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Meghan Doiron

I create tailor-made travel experiences throughout Brazil. I am originally from Canada but have been living in Brazil for the better part of 10 years after having fallen in love with this country, its people, its culture and its unique beauty while initially doing an internship. What I most enjoy about traveling is its ability to completely open our minds to the new and change our perspective of the world.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Adventure Travel in Brazil. We specialize in creating unique travel experiences that enable visitors to get in touch with the true essence of the country. These activities include trekking, multisport, culture and community, gastronomic experiences, beach and romance, city and architecture, Nature and Wildlife, Photography, and River Cruising. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"When I was 13, I flew for the first time, on my own, across my native Canada to visit my uncle. From that moment I was hooked on traveling. I didn't know what I wanted to do in life, but I knew it would involve travel. I loved the freedom and the excitement of exploring the unknown.

Shortly after that trip, I spent a year in the French part of Belgium as an exchange student, then backpacked around Australia, participated in study abroad programs in Cuba and Mexico during my undergraduate degree, spent some time studying and living with riverine communities in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazons during my Master’s degree, and travelled to other countries in Europe and South America.

I began my career in the travel industry working for an airline, first as a flight attendant and then for the company's tour operator. After having fallen in love with and having lived in Brazil for the better part of 10 years, I am able to combine my passions for sustainable development and travel to create tailor-made responsible tourism experiences for other travelers to fall in love with Brazil. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"For New Year's eve 2008-2009, a group of friends and I visited Alter do Chão, also known as the 'Carribean of the Amazon', in the state of Pará. This beach only exists certain months of the year when the river levels are low. The town and beach are surrounded by Amazon Forest. We trekked through the forest past gigantic 'samaumeira' trees to crystal clear water pools called 'igarapés'. We took a boat ride through the black water river and swam in the flooded forest. We camped out in hammocks (with LOTS of bug spray). We visited a native community and fished for piranhas. And finally, the highlight for me was trekking to the top of a big hill to get a panoramic bird's eye view of the Amazon's beauty and watch the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. The colors of red, orange and purple reflecting off the deep green of the forest cover is something truly spectacular only found in the Amazon. "

Meghan is part of the following groups: Brazil Travel Agents
Floating in one of Brazil's green bays
Hiking & Beaches in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu & Ilha Grande - 10 Days

On this 10-day active adventure, you'll hike, bike, dive, and swim around some of Brazil's most beautiful natural wonders. Get ready to cycle around Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches, observe marine life on a dive in Ilha Grande, and enjoy a boat excursion around the Iguaçu Falls. You'll also visit several one-of-a-kind trekking spots like the Pedra do Telégrafo and Pico do Papagaio.

The Amazon in Brazil
Diverse Brazil: The Amazon, Salvador & Praia do Forte - 7 Days

Combine the rainforests of the Amazon with the culturally-rich region of Bahia for a week of off-the-beaten-path adventure in Brazil. Take a canoe trip through Amazon tributaries, try your hand at piranha fishing, and spot rare wildlife on jungle hikes. Then, it's off to Salvador for an immersion into Bahian culture via percussion workshops and cooking demonstrations. Your trip culminates on the coasts of Praia do Forte, taking in breathtaking views of migrating humpback whales.

Parade of the Samba School at Rio's Carnival
Adventure in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, the Amazon & Salvador - 10 Days

Discover Brazil by hitting the best highlights of this massive country in 10 days. Start in Rio de Janeiro and visit a local samba school preparing for the world-famous Carnival. Journey along the Amazon river and get close to the jungle's exotic wildlife. Move to the beat of the drums as you learn about Bahian percussion instruments in Salvador, and take a tour of the city's traditional markets for a taste of the flavorful local cuisine.

Relax at Salvador's popular Porto da Barra
Bahia's Beaches & Culture: Salvador & Boipeba - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary takes you to Brazil's coastal state of Bahia. Begin in the capital of Salvador, where you can soak in the unique Afro-Brazilian culture and heritage. Discover the city's colorful 17th-century colonial architecture, and enjoy a percussion workshop and literary tour. Then head to the island of Boipeba to canoe through a mangrove forest and tour the surrounding area, with plenty of time for relaxation.

