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Brian and Suzanne: Wow, that’s what we thought after hiring Francis to be our guide. As a budding photography nut he directed us to the best places to shoot the falls. He suggested a place to eat and sample south American dancing and great BBQ. Not only did he pick us up and drop both ways. He got us front row seats. On our last day with him he took us to a amethyst mine. He introduced us to the Mate tree and even drove down some back roads to pull off fresh fruit All I can say is if you want a great guide, look no further.

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Samir Dhond: After reading about Francis, I contacted him and he picked me up at the airport. Francis has deep knowledge, speak excellent English and is very friendly. Francis took me to all the places I wanted to visit in Iguassu Falls area on the brazil side. I was not interested in going to the Argentinian side at all. Francis is reliable, timely and very professional. The only thing that I would like to suggest to Francis is that he at times, appears slightly introvert and quiet. He is distant at tines but that is oaky. Francis is helpful and professional.

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Colin Young: I attended the Ape cache and Iguassu Falls tour in October 2016.

Unsure if this is a rarity for such a tour but I shared a room with Francis during much of the tour. I can certainly vouch for what a consiencious work horse Francis is, up and out at work with in minutes of the alarm clock sounding and continuing a fast pace until it was time to retire to bed once more.

Certainly a worthy guide and an great asset to our tour.

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Josephina Shen:Francis was a great tour guide! We visited Iguzu Falls in Feb this year. He managed to take us around in such short period of time. In 1 1/2 days, We visited both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the falls, Itaipu Dam, Bird park, also help us crossing Argentina-Brazil border.

If we visit the falls, we will hire him again.

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Janice Potter : What a wonderful tour we had in Iguassu with Francis as our guide.
We could not have had better and I would recommend him highly.
Competent, friendly, knowledgeable and patient- what more could we want!

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ALFREDO VIEJOBUENO : We just returned from a wonderful visit to the Iguacu Falls, thanks to our great guide Francis Almeida. He made our visit easy and comfortable. His knowledge of plants and flowers made us learn not only about the falls but as well about the flora. But the best of his skills is as a photographer, his photographs came out as the best ones we come back from our trip with.

Overall a wonderful visit thanks to Francis. I have no doubt to recommend Francis to anyone visiting the Iguacu falls.

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Lesley Boddy : Francis was an awesome guide . His knowledge of the local fauna and flora is really superb. He was always observing interesting plants, birds or insects. He was well known and liked by everyone from the national park which made me feel like I was part of a big team. His excellent communication skills and ability to adapt to the client is reassuring and allowed me to get the very best out of my 2 day visit to Iguassu Falls. Fun, observant and always professional, Francis is easy to recommend!

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Dirk Roelandt : We had an excellent experience with Francis during our trip in July 2013. He is very well organized and reliable. During 1.5 days we saw the waterfalls on Brasilian by bike and Argentine side by van. In addition we went to the storage dam in Paraguay, one of the biggest in the world. Thanks Francis for our nice excursion.

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Vanessa Alexander : Francis was absolutely awesome!!! He toured myself and 2 others around Brazil and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls. He picked us up from the airport and our flight was delayed until 1 AM and still came and got us (10 hour delay). This guy knows everything about the area, and he made our visit so much richer and better. We never felt rushed and he spent extra time to take us around. You will have the best experience if you go with him. He is a genuinely nice guy with a lot of knowledge.

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Neil Tornes : The tour was perfect. Francis picked us up at the airport on the Brazilian side. He took us directly to the falls. We then did a total tour of the falls after which he took us to our hotel on the Argentina side of the falls. The total time was about 4.5 hours. Francis also picked up lunch for my wife and I in the morning from a restaurant that does gluten free as my wife has celiac disease. He even stopped at an ATM on the Argentine side to let me get money. Perfect for what I wanted.

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Alexander Vescan : A complete tour of Iguazu Falls includes trails in two countries: Brazil and Argentina. To get to these trails without hassles, lineups and time wastage in trying to find unknown yet required details (in a country where very, very few speak English) having a knowledgeable guide is a must. Francis knows “everything Iguazu” inside out and also speaks perfect English. He will also suggest other activities in Iguazu Falls (e.g. Rafain Churrascaria Show). Excellent guide. Highly recommended.

