledgeable and informed. Very flexible, gave us a tour that took our requests into account.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the positive review. Happy new year!!!
Sinh TranUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.
Stuart Reid GilbertCanada
Michael is prompt, courteous, very personable. The tour was adapted to our plan and worked very well. It was fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stuart. Happy new year.
We had a great tour. Our group needed to be picked up at two different locations, at that was not a problem for our guide. He even picked us op an hour earlier just to make sure that we would have full benefit of hour 6 hour tour. Thanks Michael for the great experience and even for handling the "broken shoe" crisis very profesionnaly. Your refferal to "Baby Beef", was excellent. Good luck and all the best from the "Suriname Crew".
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Consuelo, thanks for the positive feedback. Cheers!!!
Tamara F.United States
My mom and I traveled to Rio for a conference and wanted to make sure we saw all of what Rio has to offer. For our first tour with Michael, we saw Cristo Redentor/Corcovado, Sugarloaf, Escadaria Selaron and drove through Santa Tereza. Because our hotel was in Barra Tijuca, it took Michael over 2 hours to pick us up. He didn't complain and was still eager to meet us and start the tour. It was a lot to do in 6 hours and even though we went a bit over 6 hours, Michael was thorough, personable and nice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Natalie, Thank you so much for the positive review. Great tour. Take care.
Xander WehrensUnited States
Michael gave an excellent tour - saw the Christ statue, Ipanema beach, and Sugarloaf all in one day. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide, highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Xander. Waiting for you March. Take care.
Helen Anne TravisUnited States
We had a great time with Michael during his six-hour tour of Rio. Michael was very receptive to our interests and created a customized tour just for us. Michael was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. By the end of the day it felt like we were hanging out with an old friend. I highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks guys. We had a great time together. Take care.
Jill G.United States
I would be thrilled to hire Michael again. He showed up early at my flight even though I had given him incorrect information. (Resourceful & cleaver, he figured out what airline I was on)! He was generous with his knowledge and made sure I saw places off the beaten path as well as the usual attractions. His English is perfect and his car clean and safe. He's a great driver in an insane town. He was a complete gentleman and checked with the hotel staff to ensure my room was ready before he dropped me.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jill, you are amazing!!! Thanks a lot for the positive review!
Chris LugatimanUnited States
Michael is an excellent and reliable guide! He was very accommodating when taking me and my mother to different areas of Rio. He gave excellent insight to the lifestyle of a Carioca. I learned a lot about the favelas and the history of Rio. At night he even drove us to, and picked us up from an excellent night show that displayed Brazil's folk dances/history. It was a great learning experience with Michael, and his knowledge of Rio is excellent. I highly recommend this 6-hour tour with Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chris, thanks a lot. I am waiting for you to come back. Ass: Michael S..