Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour of Santa Teresa and Selaron Steps

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What To Expect

Enjoy a perfect day in the little town of Santa Teresa where casualty and tradition meet!


  • A tram ride to the artistic town of Santa Teresa

  • A walk up to the colorful steps of Selaron

  • Breathaking architecture and a charming rustic landscape for an escape to sheer bliss!


Day Tours from Rio de Janeiro
Departs From:
Rio de Janeiro
Meeting Point:
Cine Odeon right in front of Cinelândia Metro Station
4 hours
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2:00 PM
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We are all used to the bright colors and infectious energy of Rio, but did you know that there was a quiet, traditional side to the city tucked away from all that glitz? Santa Teresa is an inspiring town located in the quieter part of the city, a hidden gem of Rio.

Meet us at Cine Odeon, and we will take you to the Tram through the Lapa Arcs, a former aqueduct. Delight in walking the cobbled streets to the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, where you will see the craftsmanship of the local artists. Discover how the ways of life and the scenery of the place contribute to the inspiration of these artisans.

There is also the Park of Ruins, remnants of the rich history of architecture and art of Brazil. These are ruins of what was once a enchanting house of an heiress, looted and abandoned 15 years after her head. Remembered and flocked to by tourist centuries later, you can still see remnants of an auditorium, a gallery, and an outoddor stage with two dressing rooms. Imagine the heiress and her noble consorts enjoying an afternoon tea in the gardens surrounding the estate, and of course admire the view of the city, sea and sky framed by the bare windows.

A must-see in the area is the Selaron steps, with their peculiar kaleidoscope of artwork. These steps were the masterpiece of artist Jorge Selaron and are truly one of a kind. The Chilean genius' love for Rio inspired him to create this fusion of art and architecture At the very top your climb will be rewarded by a breathtaking view of Lapa!

But the place comes alive at night as it hosts the festivities of the bohemian crowd, people who see the world through a different lens. Take the time to view their magnificent exhibits that encompass the full range of human expression.


  • Professional tour guide

  • Walking tour

  • Public transportation fees


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • A minimum of 2 people is required for operation.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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