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Manu Peclat Rio Private Tours Services

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Hi, I’m Manu Peclat, a private tour/driver guide who speaks English & Spanish fluently.

At the age of 16, I moved to the USA where I went to High School school in Texas. I moved back to Rio after living for 4 years in the United States.

English Language teacher college graduated in Brazil, I’ve been a teacher of English since 1995. In 2005 I took a tour guide certification course finished in 2007, and then got licensed and accredited by the Brazilian Ministry of tourism (EMBRATUR).

The best tour guides bring a destination to life with their passion and that’s what I do.

I have 12 years of experience guiding not only in Rio but also in other cities such as Niteroi, Petropolis, Buzios, Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande and Paraty.

I am a cosmopolitan citizen, cultured and very fun!

You will love my itineraries, they are quite varied and uniquely customized, ready to please any customer who wants to find out the cultural secrets of the “Marvelous City”.

Rio is not only the most beautiful city in the world, but it is also rich with culture and history, And since this is a private tour, the focus is on making the tour the way you want it!

Get off the beaten track and come discover Rio with me!

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it. ”





Manu Peclat Rio Private Tours Services' Reviews

  • Stefanie Gawlik

    My partner and I did a two day city tour with Manu in February. Manu was a perfect guide who took us to the main attractions, taking into account the weather conditions across the day, to ensure we had optimal views. His English was perfect and it was clear he was passionate about his city. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a convenient way to get the most out of a few days in the city.

  • Carola Cestari

    Manu is a smart and excellent guide. He knows very well the city and helps you discovering also unknown, nice places. Punctual and precise, he gives instructions and piece of advice revealing the real soul of Rio. He speaks fluently English as well.
    Manu é una guida eccellente e simpatica. Conosce perfettamente la città e ti aiuta a conoscere anche posti graziosi e sconosciuti. È preciso e puntuale, fornisce informazioni e consigli che rivelano la vera anima di Rio. Parla anche perfettamente l’inglese.

  • Leilani Barga-Benedicto

    Ravishing Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

    It was absolutely an amazing tour we had in Rio de Janeiro for two days with our equally amazing duo, Manu and his driver friend, Jonathan. Manu spoke perfect English which was great since there’s a language barrier issues here. As he toured us around the city, we enjoyed his knowledge about some of the important places and landmarks and learn more as we took some stops if need be and for some photoshoots as well. This was the day after the Flamengo won their first Copa Libertadores in 38 years! The streets were filled with fans and people from everywhere. We as tourists celebrated also with them, somewhat. That being said, on our request, Manu gratefully obliged and took us to an exclusive store to buy some souvenir Flamengo shirts.

    There were other terrific stops we went to but what I liked best from this tour was the Sugar Loaf Mountain where the panoramic views of the city were just stunning! I can’t get enough of it taking photos in all angles! Then next was the Christ the Redeemer statue stop. We were scheduled to go up 40 minutes later after getting our tickets but thanks to Manu who managed to get us in an earlier ride. That was great! As typical of the day, the place up the mountain, Cristo Redentor was crowded but we inched our way to get the best spot photoshoot ever with the iconic monument.

    Manu led us to other popular stops like Garota de Ipanema restaurant, where the popular song was conceived by Tom Jobim, the statue of Tom Jobim himself at Ipanema Beach and another statue of a writer Clarice Lispector with a beautiful background of the beach in Leme.

    Overall, the tour was fantastic! We enjoyed the time spent with Manu (and Jonathan), who went his way and beyond to make us satisfied. They were our photographers and never complained whenever we instructed them to do this and that with our poses. Thank you, Manu for a wonderful experience you’ve shared with us on this short trip!

    Lastly, we do certainly recommend his service! You’re the Man-u!

    November, 2019

  • EvyanLM

    I am more than pleased to be writing a review for Manu Peclat – our Rio private tour guide! Feel free to read on, or instead, just book him!

    I contacted Manu by email only 4 days before I left the US for Brazil and he was immediately responsive and luckily available to offer a two day tour of Rio for my family.

    First Manu provided a suggested itinerary of the spots not to miss. But as my family’s plans firmed up we needed to make adjustments and Manu was flexible – he insisted he was happy to tailor our tour experience in any way that we needed. That was true the entire time we worked with him. When we wanted to push back our start time on Day 1, Manu said no problem. When we discovered a gift shop we wanted to explore rather than getting back on the bus, Manu said enjoy! When we unexpectedly added a few people to our tour Manu welcomed them with enthusiasm. Not once did we feel pressured to stay on schedule, or get back on the bus. He allowed us to explore freely and listened to us when we showed interest in something not on the original itinerary.

