• 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…

  • Lisbon,  Our Friends

    Lisbon by Andreia

    Our destination today is the new European creative hub: Lisbon. Considered “the new Berlin” and “the Silicon Valley of Europe, the capital of Portugal has fallen into the radar of the young people looking for a beautiful location, great weather, amazing food, friendly population, cheap cost of living and cozy atmosphere. Andreia is one of our oldest local friends there, and has been showing visitors around for a few years now. An experienced traveler and a local full of sensitive insights, she’s a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who was born in the Alentejo, Southern Portugal, but calls Lisbon home: 1. What makes your city unique? Every city is unique. Lisbon has…

  • Brasilia,  Local Tips

    A true local spot in Brasilia

    Our destination today is Brasília, the capital of Brazil. Local friend Maira shows us one of her favorite places in town and tell us more about why it is special to her and what to expect when you visit: PONTÃO DO LAGO SUL It is a beautiful place with a breathtaking view of Lake Paranoá, located just a 10 minutes drive away from the pilot road bus station, in the South Lake region, circled by Lake Paranoá. Currently it features six restaurants, including seafood, Japanese food and a bar with several strip tastes. They usually have an average price – not cheap, but worth it: it is possible to have a 500ml açaí…