Santa Teresa Discovery - Small Group Tour

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Tourists at Lapa Steps (Selarón's Staircase)
Tourists at Lapa Steps (Selarón's Staircase)
Lapa Steps (Selarón's Staircase)
Lapa Steps (Selarón's Staircase)
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Aqueducts of Lapa
Aqueducts of Lapa
Rio de Janeiro Downtown and Guanabara Bay
Rio de Janeiro Downtown and Guanabara Bay
Largo da Carioca Square
Largo da Carioca Square
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Santa Teresa Discovery - Small Group Tour - Picture 9
Santa Teresa Discovery - Small Group Tour - Picture 10
the Ruins Park
the Ruins Park
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What To Expect

Explore the lovely district of Santa Teresa and jump on the last tram line in Rio de Janeiro. Journey from Rio downtown all the way up to this fascinating and unique neighborhood, nominated by many visitors as the Carioca Montmartre.


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Departs From:
Rio de Janeiro
Meeting Point:
Copacabana Palace Hotel. Avenida Atlântica, 1702. Copacabana
4 hours
daily except Sunday at 9:00 AM
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Ride the subway downtown, jump on Rio's last remaining tram up to Santa Teresa. Get a glimpse into the neighborhood's cobblestone streets, shops and culture. Stroll down to the Selaron's staircase and meet his vibrant masterpiece.  

Meet at the magnificent and classic Copacabana Palace Hotel. Take the subway downtown and learn how to use this excellent means of transportation in Rio, a great way to orientate yourself with this large city. Hop off at Carioca Station and wander through the Financial District, home of huge companies such as Petrobras and BNDES. Visit Carioca Square, once the main source of drinking water in Rio, transported in by the Aqueducts of Lapa. Climb on the tram for the journey up to Santa Teresa, a 20 minute ride over the aqueducts which are now used as the tram route. This is the last tram line in Brazil for transportation purpose. Next stop - Largo dos Guimaraes. Explore the cobblestone streets of Santa Teresa on foot and discover beautiful architecture, art galleries, restaurants and local costumes. One of Rio's oldest neighbourhoods, Santa Teresa, situated high on a hill overlooking Rio, enchants locals and visitors alike with it's cobbled streets and eclectic architectural styles.  The views of the city centre and the bay are stunning.  Previously a neighborhood dominated by the elite, with their departure to more modern suburbs of Rio it has been transformed into an artistic centre with many artists choosing the area as their preferred place of residence.  

Among the attractions in Santa Teresa, the highlights are the Chacara do Ceu Museum, the Ruins Park and its gorgeous view over Rio de Janeiro Downtown and Guanabara Bay. Many visitors compare the neighborhood to the bohemian district of Montmartre in Paris. During the Carnival, many street bands perform on the streets and the most famous one is "Bloco das Carmelitas", which was named after the local Convent.   On the way back towards Lapa District drop by the Carmelitas' Convent and clamber down the picturesque "Selaron's Staircase" to see his masterpiece and meet its mentor.    


  • English speaking local guide

  • Roundtrip subway ticket

  • Tram ride fare


  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • As Latin Americans can be very concerned of appearance, it is recommended for guests to be conservative in their outfits. Outside of beach areas, halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.

  • Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.

Cancellation Policy

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

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