    Some more great things about Manu:

    *speaks excellent English
    *knows the bests spots for photos
    *has incredible knowledge of Brazilian history, dates and facts
    *knows many people around the city
    *he was able to get us to the front of lines
    *he made the most out of our time – there’s no way we could’ve seen the city the way we did if we were on our own
    *Manu is just a really nice person!

    In addition to his tour guide services, we asked Manu to arrange dinner for us the 3 nights we were in town – making reservations for us and providing the transportation to and from the restaurants. This was extremely helpful for our large group of 11-13 people.

    The bus driver Luis that Manu works with was efficient and kind. His bus is clean, comfortable and air conditioned, and he provides cold bottled water. We loved that he would drop us off at the most upfront spot and be ready and waiting for us right out front when we were done touring a site. There is no way we could have done this on our own with a rental car or Uber.

    Do yourself a favor and book Manu for your trip to Rio. Let him take care of your group – you will be so glad you did.

  • Cindi Eckhardt

    I cannot recommend Manu highly enough! His love and energy for Rio made our 8 hour long day fly by. Manu tailored the day for my family of 8 (from ages 13 to 82), including a lovely birthday lunch with delicious Brazilian BBQ. The driver made it possible for Manu to continue his excellent explanations while we were driving through the city. Manu was an expert on the classics (Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf) but also took us to interesting churches and sites that we did not expect.
    We saw and learned so much more than we could have done on our own. Money and time very well spent.

  • Melanie McKinley

    Manu took 8 of us on an amazing private tour of Rio. He customized the tour so it was perfect for our group. I loved that he took pictures of the group. My Dad cannot stop talking about what a great tour it was! Manu speaks perfect English and is very attuned to what a group needs (and we were a group of 8 from ages 13-82!). He arranged the best lunch and a birthday celebration for my Dad. We will never forget his hospitality! I do not hesitate to recommend Manu as the perfect tour guide.


    EXCELENTE. Fizemos um tour pelo centro do Rio de Janeir, Emanuel deu um enfoque histórico. Fomos na real casa portuguesa, biblioteca nacional, antigo Supremo Tribunal Federal, museu de Belas artes, dentre outros lugares.

    Em cada parada contextualizava historicamente o local e outras informações relevantes.

    Além da simpatia e bom humor nos brindou com seus conhecimentos, tornando o tour agradabilíssimo.

    Quem não fez esse passeio pelo centro do Rio eu recomendo. Ainda mais se guiado por alguém que estudou para isso.

  • Elmer

    My wife and I have travelled all over the world and Manu is by far the best travel guide we have ever met. He is a walking encyclopedia. He met us on time and was very professional. He is fun to be with and a great photographer! He catered to our wishes and was very accommodating. We enjoyed a delicious lunch with him. The weather was not very good during our tour but he made changes to make sure we were able to get to visit as many interesting sites as possible. We never felt rushed. The next day when we were not with him we were able to contact him for questions and other Rio travel advice. I wish I hired him for our entire 3 day stay in Rio. We now consider him our friend in Rio. His driver Jonathan was also a good guy. Made us feel safe. I highly recommend Manu, you will not be disappointed.More

  • naracaliman

    Manu é um guia incrível! Fizemos um tour pelo centro histórico do Rio e a experiência superou expectativas! Conhecedor da história e de cada cantinho, apreciador da arte, arquitetura, monumentos, estátuas, além de toda a simpatia e hospitalidade do carioca. Te leva aos melhores lugares e restaurantes, além do papo agradável pra tornar a experiência prazerosa e inesquecível, até (ou principalmente) pra quem já conhece o Rio. Me fez viajar na história e sentir a cidade com outro olhar.

    Gentil, atencioso e acima de tudo apaixonado pelo Rio e pelo que faz. Certamente você não terá melhor guia no Rio, super recomendo! Obrigada, Manu! :*


    If you are looking a private guide in Rio…Look…No…Further!!!

