Our tour guide Leandro was recognized and greeted at all of our tour destinations. With his obvious familiarity and experience he was able to navigate us through the myriad lines of other tourists to put us at the front of the line. This was an amazing time saver while visiting Rio's top sites especially during Carnival. Thank you....
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard It seems that it happened a long time ago. We!re all at home, trying not to be contamined by Covid 19. Thanks for your kind words and take care. Best regards
Robert S.United States
Leandro is by far one of the best guides we have ever had. He is excellent. Helpful. Wonderful English. He knows all the ins and outs and saves tremendous amounts of time going to the most crowded sites. You cannot go wrong with leandro.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We certainly had an interesting day, since my way to the harbour, remember? I hope that the weather will get better so you may enjoy more of Rio. And you know that you may call me if you want. Best regards and thanks for your friendship.
Michael MitchellUnited States
Leandro was a pure pleasure to be with. He has spent his life in Rio and knows all the key tourism facility staff which gave us front row access to everything. He personalized the tour to meet our every need, including finding the perfect gift shop for our daughters. If you want a highly personable tour guide, that knows the history of Rio and its sites like the back of his hand, then he's the right guide for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear friends, you deserved every minute of my attention here. I also had very agreeable moments with you and I hope that you come back so I may show you another Rio’s places. Please send me an email so I may send you the pictures I took of you. My best wishes for you
Janine RothUnited States
Leandro arrived on time and was masterful at getting us from sight to sight for a full day tour of the highlights of Rio. We were 4 adults and were comfortable in his car - clean, roomy and great A/C. Leandro was super helpful, catered to our requests, and was very experienced in logistically getting us to sites across Rio (no small task), with the most convenient parking spots. He knows the city well and has lived his entire life in Rio. His English is excellent - perfectly fluent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also had a wonderful day with you here and I hope you may come back to show you more about Rio. You’re all very kind. My best wishes for all of you.
Viraj PatelUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It had been a pleasure to guide you here. Hope to see you again. Regards.
Graeme HolburnUnited Kingdom
We were lucky to be escorted by Leandro who had a great knowledge of Rio. He was relaxed, patient and very knowledgeable about his city. He asked us what we wanted to see and planned an excellent tour, including arranging cable car timings and tickets (which have to be planned in advance - we wouldn't have managed it without his experience) and accompanied us and kept us safe in the best viewing positions. No suggestions to go to his 'local' restaurant or jewellers as some guides like to do. Fabulous tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Graeme, I really enjoyed our days here in Rio and fortunatelly everything was perfect. We have to meet again. A Big Hug for you both Leandro
Leandro is a dedicated professional that cannot do enough for you to ensure that you achieve the best out of your tour experience and I have no hesitation in highly recommending him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for everything, Russell, it had been wonderful to meet you. Everything is ok now. Best regards
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Leandro. It was amazing. His knowledge & experience to guide us around Rio was incredible. Our party of 4 would recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wayne, as I told you, it was a great pleasure to meet you. I hope to meet you again, as there’s a lot of places to show you here. Have a wonderful trip. Best regards:
Nance LodgeUnited States
This was by far the best way to spend a day in Rio. Leandro is the best! He knew exactly where to go, what time to go and was full of information. He had an answer to every question and it felt like we got a weeks worth of Rio in 1 day. We were very well taken care of and we look forward to coming back soon. Thank you so much Leandro for showing us a great time in Rio!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Zacgary, it had been a perfect day. I really enjoyed to be part of you anniversary here in Rio. Wish both of you all the best and hoping to see you again.
Daniel SchwarzkopfUnited States
Very flexible. Shifted schedule to try and accommodate weather changes and our needs. Clean and spacious car. All in all, an excellent experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm sure that we all had a wonderful day here. Fortunatelly, weather conditions helped us so you could see all the views from Rio. Best regards, Leandro
Daniel SchwarzkopfUnited States
English excellent, Very informative. Peppered discussions of sites we visited with "before" photos and a bit of history giving us a better insight to the places we visited.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for everything Dan, it was really nice to show you Rio. Hope to see you soon. Regards.
