Alan Denis - Your Private Tour Guide in Rio

Why use me as your local tour guide in Rio?

Alan Denis - your Tour Guide in Rio
Christ the Redeemer
Tour Maracanã
Sugar Loaf
Feijoada Lunch
Selaron Steps
Pedra Bonita
Petropolis

Hi and welcome! My name is Alan Denis, I am 38 years old, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. Having been to 35 countries on all the continents of the globe, and having lived in Australia, Holand, Israel and Argentina, I have had the opportunity to be in touch with different cultures and languages - and this grew my desire to show my city, Rio de Janeiro, to tourists.

I am a licensed guide by EMBRATUR, the Brazilian Institute of Tourism, and have been a private guide in Rio de Janeiro since 2013, having carried out hundreds of private tours in Rio, and have become more and more in love with my city and with my job as a Tour Guide in Rio. 

 

I am fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and have a BA in Social Communication. When I'm not guiding, I enjoy writing, reading, gastronomy, hiking and studying languages (I also speak intermediate French, Italian and Hebrew).

 

In my private tours in Rio de Janeiro I use a 6-seat passenger car - I am driver guide by myself - and my motivation is to be flexible and to offer you tailor-made tours in Rio, customized to your needs and desires, optimizing your time in Rio.

 

When you go on private tour in Rio, you will see much more than if you joined a group, and are able to see the Rio´s highlights in one day with your Tour Guide in Rio. And if you want to visit off-beat attractions, having me as your private tour guide in Rio is your best choice!

What I look for in each tour, is to provide you with an experience that you will remember for many years to come!

Suggested Tours

Private Tour Christ and Tijuca Forest

Let´s head together from Christ to the Tijuca Forest!

If you already have seen Sugar Loaf, or look for Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursions, this city tour could be a great option for you: 

- Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone).

- Christ the Redeemer: simply the main attraction of Rio de Janeiro.

- Chinese View: from this chinese pagoda you will see a view with a different perspective of the city.

- Taunay Waterfall: waterfall painted several times by french artist Taunay.

- Drop-off at your place or in a restaurant.

 

Available

  • Every day

Duration

  • 4 hours approximately

 

This tour starts at 7:30am to avoid traffic and lines. W​e buy ​all the necessary ​​tickets ​on time in the tour guide line.

Additional Information:

       Included:

  • Private Driver Guide in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Pick up and drop-off in the South and Central Zones of Rio.

       Not included: 

  • Tickets/Entrances to Christ.

  • Drinks and extra expenses.

Private Tour Sugar Loaf with Santa Teresa

Sugar Loaf, Selaron steps, Santa Teresa

If you already have seen Christ the Redeemer, or look for Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursions, this city tour could be a great option for you: 

- Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone).

- Sugar Loaf: amazing views ffrom and of it!.

- Selaron steps: colorful tiled staircase.

- Largo dos Guimarães square: main area of Santa Teresa.
- Ruins Park (this attraction does not open on mondays, so I will take you to another special attraction): ruins of the house that was the home of the great patron of Belle Époque carioca, Laurinda Santos Lobo.

 

Available

  • Every day

Duration

  • 4 hours approximately

 

This tour starts at 8:30am to avoid traffic and lines. W​e buy ​all the necessary ​​tickets ​on time in the tour guide line.

Additional Information:

       Included:

  • Private Driver Guide in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Pick up and drop-off in the South and Central Zones of Rio.

       Not included: 

  • Tickets/Entrances to Sugar Loaf.

  • Drinks and extra expenses.

Tijuca Forest + Grumari & Prainha Beaches

Two special and contrasting places

I choosed these two special and contrasting places for a different city tour: Tijuca Forest and Barra Beaches.

 

This combination of attractions will make you genuinely experience in one day totally different atmospheres, as the most beautiful beaches of Rio, Prainha and Grumari, and a comfortable drive through the main attractions of Tijuca Forest, the lung of the city.

- Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone).
- Prainha Beach
- Grumari Beach
- Driving tour by Barra da Tijuca neighborhood.
- Stop for lunch in a seafood restaurant.
- Tijuca Forest: third largest urban forest in the world.
- Chinese View: one of the most beautiful viewpoint of the city.
- Taunay Waterfall: biggest waterfall of Rio.
- End of the Tour: drop off at your place (in the south or central zone).

Available

  • Monday to Friday

Duration

  • 8 hours approximately

Additional Information:

       Included:

  • Private Driver Guide in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Pick up and drop-off in the South and Central Zones of Rio.

       Not included: 

  • Drinks and lunch.

Other Half Day Private Tours in Rio

Enjoy one of my Half Day Tours in Rio!

You have extra few hours available and want to fill it with a private  half day tour in Rio? Pick one of the tours below:

- Tijuca Forest tour

- Santa Teresa tour

- Tijuca Forest & Santa Teresa
- Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest

- Santa Teresa & Historical Center

- Historical Center & ​Rio Olympic Boulevard

Available

  • Every day

Duration

  • 4 to 5 hours approximately

 

W​e buy ​all the necessary ​​tickets ​on time in the tour guide line.

