Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa
4.5
About
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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The area

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa
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.

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  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colorful neighborhood
    We toured this area with a guide while in Rio. It's a colorful area with a bit less of the madness in downtown (we visited during Carnaval). There are quite a few bars and restaurants for nightlife and an old train that goes up and down the hill. It seemed pretty safe.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
  • Steve D
    Divonne-les-Bains, France819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bourgeoise village with charactor
    Our guide showed us around Teresa which is perched on a steep hill side. The residential area on the top side showed impressive wealth here. Best part for us was the little yellow tram that wound its way up to the village from Carioca. Worth a visit to this area. We also bumped into a Lebanese band practicing in the woods. Very odd but showed there is also a arty side to this little village, .
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Tom G
    San Diego, California243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colonial charm and Bohemian vibe in Santa Teresa
    Rio has dozens of neighborhoods worth visiting to get a feeling for local culture, character, and color. Santa Teresa is nestled on a hillside overlooking central Rio. Known for its colonial charm and bohemian vibe, it attracts artists, musicians, and intellectuals. The narrow, winding, cobblestone streets are lined with beautifully preserved colonial houses, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. We visited the Selarón Steps, an iconic work of art created by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, showcasing a vibrant mosaic of tiles. A mix of tourists, artists, photographers, and locals wend their way up and around to get the best angles for photographing the most interesting (religious, humorous, outrageous cartoons). Many get to this area from the city center on the Santa Teresa Tram, a historic tramway system that has been operating since 1877.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
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kdeli
Agia Paraskevi, Greece1,666 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
All touristics guides propose to visit this neighborhood of the Rio De Janeiro. We went there with a group. Not suggested to go there alone, or at night. You will see a lot of stairs, decorated with tiles from all over the world. There are also a lot of people going up and down in the stairs, trying for a photo. We think that is overrated.
Written February 6, 2020
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BorntocruiseUK
Heathfield, UK13,431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
With its cobbled streets winding along Santa Teresa is a pretty location. It has beautiful views towards the city from its elevated position. Lots of little shops, cafes and a museum.

We got there by tram with a station stop right in the middle. But I’m sure other tours drive there.

Lots of great street art adorns the walls.

Written June 29, 2023
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Our guide showed us around Teresa which is perched on a steep hill side.
The residential area on the top side showed impressive wealth here.

Best part for us was the little yellow tram that wound its way up to the village from Carioca.

Worth a visit to this area.

We also bumped into a Lebanese band practicing in the woods. Very odd but showed there is also a arty side to this little village,
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Written February 28, 2024
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,953 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We came here in the walking tour. I have no doubt that part of it is sketchy.

The bits we saw had some old grand buildings, plenty of street art and the Selaron Steps to climb.

I actually wish I had more time to explore but it was getting dark.
Written August 28, 2020
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We toured this area with a guide while in Rio. It's a colorful area with a bit less of the madness in downtown (we visited during Carnaval). There are quite a few bars and restaurants for nightlife and an old train that goes up and down the hill. It seemed pretty safe.
Written February 16, 2024
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Worldtravels546
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013
Stay away from Santa Teresa and Lapa. Same thing as the previous couple. 2 teens on a red motorbike with a large knife lunged at us for money and bags with locals around. Lost our bags, money, cameras. We are in our late 20s dressed very casual with a crappy purse and backpack. Nothing flashy but obviously not from those parts. If you are on a lonely street or park no matter how nice and see any teens young adults loitering...run away to where there are cars and possibly police. They will circle you and wait for you until the opportunity presents itself. 2pm on a tuesday during a bright sunny day on what we thought was a big street. Wished we read these comments before we even ventured there. That I blame the travel channel and Anthony Bourdain...this area is not getting better. Screw trying quaint bars!

We got lucky that an old man with an car stopped for us and drove us to the local police station, but no local police took any action even though it had just happened. We waited for the tourist police and they were nice enough and drove us back down the street with my request and we couldn't find anything. We made the police ask a group of street workers that were there where the kids hanged out and first scoped us out and of course the workers neither saw us or saw anything even though when we walked by they gaulked as us. when we drove to the end of the street monte alegra there was a teen that kept staring right at me in the police car just to give me the smuggest evilist smile on his face as we drove back and forth. I have never seen so much self satisfaction and evilness in a look in my life. These kids do not expect to be caught and a hustle is just too below them when they can just come at you with full violence with no consequences. I have a mind to go back to that neighborhood and just trash every red motorbike on the street to send a message. We are not prey! 30 mins after we were at the tourist police station, 3 British girls came in also being robbed at gun point in a major park with park guards everywhere. assault with a deadly weapon happens here on a frequent and daily basis to Turists no matter the time or season.

#Boycott Rio. This place has terrible value and then on top of that tourists are targeted and the police just record statistics. These are stupid kids, 1 undercover job could bring these kids in. Everything here is expensive or at least the same prices as a very developed and civilized country. Broken down streets, terrible food being overly dry, fried, and salty. This place does not appreciate tourists nor wants them. They are not ready for the world cup nor are they even close to being ready for the Olympics. All people are going to experience here is either their sheltered hotels and beaches but still terrible food and value or assault! when there are plenty of other beautiful and wonderful places to be around the world. This place is not ready for the world stage and I want everyone to BOYCOTT Rio and their violent society until Rio actually does something about tourism assault!
Written May 21, 2013
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Keri T
Salt Lake City, UT6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
I was just recently assaulted on the main road in Santa Teresa at night (12/28/15). There were many people just around the corner and when I was screaming, no one came. We were dropped off by the cab very close to the apartment we are staying at. I was with my 6'5'' 225 lb. husband who they didn't seem to be intimidated by (there were two of them). I'm ok other than some scrapes and bruises but his knife was an inch from my face. Others in the city have been stabbed. It is a very unique and cool neighborhood, worth seeing. But never walk on the streets during the day or the night unless there are a lot of people around, in clear line of sight. Probably don't wear jewelry, and don't carry a purse if you can help it. I was wearing a $20.00 dollar necklace which they tore off my neck, along with my small purse.
Written December 28, 2015
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deirdre m
Galway, Ireland5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
Looks like a nice safe area but I got mugged at knifepoint mid day in clear view of some of the locals. Seems common in this area, be careful!!!
Written January 18, 2014
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Kate M
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
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. The shops that were open only sold fairly ordinary tourist paraphernalia. We had lunch at the much feted Bar do Mineiro and it is definitely worth visiting - it has a great feel. The Parque das Ruinas and Museo Castro Maya are also great and both have excellent views over Rio de Janiero. Take a map - it's fairly easy to see how people could run into trouble by straying off the main strip; remember that Santa Teresa is encircled by favelas. By all accounts it's much more lively on the weekend so keep that in mind when planning your trip.
Written March 18, 2015
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ABKSanDiego
San Diego8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We were recommended to this area by locals and the hotel concierge--it was to be a nice, safe, old suburb of Rio. It was, I guess, until we were held up at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon during rush hour!!!! We didn't find out until later that the favelas that surround Santa Teresa are very close and often spill into this suburb. Do not go--and the tram is not even working and is not likely to be fixed anytime soon. All the guidebooks are out-of-date, this tram is not in existence and Sta. Teresa is not worth going to.read less
Written June 22, 2014
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