A Great Guide
jan de 2023
We had a great experience. Eugenio met us at the airport on time and had us swiftly to our van to the hotel. Could not have asked for a smoother transition after a long flight. He also took us to some beautiful off the beaten path locations where we enjoyed some beaches, amazing views and a great meal.
Charles K – USA
Amazing Tour Guide
jan de 2023 – Family
Eugenio is a wonderful tour guide, he goes above and beyond to ensure you have the perfect experience. He starts planning way before you arrive and provides great advice and insights to make your trip as wonderful as possible. I appreciate his patience, his kind demeanour and excellent skills navigating our itinerary which changed at the last minute and he was still able to flex and accommodate our new plans. Thank you Eugenio for a wonderful trip! Definitely recommend!
Los Angeles, Califórnia
jan de 2023 – Family
Eugenio was amazing great tour guide not rushing us and very patient and flexible
We had almost 3 days in Rio
I would recommend him for anyone visiting Rio
Eugene was wonderful
dez de 2022 . couples
Eugene was great! He picked us up from the airport timely. Then, he gave us a full day tour two days later. He was so knowledgeable and fun! I would recommend him to anyone visiting that needs a tour guide.
Amazing your guide/driver
set de 2022 • Couple
We had the best time with Eugenio! From the second Eugenio picked us up from the airport to when he dropped us off several days later, he was organized, punctual, and a happy spirit to be around! It seriously felt like we were touring rio with a friend. We learned and experienced so much about rio that we would not have been able to do otherwise. Can’t wait to come back to Rio and visit Eugenio! Go flamango!!!!!!
Miami, Flórida – couple
0ne of the BEST Vacations We´ve Had
jun de 2022
Eugenio made our trip to Rio de Janeiro absolutely amazing! His services came recommended through our tour guide company that we booked for a separate trip through the Pantanal and Amazon, ending in Rio.
We originally did not plan to have a guide during our time in the city, but immediately noticed how knowledgable, friendly and professional Eugenio was the moment he picked us up from the airport. He has been living in Rio for more than 20 years — so you’ll get the true “locals experience” and visit hidden gems throughout the city.
Since we visited in June (during Brazil’s winter) the weather was a bit unpredictable, but Eugenio was always so flexible and had a fun Plan B if it started to rain. Some of the highlights included Sugarloaf Mountain, Tijuca Forest, Rocinha, and of course the great restaurants throughout the city.
We can’t wait to come back, thanks to such a great time we had with Eugenio. After spending a week together, we consider him our Rio Family! We absolutely would recommend Private Car Service Rio to anyone planning to visit Brazil.
– Rachel & Estiven
Fantastic servisse, communication and help
mai de 2022 – couple
Eugenio is phenomenal and does it all. We hired him for a couple of airport transfers, both of which were relatively last minute. He was extremely responsive on WhatsApp and provided a lot of helpful information over WhatsApp and on the ride(s). Our first pickup was at 6am and he made sure that he got to our hotel up in Santa Tereza on time (by 530!) and got us to the airport with plenty to spare. We then hired him to transfer to the airport on our way out of Brazil and thoughtfully checked to make sure we had our covid tests to get back into the US, helped us with our flight info, and even went to our hotel to pick up a dress we had left there. Eugenio is incredibly knowledgeable about his city, Rio, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with his clients. He immediately felt like an old friend and we very much enjoyed our short time with him. He truly went above and beyond and we would highly recommend him to anyone!
Excellent Service, Information and Value
may de 2022 – couple
We booked Eugenio to take us to the Golden Lion Tamarin reserve two hours outside of Rio on short notice. He confirmed in advance via Whatsapp and arrived at our (hard to find!) hotel early, both of which were greatly appreciated! During the long drive to and from the reserve, he provided us with lots of helpful information about Rio and our other destinations in Brazil, as well as the birds and wildlife we saw along the way and in the reserve. His English was excellent and he was also very helpful teaching us some Portuguese phrases and grammar, which we badly needed. We had an amazing experience seeing both golden lion tamarins and white-tufted marmosets up close in the restored forest, and then returned to Rio to continue an afternoon tour. Eugenio knew the best places to stop for photos before dropping us off for an excellent late lunch, and making a dinner reservation for us for that evening. After leaving us to finish the day enjoying the beautiful view from Sugarloaf at our own pace, he also came back to our hotel early the next morning to take us to the airport. We will remember his kindness and expertise as one of the highlights of our short time in Rio, and highly recommend using your travel and guide arrangements when you visit!