Janet JirousekPonte Vedra, FL, United States
Irene RodgersUnited States
My flight arrived 3 hours late and Leandro tracked it and altered his plans and picked me up later at the hotel. Leandro loves Rio and shares that feeling. He's relaxed despite major traffic jams, and since it takes time to get from one place to another, this is important. I saw and learned many things about Rio from Leandro: the old architectural heritage, the wonders of Corcovado and Sugarloaf, history of the city, the beautiful beaches. And coconut milk in the 37° weather! Thanks Leandro, it was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had lovely days here, mainly that you just had a few hours to visit Rio. I’m really glad that you enjoyed it, as also the weather helped us a lot. Hope to see you again. My best wishes.
Lesley DunlopUnited States
Leandro was a wonderful guide. I don't think anyone can surpass his knowledge of Rio. He was very considerate of my travel partner who had difficulty managing stairs. He was on time and kept the pace of the day reasonable. We had a delightful day and would highly recommend Leandro as a guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lesley It had been a wonderful day also for me. Guiding nice tourists as both of you is always a pleasure. I’m waiting you to do some bird watching here. My best wishes for both of you and hoping to see you soon. Thanks for your kind words.
Lawrence DangerUnited States
Very informative, punctual, pleasant and fun to be around for the day. We are American and there was no language barrier and spoke very fluent English. We highly recommend Leandro. He will also pick up at airport for additional fee.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great to have you here. I’m sure that this was an excellent end of the year/beginning of a new one for all of us. Hope to show you more of my country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It had been a pleasure to guide you here.
Natalia DiazUnited States
Leandro is by far the nicest, most well-informed and professional tour guide my family and I have ever worked with. I was visiting Rio because of my husband's grandmother's birthday. I had lots of family obligations and wanted to set my parents up with a guide. Thank god for Leandro! My parents only speak Spanish and he took care of them better than I could have! He is absolutely charming, super professional and now a close friend to my parents. If you're in Rio, this is your guy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Natalia, YOU made these days wonderful. It was a pleasure to help your parents, now my friends, mainly because they are lovely persons. I also had excellent days with you and certainly we will meet again. Abrazos.
Marlene LewisUnited Kingdom
A very good tour of Rio de Janeiro. Leandro took us to all the places of interest we wished to visit, giving us information, advice & answering questions. It was a great way to see & learn about Rio. Leandro's English, patients & knowledge is excellent. Thank you Leandro for showing us Rio, we are sorry you didn't have more time to show us your city (immigration delayed passengers getting off the ship for over two hours). Sugar Loaf mountain & Christ the Redemeer were the highlights. We recommend Leandro
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marlene, it was really a pity the problem with the immigration. We could had seen much mmore, but we had a great time here in Rio.
I could not possibly be more delighted with a tour guide than the great touring provided by Leandro. My days in Rio with Leandro have not yet been completed but Leandro has been just exceptional. Very fluent English and outstanding tours of the city during my four days here. Tours by Locals is so fortunate to have such an outstanding guide for its services. I can recommend Leandro to all tourists to this city. You will not be disappointed. I consider I was so fortunate to have him as my guide in Rio.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Friend, Your words are a reflection of your politeness and education. I REALLY enjoyed your company and showing you Rio. We had a great time together here, even with all traffic dificulties. Hope to meet you again, here or in Sidney. Wrmest regards.
Shirley BormannUnited States
Leandro was a wonderful guide. He took excellent care of us and was able to get us priority boarding up to Corcovada and showed us around Sugarloaf and managed to save time for us in various ways. Showed us a lovely waterfall in Tijuca Natl Forest and generally around the city in addition to stopping to see some hang gliders along the beach. Good day. He is a very nice man. Great day in Rio.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Shirley & Stan! It was a pleasure to stay this day with you. I'm sure that you had a good idea of our city and took great pictures. I also appreciate your comment, it's a good idea and I'll follow it mainly during summer. My best wishes for your birthday and your trip.