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Sondra Ettlinger : Francis was outstanding. Spoke perfect English. Especially helpful when one member of our party could not walk, he got a wheel chair and pushed her around the entire upper trail. Our hotel lost our confirmation, and he stayed with us helping with language until the problem was solved. Prompt, patient, knowledgeable, one of the best guides we have ever had. Good dinner recommendation, vehicle very comfortable. Best of the best.

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Stanley Barnwell : Our guide Francis was great. English skills very good. Very efficient getting us to see everything. He pushed us to do a boat ride and it was fantastic.

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Linda Bento : Francis was my guide for 2 days visiting the Iguassu Falls on both the Brazil and Argentina sides. I enjoyed his zest for nature. He assisted me in taking many photos and I enjoyed him showing me many plants and flowers from within this region. If you are looking for a guide who takes the environment seriously, I would highly recommend Francis. Linda Bento, Paget Bermuda

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james leach : francis gave me and my two friends a wonderful personalized 2 day tour of iguazu falls. he was very knowledgeable, efficient, expedient, and great company. we got to do everything we wanted in our limited time and it was a huge benefit to have him scoot us through the border crossings going to/from argentina and brazil as that would’ve taken us forever to get through on our own those two days. we highly recommend him!

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En Lee : Francis took us on the half-day Brazilian tour and full-day Argentina tour. He’s fluent in English and clearly knows his way around the people and the park. Very easy-going and considerate. Slightly reserved but very willing to answer questions and share his knowledge on the park. With his help, the border-crossing went very smoothly. He made a last-minute reservation for us for a Latin America performance-cum-Churrascaria show and we were surprised with front-row seats! Kudos to him!

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Johnathan Naderpour : Great Tour and knowledgeable tour guide of Iguazu Falls! Prompt on the pick up and drop off at the airport, as we made it a day trip from Buenos Aires. Very calm and relaxed and a good guy all around! THE FALLS WERE GORGEOUS! Highly recommended tour!

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Jon Dickinson : We enjoyed our tour of the falls with Francis. He provided much needed commentary to help us fully appreciate the beauty of the falls. He also took for us many wonderful family photos.

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JoAnn Bair : Francis did a fine job for us at Iguazu. He met us at the airport, saw us to our hotel, and offered to help whenever he saw a need. He knew how to help us avoid standing in the long line at the Falls. He is not dynamic, but he is pleasant and knowledgeable. He brought his 5-year-old daughter the last day when we went to the bird park, and seeing her with our 5-year-old granddaughter was a delight.

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John Kalbfleisch : Frances was a great guide. We enjoyed the day very much and he was exceptionally well informed about Iguacu Falls and the nearby town. Very careful driver who made us feel very much at ease. He has our highest recommendation.

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Hugo Schally : A very convenient, customised tour to see the best of Iguacu in a day and a half, without hassle and stress !

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chaivut suthibutrFrancis is a very nice young man who is also an excellent photographer.He knows Iguassu Falls very well from both sides,Brazil & Argentina.He even goes out of his way to book us a show when we asked him to and even asked the manager to give us the best seats without paying any extra.Highly recommended for anyone planning private tours to this area.You will not be disappointed.

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Amir EaronFrancis is a terrific guy and companion. We missed our flight and arrived 3 hours later than expected. We notified him and he availed himself for us according to our time table. Francis is an easy going and and considerate as well as very knowledgable. Enjoyed him very much.

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Laura HillWe really enjoyed our tour with Francis! We wanted to see both sides of the falls in one day and thought it would be wise to hire a guide to show us the best spots in a short amount of time. We weren’t disappointed. We started very early on the Argentina side because we were staying at the Sheraton. Getting an early start got us ahead of the crowds. After viewing the Argentina side of the falls we hopped in Francis’ car and drove to the Brazilian side. It was so easy due to his expertise. He was v

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William HealeyFrancis could not have been more helpful and pleasant. Very knowledgeable about the park & history of the area. Made the visit a delight, in spite of the seasonally warm weather. Francis especially was helpful since we visited in a holiday when the visitor crowd swelled to over 11,000 people (normal day is @ 4,000). Without resignation I would use the services of Francis again!

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Douglas TaderVery enjoyable trip made better by the presence of a knowledgeable guide. Francis went overboard to make our trip the best that it could be.

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Lawrence KantFrancis was punctual, courteous and very helpful. His knowledge of his and his neighbouring countries coupled with his courteous and helpful nature added value to our tour. Our group of 4 people highly recommend Francis’s services.