Apr 2022 • Alone
I used eugino’s car service two times for trips into and out of Rio. His service was excellent, reliable, friendly and the cars were clean and comfortable. I would recommend to anyone!
“Eugenio is the BEST!”
Letty S – 24th january 2015
Eugenio is the best ! He was very considerate of our needs especially my physical handicap of using a cane. He made sure he offered his arm for support while we navigated the crowded tourist crowd and he got a wheelchair whenever/wherever he could. I called him my angel.
Eugenio is very knowledgeable and explained while he drove us around. He is also very personable , joked and laughed with us, even sharing personal thoughts /feelings,etc.
Everything went as planned and we all enjoyed him. He showed us the best part of Rio and the poor area as well.
Eugenio was always on time and made sure he stayed with us until we bid goodbye at the airport just before we entered the passenger only zone.
We highly recommend him for all that he is! Great guy! Our sincere thanks and appreciation for a job well done! “
“My visit to Rio”
John N – Henderson, Nevada – 18th january 2015
Thanks to your guide in Rio, it was the highlight of our trip at the end of our South American cruise. Rio started and ended with Eugenio Souza. He was like a father looking after his children, and at the same time very knowledgeable professional. From my point of view Eugenio took his role as a tour guide to another level. I don’t think you could have set us up with anyone who know the city better, and if we didn’t see all of Rio, we saw most of it. As for the Sisson’s,who was on the tour with us, he took care of them like they were his parents.
Again thank you!
“Excellent personalized tour of Rio”
Derek -Seattle, Washington – 5th december 2014
Eugenio was a fantastic guide, we were very lucky to have found him. We originally considered trying to see the city on our own because we hate typical organized tour groups, but are so glad that we decided to go with a personalized tour with Eugenio instead. With only a limited time available, we definitely saw and experienced more of Rio with Eugenio than we ever could have on our own, and he was highly recommended.
As a native of Rio who is very passionate about his city, Eugenio was the perfect guide. He picked us up from the hotel and drove us around to everything we wanted to see and more. He obviously knows all the ins and outs and all the right people and times to ensure that he and his guests can get into sites as easily and efficiently as possible. He’s very friendly, personable and provides great explanations and backgrounds of everything. We never once felt like this was a job to him or that we were just another set of tourists; instead he made us feel like welcome friends that he was showing around his native town with obvious pride and enjoyment.
If you want to see the best of Rio at a reasonable cost in a short period, Eugenio is your man. We recommend him unreservedly.
“Friendly, professional and passionate”
KerryFleming -Melbourne – 26th october 2014
We were very fortunate to have Eugenio as our guide for a full day tour of Rio in October. He picked us up and took us to all the major sites we wanted to see.He even took us to the ‘mosaic, tiled, staircase’ after I mentioned that I was interested in seeing it. He has a fantastic knowledge of Rio and is very interesting to listen to and very easy going. He even acted as a great photographer for us on our tour day, taking some great shots for us.
When we mentioned that we were interested in going to a football match at Maracana he helped us book tickets. He also recommended a favela tour for us that we did, which was great. Eugenio made several calls for us on his phone, helping us out. He also gave us information and contacts for tours and transfers to other places out of Rio. This was after the day of touring we did with him.
We recommend Eugenio very highly as an excellent guide. He was punctual, professional and very easy going. We learnt a great deal about Rio sights, culture, history and life from him. He went out of his way to make our tour of Rio interesting and memorable. He was also only to willing to help us with questions during our time in Rio.
Thank you Eugenio. You were an excellent guide and you helped make out time in Rio very special.
Kerry and Peter. Melbourne
Highly experience and quality tour operator for not just Rio de Janeiro but all of Brazil!