    Manu is Rio to his core. He is extremely knowledgeable, punctual, flexible, and most of all…he is fun! Not just an amazing guide, but a great human being, with a kind heart, whose passion for Rio is rivaled only by his passion for your enjoyment. He is quick to respond to requests prior to your visit, and upon arrival in Rio via WhatsApp. He says that “you are in his care” while in Rio, and he sincerely means it! Additionally, his services also include a driver, so Manu can focus on YOU, and not driving, traffic, parking, etc., which is exactly what he does! We seamlessly changed our fabulous two-day itinerary on the fly, based on weather and Manu getting to know us better through his genuine and heart-felt interaction with us. What an amazing and fun time we had!

    We have been blessed to travel to many, many countries around the world, and have experienced many different guides…and we can honestly and easily say that Manu is among the very, very best! We are grateful to him for making Rio so memorable!!!

    • Jonatha Sants

      Minha família e eu visitamos o Rio de Janeiro há cerca de 1 mês atrás, e apesar de já termos visitados antes a Cidade, decidimos conhecer os famosos atrativos mundialmente famosos que ela possui.
      Ao fazer uma pesquisa na internet para fazermos um roteiro de lugares interessantes pra conhecer, encontrei o guia Manu Peclat que oferece tours privativos e tem excelentes comentários sobre seu trabalho.
      Decidi entrar em contato com o Manu e marcamos um tour de 1 dia, e posso atestar aqui que o Manu merece cada elogio que recebe aqui neste site!! Conhecemos não somente os famosos atrativos, como também VÁRIOS locais, mirantes, atrativos “fora de circuito” e tudo isso através dos olhos de um local.
      Recomendamos o Manu não somente como um guia de turismo, mas como um AMIGO que agora temos e também como uma experiência IMPERDÍVEL que todos que desejam conhecer e aproveitar o melhor que o Rio tem prá oferecer!!
      Vale muito a pena!

  • Francesco

    Consigliatissimo!!! Abbiamo fatto il tour di un giorno con Manu, veramente molto bello! Non solo molto comodo (siamo stati accompagnati da Thiago, il suo autista) ma soprattutto molto divertente. Manu è stato davvero molto simpatico e ci ha accompagnato nella visita delle principali attrazioni per poi finire con un ottimo pranzo in un bel bar carioca frequentato da locali e per nulla turistico. Da non sottovalutare il fatto che Manu parla perfettamente inglese, cosa non da poco in Brasile!

  • Giu

    Manu has been the perfect guide for our trip to Rio. First of all, he has been incredibly professional and responsive since the beginning and on the actual tour day, he showed up perfectly on time. He took us around the city showing us ALL the main attractions and other local stuff (as the unmissable Feijoada!) and explaining everything in a perfect English. His enthusiasm about Rio is contagious: the day passed almost too quickly and we laughed the whole time! He also provided a driver for the whole day which allowed us to visit Rio in a very quick and safe way.
    We felt like visiting the city with a friend rather than a guide! Thank you Manu for showing us a great city in the best possible way!

    • Ivan

      when you arrive in a foreign city and want to visit it and get to know it, you need not only a guide but a person who loves to want to share the best the city offers. Manu is like that. takes care of its guests considering them not as guests but as a family. spending a day with him is pleasant before anything else. the other guides offer you to visit the city. Manu makes you live with passion and love

  • Zach Branch

    Where do I even begin about Manu?!

    I have traveled to over 30 countries around the world and I can easily say that Manu Peclat is the best private tour guide I have ever met. Not only is he extremely knowledgable about the sights and history of Brazil, he is extremely passionate about his country. You can tell Manu really loves what he does everyday. If it were not for Manu, I would not have been able to see Rio de Janiero in the incredible way I did. Manu has established phenomenal tour itineraries for his visitors in Rio. During our visit, we did a full day tour of the main sights in Rio. Additionally, we had a second day with Manu where we visited local communities throughout Rio. With Manu, you will see all of the most amazing sights in the city, while also experiencing the culture of the country. If you want to see the secret gems of Rio, I highly recommend you reach out to him. I promise you he will not disappoint. I not only see Manu as a tour guide, but now as a lifelong friend and brother! Thank you Manu!!!!!!!