 Iguaçu Falls
Highlights of Brazil: Rio, Iguaçu, the Amazon & Bahia - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary gives you enough time to savor Brazil's major highlights without having to rush. It begins in Rio with sightseeing, architecture tours, and a bit of the Carnival party scene, then continues south to Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world. Afterward, fly far north for adventures in and around the Amazon River before heading east to the sun-kissed Bahian coast. You'll immerse yourself in the music, food, and history of one of Brazil's richest cultures.

Rio de Janeiro is paradise
Highlights of Rio de Janeiro - 7 Days

Relax into the rhythm of Rio de Janeiro with this week-long adventure that takes you to the heart of the buzzing coastal city. The locals—fondly nicknamed Cariocas—know the key to a good life is taking it easy, so switch down a gear and enjoy the vibrant energy and rich culture of the city. With the help of a few local guides, you'll learn to dance the samba, discover the secret to a good caipirinha, and visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.

Recent trip reviews for Meghan

A Brazilian Adventure, from Rio to the Amazon – 9 Days
Brazil | Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2022

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Paul K.
Camarillo, CA | Reviewed on Dec 31, 2022

All of the transfers and accommodations were fine but we were disappointed in the level of English spoken by the owner/staff at the Tariri Lodge. There weren’t many guests but the majority of the other guests were Portuguese speakers. The guides didn’t always translate everything into English and we frequently had to rely on one of the other guests to translate for us.

Local specialist: Meghan Doiron
Meghan
Meghan Doiron
Local specialist in Natal | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2023

Hi Paul,

Thank you for your valuable feedback. Your comments regarding Tariri Lodge are well noted and we will speak with them and evaluate how and whether this service can be improved.

Happy New Year 2023 to you and your family!
Meghan

Memorable Trip!
Brazil | Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2022

Deepa
Deepa M.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Dec 31, 2022

We just completed our 8-day trip, covering Rio, Iguazu from Brazil and Argentina sides, and a day in Paraguay. It was a memorable experience. We had been planning this trip for about two months, and Meghan helped fine-tune our itinerary multiple times. Meghan and the Kimkim team were very flexible in accommodating our custom requests. On the day we were supposed to go to Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the weather turned out rainy with poor visibility, so we had to cancel. Meghan worked with the... read more

We just completed our 8-day trip, covering Rio, Iguazu from Brazil and Argentina sides, and a day in Paraguay. It was a memorable experience. We had been planning this trip for about two months, and Meghan helped fine-tune our itinerary multiple times. Meghan and the Kimkim team were very flexible in accommodating our custom requests. On the day we were supposed to go to Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the weather turned out rainy with poor visibility, so we had to cancel. Meghan worked with the tour company to accommodate our tickets for another day and that worked out very well for us. Without her help, it would have been quite a hassle otherwise. The local transportation and bilingual tour guides appointed by Kimkim were great and we didn’t have to stress about safety, convenience of pickups/drops and tour tickets. We usually tour on our own, but this time we made an exception to go with a travel company and we think it was a wise choice. Thank you, Meghan and Team!

Hotel Reviews
Nadai Confort Hotel
Foz do Iguacu

We loved the outdoor pool and hot-spa which helped greatly recovery from tiring tour days. The room service was poor.. took an hour to deliver food twice and also messed up the orders. Breakfast was ok. Rooms were small but clean.

Cleanliness & Comfort
Nice pool
Arena Leme
Rio de Janeiro

Great location - Leme beachfront next to Copacabana. Nice rooftop and bar, though very small pool. Breakfast was ok, but not many choices for everyone in the restaurant. I wish they accommodated more vegetarian options. Rooms were good.

Location
Beachfront
Windsor Florida
Rio de Janeiro

Nice connecting rooms, though no views except buildings. Breakfast was ok. Overall, an average hotel.

