Glowing Reviews

You can’t go wrong reserving a Rio de Janeiro private tour guide with 19 years of experience and excellent reviews.

He tailored the tour to our needs, helped us beat the crowds at each location, shared a ton of information for each site, and was fun and funny. Long after the tour was over, we benefited from his guidance — from the best restaurants with great food and good locations at fair prices, to the best places to shop, as well as the areas to avoid with regard to safety. By the way, his safety tips were terrific and included when and where to take taxis, when it’s OK to walk, and where not to go at all.” K. Marks, Novato, California.

“Madson, We had a very good time with you as our guide in Rio. Your knowledge, personality and wit are terrific. Thank you for sharing your Rio with us. Should you need anything from us, do not hesitate to let me know. Next trip perhaps we can both hang glide.” Walt, USA.

“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.

“Our many thanks for all of your hard work and special touches – you really did a great job and we appreciate everything! Keep up the good work and let us hear from you – we look forward to showing you around NYC! Happy Holidays and all the best to you!” Ginger and Bob, USA.

“Madson!! Thank you so much for a fabulous day exploring Rio! The only thing that could have made it better would have been if we were staying there for several more days! I feel like we only began to see the city! Your tour was so fun and a great introduction to a great city! Please contact me if someone requests a personal recommendation. Best regards.” Carson Phillips, Chicago, USA.

“He provided me with lots of information about life and the culture in Rio, without overloading me with facts and figures and gears his tours towards the needs of the individual or group and what they want from the tour, which is fantastic. I would recommend seeing Rio with this outgoing and enthusiastic guide.” Nolan, Dublin, Ireland.

“Nice job … we’re back in the USA. We enjoyed the day you spent with us in Rio. If you ever need an endorsement, don’t hesitate to contact me.” Ralph Brush, USA.

“Thank you for a really wonderful, professional and most informative tour of Rio and its environs. You gave us an insider’s look into the real FLAVOR of Rio and we loved what we discovered. All our very best wishes.” Jerry Radin, Phyllis, Roz and Mel, USA.

“I will be recommending your guiding services to family and friends who may visit Rio in the future.”  Nick Pentith, UK.

“Your service was impecable and I appreciate that you helped me navigate the day without any hassle.” Lynnette Layman, USA.

Madson was the first one we read about in our search and we booked without even looking into anyone else. We made an excellent decision! Our five hour tour was packed with interesting information about Rio and Brazil and Madson’s outgoing personality made us feel that we were taking the tour with someone we knew.” Priscilla J., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Hello Madson (or should I say Mad-Son ?)
We came back home from our trip a week ago, and only now we are back to our regular routine. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful time that we spent with you in Rio. All four of us immensely enjoyed the tours that you arranged for us, and consider our visit to Rio one of the highlights of our trip. We still remember some of the jokes and the laughs that we shared. Your command of the English language and your knowledge of Brazil in general and Rio in particular made our relatively short visit rich, informative and fun.” Aviva, Joe, Marion and Eric. USA.

“Hey Madson, I wanted to let you know my friends and I had an amazing time in Brazil. I can’t thank you enough for all of your help. If there is anything we can do to help you out in the future, just let me know. Thanks again for everything.” Jason, New York.

“We arrived home from our cruise last Monday. What a fabulous trip we had. 2 memerable days stand out from all the rest. That was the 2 days we spent with you in Rio. Warren and I will never forget how warm, friendly and very funny you were with us, Elaine and Len. I don’t know if you have heard from Len but I felt I had to write you and thank you for a most memerable trip to Rio. I have already given your card to my travel agent friend, who will refer you to clients. I have pictures of you and the beautiful girls of Brazil. Anyways, take care of yourself and Thanks again.” Janie Shendelman. Toronto, Canada.

I found Madson on the Internet and was impressed by his reviews. He turned out to all and more than the reviewers said. He had all the characteristics one would wish in a personal tour guide: prompt, courteous, very knowledgeable, accommodating, great sense of humor, careful driver.
We requested a number of changes in our two-day itinerary and he accommodated them and recommended appropriate changes. I recommend him without qualification.”
Ron, State College, Pennsylvania

“Dear Madson, We are missing the heat of Brazil and the food and the music and the most wonderful tour guide! Thanks, again, for the wonderful tour guide services. We really did enjoy Rio and meeting you!! Take care.” Brad and Vicki Wertman, USA.

“Madsen, Returned home safely, wanted to thank you again for a great time in Rio. What is the best way to provide a testament to your excelent tour guide services? When we transferred from our ship in Valparaiso to Santigo we shared a van with a couple from England. It seems they were your clients on the 2 days before us. I guess they had wanted Tuesday as well, but I had already arranged. Its a small world.” John, USA.

