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Sara Martinel

Hello everyone, fellow travelers! I am Sara, born in Italy. Now I live in Rio de Janeiro, which the Brazilians themselves call the "wonderful city". 
I will be happy to help you organize your vacation in Brazil (a country that is now HOME for me), to make it unforgettable (a guarantee that Brazil gives, being rich in every variety for all tastes).

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in everything related to staying in the Brazilian territory, I organize transfers, accommodation, tours, national flights, all within the Brazilian territory for a 360 degree experience in this wonderful country that has a lot of variety to offer."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been a traveler, after I came of age I started living abroad with university exchanges to study in other European countries, and in other continents to volunteer. I traveled alone and then with my husband, setting foot on almost all continents. 
I love the colorful life of travel, I love to paint tailor-made itineraries, sewn according to the wishes of each of us!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"A travel experience that I will truly never forget, it is difficult to choose. Each trip gives you emotions that remain forever. 
The most totalizing and profound experience abroad was certainly the period of volunteering in India, where I lived among the last and saw so much poverty, it was enlightening and very emotionally overwhelming. 
however, the country that immediately stole my heart, made me fall in love from the first time, and made me want to go back again, was Brazil! 
the USA and Asia have also fascinated me as travel, but usually I don't want to go back to where I've been before, I think it's a waste of time when the still unknown world is so big to explore. But Brazil for me is never tired and it is never enough!"

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Recent trip reviews for Sara

In Brazil, we had a total of 3 tour guides...
Brazil | Apr 9 - Apr 20, 2024

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D N.
Canada | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2024
In Brazil, we had a total of 3 tour guides with us and 2 of them exceeded expectations and one seemed to leave us hanging for a part of the trip. Luis and Alberto excelled at their job they both kept a pace we could keep up with (we are both 60+), were very informative, commenting on the significant historical stories of each locale, and were receptive to questions and adjustments to the tour so that we felt comfortable at every stage of the trip. While C was informative and tried their... Read more

In Brazil, we had a total of 3 tour guides with us and 2 of them exceeded expectations and one seemed to leave us hanging for a part of the trip. Luis and Alberto excelled at their job they both kept a pace we could keep up with (we are both 60+), were very informative, commenting on the significant historical stories of each locale, and were receptive to questions and adjustments to the tour so that we felt comfortable at every stage of the trip. While C was informative and tried their best at English she probably kept the Portuguese portion of the group well informed but when we went to confirm our return ride back by rail, we felt a little abandoned not knowing what the next step was. Thankfully fellow passengers and the station master were quick to figure out the next step and ensured we had tickets for, the return train trip back to Curitiba. It must also be said that C was very considerate in backtracking the group to recover a personal item left behind - thank you C. Kimkim and Luis were very helpful when the airline cancelled a trip from Foz do Iguacu to Curitiba shortly before boarding. Luis was on the phone to clarify alternate plans, and in a few minutes, an alternate route going through Sao Paulo was arranged. While we got in later than expected it all worked out. All the transfers were handled professionally with no hiccups. At all times when travelling with the parties, Kimkim arranged we felt safe and looked after. In overview, the hotels were all comfortable and met our expectations with interesting features and locations. Kimkim was right on with sticking to the plan as agreed upon. I would travel with Kimkim again especially if the same stellar tour guides were included.

Hotel Review
Johnscher by San Juan
Curitiba

Unforgettable building and A1 staff. The building is quite old but has been tastefully renovated with AC and comfortable beds and a spacious bedroom. I doubt you will have ever stayed in a bedroom with higher ceilings - quite a unique and beautiful feature. The daily breakfast was tastefully presented and with numerous options sure to address whatever your breakfast desire is. for security reasons, you are buzzed in 24hrs around the clock at the front door(not easy to find initially). the front desk is attentive and prompt with opening the door - nice when it is raining. One small observation - the shower works well however the shower base is level not providing a quick draining shower floor. not a large issue. Consider bringing your USB plugins as we had none in our room. It is in an old part of Curitiba and therefore not that close to many amenities. The municipal market(must see) is about 20 minute walk away. We used Uber to get to the things we were interested in.

Authenticity & Character
the crazy high ceilings and formal breakfast.
Location
More amenities would be nice in the area, drugstore, larger food market, transit.
Staff
At least one person at the front desk spoke very good English at any one time.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sara Martinel
Sara
Sara Martinel
Local specialist in Rio de Janeiro | Replied on Apr 28, 2024
Hi Duane and Adeline Thank you very much for taking the time to write this detailed and very useful review! We thank you for choosing to book with us and are happy that you return home with fond memories and a positive experience of this great and unique country! Did you like the places you visited? As I told you on the day of the Morretes tour from Curitiba, unfortunately that local company is the only one to organize the kind of trip you wanted to do, so we would have had no choice in... Read more

Hi Duane and Adeline

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this detailed and very useful review!

We thank you for choosing to book with us and are happy that you return home with fond memories and a positive experience of this great and unique country! Did you like the places you visited?

