Rio de Janeiro,  Travel Stories

Best cappuccino ever!

“Local Friend Emma is simply the best!

My wife, Jean, and I visited Rio de Janeiro via cruise ship in February, 2018. We decided not to purchase the ship one day bus tour which was very expensive and would require touring in a bus with 60 other fellow passengers. We opted for a customized, private tour of Rio using “Rent a Local Friend” as our personal guide. We selected Emma Platais who Has a Brazilian Father and American Mother. Emma speaks perfect English and is a font of knowledge when it comes to Rio.

We contacted each other via email prior to the cruise and requested a one day itinerary inclusive of all the Rio “Must Sees” for first time visitors. Emma designed a custom itinerary that included Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, The Beaches, Copacabana Fort, the Botanical Gardens, the Favelas, and the Olympic stadium. Emma organized all tickets that had to be pre-purchased and we traveled through Rio in Ubers which were less expensive than the taxis.

A Bonus was Emma took us to a place that served the BEST Cappuccino I have ever had anywhere in the world.

We also requested that Emma arrange reservations for a Brazilian steakhouse after the tour was completed. She made reservations at Fogo de Chao which is situated on the waterfront with a magnificent view of Rio.

Emma met us at the passenger terminal and was waiting for us at the 9:00 am appointed time. She did not accompany us to the top of Sugar Loaf or the Christ the Redeemer statue but was always waiting for us at the designated meeting place upon our return. We felt completely safe with Emma even though Rio de Janeiro can be a somewhat dangerous city to visit.

Emma was our guide from 9 am through 6:30 pm at which point she dropped us off at Fogo de Chao. Emma left us at the restaurant but not before discussing with the manager who we were and how we needed to be placed in a taxi that would return us to the cruise terminal.

Highest Recommendation is hereby given to Emma.”

Review by our visitor John.
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Based on a review left for our Local Friend Emma

To book Emma in Rio de Janeiro, and find out where the best cappuccino in the world is served, visit Emma’s profile.

“Oi, hey! I’m Emma, I have dual citizenship for Brazil and the USA, and I have been living in Rio since 2011 (with a brief pause in 2012 to study in Scotland for 9 months). I am in love with this city. I really feel as if I have found myself here, and I have already lived in a handful of other countries so I guess I’ve tried out a few places 🙂 I was alphabetized in Spanish, spoke English growing up, learned some basic French in school, and learned to write in Portuguese when I was 18. I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of my world right here. I am in love with Brazilian culture, dance, music, and art. I started a blog for fun a couple of years ago, so if you want to check out my photography and tips on Rio click on this link !”



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