Activity Reviews
Argentinean Side Falls & Gran Aventura Boat Tour
Foz do Iguaçu

The Argentinian side of Iguazu is beautiful beyond words. The walkway is serene, and the boat adventure was so fun!

Guides, Drivers and Staff
The boat operator was not bilingual, and his commentary was only in Spanish/Portuguese. English should be mandatory as there are foreign tourists always.
Guide and vehicle at disposal to explore Paraguay
Foz do Iguaçu

The Monday Falls at Paraguay were amazingly beautiful. Do include this in your itinerary even after visiting the mighty Iguazu!

Arrival transfer in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

On time pickup at an odd hour - thank you, for making it safe and convenient.

Exploring the Brazilian Falls
Foz do Iguaçu

A visual treat to eyes .. so many beautiful vista points and then the final stop at the grand Devil's Throat is an unmatched experience.

Day Tour of Sugarloaf Mountain (cable car) and Christ the Redeemer Statue
Rio de Janeiro

I wish we had some visibility at the Sugar Loaf.. it was a blanket of white. It was fun to ride the cable cars. But we overcame that in the Christ the Redeemer part - beautiful beyond words!

Evening Tour to Three Borders Mark (Brazilian side)
Foz do Iguaçu

Nice spot to spend your evening - view of the 3 borders, the show they put on with dancers and drama, and the beautiful monument itself. Relaxing after the day tours of the falls.

Local specialist: Meghan Doiron
Meghan
Meghan Doiron
Local specialist in Natal | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2023

Hi Deepa and Family,

Thank you very much for your helpful feedback. We are happy to hear that you had a memorable trip. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us again if and when you decide to explore other parts of Brazil :)

All the best,
Meghan

Overall I had a very good trip.
Brazil | Sep 20 - Sep 21, 2022

Stewart
Stewart G.
Saratoga Springs, NY | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Overall I had a very good trip. The communication between Meghan and me before the trip is essential and was always good.
The full day for the hiking trip was very good. I think Meghan was successful in selecting the hike that fulfilled my requests (duration, elevation change, length, waterfall).
Augusto is a good guy who is personable and friendly. He answered all of my questions whether it was about details for the trip or about the hike itself including flora and fauna. He was very... read more

Overall I had a very good trip. The communication between Meghan and me before the trip is essential and was always good.
The full day for the hiking trip was very good. I think Meghan was successful in selecting the hike that fulfilled my requests (duration, elevation change, length, waterfall).
Augusto is a good guy who is personable and friendly. He answered all of my questions whether it was about details for the trip or about the hike itself including flora and fauna. He was very accommodating, more than happy to comply with my requests or make minor changes to the itinerary along the way.
I only have one criticism. Augusto explained his hiking tour method; he would hike at his own pace and then wait for me to catch up. I agreed to this. I had no problem with this since I was comfortable hiking in the woods and because I needed to hike slowly and carefully.
However, on the return this method broke down. At one point there was a fork in the trail and Augusto was ahead on the trail and out of sight. Remember, these trails do not have any trail markers so at this point I did not know which way to go. I tried one direction but guessed that it was not the correct way. Then I went the other way and caught up with Augusto. I briefly mentioned the fork to him. Then it happened again.
It all worked out fine but a hiking guide should not lose track of his clients.
Again, overall the tour was great. It was a great hike to a nice waterfall on a beautiful day. I would recommend Kimkim and Aniyami to others and I would book with you again.
Thank you very much for organizing it all and please thank Augusto.

