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Address: Rua Manuel Carneiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-120, Brazil
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Off the Beaten Path, but Well Worth the Trip

I never knew this place existed until a local friend asked if I'd like to do something "off the beaten path". In a quaint neighborhood called "Lapa", these steps represent the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I never knew this place existed until a local friend asked if I'd like to do something "off the beaten path". In a quaint neighborhood called "Lapa", these steps represent the artistic influence of a Chilean-born artist, Jorge Selarón, who, unfortunately was found murdered at the top of the steps a few years ago. That aside, these steps are colorful,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We walked up the hill to these steps and entered from the top. Was unsure about the area which seemed dodgy. One local indicated to us to put our camera away. At this point we nearly turned back but continued on when more tourists came up the hill. Am so pleased we did as the steps were a colour lovers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Right in town, in the heart of Rio you will find the most colorful steps in the world built by one man that transformed the life of an entire community, Sélaron. The stairs are in Lapa, one of the most diverse boroughs in Rio, they are decorated by tiles from all over the world! After visiting the stairs make sure... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very unusual, colorful and vibrant place. I think it's definitely worth a visit. You can spend ages examining each of the individual tiles from around the world. Some great photo ops.Really made me feel like I had arrived in Brazil while I was there because of the colour and atmosphere. The surrounding place has a slightly dodgy feel and there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Thanks to Jorge Selaron for his amazing creation, this was on the top of my list of things to see while in Brazil! The steps are simply beautiful, the colorful tiles and artistry are a must see.. Be very careful as I didn't feel safe in this area at all, homeless people drinking and hanging around the bottom of the... More 

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Vila Seca, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I must recognize I was a bit concerned while we were walking through those streets. A special piss perfume in many streets but, it worth the "risk", because then you realize that doesn't exists (although a extremely risk to be mugged). Because this stairway it's really nice and you'll probably find many strange ceramic from all over the world.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Selaron was a street artist who turned to taking ceramic tiles from around the world to "pave" or decorate those steps. These steps leade to the higher part of Rio. Selaron's Street Art always depicted a pregnant women so this tiling is a departure. It is worth victims!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Selaron was until his recent death a renowned street artist and collected ceramic tiles from over 140 countries to decorate his steps. These steps are a long stepped public walkway taking you into the higher parts of Rio. There is plenty of high quality street artistry in the area around the steps One notable wall painting was prepared for the... More 

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Orsta, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There are many good photo-ops here, but the most popular one is at the bortom of the steps, where the name is written. There are usually many people here, and getting a good shot is often very difficult. We went two times, the second one in the morning, and got some great shots! The stairs themselves are really very pretty,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An impressive and artistic place to visit, we attended during Carnival so very busy with tourist. Amazing to see how tiles from all over the world had been brought to one place and made into artwork. ** During our visit we were warned of young teens/adults that may be at the top of the stairs with knives**

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