Santa Teresa

Beautiful View in Santa Teresa.

Meeting 13:15h at Rio & Learn
Cost of the activity: 7,50 reais (metro) + 20,00 reais bonde de Santa Teresa (historical tram) + 40 to 60 reais drinks or food at your choice

Santa Teresa is the most bohemian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Many artists love to live or stay for some period of time in this district. It has some of the best views of Rio de Janeiro, because the neighborhood is on a small hill or ‘morro’. This beautiful neighborhood is also very cultural, seeing as in just a short walk you can visit many workshops/studios and converse with local artists. Santa Teresa also has a ‘polo gastronômico’, or gastronomic area, that is a must see for visitors to the city.

We will enjoy astounding views of Rio de Janeiro from Parque das Ruinas, where we can have a good gelada (cold beer) in a shop nearby. We will also have lunch at Bar do Mineiroa typical restaurant with food from Minas Gerais (one of Brazil’s states). Then we will visit Parque Das Ruínas and the famous Selaron Staircase. And not forgetting the Santa Teresa tram! So let ‘s go!

Where is Santa Teresa?

Santa Teresa Tram (Bonde de Santa Teresa)

Beutiful views at Santa Teresa

Old colonial style mansions can be seen around. The neighborhood also has options for the nightlife scene, with many bars playing live music. What makes Santa Teresa different from the other districts of Rio de Janeiro is the historical architecture of the 19th century that give it a special charm. Additionally, it is the only neighborhood that has a running bonde (historical tram) as a means of transportation up and down the hillside road.

The famous Santa Teresa Tram

Parque Das Ruínas

The Municipal Cultural Centre Parque das Ruínas, or Parque das Ruínas for short, is a distinctive public park and art gallery set in the remains of a mansion in Santa Teresa. This venue is known for its outdoor live music performances and has a bar.

Originally the home of Belle Epoque patron Laurinda Santos Lobo, the mansion was a gathering place for intellectuals and artists in the early 20th century. In 1993, after four decades of neglect, the state government of Rio de Janeiro acquired the property and launched an architectural competition. By 1997, the former hotel had been reinvented as a cultural centre.

Escadaria Selaron in Santa Teresa

You’ve probably seen these colourful stairs before, haven’t you? But do you know the story behind them? The Selaron Staircase is a must see. Decorated with colourful tiles from around the world, this stunning attraction is the creative work of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. After moving to Rio in 1983, Selarón began revitalising the dilapidated staircase near his home, initially using tiles that mirrored the Brazilian flag as a tribute to his adopted country. Driven by his passion and financed by the sale of his artwork, Selarón eventually highlighted the staircase with his favourite red tiles, paying tribute to his Chilean heritage.

The staircase quickly gained international acclaim, attracting tiles from all over the world, and now boasts more than 2,000 pieces from 60 countries. This collective effort has made the staircase a symbol of cultural unity, loved by residents and tourists alike. When you visit, take a moment to look for tiles from your own country!

Escadaria Selaron

The best feijoada in Santa Teresa at Bar do Mineiro

Ever tried Brazil’s famous feijoada? We will visit the Bar do Mineiro in Santa Teresa and try this delicious dish.

Enjoying feijoada at Bar do Mineiro

In this RioLIVE! Activity we will have the opportunity to relive old Rio de Janeiro by riding in the Bonde de Santa Teresa. It will be a very interesting experience. We will also see other attractions and famous spots like the colourful Selaron stairs. It will be a very enjoyable experience.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Rio. Besides a lot of history, you will get to visit a unique side of the city! It really is a must see!

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