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 JirousekUnited 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.
Dennis McKennaUnited States
Leandro was a Top Notch Guide and Brazilian Host. He prepared a Responsive itinerary in consultation with us. He always was on time and had an informative presentation of all key sites that he skillfully augmented using his i-phone with extra pictures and Background. Once we arrived at a site, he insured we had adequate time and the best location for views and pictures. Most remarkable and appreciated was his escort to the airport where he not only arranged for our luggage and Check In
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Friend, I'm sure that both of us had a wonderful time here. Thanks too much for your kind report. I really hope you all the best for the New Year, hoping to see you again. Now that I have an Oscar, I can guide you in a even more Golden way. God bless you.
James KleingartnerUnited States
Leandro was on time and waiting for us with a sign as we disembarked from our cruise ship. Unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating that day with very low cloud cover so we couldn't see the Christ the Redeemer monument which was our first scheduled destination. We did some other sightseeing hoping for the clouds to lift and when they did for an hour or so we managed to visit Sugarloaf and get some pictures. Leandro made the best of the poor weather conditions that day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for it. Hope we may have best weather next time. Happy Xmas
Francisco MirandaUnited States
The five star rating says everything, but as additional comments I have to say that Leandro was just great. He knows everything about where he was taking us and gives a lot of information non-stop. This way the participants were really part of the tour. He also has a perfect sense of timing, which is important as we were visiting three places and we had more than enough time on each. And yes, lots of patience. Thus, highly recommended for anyone that wants more than just be there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Francisco, sorry for just reading your comments today. It had been a pleasure to guide your friends here in Rio and I also learned a lot about orchids. Hope to see you again here. Feliz Natal and a Wonderful 2016
Judith Bednar Carol PisaniUnited States
Leandro was very personable and knowledgeable. He eased our travel to the Christ statue avoiding crowds and wait time. He was obviously proud of his city and happy to show it to us. He provided interesting details about the statue and the city of Rio. He shared information on what it is like to live in Rio.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I loved to guide you in Rio, as I loved your comprehension. Hope to meet you again.
John RaysonKootenay Bay, BC, Canada
On time. Excellent knowledge of the city and country. Fun to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We really had a lot of fun that day. It was great to show you Rio. Hoje you come back. Best Regards.
Marian LeungUnited States
Instead of doing the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer, we went to Petropolis instead. We had a good time enjoying the visit to the Palace Museum. We enjoyed the snack at the German Cafe where Leandro introduced us to as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a nice day visiting our Imperial City and telinha you a little bit of our history. Hope you come back to tell you more thongs about Rio.
Grant DowningUnited States
Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Copacobana. A great day.
Mandy LLoydUnited Kingdom
Thank you Leandro we had a wonderful time in Rio. We were so fortunate with the traffic and weather and everything went very smoothly. Thank you for making our visit a very memorable one. Best wishes Mandy and David
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I loved to Guide you here. Come back.
David AllenUnited Kingdom
Leandro could not have been more helpful and he gave us a superb tour of 'Wonderful Rio' tailored to our particular interests. After a whole day of sightseeing he even took us to the airport for our flight home which was above and beyond the call of duty. We had a most informative and enjoyable day with him and he deserves at least a five star rating!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David, as I told you, I also had an amazing day with both of you. Hope that you come back to show you more of our birds. My warmest regards to both of you.
Bruce SilvermanUnited States
Leandro was a great guide. We had a very large group and Leandro was very flexible and accommodated the group in every aspect. He also helped make all the arrangements with all the bus company and went above and beyond all expectations. Additionally, he gave the group a lot of history of Brazil and Rio. I would highly recommend him to a group of any size.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bruce for the pleasure of guiding your group. Thanks for all of you for your attention and helminto me with the schedule. Hope you all the best and wish to see you again. Warmest regards.
Arunkumar PatelUnited Kingdom
Fantastic tour, asked if i could see some of the less known sites and views from Rio and Leandro certainly delivered. Saw some fantastic views, and Leandro has a great knowledge about Rio, its sites and its history. Would highly recommend Leandro as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Pagel, I really had a nice day with you and hope to see you again. God bless both of you. Kindest regards.
Grigorii MelamedovMoscow, Russia
Grigorii MelamedovMoscow, Russia
It was very difficult to get tickets to Corcovado during World Cup days but Leandro did it. He is very punctual and knows in Rio everything and has connections to lots of people. Leandro has shown the best and most safe places in the city to us and has given instructions about every area. His tour was very informative and made us feel comfortable in Rio also. We booked two different tours by Leandro and were absolutely happy.
very pleasant and knowledgeable. highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Dr. Fried, it had been a pleasure.
always punctual and highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again.
