About Us


The founders of Gringo Samba Tours and a happily married international couple, Marcia and Chad provide a well-organized, dedicated level of service to make your vacation in Brazil an authentic and enjoyable experience you will never forget! While we excel in the planning and logistics and can arrange a travel itinerary to suit all tastes and needs, what really sets us apart is our hands-on daily accompanied guided tours to put you and your group at ease and leave the language and logistics details to us, allowing you to relax, maximize, and enjoy your time in Brazil.

Marcia is a native Brazilian originally from São Paulo who has been living in Florianópolis since 1999. She became fluent in English during several years in the U.K. and the U.S. During her work as an engineering and business consultant over the past 12 years, she has traveled and consulted in most major cities and regions in Brazil, gaining an appreciation for the local cultures, traditions, food, and sights. Her engineering and MBA background make her ideally suited for the organization and financial planning for the company.

Chad is an American with an engineering background. After several amazing travel experiences himself and some experiences informally guiding friends and family around Florianópolis and other unique parts of Brazil, Chad decided the time was right to start a travel agency / tour operator business dedicated to the needs of foreigners touring Brazil and became a certified national tour guide. As a “gringo” himself, Chad is aware of the aspects of Brazilian culture, food, natural beauty, and sights that American visitors to Brazil can most fully appreciate and enjoys making these new experiences available to clients.