Eugenio Souza and Rionative is a highly experience and quality tour operator for not just Rio de Janeiro but all of Brazil and have been providing Peruvian Secrets Ltd UK with all tourist services for many years. During this time we have never received a customer complaint, indeed we have had nothing but positive feedback. Eugenio’s attention to detail andcommitment to the client’s needs is by far the best service in Brazil, his knowledge of his country is extensive and his ability to present all information in a way that is fully understood makes for a unique and rewarding experience. By providing a high level of personal attention and private transfers, customer security is at its best, I have found his pricing is comparable toother companies but with such a high level of service he offers excellent value for money.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Rionative to anyone looking for a safe and rewarding holiday to Brazil.
Amazing Rio with Rionative
Reviewed march, 2016
Thanks to Eugenio from Rionative, we had a amazing city tour of RIO! We did a one day tour of the usual touristy as well as the hidden gems of the city. Eugenio is very friendly, funny and great guy. He arranged for our airport pick up and was the only guide who patiently replied to all my emails before we got to Rio. We highly recommend him to everyone who wants to feel the city!!
Paulo – Italy
Eugenio from Rionative the BEST.
Reviewed march, 2016
Thank you Eugenio from Rionative for giving us such a wonderful introduction to Brazil. We found it very informative and learnt so much from you about life and culture of the country. It was a pleasure to be with you.
With our very best wishes and hope to return soon.
Judy and Jon Menton – USA
Eugenio from Rionative Tour Operator Is the BEST!
Reviewed January 23, 2015
Eugenio is the best ! He was very considerate of our needs especially my physical handicap of using a cane. He made sure he offered his arm for support while we navigated the crowded tourist crowd and he got a wheelchair whenever/wherever he could. I called him my angel. Eugenio is very knowledgeable and explained while he drove us around. He is also very personable, joked and laughed with us, even sharing personal thoughts /feelings,etc. Everything went as planned and we all enjoyed him. He showed us the best part of Rio and the poor area as well. Eugenio was always on time and made sure he stayed with us until we bid goodbye at the airport just before we entered the passenger only zone. We highly recommend him for all that he is! Great guy! Our sincere thanks and appreciation for a job well done! “
Lysa – Manchester UK
Rionative – The Best Tour Operator In Rio!
Reviewed October 1, 2014
My husband and I recently relocated from the USA to São Paulo, Brasil, for a 2 year ex-pat assignment. Although we had visited Rio several times on our own, we decided to book a tour guide while visiting the city with our son and his girlfriend in May. Six weeks prior to our trip, based on excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR, I made arrangements for a full day Rio tour with ANOTHER highly ranked, english speaking guide. Just 2 days before our scheduled tour, he couldn’t make it, so he arranged for Eugenio from Rionative to take his place. Honestly, I was somewhat skeptical… Eugenio was in our hotel lobby well before the designated meeting time (a pleasant surprise since most Brazilians are chronically late!). He was warm, friendly, and very informative. He had a great and efficient plan to see the highlights in Rio, yet he was also open for any suggestions. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned so much about the city (which he takes great pride in). Eugenio went above and beyond my expectations (and his english is excellent)! He truly made us feel like family. Our experience was so good that we booked another RIO tour with Eugenio when my friends from California visited last week. We had a blast! He also offered his help, suggestions, and expertise in other travel arrangements like hotel/airport transfers, travel itineraries, and accommodations. He is a wealth of information. Without a doubt, Eugenio is the #1 Rio tour guide. We highly recommend him!
Lisa – USA
Rionative & Eugenio Souza – The best Tour Operator in Rio.
Reviewed October 1, 2014
Eugenio from Rionative is one of a kind when it comes to tours. We’ve travelled all over the world (31 countries so far) and we’ve never met a nicer, more down-to-earth person as Eugenio. He not only showed us the sights in and around Rio, but also took us to his home to eat and have a few drinks with for a Brazil World Cup game!! That was an experience that you don’t get everyday and one that we’ll remember for a long time. We would have no problems recommending him to any of our friends that visit Rio – in fact, we’d make sure to tell them to call him, as he knows everyone in the city, and everyone knows him! That’s a true sign of a great tour guide in our opinion. Thanks for a fantastic experience in Rio Eugenio. Miss you BUT see you soon 😉
Carlo and Florence
Travelled in June 2014 as a couple