Tour Guide Rio – Private Tour Guide in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

How to have a great time in Brazil and avoid dangerous areas when visiting Rio?

He refused to take us to areas where there was too much risk, which I dearly appreciated. His pricing was extremely fair. I highly recommend making contact with him for your Rio private tour.”
Paul Sluyter – Canada

Reading every word of the article below is of paramount importance to have a great time in Rio

Imagine you wake up in your hotel room in Rio de Janeiro. You think, “Yes, I’m in Brazil”. You go for a delicious breakfast and then to the lobby to meet your tour guide. He arrives right on time, smiles at you and gives you a warm ‘Welcome to Rio’. Your Rio de Janeiro private tour is about to start and you feel reassured that you are in good hands.

Your guide discusses with you about the sights and tourist attractions you want to see in Rio to make sure you will visit only what you want to visit. After all, your tour of Rio is private and customized exclusively for you. You get into your tour guide minivan and realize that his vehicle features what was stated on his website — recent model, comfortable, air-conditioned, playing nice Brazilian music and plenty of room for your legs.

You local tour guide heads straight to Corcovado. He knows you can hardly wait to see Christ the Redeemer statue from close as well as the breath-taking vistas of Rio de Janeiro. On the way, he slows down and even stops wherever there is an interesting site for you to take a picture of. By the way, on a full-day guided tour you can easily take 100 photos of Rio de Janeiro. Charge your camera’s batteries!

You visit Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Maracana Stadium, Sélaron Staircase,favela, Rio de Janeiro downtown and some hidden treasures that only a local tour guide who has guided thousands of tourists in Rio can take you to.

Time flies and at the end of your private tour your guide drops you off safe and sound at your hotel. You feel great, you had a wonderful day, you laughed, ate and drank as a vacationer must do. Yes, your day was fascinating mainly because you wisely decided to hire a reputed, experienced, English-speaking guide to guide you in Rio de Janeiro.

Tour Rio de Janeiro with a pro! E-mail me now (use the contact form on the left) to check my availability to serve as your private tour guide in Rio de Janeiro.

Preview on this video what you might experience in Rio…

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What can I do for you as your tour guide in Rio?

  • Prioritize your safety above all and by all means
  • Customize your tour in a way that you visit only the highlights that are important to you
  • Organize the itinerary to avoid time-consuming dangers, hassles, queues and traffic
  • Offer you a “seriously entertaining” tour of Rio – enjoyably informative but never pedantic
  • Be myself — professional, knowledgeable, absolutely fluent in English, and with great sense of humour!

He can tailor your tour any way you like, and includes dozens of useful tips about seeing Rio. You will not be disappointed – this is a top notch tour guide!”
John M., San Francisco, California.

CLICK HERE to view some of the 4,500+ travelers who have visited Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour with Madson

Madson and French Family at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Tour Guide Madson and French Family at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Tour Guide Madson & John, Martin, Richard and Linda (Philadelphia – USA)

Rio Tour Guide Madson, Carlos and Maria (Peru-USA)

Rio Tour Guide Madson & Richard and his family (Canada)

Tour Guide Madson & Marc Torralba — Sugar Loaf in the background across Rio’s bay

Madson & Canadian Michel Mayoux visiting Christ Statue in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Tour Guide Madson, Bernie and Steeve on a guided tour in Rio de Janeiro (Holland-Mauritious Island)

Visit of Sambadrome where Carnival parade happens in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro guide Madson and THOMPSON family (Boston, USA) posing for a photo on Carnival at Sambadrome

Rio de Janeiro Tour Guide Madson & Italian Family at the hanglide landing path in Sao Conrado

British WYE Family and Tour Guide Madson at a fruit market in Rio de Janeiro

Third trip to Rio and the first with my wife. Madson customized each visit based on our interests and I always feel like a local. We’ve been fortunate to visit 70 countries and Brazil is at the top, because of his company. His personality distinguishes him from other guides. We’re looking forward to returning for Carnival 2014!”
Jerry Davanon, Scottsdale, AZ.

Discover Rio de Janeiro on a Memorable Private Tour with Madson!

See below the most popular Rio de Janeiro Tours…

Christ Statue

Christ Statue Tour (Corcovado)

Hassle-free guided tour of Christ the Redeemer, one of the 7 new wonders of the world. Christ Statue is Rio’s most visited monument, situated at 710 meters (2,329 feet) above sea level on the top of Corcovado mountain. From there one can have a 360-degree view of the city.

Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf Tour

Visit with your personal tour guide Rio’s second most visited monument: Sugar Loaf. It is a 396-meter (1,299 feet) high one-block stone from where you can have a panoramic view to Copacabana, Botafogo and Flamengo beaches besides downtown, Rio-Niteroi bridge, Guanabara Bay, and more.


Beaches Tour

Rio de Janeiro Beaches Tour

Guided tour (by car) of Rio de Janeiro beaches such as Leblon, Ipanema,  Copacabana, Arpoador, and Leme. Possibility of seeing and photographing locals enjoying a day on the beach — surfing, jogging, walking, playing football or beach volleyball or just lounging on the beach. Photo-op stops.


Cultural Tour

Rio de Janeiro Cultural Tour

Visit of Rio’s modern cathedral (a church different from all the others you have seen); Visit of the 17th century Saint Benedict Monastery’s Church (a gem of Brazilian religion art, Barrocco-style); Visit of the Sambadrome (where the Carnival parade takes place) and its museum; Visit of Sélaron Steps; Visit of Colombo Café.


Santa Tereza Bohemian Neighborhood

Santa Tereza Bohemian Neighborhood Tour

Hurry-free guided visit to this 250-year old charming neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Possibility to ride on the tram (out of service until sometime in 2015/2016); Walk along its main street; Visit of its most traditional hand crafted art store; Stop for a drink/sandwich/meal; Quick stop in front of former house of train robber Ronald Biggs (who escaped jail and lived in Brazil for over 3 decades!).


Maracana Football Stadium

Maracana Football Stadium Tour

Let me be your tour guide inside this temple in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is the only country 5-time football (soccer) world champion and Maracana was the world’s biggest football stadium of its glory days, with an official world-record attendance of 199,854 for the 1950 World Cup Final against Uruguay. It’s a great visit even if you are not a football fan. It will host the final of 2014.


Botanical Garden

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour

The 200 year-old Rio de Janeiro garden is one of the ten most important in the world and defined by UNESCO as one of the reserves of biosphere. The visit consists in taking a 40-minute stroll to the highlights of the garden.


Samba City

Samba City Tour

Samba City is a pavillion where samba schools work on their floats for the following Rio de Janeiro Carnival. I can guide you in there and explain everything about it. If you are not in Rio during the Carnival time then this is your chance to see a float from close. Besides, you can see people dismantling the old floats and building new ones. Definitely a must visit!


Hangliding (Delta Flight)

Hangliding over Rio de Janeiro

Hangliding is an activity that a passionate Rio de Janeiro tour guide like me has to recommend. Rio is one of the few cities in the world where you can hanglide over the city and land on the beach safe and sound. All you need to do is to run off the ramp together with your instructor (flights are in tandem) and follow his easy-to-follow landing instructions. Unforgettable experience!


Helicopter Tour

Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

Besides being your Rio guide and driver I can book you a helicopter tour. A helicopter tour of Rio is a short but very intense memorable experience. As your Rio Tour Guide I strongly recommend it; it’s the only way to take a photo of Christ Statue from above. I can book a tour for you when we meet, drive you to the closest helipad and wait for your return with a « That was something!!! ».

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