As I told you on the day of the Morretes tour from Curitiba, unfortunately that local company is the only one to organize the kind of trip you wanted to do, so we would have had no choice in having you do it with other guide-organizations. so we were sorry that the guide that day was not clear in guiding you about the return by train. However, I am happy that everything went well.

I hope to hear from you in the future if you want to explore the rest of the enormous Brazilian territory! happy homecoming and OBRIGADO again.

warm greetings
Sara

Had an amazing trip to Rio
Brazil | Apr 11 - Apr 17, 2024

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Paul B.
Zion, IL | Reviewed on Apr 20, 2024

Had an amazing although short trip to Rio. Alberto was a fantastic knowledgable guide and I truly appreciated his fluent English. Also thanks to Sara for preparing a detailed plan to see all the major sights and some of the more unique ones. I truly enjoyed this trip.

Local specialist: Sara Martinel
Sara
Sara Martinel
Local specialist in Rio de Janeiro | Replied on Apr 21, 2024

Bom dia Paul!

I'm happy to know that this wonderful city was able to welcome you with its best side and that the contribution of our agency was useful in this!
Thank you for taking the time to write the review!

sunny greetings from Rio
Sara

Seamless trip to Brazil
Brazil | Mar 16 - Mar 23, 2024

Paul
Paul K.
Pasadena, CA | Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024
Sara was exceptional at helping us plan our first trip to Brazil. She was very knowledgeable about where to go and how much time to spend in each place, and she was extremely patient with me as we locked in the fine details. Once in Brazil, she and Thiago were very communicative and helpful. Everything that Sara planned for us went extremely smoothly. Our drivers and tour guides were punctual and added new dimensions to our trip. We had a very kind tour guide in Paraty, who taught us about... Read more

Sara was exceptional at helping us plan our first trip to Brazil. She was very knowledgeable about where to go and how much time to spend in each place, and she was extremely patient with me as we locked in the fine details. Once in Brazil, she and Thiago were very communicative and helpful. Everything that Sara planned for us went extremely smoothly. Our drivers and tour guides were punctual and added new dimensions to our trip. We had a very kind tour guide in Paraty, who taught us about the town's history. We so appreciated Thiago and Eder helping us make our transfers as early as late in the day as they needed to be. Our tour guide in Foz do Iguacu was very flexible as there were some weather impacts on our trip there. However, he made sure we got to see as much as we could and even helped us fill some time before we had a late flight out of town. Our tour guide in Sao Paulo likewise rolled with the weather and brought us to a bunch of highlights in the city. Thank you Sara (and Thiago) for making our first trip to Brazil one that we will never forget!

Local specialist: Sara Martinel
Sara
Sara Martinel
Local specialist in Rio de Janeiro | Replied on Mar 25, 2024
Paul and Richard, I don't know how to thank you for this thoughtful and detailed review!
for me/us the greatest gratification is seeing our customers return home full of excellent memories and happy with their Brazilian experience... helping them to grasp the best that this country has to offer and knowing that I was able to contribute to the realization of a trip which will remain indelible!
I'm sorry for the bad weather you encountered in some locations... I wish you an excellent return...
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Paul and Richard, I don't know how to thank you for this thoughtful and detailed review!
for me/us the greatest gratification is seeing our customers return home full of excellent memories and happy with their Brazilian experience... helping them to grasp the best that this country has to offer and knowing that I was able to contribute to the realization of a trip which will remain indelible!
I'm sorry for the bad weather you encountered in some locations... I wish you an excellent return home, and I hope to welcome you again in the future to explore other areas of immense Brazil.
as we say here: OBRIGADO!

Brazilian adventure!
Brazil | Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2023

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Stephen M.
Washington, DC | Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024
Our Brazilian adventure was amazing! There was a drought in the Amazon that impacted our visit in that it maybe reduced our chances of encountering wildlife but it did not diminish the overall excitement of our experience. Sara was an expert and accommodating specialist (as was her entertaining husband who drove us to our hotel in Rio and greeted us before our final departure). The lodging in the Amazon was great, with decent meals and comfortable (and cool-temperatured!) accommodations.... Read more

Our Brazilian adventure was amazing! There was a drought in the Amazon that impacted our visit in that it maybe reduced our chances of encountering wildlife but it did not diminish the overall excitement of our experience. Sara was an expert and accommodating specialist (as was her entertaining husband who drove us to our hotel in Rio and greeted us before our final departure). The lodging in the Amazon was great, with decent meals and comfortable (and cool-temperatured!) accommodations. Highlights included piranha fishing, caiman spotting, pink dolphin sighting, a jungle hike and lots of fun boat rides on the river. At the end of our trip, a sumptuous lunch in Manaus and time with a fun local guide left us very contented.
I had high expectations for our time in Rio, and they were exceeded! The hotel near Copacabana was in a perfect location and provided a terrific breakfast. The best part of the trip was spending the day with local guide Albert Cardoso! He expertly led us through the main attractions with the perfect amount of narration and personal descriptions of life in Rio, got us to our exhilarating hang gliding experience, and, after an enjoyable lunch showcasing the best of Brazilian cuisine, showed us other wonderful highlights, sometimes wandering off the beaten path. We finished with an evening ascent to Sugarloaf that was quite a finale. Another very kind guide led us on a hike up Morro Dois Irmaos. A somewhat scary motorbike ride to the starting point and a delicious lunch in a local favela restaurant after our climb made for an adventure that we still reminisce about fondly! I fell in love with Rio and will never forget our trip there. Thank you, Sara, for all you did to assure we had the trip of a lifetime iin your spectacular country!

