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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

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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beautiful old town

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Carolyn P
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Eva M
Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Renee W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Cristian S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This part of town is very unique - It is where all artists and free spirits live. Very old part of town and now there are many excellent little restaurants to explore.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can get the tram up to Santa Teresa and it isa just like the trams you get in San Francisco, we decided to walk and it's all up hill so if you don't like walking, don't do it. Once there the area is very arty and the houses and people reflect that. It's a nice place to go and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Santa Teresa was lovely, me and my boyfriend stayed in the area for 3 nights and on every night went out for a meal at 3 different venues where we enjoyed live music each night. A very chilled out atmosphere where the people are both friendly and helpful. The area is beautiful, lots of mosaics and the graffiti artwork found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Getting here from a safety view looked a bit daunting but in fact it was super easy . It offers some quaint shops , gritty street art and restaurants to chill at and have a good meal . Take the metro to cinelandia metro stop and hop on a taxi to santa teresa for around 10-11 reals. Easy as this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Great view of Rio, amazing restaurant options for all tastes, museums, hotels, it's in the heart of Rio, close to Lapa... but it can be a bit dangerous. And it's a mountain, so don't expect easy access.

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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.