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Santa Teresa

Rua Aurea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-210, Brazil (Santa Teresa)
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Ranked #61 of 331 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
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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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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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268 reviews 268 reviews
150 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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Preston, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We lived here for 6 months and strongly recommend this district especially at Carnival time when there is a Bloco almost each day. A little awkward to get to now the tram is closed but if you like a white knuckle ride try the 6 and 7 bus. Being on a hill great views and sometimes a very welcome breeze.... More

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Lima, Peru
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very cute part of town. Not as widely visited as other places in Rio but well worth to include it in a tour! There are many small art shops for those that want to buy some original souvenirs... We had a Feijoada in a cup (kind of soup) in a very cool place there as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

If you fancy relaxing walk on the hills or drink with locals in one of the bars, this is the right place. Very nice neighbourhood with friendly people

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We ended up here a little bit by chance (was going to see the Christ statue but it was too full) and we were very nice surprised! It's an amazing atmosphere in the city, so cosy bars and painters making their paintings in the creative shops. Bar de Minheiro was very nice and the staff was so kind. We followed... More

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1,221 reviews 1,221 reviews
786 attraction reviews
290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What a delightful area! And the tram is a very fun way to enjoy the quaint architecture, the peace and quiet, and the greenery. I enjoyed it so much I returned to do it again, but when I ascended from the Metro, the plazas were empty, so I retreated.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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104 reviews 104 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Unfortuantely, robberies and violence are returning to the streets of the districts. It's a pitty, cause it used to be a very charming neighboorhood.

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Le Pradet, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Enter with metro cinderella Then take stairs on the right and admire the titles then on the top go to the ruin park

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Lodz, Pologne
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is the place where artists and creative people live, spend quality time in the many small bars and restaurants - it is like a village you can reach by the "bondinho" the retro tramway going uphill :)

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London, United Kingdom
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503 reviews 503 reviews
207 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A really delightful part of Rio. Small cobblestone streets, charming boutiques and gift shops, lovely restaurants and funky bars. This area is so trendy with an excellent buzzing atmosphere. Walking around the old streets and beautiful restaurants taking in the great ambience is an experience not to be missed when in Rio. Find the elusive Rooftop Bar and grab a... More

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