Local specialist: Sara Martinel
Sara
Sara Martinel
Local specialist in Rio de Janeiro | Replied on Jan 20, 2024

Bom diaaaa Stephen
reading your review made me cry! thank you very much for this detailed description of your magical moments!
Brazil is a country that touches your heart, isn't it?
I am honored to have contributed to making your stay unforgettable and my greatest reward is seeing my travelers excited and happy with their trip here!
a big hug from warm Rio! and see you on the next adventure.
abraços
Sara

Success
Brazil | Dec 1 - Dec 14, 2023

Franz
Franz T.
Rocky Mount, NC | Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Mr Elisio Teba and Mrs Teba, and Auri owners of pousada Santa Barbara and pousada Bawary, respectively, are a great asset to Kim Kim. They provided professional assistance, great living quarters and they made you feel at home. The indigenous guide , Claudio, was very competent and I am happy he brought his son as an apprentice because it made the venture pleasingly personal.

Local specialist: Sara Martinel
Sara
Sara Martinel
Local specialist in Rio de Janeiro | Replied on Dec 18, 2023

Dear Franz!

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review, I am really happy to have contributed in my small way to making your experience in Brazil profound, safe and aware to accompany you on your journey back in time.
a hug from Rio
Sara

Iguazu Falls & Rio
Brazil | Oct 7 - Oct 10, 2023

Andy
Andy W.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023
We had a great time at Iguazu Falls and Rio. Sara, the local specialist did an excellent job - especially so because our plans changed a couple of days before arrival and also we had some delayed flights during the trip. We especially enjoyed the Argentinian side of the Iguazu falls and the boat trip. Both guides were outstanding. Read more

We had a great time at Iguazu Falls and Rio. Sara, the local specialist did an excellent job - especially so because our plans changed a couple of days before arrival and also we had some delayed flights during the trip.

We especially enjoyed the Argentinian side of the Iguazu falls and the boat trip.

Both guides were outstanding.

Activity Reviews
Dinghy trip from the Argentinian side ´Gran Aventura´
Dinghy trip from the Argentinian side ´Gran Aventura´
Foz do Iguaçu

Great fun

Full day main City Tour: ¨Um dia no Rio¨
Full day main City Tour: ¨Um dia no Rio¨
Rio de Janeiro

Wonderful day. Guide was outstanding.

Local specialist: Sara Martinel
Sara
Sara Martinel
Local specialist in Rio de Janeiro | Replied on Oct 11, 2023

Dear Andy!
Thank you for taking the time to leave this review about our work and your experience!
I hope to hear from you soon in the future if you want to explore the immense Brazilian territory more calmly ...and in the meantime I thank you for your kindness.
I'm happy that our loyal guides helped make your tours special.
Warm greetings from Rio!
Sara

Great trip and communication
Brazil | Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2023

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Naveed N.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Aug 07, 2023
Sara planned a great trip for us. The tour guides were all incredible in both the Amazon and Rio. Lima was our guide in the Amazon and he was very knowledgable and went out of his way to improve the experience every way he could. In Alberto was phenomenal. He knew plenty of history and trivia and also is very well traveled himself, relating other countires to Rio. He also connected us with his son who took us to a playoff soccer game. Incredible experience. Sara's communication was superb. Read more

Sara planned a great trip for us. The tour guides were all incredible in both the Amazon and Rio. Lima was our guide in the Amazon and he was very knowledgable and went out of his way to improve the experience every way he could. In Alberto was phenomenal. He knew plenty of history and trivia and also is very well traveled himself, relating other countires to Rio. He also connected us with his son who took us to a playoff soccer game. Incredible experience. Sara's communication was superb.

Hotel Review
Amazon Turtle Lodge

Everything about the lodge was great except for the initial transfer. There was a several hour wait for the ferry but the guide chose a non ac car (it had ac but they wouldn't turn it on, maybe broken? I asked and they said no). Which in the heat was absolutely miserable. A warning to purchase cold water or something would've helped butac would've been better. Anyways, the lodge itself was great. Delicious food. Great staff. Our guide Lima was amazing. Very knowledgeable. Made us things from the rainforest. Showed us plenty of wildlife. Really had a great time with him.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sara Martinel
Sara
Sara Martinel
Local specialist in Rio de Janeiro | Replied on Aug 07, 2023

Dear Naveed!
I was really excited to read this report of your Brazilian holiday, I'm really happy that our organization has contributed to making this holiday unforgettable and that you had a good time with our trusted guides! Your feedback is essential for us to understand in which direction to go for constant improvement, so I will bring up the question of the transfer without air conditioning so that it doesn't happen again!
I hope to hear from you again in the future if you want to discover other areas of the huge and very interesting Brazil!
Warm greetings from Rio
Sara