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Rodrigo Fernandez

What I love about travel is the incomprehensible sense of freedom. When traveling, you can leave your world behind and feel free to do the things you want, when you want to. By the age of 30, I had already visited more than 30 different countries.

As an active traveller who doesn’t shy away from physically demanding activities, at some point I crossed paths with the adventure travel. It was love at first sight. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro and I can tell that Brazil itself could provide an entire life of travel experiences, specially regarding adventures.

At the age of 26, I designed and founded Nattrip, an acronym for "Natural Trip", which is a DMC and tour operator specialized in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel. For a former analyst on computer networks, IT security and computer incident response teams, I think I did great giving up on all of that to do what I love, be a traveller and help other travellers.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I'm a traveller and love to travel, so my expertise is focused on the wide range of experiences that travel can provide. I love to interact with the places I visit, so definitely local populations and culture are of my interest. Furthermore, activities such as hiking, trekking (long-course hikes), rock climbing, trail running, mountaineering, cycling, mountain biking (single track, roads or downhill), diving (scuba or snorkel), stand-up paddling, kayaking and of course, some nightlife. But at the end of the day, it's all about travelling."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I had the rare opportunity to transform my favourite hobby into a profession. And so I did. Since 2010, I've been pushing Nattrip to the edge, while travelling and helping travellers. The company was designed from scratch and is a 100% self-funded. We achieved leadership for adventure travel in Rio de Janeiro and we're stepping the way to the top in Brazil! This is the big proof of the passion and dedication involved on our work. :-)"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"This is definitely the most difficult question! Each travel experience is unique, even if you visit the same place many times. I could list the first time I went to Patagonia to complete the O circuit in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, by crossing the border from Argentina. That was almost as unforgettable as my last visit to Bosnia and the Balkans! But I don’t think I would be able to answer this question regarding Brazil, for it is too vast and beautiful."

Rodrigo is part of the following groups: Brazil Travel Agents
The paradisiac Parnaioca beach and the Brazilian flag formation
Ilha Grande Beach Trekking - 7 Days

In this active Brazilian excursion, you'll travel from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis, a coastal region famous for Ilha Grande, the largest of 365 islands in the area. Over six days you'll trek all around Ilha Grande, visiting local caiçara (indigenous) fishing villages, hiking on trails that cut through unspoiled Atlantic forest, ascending mountains, crossing rivers, and, of course, enjoying the island's many sun-kissed beaches. All told it's a 43-mile (70-km) hiking adventure in one of the most scenic locales in a nation abounding with scenic locales.

Vista Chinesa
Full Rio de Janeiro Adventure - 2 Days

Enjoy Rio's natural beauty during two days of adrenaline-filled adventure. Start with a hike to Pedra Bonita to get a panoramic view of the city, then hang-glide from the top. The next day, take a train to the top of Corcovado mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer and mountain bike to the bottom before hiking Sugarloaf to take in views of Guanabara Bay.

Serra dos Órgãos Mountain Range
Trekking Brazil's Serra Fina Crossing - 5 Days

Perfect for those seeking a difficult, rewarding adventure, the Serra Fina Crossing is known for its high peaks (including the fourth highest peak in the country), cold nights, and challenging terrain. Enjoy one of the country's best sunrise spots, overnight on high mountain peaks, and earn the bragging rights that only Brazil's toughest trek can give you!

Serra dos Órgãos Mountain Range
Trek Brazil's Petrópolis-Teresópolis Crossing - 3 Days

Trek one of Brazil's most beautiful routes through the lush Serra dos Órgãos National Park — from Petrópolis to Teresópolis. The trail is known for its breathtaking vistas, steep climbs, and high difficulty rating, so get ready for an incredibly rewarding challenge!

Recent trip reviews for Rodrigo

Amazing Trip! Once in a lifetime! · Brazil - Sep 15 - Sep 27, 2019

Traveler: Jamie A. - Local specialist: Rodrigo Fernandez

Our trip to Brazil was truly incredible! We asked kimkim to provide us with fun adventures, as well as time for relaxation and they sure did deliver!
Luciana was so helpful and knowledgeable and was quick to respond to our questions. She took care of any issues that arose and made our vacation run smoothly. We highly recommend this service as they provide access to local adventures that you wouldn't normally come across on your own and every part of our vacation was better than the last!
This is the only way we will be booking our travel in the future!

