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What is Good Guide In Rio ?

Created and manage by Antoine Pauwels, Good Guide In Rio is a tourism agency certified by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism. Our objective is to offer quality services in Rio de Janeiro at competitive prices and with certified guides who speak the client’s language perfectly.

Our guides, who are multicultural, have lived in Rio for a long time, and most of them were born there. They are passionate, like to share their knowledge of the Wonderful City and its surroundings, its history and folklore in a listening relationship in order to adapt to your desires.

Our relationship with the client is based on trust, responsibility (punctuality and safety), friendliness and cultural enrichment.

Our mission: to make you love Rio and make you want to come back.

Our team

Antoine Pauwels

Antoine Pauwels

Guide & manager

Passionate about Brazil and Rio in his first trip in 1991, Antoine Pauwels had many opportunities to go back and travel througout the country. After working for 20 years in Paris in the field of finance, he decided to take the plunge and move in February 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. In order to share his passion of Brazil, he follows a training guide to Marc Apoio school to get his guide license issued by the Brazilian Ministry of tourism (n°19.024329.96-6). Since then, he works for you to discover Rio and offer you the best carioca experience. He speaks French, English and Portuguese.

Ivan Alves

Ivan Alves

Belgo-carioca guide

Born in Santa Teresa in 1987, Ivan and his parents moved to Brussels when he was 14 years old. Returning to Rio each year during the summer holidays, he decided in 2009 to settle there permanently. Passionate about this city and Brazilian culture, he entered the Antonio Prado Junior Guide School to make it his profession and transmit his passion and knowledge of the "Wonderful City". He obtained his guide’s licence issued by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism under number 19.017893.96-4 in 2011. He loves as he says "to make Rio live and immerse customers in the Carioca cultural bath " by favouring an experience tourism. He joined GGIR in 2018 and speaks French, English and Portuguese.

Philippe Von Buren

Philippe Von Buren

Swiss and Brazilian guide

Born in Geneva in 1962, Philippe arrived in Rio at the age of 6 and never left it. He studied at the Lycée Franco-Brésilien, then at Bennet and finally at Facha University. He graduated as a journalist in 1992 but works mainly in marketing. In 2014, he decided to change his professional orientation and obtained his tourist guide licence n° 19.023877.96.6 at CIETH school. A Rio enthusiast, he enjoys hiking in the forest, on the beaches of RJ State and in the streets to discover the beauties of the Wonderful City, he joined Good Guide In Rio in 2018 and speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French, his mother tongue.

Eneida Silva

Eneida Silva

Guide et sambista

Carioca by birth and living in Catete, Eneida spent all her youth in Rio before deciding to settle in Germany in 1995 to work in an amusement park located 4km from France with a mainly Franco-German clientele. Returning to Rio in 2009 and wishing to continue in tourism, she entered the Marc Apoio school to follow a guide training course before obtaining her license under n°19.016094.96-3. Passionate about samba, Eneida participates in several parades each year during the carnival as a Sambista (samba dancer) for the most prestigious schools. She joined Good Guide In Rio in early 2023 and she speaks French, German, English and of course Portuguese.

Jean René Mandundu

Jean René Mandundu

Brasilian- Congolese guide

Jean René Mandundu, Brazilian guide of Congolese origin born in Kinshasa RD Congo.
Living in the Marvelhous City for 15 years, he completed his studies at the Antonio Prado Junior school of tourism in 2012 and obtained his guide license issued by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism under number 1902014696-8. He loves making our travelers discover the beauties of Rio de Janeiro, the historic center and more particularly the Little Africa district, the beaches, Christ ... He joined GGIR in 2022 and speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish plus some African languages including Lingalaaaaaaa.

The guide’s charter

Good Guide In Rio, driven by the search for quality in the realization of its services, uses exclusively guides certified by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, a guarantee of an advanced training in the profession of guide. They have all been trained in history, geography, art history and also in group driving techniques.

To achieve their mission within Good Guide In Rio, we ask them to adhere to our quality charter below :

  • Be punctual
  • Show kindness, patience
  • Update Regular tourist information
  • Know the prices of the tourist attractions and hours of operation
  • Know how to show
  • Know how to tell stories, to bring cultural enrichment and emotion
  • Listen to the Client
  • Knowing how to respond to the Client’s requests while respecting ethics
  • Know how to adapt to unscheduled situations caused during the visit as a traffic jam, a transportation problem, an environment becoming insecure …
  • Know how to give directions and to show leadership when the situation demands
  • Have initiative and common sense

The guide is the ambassador of his country and his city and has an obligation to preserve the environment.


  • + 55 21 98078-4646 (Cel & Whatsapp)

  • Rua Barão da Torre, 42, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

  • Certified by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism : n°19.069230.10.0001-6