“Thank you for the exceptional Rio visit. You showed the boys and me things we never would have had the hance to see without your tour. I will be talking with my travel
agent and most certainly be recommending your tour guide services. Thanks so much for the wonderful visit.” Judy Kempf, USA.

Well worth the cost of the tour.”Vincent L., Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Madson, Please post this on your customer reviews. March 2009. We booked Madson for 2 half day tours of Rio and his English is excellent, his knowledge of the city second to none and we would defintely recommend him to any one of our friends or relatives going to Rio..Thank you for making our time in Rio de Janeiro so good.” Hilary, Michael, John & Jan. USA.

“Madson, thanks for the tour ~ i had a great time and learned alot. i´m already planning my return trip with friends and I´ll get them to take your private tour when I come back. I´m also checking out some more affordable hotels down by Copacabana beach ~ any you can recommend ?? I´ll send you my contact info when I get home in case you ever need a contact in Atlanta. Thanks again, John” John O’hara. Atlanta, USA

“You are a gentleman. Thank you for replying that you are full, rather than leave us wondering. We see why you get good reviews. Thank you.” George, USA.

His love and knowledge of Rio rubs off on you and you are truly hooked. Car was clean and comfortable. He was organised and safe.”Shannon D., Sydney, Australia.

“Madson, Marilyn, Webb, Kathy and I all had a fantastic time with you in Rio. We will definitely recommend you as THE private tourguide in Rio de Janeiro. We were the first in line on Christmas Day for Sugar Loaf and really enjoyed that visit. We are all back to work at home with great memories of you, Rio and the rest of our trip. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year! Ed” Ed, USA.

“Hi, Madson, Just wanted to send these few photographs with you in them. We had a wonderful time in Rio! You’re a great tour guide!! Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you here in the U.S., and of course, if you’re coming to New York, let me know when. All the best.” Melody. New York, USA.

“Dear Madson, We have returned to Melbourne and carry with us the most wonderful memories of our time with you in Rio. We are so glad that we arranged you for our guide since it made our stay in Rio perfect and we were thrilled with your attentive care, ensuring that we saw the best the city had to offer. I hope you have enjoyed learning a few more Aussie words and hope you like the photos we took of you. Many, many thanks for cheerfully complying with our rather odd requests to see Pet Shops, our dogs love their new outfits !! I am at this moment listening to the “surprise” you had for us and it is evoking such lovely memories I could cry.
Madson, thank you so much, we have no hesitation at all in recommending your services to other travellers from all walks of life. Best wishes from us for your future endeavours and keep on making people smile and have fun, it is your gift to Rio! Warm regards.” Dr Jedda McDonogh and Dr Jenny Wilsher, Australia.

“thanks for the great tour of Rio and the last minute accommodation of my request. Cheers.” Arthur van Veen, Holland.

His sense of humor and hospitality made our trip even more splendid than expected. We can’t imagine how our tour would be without this wonderful guide.”Hongxia F., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“It was a great pleasure to meet with you last week while Allen and I were visiting Rio De Janeiro. Anyone plans to visit Rio De Janeiro I will tell to contact you as the best guide there. Please be in touch and when you are planning come to California in the near future please let me know you are always welcome.” Roberto, Italy

“I totally want to echo what Roberto said. You are SO doing it right! You showed us an amazing amount of things in Rio and yet I never felt rushed. I was especially impressed how you seamlessly integrated our need to buy some scuba flippers into the tour without missing a beat. You always knew the background/history of whatever we asked about but you never talked too much. Your sunny charming personality always made me feel at ease. Anyone I hear of that is heading to Rio is definitely getting your name from me!” Allen Siewert, Califórnia

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful day in Rio de Janeiro…you were absolutely fabulous!! It was most definitely the highlight of my trip and really did make me want to see more of Rio, to say nothing of spending some time in those wonderful cafes drinking coffee and watching the world go by! Keep up the good work and don’t forget to invite me to your wedding! Cheers.” Renee, Canada

Picking Madson for our private tour in Rio was the BEST decision we could have made. He is so friendly, personable, and fun to talk to. His knowledge of the roads and attractions in Rio is phenomenal! A real pleasure! You will not be disappointed choosing Madson as your guide!”Jason J., Norfolk, Nebraska, United States.