Activity Review
Full day tour of Serra dos Orgãos National Park with Véu da Noiva Waterfall & Petrópolis
Brazil

Overall I had a very good trip. The communication between Meghan and me before the trip is essential and was always good. The full day for the hiking trip was very good. I think Meghan was successful in selecting the hike that fulfilled my requests (duration, elevation change, length, waterfall). Augusto is a good guy who is personable and friendly. He answered all of my questions whether it was about details for the trip or about the hike itself including flora and fauna. He was very accommodating, more than happy to comply with my requests or make minor changes to the itinerary along the way. I only have one criticism. Augusto explained his hiking tour method; he would hike at his own pace and then wait for me to catch up. I agreed to this. I had no problem with this since I was comfortable hiking in the woods and because I needed to hike slowly and carefully. However, on the return this method broke down. At one point there was a fork in the trail and Augusto was ahead on the trail and out of sight. Remember, these trails do not have any trail markers so at this point I did not know which way to go. I tried one direction but guessed that it was not the correct way. Then I went the other way and caught up with Augusto. I briefly mentioned the fork to him. Then it happened again. It all worked out fine but a hiking guide should not lose track of his clients. Again, overall the tour was great. It was a great hike to a nice waterfall on a beautiful day. I would recommend Kimkim and Aniyami to others and I would book with you again. Thank you very much for organizing it all and please thank Augusto.

Quality of Experience
The selected hike fit my requirements perfectly.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Personable, friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable.
Transport
Newish car. Good route.
Local specialist: Meghan Doiron
Meghan
Meghan Doiron
Local specialist in Natal | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Hi Stewart,
First of all, thank you for your valuable feedback. I am happy to hear that you had a good experience overall. However, in reading your comments, it is clear that the guiding was not up to par. We will be speaking with Augusto to discuss the issues you bring up and also to improve in the future. All the best to you!

Trip of a lifetime
Brazil | Sep 6 - Sep 19, 2022

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Georgios C.
France | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

The title says it all. We were looking for a panorama of Brazil and boy did we get it. We saw Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Manaus and the Amazon, and Salvador, each destination better than the last. All our guides were professional and made our experience better with their behavior. They were easy to talk to and offered insight on the life of the Brazilians in each city we visited. Especially in Rio we were guided by the greatest guy, Felipe, who went above and beyond to make us feel safe... read more

The title says it all. We were looking for a panorama of Brazil and boy did we get it. We saw Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Manaus and the Amazon, and Salvador, each destination better than the last. All our guides were professional and made our experience better with their behavior. They were easy to talk to and offered insight on the life of the Brazilians in each city we visited. Especially in Rio we were guided by the greatest guy, Felipe, who went above and beyond to make us feel safe and comfortable.

The destinations were all gorgeous. Rio is beautiful and surrounded by many great vantage points that offer spectacular views of the whole city. The monuments were breathtaking and the food was plentiful and delicious.

At Iguazu, all words fail to make justice to the grandeur of the waterfalls. All visitors be prepared to get wet, especially if you book a boat trip as you will find yourselves directly underneath the falls!

At Manaus, prepare to get hot! It is a very humid city, we could feel it almost as soon as we landed. But it is all worth it when you get to the Amazon forest and get to see river and the jungle. We had plenty of activities here, like fishing for piranhas, night animal watching, walking in the jungle and swimming with pink dolphins! We also had the opportunity to taste awesome local cuisine and everything was produced right there in the forest. And our guide, Antonio if memory serves right, was pretty easy going and cool.

Finally at Salvador we saw what I think is the most beautiful city of Brazil. Colorful houses and vibrant street culture bring this city to life. Capoeira dancing, African drum playing and dancing can all be seen simply by galivanting through the streets. We had some interesting activities here as well like drum and cooking lessons. Like always, the food was delicious.

Overall this was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives and we were saved a lot of hassle thanks to Meghan who handled pretty much everything before our arrival, all we had to do was discuss the trip plan and book the trip. 10/10

