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Urban Adventurers: Volume 1


A look into the life and times of Urban Adventures’ Guides

Juliana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Proud Brazilian and Proud Urban Adventures Tour Guide

Juliana was born in Recife and moved to Rio in February 2005. Before she started guiding, she worked in the film industry, casting movies like Fast & Furious 5. Meeting people has always been her passion, so working with Urban Adventures in Rio for the past two years has been a match made in heaven!

We had the pleasure of speaking with Juliana to ask her 10 Questions for all of you to get to know her better! Read on to learn more about this Allstar Urban Adventurer!

1. What attracted you to Urban Adventures?

I’ve always loved showing and sharing my city to friends and family, so when I show Rio to guests, it’s like seeing my city for the first time.

2. What excites you about guiding?

Getting to make friends everyday and having the whole city as my office.

3. What tours do you give?

I give all of our tours, but Total Rio Bike Tour: Beach Bays & Carioca Sunset is my favorite.

4. What’s one thing you wish you knew you before you started guiding?

Having a good mentor is key. I befriended one of the best tour guides in Rio who had been guiding for 15 years. He helped me become the guide I am today.

5. Best trait for a good tour guide?

Patience. We need to be patient with people. Everyone is different, so get to know them and try to open their eyes to the new things around them.

6. Where would you take people that is not on an Urban Adventures experience?

My favorite coffee place downtown, Curto Cafe. The coffee and food is amazing and you only pay what you want. We hope to add it to a tour soon!

7. What’s a good day trip?

Tijuca National Park – waterfalls, biking, and beaches. It is inside the city, but it’s a little oasis!

8. Is there a book, song, or movie that is a great representation of your city?

City of God is very popular, but it is very raw and violent. I’d rather show a more colorful and romantic side of the city that you can see on our tours, so my choice is the animated movie Rio!

9. What song instantly make you happy?

In Urban Adventures Rio, we have a Spotify Playlist: This is Brazil. My favorite artists are Gilberto Gil and Jorge Ben Jor.

10. What hobbies do you love when you are not working?

Cycling to the beach and going to Samba street parties!

To keep up with Juliana and her adventures, follow her and Rio Urban Adventures on Instagram!

@anailujmatos @riourbanadventures


Created by: Shawn Sullivan
Edited by: Guergana Stoytcheva

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