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David Tawfik: Francis overall was good. Was great with driving us around anywhere we wanted and had some great suggestions about things to see while being there. Only complaints would be that he was not very informative while at our destinations and did not give us a heads up that not only do we need to pay the reciprocity fee to cross the Argentinean border but that an online form was required to be filled out which didn’t give us a lot of time to get organized. Still good value based on his pricing though.

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Cynthia MonesThank you Francis for the wonderful time seeing the falls. Although it rained in Argentina we had a great time warming up at the Sheraton Coffee shop overlooking the falls. We were also grateful for the Saturday Mass with the Bishop at the church you were married at.

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Wayne WathenWe had a great time with Francis and saw a lot of the falls on the Argentina side. We were very tired when we got back to the hotel but we saw lots of beautiful interesting sights and Francis is a very good guide.

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Luke JohnstoneFrancis was a great guide and we got to enjoy both sides of the falls in a day. I was worried that it might be a bit rushed, but we started early, were able to avoid most of the crowds and the day didn’t feel rushed at all. I was also surprised at how smooth the boarder crossing was, at least Francis made it seem smooth. I am so pleased we did both sides, it really made the trip so special.

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Mark Krivel:
Francis was a perfect guide for the Iguazu Falls area. He certainly knows his way around and where the best areas to view the falls can be found. He showed us everything we could possibly see on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides and made our visit truly memorable. Thank you Francis!

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Linda Moustakis:
Francis met us at our hotel and showed us around the falls both on the Brazian side and Argentina. A memorable experience and Frances showed us the beauty of it all………….including a Tucon Chick in a tree. Thank you Francis for making our visit filled with all the awe of the falls. Hope to return. Linda and George Moustakis.

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Michael Chettleburgh
Francis proved to be a fantastic tour guide; he showed us the amazing Iguassu falls on both sides, providing insightful information and the best areas for two keen photographers. We were given a range of addition activities, being a somewhat indecisive group; Francis showed patience and was very informative. I would highly recommend both this tour and Francis as the guide.

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Janet WareFrancis was very organized and saw that we saw everything within our time frame. Never hurried and walked us through the sights in the most expediant manner. Kind and helpful. He did lack enthusiasm and is a very reserved person, but worked well for us. Good for 2 persons.

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Ann Williams: Great day with Franics! Highly recommend him and his tour. It was nice having a private car rather than a bus tour. He also takes great pictures! Both sides were equally amazing to us and we loved the boat ride!

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Ronald Pruitt: America and I want to thank you very much for such wonderful experiences on our tour. All of our time in Foz do Iguazu was 5 STAR.

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Maria Bremis: Francis was knowledgeable and had strong language skills. He was flexible in how we structured our day and allowed us to stop when needed. He helped to schedule and organize our second day there as well even though he was not available himself. He was very nice and informative when we asked questions but you do need to ask.

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Peter Stalmans: Francis showed us all the nice viewpoints of the falls both from the Brazilian and the Argentinian side, with transportation using a private car. He has a very good knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area as well. This is a highly recommended tour when you want to see the highlights of Iguassu in one day.

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Judith Hodgson: We booked Francis fairly last minute as we had been let down by another (non ToursbyLocals) guide! He met us at Iguazu airport (Argentina side) and within an hour, we were whisked across to Brazil to get our first sighting of the Falls – amazing. He left us some of the time and accompanied us for other sections. Next day, we did the Argentina side with him. He was easygoing, attentive, happy to answer all our questions. He even took us back to the airport. Excellent value and highly recommended.

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Ken Hurley: He was on time took us to the helicopter ride then to the falls at Iguacu he was very knowledgeable and also helpful for the visit. We ended with the tour of the bird park and then to the airport. He was very good.

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Ken Hurley: He was on time helped with the suitcases. Took us to the hotel shared some good places to eat near the hotel.

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Mina Jaravata: Francis is very personable and nice. He’s not intrusive at all, very professional. His command of the English language is excellent. Thank you, Francis for giving us a memorable tour.

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Donna Harris: We really enjoyed our tour with Francis. He was a quiet, respectful person with a warm sense of humour and a ready smile. Francis had a good knowledge of the area but also understood how much people are able to absorb and gave us new information in small doses. He offered suggestions to us and led the tour in a way that enabled us to make choices and opt into (and out of) things at any stage.