Laura ValanUnited States
Leandro was a great tour guide. His English was extremely good. His car was comfortable and had plenty of room for our excessive luggage. He tailored our trip to do what we asked and dropped us off at our hotel on day one and brought us to the airport on day 2. I felt that in the 10 hours (in total for both days) we spent with Leandro, we got a very good sense of Rio De Janeiro and saw all the things that were important to us. I would definitely recommend Leandro for any tour of Rio.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Laura, it had been a great pleasure to meet you and David. Hope that we can meet again, here or in LA. I also had a great time with you and again thanks for your kindness. Warmest regards from Rio.
Laura ValanUnited States
We had Leandro for two days. My more expanded recommendation is listed on the 3/11/14 tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Warmest regards.
Howard LamentUnited Kingdom
It was a pleasure being with Leandro he made our tours very enjoyable and displayed an excellent knowledge. Leandro met us at the airport after a 12 hour flight and put our minds at rest immediately. For the duration of our stay we felt very confident with Leandro and by the end of our trip it was like being with a good friend. We would highly recommend hi,.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind comments. It was a great pleasure to meet you and Mr. and Mrs Cohen here in Rio. Hope to see you again to show you more about my country.
Howard LamentUnited Kingdom
Fantastic and enjoyable tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure.
Howard LamentUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: No problems at all.
Leandro covered the basics of our tour by seeing Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf, along with seeing the beach areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Since the beginning of the tour, they had been told about traffic conditions in the city. Several avences and streets closed for cars are making tours Downtown almost impossible. They didn't make any comolaints regarding to the tour and I'm quite surprised with this comment.
Dennis SchillingerRuston, WA, United States
Leandro was great - beginning with the clear communications prior to the tour and his excellent presentation of this wonderful city. We were able to see everything in one day that would have taken two days on another tour alternative - yet did so at a relaxed pace including photo opps, limited shopping and inclusion of sites that we did not expect to see. Leandro, your the best!
Dear Sir or Madamn, Our guide Leandro did a fantastic job. He pointed out so many points of interest. Made sure we saw what was on top of our places to see. He was GREAT would like to give him 10 STARS. Will pass this site on to my travel agent. Thanks Again, Susan & Denny Williams
Mary P.United States
Great communication prior to the tours. He arranged for transfers to/from airport as well as an overview of the city for two days. We had requested several specific stops and he covered them all -- plus much much more. His English was excellent and personality which made you feel like part of his family. He arranged for a van and driver large enough for 6 with plenty of room for luggage, too. RATE: A+++++
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hope to see you in Rio again, now with your whole family. Warmest regards from Cidade Maravilhosa.
Leandro was a terrific guide. He is knowledgable, a good photographer, and a fantastic driver. We managed to see everything that we wanted to see & more!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's easy to do what you like to do when you're in good company. And Janet and Mike had been persons that we never forget. Hope that future tourists may be at least similar.
Unfortunately, miscommunication from your website lead us to miss each other at the airport. Your website should give proper instructions on local dialing (country code, local details etc.)so that newly arrived passengers can reach their guide, and/or the Canadian head office. We were unable to reach anyone on arrival at RIO. Your office had forwarded to Leandro old information about our flight time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: As showed to Mrs. Tamo,this problem at their arrival was due to a wrong information from Tourbylocals. at the Confirmed booking report. They understood what happened and agreed with me,l that it wasn't my fault.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thank you for your review and I am glad to hear that you and Leandro had a great time when you finally met. Leandro was not advised of the new flight info because that was never sent to us in the office. And in regards to provide local dialing information and details, that can be obtained by asking our local guides prior to the trip, since they are updated and aware of how their countries' unique telecommunication system work.
Beverley AmbergUnited States
Leandro was magnificent. When our ship was delayed by almost a day due to political issues, we called Leandro from sea and he willingly rearranged his schedule to accommodate us the next day. He was highly knowledgeable, fun and interesting. He could not have been better, and we highly recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It had been a pleasure to meet you and show you a little bit of Rio. Hope we meet again. Warmest regards and a Happy New Year.
Teresa DailyUnited States
Leandro went above anything I expected. Besides common curtesy of opening doors, etc. he would even pull out of tight parking spots to allow easier entry into his car! I was a small woman, older, traveling alone, and I felt extremely safe and well cared for!!!!!!! He even went inside to the airline terminal which I NEVER expected! 50 stars not 5!
Teresa DailyUnited States
GREAT! He had a tour pass for all the attractions.Knew the parking attendents, etc. Stayed with me, informing me of all statistics, history, etc. which I LOVED. Very patient, easy going, and a nice surprise bonus. He had an immediate family member who was a medical MD. I had had a bad accident before arriving in Brazil. No, did not need anything, but being an older woman traveling alone from America with a severe leg wound, you cannot imagine how this info gave me great peace! I felt extremely safe!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It had been a pleasure and an honor to meet and guide Mrs. Daily. God bless her.