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Santa Teresa (Barrio Santa Teresa)
Santa Teresa (Barrio Santa Teresa)

Santa Teresa (Barrio Santa Teresa)

Rua Aurea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The basics

Santa Teresa is one of only a few neighborhoods in Rio that’s retained its colonial charm. The neighborhood can be a bit difficult to navigate, especially for first-timers, so it’s a good idea to visit with a guide.

Walking tours of the barrio typically provide a more intimate glimpse into the area’s belle époque mansions, art studios, and street art. These tours almost always stop at Ruins Park for views over the city, as well as the colorful Selarón Staircase, where Pharrel Williams and Snoop Dogg filmed a music video.

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Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps
Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps
star-4.5
$47.10 per adult
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Santa Teresa, Lapa, and....
Excellent guide. Very energetic, knowledgeable and insightful. We would highly recommend this excursion.
Leon_J, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Rio de Janeiro

star-5
Nice and professional
John_M, Mar 2022
Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Bruno is nice guide guy, He show all things very professionally. Speak fluently Spanish and English language.. Thank you Bruno...
star-4
Block Carnival party in Santa Teresa
Anna_K, Mar 2020
Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off
We were there at the Carnival time so many places that we wanted to see were closed. Our guide Jonathan was on time and he was good.
star-5
Great Tour!
ByeongCheolLee, Dec 2019
Private Hidden Gems Tour in Rio: best views of the city including Santa Teresa!
Our second time to Rio and we needed a tour away from typical tourist attractions. Hidden gems was just what we needed and excellent opportunity to find
star-4
Beautiful monestary
Josie_H, Jun 2019
Special Tour in Rio: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa and Ipanema's Hippie Fair
Mother and daughter guides who supported our understanding. Very approachable ladies who are passionate about Rio. Good conversation regarding politics and the city in today's society. Very refreshing and worth a half day of anyone's time.
star-5
A Wonderful Experience
patriciarT3332XD, Nov 2019
Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps
We recently took this tour during a stay in Rio. Our tour guide Prycilla was so wonderful and was the reason why this day was so memorable. She was able to pass her love of her city on to all participants and her knowledge of the places we went was excellent. I loved the fact that this tour took us to places that I would not have felt comfortable visiting on my own. Highlights were the Selaron Steps, the tram ride and the tour through Cinelandia. Prycilla was a most wonderful guide and a credit to her company. Thank you for a great experience.
star-5
Everything I expected and more!
analisiafranklin, Oct 2019
Christ the Redeemer, Selaron Steps and Santa Teresa Half-day Tour
I went with my friends for this tour and we had a flight to leave at 4:45pm (we had enough time to make it back before leaving to the airport). When we got to Christ the Redeemer it was so foggy that we weren't able to see anything unfortunately. My friends were late, and Ian was still wonderful. He is very professional, knowledgeable, and was able to make the best of our trip despite our circumstances. I would have loved to complete the full day tour, but he accommodated our schedule. We loved him and the tour!
star-5
Educational Tour
Russell_N, Jan 2020
Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Our guide was very pleasant and knowledable, a very good tour, slave steps were something else. it was nice to see the old Rio cathedral archetectually much nicer.
star-5
Fantastic Trip
Susan_M, Mar 2020
Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off
We have recently undertaken this tour with two amazing persons. Alejandro the tour guide and Greg our driver. We didn't know what to expect on a very very busy day in Rio. It was carnival week so you can imagine what it was like. Rio was rammed with people. Alejandro met us at the cruise terminal. We must say we were very apprehensive at first when Greg started to drive through some of the roughest parts of Rio. We were told not to film which didn't put our anxiety to ease. But after this we thoroughly enjoyed our four hours tour of Rio. These two Gentlemen are amazing. They took us to place that you could never find on your own. Alejandro English was excellent even though he didn't think it was. He explained things in details and told us of his experience of living in such a busy city. He took us to a park that he said not many people knew about. It was below Christ the Redeemer. The view was sensational. You could seen all the major sites of Rio. We also had a pleasant surprise of a helicopter flying around CtR and landing feet from where we standing. Even Greg the driver was amazed. He said he had lived in Rio all of his life and didn't know this park existed. Greg …...he is the best driver we have ever had anywhere in the world. How he didn't hit other cars or the drunken masses roaming the streets, we will never know. All the time we felt safe with this man at the wheel. He even took us down a narrow street that was nearly vertical. His driving skills are amazing. This trip was one to remember and we would like to thank you both for such a great four hours in your company. You are a credit to what you do. We would highly recommend this trip and if possible use these two gentleman. Thanks Greg for the bottle of drink you gave us......we haven't tried it yet but we soon will

Things to know before you go

  • Thanks to its rich history, colorful architecture, and art scene, Santa Teresa is a must-visit Rio de Janeiro attraction.
  • Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, as many of the streets are cobblestone.
  • An abundance of steps means that Santa Teresa is difficult to explore for travelers with reduced mobility.
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How to get there

By taxi, Santa Teresa is five minutes from downtown Rio and 15 minutes from Ipanema and Copacabana. The best way to get to the neighborhood is to ride the bonde, a historic streetcar, from Centro to Largo do Guimarães.

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When to get there

If you can time your visit to June or July, you might overlap with a weekend arts festival called Arte de Portas Abertas, which features live music, jazz performances, art, and food stands held in the open air.

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Selarón Steps

One of the most recognizable symbols of Santa Teresa is the colorful ceramic steps, created by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón between 1990 and 2013. The 125-step staircase features mosaics in the colors of the Brazilian flag, which comprise 2,000 tiles sourced from more than 60 different countries. The steps are one of the most-photographed attractions in the entire city.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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