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Steve King: Francis was very pleasant & had a good command of English. Unusual flooding had slightly reduced the time at the Iguassu falls, but Francis was very keen to help us use the rest of the available time to best effect, e.g. offering other sites to visit & giving us the opportunity to sample a crushed sugar cane drink. Thanks again Francis

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Lawrence Birdsall: Francis was excellent. My wife and I enjoyed his extensive knowledge of the local flora, fauna and history. Our tour was on a day when the water level at the falls was at a 40 year high. We could not do the Argentine side but Francis improvised and we had a wonderful day on the Brazilian side, the bird park and at the Dam.

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Karoline Wagner: Francis was extremly helpful and open to all our wishes. He gave us a lot of information and I would recommed everyone to do the Tour with him!!

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Steven Rudnick: Francis arrived in the lobby of my hotel on time,his vehicle was clean and air conditioned on a much needed day.His English was fluent and knowledgeable about iguazu falls,trails,wildlife,foliage and river species. He also had a lot more energy than me …lol. Thank you Francis and good luck

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Marsha Helton: Francis was simply awesome. He was personable, met the needs of our group of ten people with 3 in wheelchairs. He was informative and made our trip to Iguazu Falls memorable.

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Vernon Brock: Cataratas Iguazu is a singularly spectacular place. It is called one of the ‘Seven Wonders Of The World’ for good reason. I traveled 7000 mile just to experience it. I have a severe visual disability and my tour guide, Francis, exceeded all expectations in assisting me and made it possible for me to have the very best once-in-a-lifetime experience. He was attentive, patient, helpful, and considerate. Many, many thanks, Francis! DON’T MISS THE UNDER-THE-FALLS BOAT TOUR!

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Gillian Reischl: Highly recommend this tour. Francis was one of the best guides that we had on our South American Tour. He made our Iguassu Experience a trip that we will never forget.

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Ekaterina Bueva: If you do not want to stay in the queues, if you want to have the best spots for your fotos, learn more about local specialties, go with Francis. We really enjoyed this 5 star 3 days tour organized by him! Thx a lot!

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Paul Resnick: Francis was an excellent guide and it was a real pleasure spending the day with him. He goes at your pace, doesn’t overload you with information and makes sure you see exactly what you want to see. Would definitely recommend him to others!

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 Lukas Vajgl: Well organized tour. We have seen everything what we had expected. Francis was helpfull and arranged all in our favour.

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Amanda Lynn: A very well organised tour. Francis was flexible with our needs and went above and beyond to help make our trip a fantastic experience.

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Mohanraj Makkuni: Francis was a very honest,simple and straight forward guide who was there with us (Group of 12)from the time we landed till we got dropped at the airport and made he sure we even got checked in without any problems.

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Courtney McRae-Alston: I wish there was a 5+++ rating, because Francis was a wonderful guide who made sure that every second of our less than 24 hours in Iguazu was fun-filled. We arrived at 11 am and departed at 5:30 am the next morning. Francis met us at the airport and jumped right into the adventures with us: canopy walk, jeep/boat ride, rapelling! He made sure we had a great table at that evening’s dinner show. He was there at 3:30 am to escort us to the airport. Throughout, he made us feel welcome and comfortable! Thanks!

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Brian Deutch: Tour with Francis was great. Very flexible with my plans (short timeframe to get things done). Also very knowledgeable about the area to tell you when to head where to see the falls in the best light, or avoid the crowds. Very helpful at border crossings and even lended me argentina pesos to make the process faster. if i come back, will definitely book him again, and will advise anyone i know coming to the area to do the same. english fluency.

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David Miraldi: We really enjoyed our time with Francis. He was very accommodating and altered our tour to fit our requests. We learned more than just about the falls. Francis gave us insight into the cultures and histories of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. He was a great host.

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Victoria Bruton: on a very stormy, rainy day, Francis made the tour interesting and fun. He went out of his way to accommodate us. Meeting us at the airport was a big plus!

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  Eliahu Farag: Francis was very professional,helpful , polite, attentive to our needs, everything went as planned and on schedule, we will recommend Francis and ToursByLocals to our friends.

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Thi le Chi Vo: Very good tour guide.

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Kenneth Keefer: Francis was very informative and gave us an in depth tour of Iguassu Falls from The Brazilian and Argentinian side. The falls are very impressive and Francis gave an equally good tour, he expertly handled the border crossing making life simple for us. We saw many other guides while at the falls and were thrilled to be with Francis. If you want an in depth, and at the same time a relaxed an enjoyable tour book Francis.

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