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Fantastic service and Edu was an amazing host!

Visited Brazil for a week and knowing zero Portuguese I knew it was essential to have a guide with... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Virginia Beach, Virginia
via mobile
Michael Serruya was an excellent guide

We had Michael as a guide through Tours by Locals for a whole-day private tour of Rio. He was... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
New York City, New York
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Rent a Local Friend and Live the Local Spirit of different cities. Explore local's favorite spots and get authentic tips, behind the touristic scene. Don't be a tourist! Be a local traveler!
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22795-009, Brazil
Santo Cristo
+55 21 98020-3344
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Visited Brazil for a week and knowing zero Portuguese I knew it was essential to have a guide with me (and I am very thankful that I did)! I met Edu at the lobby of my hotel in Ipanema and he had a very relaxed...More

Thank Lancelot78
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We had Michael as a guide through Tours by Locals for a whole-day private tour of Rio. He was excellent - very informative, polite, and respectful of our requests. We made it to every major sight in Rio despite the questionable weather. He took us...More

Thank worldgirl11
Reviewed 27 February 2018

My wife, Jean, and I visited Rio de Janeiro via cruise ship in February, 2018. We decided not to purchase the ship one day bus tour which was very expensive and would require touring in a bus with 60 other fellow passengers. We opted for...More

1  Thank John H
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

I meet Lucas in Flamengo, where we went to a nice restaurant for food and drinks. After two hours we almost got lost in really good conversation, that we forgot time ;). After an evening city walk through Flamengo we joined his friends in Botafogo...More

Thank Sara-Koller
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

My partner and I were elated to have Michael as our tour guide for 3 days on our recent trip to Rio! Michael is an expert on his magnificent city. He is truly interested in making sure you love Rio as much as he does....More

1  Thank MiamiBeachFrank
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I hired Michael to show my 3 sons and I around Rio in Feb, 2017. We communicated via WhatsApp prior to our visit and Michael picked us up promptly from our hotel at 7.30am, in his smart 4x4. It was so worth the early start,...More

1  Thank mjs32016
Reviewed 28 March 2017

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....More

1  Thank SeaplanesinParadise
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...More

1  Thank roamerNewYorkCity
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...More

1  Thank Priya M
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...More

1  Thank cpidgeon
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6 May 2015|
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