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 Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain and Santa Marta Favela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Visit some of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous attractions and discover the various sides to the city on this full-day tour with a local guide. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.99

Skip the Line: Rio Scenarium Nightclub with a Private Table

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Want to feel like a VIP when you're clubbing in Rio? It starts when you breeze past throngs of people waiting to enter Rio Scenarium, the city’s hottest ...  Read more

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

From USD $72.99

Santa Teresa Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Leave behind the glitz of Copacabana and discover another side of Rio on this 4-hour walking tour. Follow an expert guide into the cobblestoned hilly ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.99

Rio de Janeiro Main Landmarks Tour Including Christ the Redeemer

See some of the best tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro on a day tour that takes care of the driving for you. Visit Sao Conrado Beach, walk through Tijuca ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00

Rio Scenarium Nightclub in Rio de Janeiro

Experience a true carioca night when you visit Rio Scenarium nightclub on this tour. This place will introduce you to privileged samba, MPB,(Brazilian Popular ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $64.99

Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour

Enjoy a private, guided tour of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro. See this great neighborhood accompanied by your guide and go on a trip to the past as you also ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00

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