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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
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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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An Amazing Place!!

An Amazing Place to visit in some ways it like time stood still. From Old Style Architecture and some of the best views of the city. Its a shame that the Trolley doesn't run there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An Amazing Place to visit in some ways it like time stood still. From Old Style Architecture and some of the best views of the city. Its a shame that the Trolley doesn't run there anymore due to an Accident back in 2011 because it can be a little difficult for elderly people to walk up there. So, if your... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to stroll around. Plenty of shops, handmade goods and cafes ! Don't miss the Steps!! Lots to see in the area and beautiful views of the city.

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In Rio de Janeiro, virtually every hill is guesting some sort of shanty town or favela, some of them are relatively safe places to visit, but many other are not. Santa Teresa is probably the only (or one of the very few) neighborhood which is built on a hill and still looks nice and clean. Just avoid very desert steep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't hesitate to visit Santa Teresa, with the narrow roads and the old but amazing houses. There are a lot of amazing/old houses, every one is different with its "personality" and you can imagine their history. Someone should take care of these houses, otherwise they will be collapsed. It is recommended to take the "yellow tram" (the use of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We queued for an hour and were really looking forward to this after Appox 12 mins the tour was over and we were asked to leave the tram until the next one arrived to bring you back there was no way we were waiting Mother hour so swiftly got a taxi to the Olympic boulevard. I would say give this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

we too girls walked up through the escadaria selaron to Santa Teresa, a beautiful walk. We go talking to an Italian man, who accompanied us, we did not feel unsafe, and admired the sights. We then could the tram/trolley back down to Lapa. A wonderful experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Santa Teresa is an OK neighbourhood, with some cool graffiti however we went at 3pm in the afternoon and I would say the shops aren't that amazing - you get better artwork at the feria dos hippie in ipanema on a Sunday. Would definitely recommend Aparazivel restaurant there. However the area itself is unsafe. We were mugged in broad daylight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Delighted with the fantastic graffiti line on the walls of the neighborhood. It reminded me of the streets and alleys of Italy. People, as always, attentive and welcoming. Some unforgettable caipirinhas here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

The Santa Teresa area of Rio is a unique and beautiful neighborhood, quite cut off from the main part of the city. Built on a hillside, this historic area is full of gorgeous old homes and winding streets. There is a small business district where they have shops and artists selling handmade crafts. The trolley there goes from Santa Teresa... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

The area is nice, with different bars and restaurants. For this reason the place is very touristic hance there are lots of thiefs ready to rob you you. So be very careful! My friend and I (including one girl from RIo) have been assoulted at gun point durng the day in Santa Teresa while we where walking 500 meters to... 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.