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Santa Teresa

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Address: Rua Aurea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-210, Brazil
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Description: 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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Excellent panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro but dead on a weekday

Santa Teresa is an interesting area of Rio de Janeiro, and the Parque das Ruinas has an extraordinary panoramic view of the city. The tram is still not operational so we caught... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Santa Teresa is an interesting area of Rio de Janeiro, and the Parque das Ruinas has an extraordinary panoramic view of the city. The tram is still not operational so we caught the metro to Catete and got a taxi to the main square, Largo do Guimarães. We went on a Wednesday afternoon and, almost without exception, everything was shut.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great area of Rio, a lot of cool bars, street and art shops well worth a stroll around just hope they get the tram revamped as soon as

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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