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Santa Teresa

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Address: Rua Aurea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-210, Brazil
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This quaint bohemian neighborhood of Rio with colonial buildings and...

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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I didn't find Santa Teresa to be quite as quaint as I've heard it described. However, it's not a waste of time to go. Lots of reasonably priced restaurants where you can sample... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I didn't find Santa Teresa to be quite as quaint as I've heard it described. However, it's not a waste of time to go. Lots of reasonably priced restaurants where you can sample local cuisine and where we have squirrels in our trees here in California, they have tiny mamoset monkeys that are the size of squirrels! worth seeing!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my 4th time in Santa Teresa over the past 10 years and I find that it improves every time I go. There are fun bars, little flea markets and artsy shops and a few excellent restaurants. I would recommend going on weekends as it is more happening. I went up the tiled stairs and wondered around and had... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't know what to expect of Santa Teresa but loved it! it is a neighbourhood high in the hills and has a real chilled out hippy vibe.. there is a tram that runs through but we missed the last one due to a long queue so got a taxi... we visited the old mansion and walked the quiet streets... More 

Thank fifers89
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area has very beautiful buildings and interesting cafes. Fantastic architecture and graffiti. Be sure to check current reviews for information about safety.

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours here. Arranged a private tour (with Martha Vasconcellos) and was happy I did. Allowed me to enjoy myself and not focus on navigating the windy streets. Beautiful, interesting part of Rio that is completely different from the beaches. Interesting architecture. We took the tram up over the aqueduct which was fun too. Make sure... More 

Thank jewels1441
Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place for walking :-) artistic heart of Rio, walking uphill, place for stray people, nice handmade products from local artists.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

we've went to Santa Teresa in a very traditional tram (bonde de Santa Teresa), and overall the experience has been very good. The line is very short, from Carioca at Rio Center towards Praça do Guimarães at santa Teresa neighborhood. After 1 hour in line... it worth it. The tram is all open, 32 places, go through Arcos da Lapa,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We were sceptical RE: safety. However, get the tram from the city centre (5 min walk from the triangular cathedral), it is free and get off at the last stop!! Walk uphill and just follow the rail track, you will come across several restaurants but in general we went for 45 minutes each way to enjoy the street art, views,... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I was just recently assaulted on the main road in Santa Teresa at night (12/28/15). There were many people just around the corner and when I was screaming, no one came. We were dropped off by the cab very close to the apartment we are staying at. I was with my 6'5'' 225 lb. husband who they didn't seem to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I read all the reviews about how beautiful this area is and so we went. What none of the reviews said is that, it's not worth going if it's not a Sunday. On Sunday, there is an art fair and there are lots of tourists and lots of locals. We went on a Monday and a lots of stores were... More 

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Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.