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Hi, I am Emma

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.

  • Live in Oregon, EE.UU.
  • Speaks Portugués, Inglés, Español, Francés
  • Fullday: $240.00 / Halfday: $120.00

About Emma

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 the link below! https://simbora.co/

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Alimentos y bebidas Arte y Arquitectura Compras Cultura Local Deporte Español Fotografía Francés Historia Inglés Music and Dance Naturaleza Portugués aire libre

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7 reviews

May 2018

Emma will definitely help you realize what you are seeking, when in Rio! In my case, I wanted to get some Yoga, Samba and Awe-Inspiring hiking in. Checked the box on all of them, but truth be told, the entire experience was so much sweeter than I ever imagined. Emma is super bright, beautiful and spiritually gifted woman. She is a wonderful person, likely to keep you smiling all day and night, as you might explore a Favela for a home cooked meal, after hiking to one of the most breath-taking views of Rio De Janiero, or she might invite you to witness some authentic samba, where musicians share their passion with the world or maybe even a night on the town, where friends join together, a stone's throw from the beach, to share their stories... Her presence in and out of the Yoga studio makes you feel at peace with everything that is going on around you. If you need anything at all, somehow she finds the time to get you back on track, pronto! Her attention to detail and making sure that you're feeling good about your local experience, in general will surely make you feel loved, as much as one of your closest friends might do for you and that my friends is worth its weight in gold, especially when you are far away from home! All I can say is that your vibes definitely attract your tribe. If you are fortunate to connect with Emma, you will surely feel that you have done a few things right in this life:) https://www.tripadvisor.com.br/ShowUserReviews-g303506-d2417009-r470715787-Rent_a_Local_Friend-Rio_de_Janeiro_State_of_Rio_de_Janeiro.html#

Zoltan Cantillo

May 2018

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. https://www.tripadvisor.com.br/ShowUserReviews-g303506-d2417009-r563140935-Rent_a_Local_Friend-Rio_de_Janeiro_State_of_Rio_de_Janeiro.html#

johnthevi@hotmail.com

Jun 2017

In my case, I wanted to get some Yoga, Samba and Awe-Inspiring hiking in. Checked the box on all of them, but truth be told, the entire experience was so much sweeter than I ever imagined. Emma is super bright, beautiful and spiritually gifted woman. She is a wonderful person, likely to keep you smiling all day and night, as you might explore a Favela for a home cooked meal, after hiking to one of the most breath-taking views of Rio De Janiero, or she might invite you to witness some authentic samba, where musicians share their passion with the world or maybe even a night on the town, where friends join together, a stone's throw from the beach, to share their stories... Her presence in and out of the Yoga studio makes you feel at peace with everything that is going on around you. If you need anything at all, somehow she finds the time to get you back on track, pronto! Her attention to detail and making sure that you're feeling good about your local experience, in general will surely make you feel loved, as much as one of your closest friends might do for you and that my friends is worth its weight in gold, especially when you are far away from home! All I can say is that your vibes definitely attract your tribe. If you are fortunate to connect with Emma, you will surely feel that you have done a few things right in this life:) https://www.tripadvisor.com.br/ShowUserReviews-g303506-d2417009-r470715787-Rent_a_Local_Friend-Rio_de_Janeiro_State_of_Rio_de_Janeiro.html#

Emma

Jan 2017

Great friend to have in Rio!

Emma

Jan 2017

Emma was an absolutely brilliant tour guide for the day - being half American and half Brazilian she can speak both languages completely fluently but since she has lived in Rio pretty much her whole life there is no trade-off for a lack of knowledge or culture; she is 100% carioca!! We had the most awesome time seeing the sights, generally more of the out-of-the-way stuff that the city has to offer but she also gave us advice on how to approach the more mainstream activities (like ways to get up Cristo Redentor to beat the crowds etc) and also fun hikes and stuff both on the outskirts of the city and further afield. She is great fun, always up for a laugh and truly delightful company - couldn't recommend her highly enough. Enjoy!!!

Jack Wakefield

Jan 2017

I could not recommend Emma enough. Apart from her being fluent in English and Portuguese, which was very helpful when we tried to book appointments, restaurant tables etc, she is super sociable and just lovely, instantly making you feel at home. During our stay in Rio, she always had an event to invite us to or a fun recommendation in and around the city. Through her we also met her Carioca friends, meaning I felt I had a very authentic experience of rio. Emma is a wonderful human being!

Cressida Pidgeon

Jan 2017

I could not have wished for a better trip to Rio! Emma was so knowledgeable, welcoming, kind and generous with her time! Not only was I able to visit many sights, hikes, restaurants and bars around Rio, Emma also provided fantastic recommendations for my future travels around Brazil. Emma is a mother-tongue English speaker and also speaks fluent Brazilian Portuguese, which made me feel extremely safe in her hands and she was able to help me with a particular incident involving nearly having to pay a HUGE fine for a bicycle! (THANK YOU!) All in all I would recommend Emma to everyone travelling to Rio. I was so welcome in her city, and it felt less like a trip and more like I was living there with close friends. Thank you for a fantastic time Emma. https://www.tripadvisor.com.br/ShowUserReviews-g303506-d2417009-r450972839-Rent_a_Local_Friend_Private_Tours-Rio_de_Janeiro_State_of_Rio_de_Janeiro.html#

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