Leandro was a great guide providing us with the right amount of commentary on the places we visited. He was very efficient and moved things around to ensure we covered all the agreed sights at suitable times given the inclement weather on the day of our tour. I can highly recommend Leandro to any first time visitor to Rio as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great to meet and guide you here.The bad weather gave us an extra excitement. I really hope we can continue our talk about your work, as things are beginning to change here in Brazil. I remembered you today as I read about the new Marlboro cigarette, which is on sale in only 4 states, including yours. My best regards to both of you.
Krissa SpenceUnited States
Leandro was an excellent guide and I highly recommend him! He worked hard in advance of our trip to make sure we had a good meeting place (due to the Olympics, roads in our area were blocked off). We saw Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. He was polite, spoke perfect English, and his car was spotless. If we visit Rio again, we will surely book Leandro, our favorite carioca, for another tour. Muito obrigada!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Krissa, I loved to show you a little bit of Rio. You also helped me a lot, meeting me in the middle of the way. Thanks for it. You're excellent persons and clients. Hope to see you again. Warmest regards.
Stephen RichardUnited States
I have never used "tours by locals' before our trip to Brazil so I really did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find our local tour guide Leandro holding a sign with my name at the cruise terminal in Rio. My wife and I enjoyed the next 3 days with Leandro as he showed us the sight and sounds of Rio. Leandro is very friendly, knows Rio and was the highlight of our trip to Brazil! I would highly recommend his services without any reservations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It had also been a pleasure to me to guide you here. My best regards.
John E.United States
Our tour took place during the madness of Carnival, and street closing made it difficult to get around the the city. But Leandro managed to find a way to show us everything we wanted to see, and more. By the end of the tour we shared his love for Rio, and we thought of him more as an uncle than a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you , dear cousins. I'd loved to guide you here. Hope you visit me again. Warmest regards.
David MallinderUnited Kingdom
What a great time we had with Leandro! He met my wife and I at our cruise ship and took us on a wonderful tour of Rio de Janeiro which included a truly unforgettable visit to the statue of Christ the Redeemer. He speaks very good English and has a lovely personality. He is incredibly knowledgeable and went out of his way to make our trip truly memorable. We forgot to bring our camera and he was most helpful, taking pictures on his phone which he then e-mailed to us! A great guide - highly recommended!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Mallinder, Thanks for your very kind words. I also had a wonderful day and I with to meet you and your lovely wife again. My best regards to all of you.
Kalpana PrasadUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Have a happy New hear.
This tour was a near disaster! Firstly, Leanandro (who whines and complains about everything)took us to the Burle Marx site even though it is closed on every day except Sunday! So, we wasted 2 hours going to it needlessly. Also he refused to takes us to the Jardin Botanico instead. Then to make matters worse he did not know how to get to the reception area for boarding the cruise ship -- even tough a police officer had told him precisely how to do this! I WANT MY MONEY BACK FOR TOUR 192935, 398.11 CAD
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: First- Butle Marx wasn't closed. The gate is always closed for safety. The doorman opened it as I told him the situation. Mr. Murray won't be able to have the visit as he couldn't climb the hill at the place. Same thing at the Bothanical Garden, he couldn't walk one hour inside. The Harbour área was completelly destroyed, with cranes, trucks and people working and it is not allowed to go closer with a car. He saw that . And how can he say what the policeman said? Does he speak portuguese? It's a pity.
This day was OK with Leandro. He was whineing and complaining as usual. But at least he knew how to get to Petropolis and arranged for us to visit the Palace gift shop.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very strange comment. Every place he wanted to go I took him in a safe, confortable and kind way.
Leandro claimed he knew where an ATM was located. Unfortunately this knowledge was about 20 years out of date!! The ATM had moved and we wasted about 30 minutes trying to find it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I told him exactly where is locatedlocated the ATM, but he insisted and ordered to go the wrong way! I own a House there, so it's at least strange this oppinion.