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Best of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps

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    Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, then hop on the subway with your guide to travel to Santa Teresa the way the locals do. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with engaging commentary from your guide. Hop on a tram (the only one in Rio) or bus for the ride up to the top of the hill where Santa Teresa sits.
    This neighborhood is one of Rio's oldest, lined with cobblestone streets and interesting buildings. Learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you wind through the narrow lanes and alleyways. Admire the 18th- and 19th-century buildings that were once home to the city’s elite but now house art galleries, restaurants and bars. Set on a hill, the neighborhood offers great views — visit Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park) for photo opportunities of downtown and Guanabara Bay.
    Walk past the neighborhood convent, and then check out Selarón’s Staircase (Escadaria Selarón), a set of 250 steps covered in tiles from all over the world. They were created in the 1990s by artist Jorge Selarón and have been featured in all kinds of productions, from an episode of The Amazing Race to a Snoop Dogg video.
    After an engaging 4-hour tour, return to your departure point.
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    I did 3 tours with Urban Adventures during my stay in Rio. Santa Teresa and Seleron stairs (in a group of 11 people), Old Town and Carioca Sunset Bike Tour in a solo tour and I loved the three of them. Juliana, who was the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Sabina M
    Reviewed July 3, 2019

    I was among a group of five solo travelers led on this tour by Juliana. The tour was a LOT of fun and interesting, going from Copacabana to the Selaron Steps and other parts of the Santa Teresa area, as well as LAPA and a...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    2  Thank Michael B
    Reviewed June 26, 2019

    If you guys are lucky to have Juliana as your guide she will show you the best time. Juliana made us feel at ease with the city and gave us amazing tour. Very knowledgeable and chill. Thank you so much Juliana! You made me fell...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Cevanissa
    Reviewed June 14, 2019

    Juliana was our guide a few months ago and she was great! She was very knowledgeable about the area and shared a lot of interesting facts and tips about the places we visited and about life in Rio. Her english was very good and was...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    2  Thank patricy23
    Reviewed May 23, 2019 via mobile

    Thanks to our guide Lola who is a very pleasant and friendly person, having a good knowledge of the area and providing interesting comments. However, the tour is clearly overpriced, especially when considering the number of people in the group (roughly 10). I am quite...More

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    773AnnaM
    August 7, 2019|
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    Response from rachwilko |
    Hi, there is a fair amount of walking but if you can carry your son you should be fine 😃
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    Clay G
    July 14, 2019|
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    Response from VinnyP1 | Reviewed this property |
    We took it in the morning. I recall it being morning only.
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    Debbie G
    January 20, 2019|
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    Response from OnAir26451806376 | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. On our way back to the starting point we used the tube so I left the groop earlier because closer to my hotel. You can easily ask the guide what to do to arrive on time at your next appointment. Enjoy it, Albert
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