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a trip like a real musical

The architecture and, more relevant, the people are making you believe you are spontaneously living in a musical. The Saint Teresa, the columns are different to the reality you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Angela S
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good night life gave a good Brazilian party culture feel drinks were reasonable always a place were people are dancing and having good time

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The architecture and, more relevant, the people are making you believe you are spontaneously living in a musical. The Saint Teresa, the columns are different to the reality you know. But during the night, the place gives you other vibes. The live music among the columns gives you goosbumps. There are 'fast-food' places to eat local food, all the people... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our walk to Centro we walked via Arcos Da Lapa they are in a very run down area of Rio and at the bottom of Santa Teresa which is a lovely place to visit as long as you enjoy a climb. You can continue walking to Centro but it is pretty run down apart from the business district.

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Wellington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lapa is a bit rough around the edges but is only a short walk from Cinelandia metro. We visited on a Saturday night and found the large square dominated by the Arches full of people eating at outdoor restaurants, impromptu music in the streets and in some bars. Even the poorest streets were alive and interesting and the Escadaria Selaron... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During the day, visit the arches and the cathedral for spectacular pics. Follow the sign for Saint Teresa and marvel at the artwork on the steps. At night, hold on to your hats!!! This place is bustling with music, food and vendors galore. Most of the clubs have live entertainment, so you can wait to get in or stand on... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Arcos da Lapa is the old Rio and it is surrounded by bars and restaurants. The location is not really good, kind of dangerous and dirty. I don't really recommend to walk around the area. By car or by a shuttle would be the best option.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

It's worth a stop if you have the time, but don't fret if you can't squeeze it into your time in Rio. It looks exactly like it does in the pictures. Usually things like that are more impressive in person, but this wasn't really.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Somehow this piece of 19th century civil engineering remains me more of a Roman piece of wonder engineering for Roman times and it blends very well with the environment. Two big pluses, one Lapa is a very lively quarter with a lot of great bars and restaurants and the Santa Teresa tram uses it now

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Its not the arch that has beautiful architectures, but it still a landmark that you should visit. If you get lucky, you might get to see the tramp running on it. Just be careful here though, as there are lots of homeless people around and they might try to follow you!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Aqueducts are cool but there's not much to see on this one - nothing to climb or explore further. If you see it from the cab, you've seen it.

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