About Madson

Nationality: Brazilian
Profession: full-time Rio de Janeiro private tour guide
Age: 50 something
I have traveled to: 26 countries
I have lived in: Venezuela, France, Italy, Denmark and Sweden.

My story in a nutshell
After several years abroad I returned in 2004 to my hometown Rio de Janeiro. Since then, I have taken more than 8,000 visitors on fascinating private tours of Rio de Janeiro. My reputation has been built through my tireless obsession to provide a quality service.

A few personality traits and skills
People say I am friendly, discreet, reliable, great driver, a born tour guide, and above all, extremely professional.

Someone who understands the perfect balance between sightseeing, guiding and letting you experience the sites on your own.”Emily M., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Languages I speak

During our private tour you will hear me loud and clear as well as be fully understood. Besides English, I speak French, Italian, Spanish and, of course, my mother tongue Portuguese.

During my years abroad I have put in an enormous time and effort to reach fluent level in all languages I speak. The result is a number of diplomas and certificates I have earned:

English – CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English – Cambridge)
English – CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English – Michigan)
Français – DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
Italiano – CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera)
Español – DELE Superior (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera)

Languages spoken in Brazil


The official language in Brazil is Portuguese. However, the great majority of Brazilians do not speak foreign languages, including some locals working in the tourism sector.

Book Madson

Madson Rio de Janeiro Private Guide

• 19 years of experience
• Well-organized guided tour
• Absolutely fluent in English
• Private air-conditioned vehicle

He was very knowledgeable about the city and provided us with many ideas for meals, entertainment, and nightlife. We always felt safe with him as well. I would highly recommend him for your visit!”Abraham K., Flagstaff, Arizona.