“Just a quick line to say how much we enjoyed our day in Rio. When I get home and have more Internet time, I’ll email you more fully. Kind regards.” Judy and Tony

“We must thank you for a fantastic time we had in Rio ;the city is of course spectacular,but you with your personality and sense of humour gave an insight to the city and it’s people and the time we spent with you was not just enjoyable but very informative. Kiran’s reservations and fears about the safety in Rio de Janeiro were unfounded,thanks to you. We will recommend you any of our friends should they visit Rio.” Deepak and Kiran, London

“We arrived home safely this afternoon – back to reality – but I would prefer Rio De Janeiro. Linda and I really appreciated our guided tour yesterday and want to thank you so much. If you would like to use us as a reference at any time, I would be willing to give you a excellent report. We enjoyed all the areas of Rio that you showed us, as well as the restaurant. With much appreciation, Roberta and Linda” Roberta and Linda, USA

We had a wonderful tour – he was right on time and was friendly and informative. We didn’t miss the lookouts one bit. We would highly recommend Madson.”Richard R., Vancouver, Canada.

“We were both delighted with your planning and execution of the 6 hour tour showing us the best of Rio in your air conditioned van. I just finished downloading my pictures of the trip and those from Rio, even with the rain and clouds, were most enjoyable to review and remember the trip. The trips to Sugerloaf, St Teresa, the beaches and Corcovado were highlights of our entire cruise on the Star Princess. We would be happy to recommend your tour guide service to anyone who wants a quality tour of your beautiful Rio de Janeiro. We wish that we could have spent more time with you than we were able to get. Maybe some time in the future we will get back again when you are available for hire. I know that six hours was far too little time to see all that is available in Rio. Sincerely, Harold and Marguerite Pilcher” Harold and Margherite Pilcher, USA

“We were very please with your guiding services and will pass on to our travel agency. Thanks again.” Ben Barton, IL, USA

“We still keep the best memories of our trip to Rio de Janeiro and are gratefull very much for your tour guide services and friendly conduct. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends who want to see the best of Rio de Janeiro. Thank you very much and have a great life. Best regards, Mikhail Shindelman” Mikhail Shindelman, New York – USA

Madson was very prompt, knowledgeable and easy to get along with. I could not imagine have a better tour guide. Thank you Madson!!”Joanne G., Edmonton, Canada.

“The guided tour of Rio was excellent in terms of its scope, your knowledge and insights, and your pleasant demeanor. Thank you for making that a memorable afternoon! Best regards, Michael” Michael, London – UK

“Thank you for our impressive visit in Rio. You have showed us so many unknown places and managed everything perfectly. Sunshine, no waiting lines, safty first… You made our trip to Rio de Janeiro unforgettable” Henrike Düerkop, Germany

“Just wanted to let you know that I made it back home to Jacksonville smoothly; and even though I’m happy to be home, I wish I was still in Rio. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks again for a great time in Rio. I am really glad that I decided to have you show me around your exciting city. I truely enjoyed everything, especially the helicopter ride, lunch in Sta Teresa, and the entire trip to Niteroi. You are really good at what you do, making me feel comfortable driving around with you. Best of luck with your work with the website and all of your female conquests…lol.” Marc Torralba, USA

The tour was very enjoyable and we did not feel rushed going to the different attractions. Madson provided a wealth of information about Rio and the daily life of its people. We had a great time and finished the tour at a local eatery.”Andre H., Ottawa, Canada.

“Dear Madson, Back home we could count in our pleasant memories of our stay in Rio-Brasil, the remarkable experience of having you as a very professional, knowledgeable, cool and fun tour guide. Thank you very much!!! We are still astonished you could get us a photo with Mr Selaron at the stairs!!!. I will be highly recommending to anybody, considering to visit Rio de Janeiro and get some exposure to the Carioca spirit, to do himself a favor and contact you. Please don’t forget that if you need anything from us in the future don’t hesitate to contact us. Best Regards.” Carlos & Maria Balbin, New Jersey – USA

“Both Anna and I had such a good time. You are a wonderful tour guide and we appreciate your knowledge of the sites and your ability to get around Rio de Janeiro so well! Thank you.”Jim, USA

“We are missing Rio — or more exactly, your extraordinary introduction to Rio. During the two days that we were with you, there really was nothing that could have been improved upon. The highlights would be too numerous to mention and you always arranged for everything to flow incredibly smoothly during the tours. Thanks for your important role in contributing to so many wonderful memories of Rio de Janeiro. With our best regards”. John, Richard, Linda, and Marty. USA

Before dropping us off at the Hotel again we were shown and adviced about restaurants of the area close to the hotel, entertainment, nice bars etc. Definately recommendable!”Benthe H., Ikast, Denmark.

