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Rent a Local Friend

Neighbourhood: Santo Cristo
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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22795-009, Brazil
Phone Number:
+55 21 98020-3344
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Emma will definitely help you realize what you are seeking, when in Rio!

In my case, I wanted to get some Yoga, Samba and Awe-Inspiring hiking in. Checked the box on all of them, but truth be told, the entire experience was so much sweeter than I ever... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In my case, I wanted to get some Yoga, Samba and Awe-Inspiring hiking in. Checked the box on all of them, but truth be told, the entire experience was so much sweeter than I ever imagined. Emma is super bright, beautiful and spiritually gifted woman. She is a wonderful person, likely to keep you smiling all day and night, as... More 

Thank SeaplanesinParadise
New York City
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Michael, from toursbylocals, is a delight. We communicated many times by email before arriving in Rio and he planned a perfect day for us to Sugar Loaf and other city sights. It was Carnival and absolutely crazy with road closures and tons of traffic. He was calm and collected and we got to see everything! His knowledge of the city... More 

Thank roamerNewYorkCity
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Emma was an absolutely amazing host when my cousin and I came to stay - she showed us all around Rio and took us along to the best blocos during Carnaval! Emma is so much fun and extremely kind and generous with her time. We had SUCH an incredible time cooking and talking and laughing in her wonderful home. Would... More 

Thank Priya M
1 review
Reviewed 12 January 2017

I could not recommend Emma enough for rent-a-friend. Apart from her being fluent in English and Portuguese, which was very helpful when trying to book appointments, restaurants, etc., she is super sociable and just lovely!! She instantly made me feel at home. During our stay in Rio she always had an event to invite us to or a fun recommendation... More 

Thank cpidgeon
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I could not have wished for a better trip to Rio! Emma was so knowledgeable, welcoming, kind and generous with her time! Not only was I able to visit many sights, hikes, restaurants and bars around Rio, Emma also provided fantastic recommendations for my future travels around Brazil. Emma is a mother-tongue English speaker and also speaks fluent Brazilian Portuguese,... More 

Thank Anna R J
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We had a great time with Mari. Before we arrived She helped us decide where to stay, and showed up at our hotel right on the dot on the day, took us all over the city in her car. She loves her city and went all out to give us a true Rio experience about its people, forests, food and... More 

Thank Anh N
Istanbul, Turkey
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Rent a Local Friend is a very good site for people looking for guidence in new cities. PIERRE SILVA DE SOUZA is the guide I found in this site for a short trip in Rio Centro. He is very attentive first of all and promply responded my e-mail. I visited in Rio Down Town with his guidence The Brazilian National... More 

Thank bodrumlu50
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

I had a wonderful time with Fred. I am super glad I booked this tour, as without a guide to share the true Rio experience I would have missed so much. Fred was very knowledgeable about the area and the history of so much. His English was great and he was very open to go and see areas that interested... More 

Thank scrumptious_crump
Braunton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Had a fabulous day with Andre! He arrived on time and we cycled on hired bikes around Ipanema and the Lagoon. Ended up at the Favela Vidigal. He had a lot of local knowledge and was a lot of fun to spend the day with.

Thank hugapug2016
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Thank you Sally, you were definitely a great tour guide, your knowledge in Rio taught a lot and showed a lot of things that many haven’t been able to see or hear about. Your love for nature gave an extra boost to all that you wanted show and inform about. Definitely the person to go for as a guide in... More 

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