Planning our trip to Rio you were excited but also nervous about our first adventure to south America. The moment we landed the Farr Brothers put our minds at ease as they arranged a private driver to escort us to and from the airport. This Perk alone is invaluable. With our minds at piece we are able to fully enjoy our time in Rio.
Our trip highlights included paddle boarding on Copacabana Beach, walking through the Brazilian botanical gardens and a two day trip to Ilha grande (a rain forest island 2 hours south of Rio) ...and of course the Christo!
Needless to say we had an unbelievable trip. There's no way that this would've been possible without Farr Brothers' comforting guidance and exquisite knowledge of the Brazilian culture.
Roger and Marie Pasinski
My wife and I loved our 6 day 'Cultura Experience' through Jinga Experience. The professionalism of our guide (Thanks again Evan!) and the attention to detail that was put into our 6 day program was a notch above any other tour we have taken. Hitting the ground in Rio we knew right away that we had made a good decision booking the first part of stay through an experienced company - the city is incredibly beautiful and alive but we knew it would take us a few days to get our feet on the ground and feel comfortable in this fast-paced foreign culture.
Our tour started in Paraty - honestly this was our favorite part of the trip. Neither of us had even heard of this cute little colonial town before booking. We felt like we were visiting old friends as our guide Evan introduced us to his favorite restaurants and markets and did an amazing job of teaching us about the areas historical slave culture and how it affected the rest of Brazil. I can't highlight enough how great it was to have a guide that was truly bilingual in both English and Portuguese. We felt like locals as we avoided the crowds and got right to the heart of the town as we explored Paraty's cobblestone streets.
Our last 3 days were spent exploring Rio. I felt like we saw more of Rio in 3 days then we could have in a week by ourselves. From a mesmerizing trip through Rio's beautiful Contemporary Art Museum to an insider's look at the vibrant culture inside of Rio's favelas our guide Evan did a great job of personalizing the tour to our interests. We would have never dared to venture into the favelas alone, but after Evan explained that he had lived and worked on the edge of the favelas for many years we agreed and had an experience I feel very few visitors to Rio ever get.
Thanks again Evan and all of you at Jinga Experience for all of your effort making our trip to Rio a vacation that we won't ever forget!
Helene and Brendan Mulholland
Travelers / Boulder, CO
Traveling solo through South America was awesome and coming to Rio was the last leg of my trip. After my stay in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Igaussu, this was going to be amazing but I had no idea what it was going to be like! On the plane I remembered that I didnt speak Portuguese! Enter Evan - By far the best part of my 2 weeks in SA. Evan, was everything that you could want or ask for from a guide in a country vast and beautiful like Rio. His intimate knowledge and passion shows when hes taking you around, knowing the places and people and architecture - not the crowded tourist stuff. He will take you as far and high as you want to go (or not). When I go back, its the only person I am calling or would recommend in Rio. As a reference, I spent 9 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and Evan and his brothers surpass that in every way possible if you want to get the REAL RIO EXPERIENCE! Valeu Valeu!
San Francisco, CA
Had an INCREDIBLE time with Jinga on the Weekend Warrior Experience - safe to say it was an epic weekend. Evan was our guide and first of all, he is amazing. Not only did he take us to these hidden hikes and wild parties, but he is simple awesome to be around.
A couple highlights for us:
- Steep hiking to views of the entire city (and no other tourists!)
- Partying all night and then heading to a beach for sunrise
- Lounging at a isolated beach after Hang Gliding!!
- Sweet street party
Would absolutely recommend Jinga, and I can't wait to come back :) !
Traveler / San Francisco
I had a fantastic time in Rio thanks to Jinga Experience!
3 day Adventure trip was exactly what i needed, full of exciting activities. We hiked in breathtaking places of Rio and tasted delicious local foods, been to beautiful beaches. Hang gliding was the most scared and excited i have ever been but totally worth it. And i cannot forget the trip to Prainha, soooo incredible! I couldn’t enjoy Rio more, Alexander was a great guide, extremely fun and attentive. I highly recommend Jinga if you are visiting Rio, you will not regret. Hope to visit this amazing city once again.
Traveler / Istanbul, Turkey
The time of my life! I cant't say enough about how energetic, knowledgable, and organized the Farr brothers were with me and my two buddies who did the 3 day Aventura experience. I'll NEVER forget the (roller coaster) Moto Taxi ride up through the favela followed by the hike (which I never would have found without Evan leading the way). My buddies and I wanted an active trip as we only had a few days in Rio, and it exceeded our expectations. After some great exercise and amazing views in the day, Evan took us to some street parties and fun bars that made me feel like I was really mixing with the locals. Even though we were only in Rio for a few days, I left the city feeling as though I had a good feel for it- the city tour brought us to some really cool neighborhoods and tasty food spots (thank god the Farr brothers are fluent in Portuguese- I wouldn't have been able to order anything!) We even squeezed in a relaxing beach session at an awesome beach that seems to be off the tourist grid, which was refreshing. I wish every city that we went to had high energy tours and tour guides like this one- Rio is definitely the highlight of our Brazil trip. I HIGHLY recommend Jinga Experience, and again, thank you Evan, Nick, and Alexander for giving me memories that'll last a lifetime!
Traveler / Boulder, CO