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Cruz do Pascoal
Salvador

The location was good but other than that it didn't offer much else. The breakfast was offered in another hotel se we had to leave to eat. The most important issue was that the room was not really clean and we woke with bug bites, possibly from some bed bug. These were not mosquito bites.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room hugiene
Nobile Hotel Copacabana Design
Rio de Janeiro
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nadai Confort Hotel
Foz do Iguacu
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Casa Perpetua hotel d charm
Manaus
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tariri Amazon Lodge
Iranduba - Amazonas
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Porto da Lua
Mata de Sao Joao
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain Walk
Rio de Janeiro
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rio City Tour & Carnival Culture
Rio de Janeiro
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Art & Architecture Tour in Niterói
Rio de Janeiro
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Tour
Rio de Janeiro
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Iguaçu Falls Hike & Gran Aventura Boat Tour
Foz do Iguaçu
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half Day of Hiking & Cycling in Iguaçu
Foz do Iguaçu
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Amazon River to Jungle Lodge & Rainforest
Brazil
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rainforest & River Tours
Brazil
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
African Heritage City Tour
Salvador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Whale Watching in Praia do Forte
Praia do Forte
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bahian Percussion Workshop
Salvador
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Salvador Market Tour, Cooking Demonstration & lunch
Salvador
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Art and Literature Tour of Bahia
Salvador
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Evening Cultural Experience in Rio Vermelho
Salvador
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Meghan Doiron
Meghan
Meghan Doiron
Local specialist in Natal | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Thanks so much for your valuable feedback George and Marina. We are so pleased to hear that you had a great trip and brought many valuable memories back with you!

Thank you! It was an amazing trip!
Brazil | May 31 - Jun 14, 2022

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Leslie S.
Flagstaff, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Thank you! It was an amazing trip.

All the flights worked out. Very smooth.
Lucas in Rio was awesome. And the tours were great. The bike tour was dangerous to be on busy city streets. Along the beach was fine. But my 12 year old got bumped by a truck on the busy streets with no bike lane. Got a bruise. Luckily it wasn’t worse. Carlos was great on the Corcovado tour. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate. Lots of rain and clouds. But we had a memorable time.

Orico was great at... read more

Thank you! It was an amazing trip.

All the flights worked out. Very smooth.
Lucas in Rio was awesome. And the tours were great. The bike tour was dangerous to be on busy city streets. Along the beach was fine. But my 12 year old got bumped by a truck on the busy streets with no bike lane. Got a bruise. Luckily it wasn’t worse. Carlos was great on the Corcovado tour. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate. Lots of rain and clouds. But we had a memorable time.

Orico was great at Iguaçu Falls. Very knowledgeable and definitely indispensable in the process to get over to the Argentina side of the falls. Again that bike trip was dangerous. The should is not very wide on that highway and my 15 year old was inches from getting hit by a bus. Very scary. But besides that we had a great time.

I would not recommend the bike tours next time. Or at least 18 and older and very competent on a bike if you’re going to do it.

Hotel Reviews
Pousada Vila Parnaiba
Parnaíba – Piauí

Such great place. We already want to go back. Very charming. Breakfast was amazing. Great staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nadai Confort Hotel
Foz do Iguacu

It was fine. Nothing too fancy. Breakfast was good. Wish they had heated the hot tub and had heaters in the rooms. Very cold while we were there.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Meghan Doiron
Meghan
Meghan Doiron
Local specialist in Natal | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Dear Scott and Family,

We are so glad to hear that you had a great trip! Thank you very much for your valuable comments. Regarding your comments on the bikes tours, we have already taken measures to improve the safety of these tours. Generally in Rio de Janeiro the bike tour is confined to the bike path, along the orla the lagoon. This incident ocurred near the bike shop when you were returning the bikes. Moving forward, we will ensure that bikes are dropped off at a designated point along... read more

Dear Scott and Family,

We are so glad to hear that you had a great trip! Thank you very much for your valuable comments. Regarding your comments on the bikes tours, we have already taken measures to improve the safety of these tours. Generally in Rio de Janeiro the bike tour is confined to the bike path, along the orla the lagoon. This incident ocurred near the bike shop when you were returning the bikes. Moving forward, we will ensure that bikes are dropped off at a designated point along the orla to avoid any need of having to bike in traffic.

In Foz do Iguaçu, we've also taken measures, including speaking with park management about the buses and traffic.

Thank you once again and we hope to welcome you again soon back to Brazil!