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Santa Teresa

Address: Rua Aurea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-210, Brazil (Santa Teresa)
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Ranked #63 of 566 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: This quaint bohemian neighborhood of Rio with colonial buildings and...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This quaint bohemian neighborhood of Rio with colonial buildings and cobblestone streets steep on a hillside overlooking the city is earning the interest of tourists wishing to see an alternate Rio away from the beach scene. Art galleries and restaurants add to the local culture of Santa Teresa.
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Naples, Italy
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243 reviews 243 reviews
153 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Santa Teresa is an interesting neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, located on top of the Santa Teresa hill, famous for its winding, narrow streets which are a favourite spot between artists and tourists. The ride on one of its tram (bondinho in Portuguese) is a must-do.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Nice to see some different shops not selling the usual tat but some genuine handmade stuff. Some fun bars around as well, all ijn all a district with a young, fun vibe.

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San Francisco, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We found out that not every taxi will want to take you there but we found one that did. We walked around and it was safe. Took a lot of pictures of graffiti. Visited Parque das Ruinas and Museu da Chacara do Ceu. You can check the favelas from far away to get a more objective but safe view on... More 

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Wilmslow UK
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Expected to use the famous tram, but still not functional. Instead took a taxi to the top, had a walk around and and lunch in the Portella restaurant (very satisfactory) and walked down to the centre simply following the rails of the tramline. Lovely views, and a different experience from the rest of Rio.

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malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We stayed in the neighbourhood for our stay. it is a quiet area uphill over cobbled streets,dotted with shabby grandeur of colonial houses.Some great places to eat in this area.A bit far from the hustle of Copacabana but taxis plentiful and a short ride away from Lapa

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Santa Teresa has beautiful, low-rise houses, small streets climbing up the hills and amazing views of the city. It attracts the young cariocas, artists, and the bohemian crowd, having street music performances, nice bars and restaurants, galleries, artesanias shops. Gentrification is apparent here with some boutique hotels and expensive shops, restaurants and luxurious houses.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I wouldn't stay here because it is really a neighborhood and not particularly prepared for tourists. It's difficult to get to as well. But highly recommend for a day into evening trip. it was fun to wander the galleries and the art work is quite good and reasonably priced. Take a ride on the Bonde, the only remaining streetcar in... More 

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Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I honestly expected more since the place is quite famous, some nice restaurants. shops i found very overpriced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

No maps or information center. Pay for a guide or plan it before arrive so you don spend more time than its needed

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Santa Teresa is what most people describe as 'Bohemian,' which translates into artsy (including people with real talent, as well as pretentious wannabees), loud late-night parties, and backpackers. If the above is appealing to you, then I highly recommend visiting - if not making it your 'base' in Rio. The streets are cobblestoned and filled with beautiful old mansions and... More 

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