“Thanks Madson for a terriffic day in Rio- You were a great tour guide and made the trip a pleasure. Currently enjoying busy Sao Paulo. Will let you know how things turned out when I return to NYC. Again, many thanks” Joe, USA

“We would like to thank you for making our venture to Brazil a wonderful experience. Outside of your professionalism and much flexibility what we enjoyed most was your outgoing personality and ability to have fun. We very much felt welcome in a foreign country but more so had the opportunity to experience things we probably would have never done on our own. Perhaps some day we will be able to return the experience if you ever decide to come to Canada.
Best of Luck in the Future. Regards.” Tracey Kornelson and Yvonne Stelzer, Canada

We had an excellent 5 hour tour taking in the key sights and Madson was both very knowledgable and also very friendly / entertaining. It would be difficult to fault anything and I would confidently recommend Madson!”Ninkasi, London.

“I just want to thank you for the wonderful tour you took me and my husband on while we were in Rio. The tour was most definitely my favorite part of visiting Rio. You did an outstanding job, above and beyond what we asked for or expected. Your warm and friendly personality and expertise made the tour extra fun. I would highly recommend you to anyone visiting Rio. Thanks again for showing us the real Rio! Sincerely, Robin Eilers” Robin Eilers. Tampa, Florida

“Just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for an excellent tour and a very enjoyable dinner/party-evening! Both Shana and I enjoyed it very much! If you ever have your way to this part of the world you are most welcome to stay with us. We have told the family all about Madson and they would like to meet you in person as well. Until next time, from Nina and Shana” Nina & Shana. Sweden

“I just wanted to tell you thanks again for taking us tour and all over Rio last week. I am telling everyone that I know that is going to Rio to give you a call. I just got back from Salvador and I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m coming back to both places in a couple of months.” Keith, Philadelphia – USA

He continuously went out of his way to show me extra landmarks and even let me use his camera when my battery died. The experience was extraordinary! I would recommend him to anyone!!”Sony M., Detroit, Michigan.

“Hi Madson, We had a great time in Rio. Thank you. If you ever come to n.y. please look us up. We can get you tickets to a broadway show. Take care. Ivy and Carly, USA.

“Just got back into NYC today. The tour was amazing and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Getting to meet with and put a tile on the Selaron staircase was a once in a lifetime moment. Your tours were by far the best I’ve been on. I will certainly recommend you to any friends going to Brazil and wish you the best in your endeavors!!”Arthur, NY.

“Thanks a lot for everything. Hope to see you soon again.” Claude Salame. San Francisco, USA

“Thank you for all your efforts – this made a huge difference for us, and really allowed us to see Rio from many angles.” Pat & Reidar. Arizona, USA

“Marion and I were thrilled with your efforts. Everything was perfect and we have been missing you and the weather and RIO! I’ve attached some photos from our tours for you. All the best for the future. Best wishes.” Marion & Clive. UK.

He has a pleasant personality and knows Rio in and out. He showed up on time and his van was very clean.”Nomye G., Irving, Texas.

“Linda and I are back in California after she returned last night from Sao Paulo. We have spent our time looking at our pictures and video from our trip and reflecting on a very special time. I want to thank you for the terrific tour that you provided and how you made the extra effort to give us more than was on our original plan. We never felt rushed and yet got to see a lot more than our plan.”Paul and Linda, USA

“Vi kontaktet Madson via hans hjemmeside juli 2010. Her var oppgitt flere turer – vi ønsket å leie han for 3 av disse: Til kristus statuen, Sukkertoppen og bydelen St Theresa. Vi ba om pris og antatt tid vi ville trenge, og svar kom temmelig umiddelbart. Vi fant pris akseptabel, tidsskjema realistisk – og avtalte start kl. 08.00 på vår første dag i Rio. Madson var presis, guided oss gjennom Rio – var fleksibel da vi ønsket å legge inn litt ekstra tid. Betryggende, snakket godt engelsk, gode lokalkunnskaper og en behagelig sjåfør. Vi kan absolutt anbefale Madson:)
Vennlig hilsen på vegne av 3 kvinner fra Stavanger.” Turid R. Tafjord, Norge.

“Madson – I want to thank you so much for the wonderful guided tour of Rio that we enjoyed with Mary and Jim Low and John and Barbara Thomas.  It was the highlight of my whole cruise.  You do a great job of showing off that beautful city – we can’t wait to go back and spend more time. Your professionalism was so apparent.  You enthusiasm and comments on everything were a delight to me. I intend to “spread the word” to anyone I know who might be considering a trip to Rio. Again, thanks so much for all you did for us. It was truly appreciated. Sincerely, Bonnie McDonough“. USA.

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Madson Rio de Janeiro Private Guide

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

Great English spoken, picked up on time and the whole tour felt un-rushed and leisurely.”
Steve Storey, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom.