The most bohemian of Rio de Janeiro’s neighborhoods, vibrant Lapa is best known for its eclectic music scene, with an abundance of bars, clubs and venues hosting local samba and forró bands. After dark, the main streets of Rua da Lapa or Rua Joaquim Silva come alive, with dancers spilling onto the streets and top clubs like the Rio Scenarium, Arco Iris and Asa Branca teeming with locals and in-the-know tourists. 

Even in the daylight hours, Lapa is a colorful district to explore, with the striking colonial buildings now home to a string of vintage shops and cafés frequented by Rio’s creative types. The area is also home to two of the city’s most iconic landmarks, most notably the Lapa Arches (Arcos da Lapa), an enormous 18th-century aqueduct that towers 64 meters over the central square. With the 42 grand arches dramatically lit at night, the arches make a popular meeting place for cariocas, as do the brightly painted steps of the Selaron Ladder, a short walk away. The masterpiece of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, the 215 steps of the Selaron Ladder are richly decorated with over 2,000 tiles in the colors of the Brazilian flag and mark the way into the neighboring district of Santa Teresa.

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Rio de Janeiro Nightlife Tour in Lapa Including Rio Scenarium

Listen to the iconic sounds of samba as you sip your caipirinha at two popular nightclubs in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. A local guide will accompany you to ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

5-Night Rio de Janeiro Carnival Package

Experience the thrill of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival with a week of festivities that will make your head – and feet – spin! Take to the streets and the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $2,539.99

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