Additional Information:

       Included:

  • Private Driver Guide in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Pick up and drop-off in the South and Central Zones of Rio.

       Not included: 

  • Tickets/Entrances.

  • Drinks and extra expenses.

Off Rio de Janeiro -

Petropolis Private Tour

Summer Imperial City of the royal family

Another option if you have extra time in Rio, Petropolis city tour will surprise you. 70km away from Rio, the mountain city of Petropolis has a totally different atmosphere and architecture from Rio. Feel in Europe!

 

- Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone).

- Quitandinha Palace (outside garden area): was once the biggest palace of south america.

- Imperial Museum: used to be the summer house of the imperial family.

- St.Peter of Alcantara Cathedral: exotic church with neo-gothic architecture.

- Stop for lunch in a portuguese restaurant.

- Crystal Palace: built to be Princess Isabel's botanical garden, today hosts exhibitions and events.

- Santos Dumont house: house where santos dumont lived years before he died,

- Drop-off at your place.

 

Available

  • Tuesday to Sunday

Duration

  • 8 hours approximately

This tour starts at ​8:30am​.​​​​ W​e buy ​all the necessary ​​tickets ​on time in the tour guide line.

Additional Information:

       Included:

  • Private Driver Guide in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Pick up and drop-off in the South and Central Zones of Rio.

       Not included: 

  • Tickets/Entrances to Santos Dumont and Imperial museums.

  • Drinks and food.

Private City Tour Rio´s highlights

Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Selaron steps, Sambadrome, Cathedral

If you have only one day to explore Rio, or look for Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursions starting from the port, this tour is your best choice! We will visit the main attractions of Rio: 

- Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone).

- Christ the Redeemer: main attraction of Rio de Janeiro.

- Sugar Loaf: we will take cable car and see amazing views.

- Selaron steps: beautiful tiles project made by the artist Selaron.

- Sambadrome: where the Carnival parades take place.

- Cathedral: iconic arquitecture church.

- Drop-off at your place or in a restaurant.

 

Available

  • Every day

Duration

  • 6 hours approximately

 

This tour starts at 7:30am to avoid traffic and lines. W​e buy ​all the necessary ​​tickets ​on time in the tour guide line.

Additional Information:

       Included:

  • Private Driver Guide in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Pick up and drop-off in the South and Central Zones of Rio.

       Not included: 

  • Tickets/Entrances to Christ and Sugar Loaf.

  • Drinks and extra expenses.

Off Rio de Janeiro -

Ilha Grande Day Tour - Private boat

The biggest island of Angra dos Reis area

Ilha Grande is considered one of the most beautiful places of Brazil. Located in the south of the state of Rio de Janeiro, this island will be a special part of your memories in your trip to Brazil.

 

- Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone of Rio).
- 2:00hs private transfer to the marine station.
- Half Turn Island Tour - private boat:

- Green Lagoon

- Blue Lagoon

- Saco do Céu

- Amor beach

- Feiticeira beach
- Stop for lunch during the boat tour.
- 2:30hs private transfer and drop-off at your place.

 

Available

  • Monday to Saturday

Duration

  • 12 hours approximately

This tour starts at ​6​:00​0am​.​​​​

Additional Information:

       Included:

  • Private Transfers

  • Private Boat tour.

  • Pick up and drop-off in the South and Central Zones of Rio.

       Not included: 

  • Drinks and food.

My 6- seat passenger car

I offer a personal Rio airport transfer service and will be myself waiting for you at the airport, as well as returning you to the airport.

Rio Buzios transfer, Arraial do Cabo, Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande and Paraty are other destinations to where I provide transfers in Rio.

My car holds maximum 6 passengers plus me, and it can quickly turn into a 4 seats with a large luggage trunk.

Most cars in Brazil are small by American and European standards.

 

Comfort Chart (for Tours, without luggage):


# Passengers          Comfort Level


1 Passenger:            Extremely Comfortable
2 Passengers:          Extremely Comfortable
3 Passengers:          Extremely Comfortable

4 Passengers:          Comfortable
5 Passengers:          Reasonably Comfortable for the 5th Passenger
6 Passengers:          Reasonably Comfortable for the 6th Passenger

See photos of my roomy minivan below:

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Contact

Please fill out the form beside or drop me an email at rioprivateguide8@gmail.com saying in the message:

  • Date of your private tour  

  • Name

  • Origin country / Age

  • Number of guests / children

  • Pick up address

  • Mobile / Whatsapp

  • Message  

It is very easy to book the tour: we confirm by email a deposit of 10% by PayPal and the rest is paid in cash at the end of the tour (or at the beginning, if you don't want to carry money)

+55 21 996806622

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Alan Denis - your Tour Guide in Rio