Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa
4.5
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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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Neighbourhood: 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2024
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Tom G
San Diego, CA243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 23 April 2024
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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,
.
Written 28 February 2024
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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 16 February 2024
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Surrey 13
London, UK1,334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
It is a v windy path up to the town and can only be accessed by smaller buses eg mini buses.

The walls have a lot of graffiti which is pleasing to the eye and interesting and quirky shops selling lovely items. We had a food tasting walk which was v interesting.
Written 25 September 2023
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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 29 June 2023
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454lindylou
Central Portugal, Portugal928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We waited over 40 mins to get on the Carioca Bonde, but it was worth it. Fortunately we arrived there at a reasonable time and the queue was very long by the time we boarded. It's an interesting ride, we decided to stay on and just do the round trip, as did other passengers. You go over the Lapa aqueduct and past part of the favalhas. Fortunately we had great weather the day we went on the tram
Written 9 May 2023
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Steve
London, UK927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We visited the area via the tram, got off at the top and walked back down to the main street then went on to the Parque Das Ruinas and the Selaron Steps. Overall its a worthwhile trip if you are taking the tram but don't expect an abundance of shops and bars. There are a few and what there is we found interesting it's just not a huge place.
Written 18 April 2023
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majorcfc
london7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
santa teresa is a safe part of the centro area in Rio
the best way to see santa teresa is by taking the tram up to the top then walking down stopping @ various points of interest
you can hop on hop off the tram but you see less that way
there are plenty of bars & rstaurents along he trams route & a bonus of using the tram is going over the lapa viaduct... lovely part of Rio , highly recommendeed for a day out
Written 11 November 2022
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Part of the charm of artsy Santa Teresa in Rio is the fact that first-timers are bound to get lost and stumble upon gems they never’d have guessed they’d find. Embrace this! It’s the experience. It’s a safe neighborhood atop scenic hills that affords amazing vistas of the central city below, and everywhere you look you’ll find murals and other outstanding street art.

I visited in an electric wheelchair, and the journey was definitely bumpy and uncomfortable. I was fortunate enough to be able to drive myself on the actual road, though, avoiding the curbs on the sidewalks—there’s no traffic here. I took it slow, and I had a great time. Stop off at different restaurants/cafes, shops, and overlooks whenever you can.

I highly recommend Santa Teresa, if at least for an hour out of your day!
Written 29 May 2022
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MalinsWorld
Ko Chang, Thailand54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We love the Santa Teresa part of Rio de Janeiro, it's galleries and the good bars and the delicious food. Great for an afternoon in the galleries and the afternoon turning into night with bars and dancing.
Written 30 November 2021
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