  • Bradley Branch

    Let me begin by saying that it would be impossible to have a more knowledgeable and passionate guide than Manu Peclat Guia with Turismo do Rio…
    Not only did he immerse us in the culture and rich history of wonderful Rio, he went out of his way to make sure our Brazilian experience was unforgettable. From the magnificent Christ the Redeemer Wonder of the World statue to Ipanema Beach to arranging seats for us at incredible championship futbol game at Maracana stadium to literally saving our lives on the streets of the Favelas, Manu is a rare person who treats you like family sparing no effort to insure a memorable experience for his clients. It was a privilege to have Manu as our guide. He is simply the best and truly a stellar ambassador for his country. Do not hesitate to contact him if you plan to visit Rio.

  • Jacqueline Casas

    We had a wonderful experience in Rio and its was totally thanks to Manu. I received Manu’s contact information from a friend who lived in Rio and hired him multiple times when family would visit. I wanted to see Rio with my two children and in-laws in a safe and convenient manner. We hired Manu for 2 days. He customized a schedule for us so that we were able to see or do everything on our wish list. It was seamless! He and his driver, Johnathan, picked us up from our AirB&B in Ipanema and took us around. Johnathan was able to take us door to door everywhere which saved time and energy. Because he is a certified tour guide, we were able to go in different (mush shorter) queue for tickets to the Pão de Açúcar cable car and the Cristo at Corcovado. He spoke English and Spanish perfectly. Manu is so passionate and educated about the history of Rio. We learned a lot and had so much fun in the process. He totally went out of his way not only take photos of our group but he helped me with my camera bag, purse, sweaters and even carried my boys when they needed help. He had all the knowledge and professionalism of qualified tour guide but the kindness and thoughtfulness that a family member would have. By the time we ended the tour on the second day I felt we were saying goodbye to a dear friend. My boys made me promise we would come back to Rio again one day and visit Tio Manu. I wholeheartedly recommend hiring Manu for customized tour of the beautiful city of Rio.

  • Kiki

    My husband and I hardly ever hire tour guides as we love to explore on our own, go off the beaten path, see the places tourists usually don’t venture out to, see how locals live, eat like locals and feel that we are not mere passerbies, but , even if we are there for a short period of time, we belong… We knew we’d need help in Rio, so we met Manu. The Best. Decision. Ever! Not only he showed us a real Rio de Janeiro, taking us to places we’d never found or dared to go on our own, he showed us why he so passionately loves that city and so proud of! We saw Rio through his eyes, and Manu’s contagious love for his city, touched us, and we too fell in love with it. At that time, we felt we too belonged… Out of the few tours we took throughout our travels, we remember the places, never the tour guides. We not only remember Manu, we became friends. Call Manu, go explore, catch his crazy passion for one of the most magical cities on Earth, fall in love with it, and you will go back home with memories and a friend to last a lifetime!

  • David Puzzo / Jan Tana

    I had a group of (15) people attending a Trade Show/Expo at the Riocentro from March 28th – April 5th. I presented a very demanding schedule to Manu – transporting my group with some bags and boxes everyday to the Riocentro. We had to change the schedule a few times and Manu never once said NO – he always had a very positive attitude and made it work. He brought our group to the Super Market a few times, helped us with local foods and customs and even helped us load our bags in the Van. I also needed help with a local SIM card, Manu said NO PROBLEM and he helped me obtain a SIM card, even going so far as walking in to a Vivo store and translating to the ‘Vivo Guru’ what we needed. I was up and running in no time. I can not say enough about Manu – he was very welcoming, honest and had a great attitude. And did I mention, his English is fantastic. The last couple of days he set up a tour for the group and we really had a great time. I would highly recommend Manu for setting up any requirements in the Rio area and as an excellent tour guide. He truly made our trip that much more enjoyable. We will miss Manu and hope to come back for his assistance.

Rio Private Tours Manu Peclat

Son of a spanish imigrant, but born and raised in Brazil, Manu Peclat had a 4 years high school educational background in the US, which turned him an English and Spanish fluent local tour operator in Rio de Janeiro. Due to the remarkable clear and easy to understand way of speaking both languages, being educated abroad gave Manu Peclat the sense of multiculturalism and a perfect feeeling of what are the expectations and desires that his guest/tourists would like to experience on their trip to Rio!! College graduated in Brazil in languages, Manu has also a teaching experience of English as a foreign language since 1995, besides being a Certified Accredited Tour Guide by the Brazilian government. To be in touch with the world, Manu Peclat has as one of his favorite hobbies traveling to other countries and cities, in order to experience what he is constantly improving: the quality of his services offered to his tourists!

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