Trek Brazil's Petrópolis-Teresópolis Crossing - 3 Days · Brazil - Jan 27 - Jan 29, 2019

Traveler: Solange S. - Local specialist: Rodrigo Fernandez

Life changing experience,

From the moment I arrived at the Nattrip lodge I knew it was going to be a great experience. Lucas and Guilherme ( the guides ) were very welcoming and even shared some of their home cooked diner. The trekking started the next day, and I have to say, the trekking days were absolutely amazing!! Both guides were very knowledgeable, caring and fun. The trek can be physically demanding at some points, but worth every effort. Actually most of the time it felt effortless... read more

Life changing experience,

From the moment I arrived at the Nattrip lodge I knew it was going to be a great experience. Lucas and Guilherme ( the guides ) were very welcoming and even shared some of their home cooked diner. The trekking started the next day, and I have to say, the trekking days were absolutely amazing!! Both guides were very knowledgeable, caring and fun. The trek can be physically demanding at some points, but worth every effort. Actually most of the time it felt effortless due to the great company and beautiful surroundings. I saw two sunsets and two sunrises, which do not compare to any I’ve seen before. Furthermore, the guides were very good at adjusting the trek to fit our physical limits. For us this resulted in two ‘bonus’ tracks with amazing panoramic views (which I would have never seen without a guide!!). I would definitely recommend this trek to anyone. Above all, I would recommend to go with Nattrip. You will learn a lot about the surroundings, feel safe and looked after, have some nicely cooked food at diner and breakfast.

I made friends, saw amazing views, but most off all I felt alive during the whole experience. Consider me coming back for more adventures!

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Rodrigo Fernandez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Solange,

Thanks for your message. Our entire team was very happy to read these words. Our main purpose is to make your holidays great and we're glad we managed to make it.

Hoping to hear from you soon,

Kind regards!

Trek Brazil's Petrópolis-Teresópolis Crossing - 3 Days · Brazil - Jan 4 - Jan 6, 2019

Traveler: Gethyn S. - Local specialist: Rodrigo Fernandez

The views, trails, wildlife, plant life and accommodation were utterly fantastic and alone are enough to leave anyone astounded by what Rio and the mountains surrounding the state have to show; but we can’t give enough gratitude towards our guides, Lucas and Thalles for their constant humility, insight, care, humour and undying humanity. We trekked through the clouds, through the heat, through the mud and through the rain with total confidence and total assurance - we often sang. The days and... read more

The views, trails, wildlife, plant life and accommodation were utterly fantastic and alone are enough to leave anyone astounded by what Rio and the mountains surrounding the state have to show; but we can’t give enough gratitude towards our guides, Lucas and Thalles for their constant humility, insight, care, humour and undying humanity. We trekked through the clouds, through the heat, through the mud and through the rain with total confidence and total assurance - we often sang. The days and the time spent around those two guys are unforgettable and so too because of that are the trails and views. I can’t recommend it enough. Even down to being catered for, I had no idea they were carrying our breakfast and dinner on their backs too - and it was delicious.
Thank you Lucas. Thank you Thalles. Thank you Rio.

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Rodrigo Fernandez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gethyn, our guides Lucas and Thalles, as well as our entire team are so happy with your feedback! Thank you for taking some time to review the trip and experiences you had with us.! :-)
I hope you can come back soon and enjoy other magic places that Rio and Brazil have to offer.

Albert

salvador Brazil · Brazil - Sep 4 - Sep 8, 2018

Traveler: Albert B. - Local specialist: Rodrigo Fernandez

This was the second trip we arranged through kimkim. This time we had very short notice. Rodrigo arranged a day tour for me alone in Salvador while my husband worked. I went to Praia do Forte beach + Tamar sea turtle project. He suggested going with a group tour since they are more interesting than being driven around alone.

He was right. Picked me up on time at the hotel. Great music and videos during the trip. The guide even spoke English (I was told not to expect this). They... read more

This was the second trip we arranged through kimkim. This time we had very short notice. Rodrigo arranged a day tour for me alone in Salvador while my husband worked. I went to Praia do Forte beach + Tamar sea turtle project. He suggested going with a group tour since they are more interesting than being driven around alone.

He was right. Picked me up on time at the hotel. Great music and videos during the trip. The guide even spoke English (I was told not to expect this). They have several live specimens and lots of information. Luckily, my guide chose to walk with me around the exhibits to explain it for me and read the signs. I was the only English speaker. Short tours are provided (in Portuguese) to explain how the project works to help save the sea turtle. The beach was lovely, a great place to grab lunch and a short walk from the Turtle project.

From there, we went to Rio. We had arranged a day hike to the Tijuca Forest. A real jungle in the middle of the city. Beautiful place. Our guide was very informative and friendly. We also went on a city tour.

Overall, a really nice trip.

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Rodrigo Fernandez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Albert and Caryn, thanks for taking some time to review the trip and experiences you had with us. I'm very glad you liked it all! See you soon.