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  • Address: Escadaria Selarón
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Selarón Staircase (Escadaria Selarón)

Decorated with over 2,000 brightly colored tiles in the colors of the Brazilian flag, the Selarón Staircase (Escadaria Selarón) is one of Rio’s most vibrant and striking landmarks, marking the boundary between the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighbourhoods. The brainchild of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, the iconic steps have become one of the world’s most famous pieces of street art, drawing millions of visitors and gaining exposure in international commercials, pop music videos and magazines all around the globe.

Selarón started work on the staircase in 1990 as a tribute to the Brazilian people and his beloved adopted city, covering the 250 steps with an elaborate mosaic of tiles and updating the artwork over the years to include newly inspired tiles donated by visiting artists. Operating a gallery from his home, the artist lived nearby for more than 20 years, but tragically, he was found dead on the steps in 2013, leaving his memory to live on through the unique landmark.

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The Selarón Staircase runs from Rua Joaquím Silva up to Rua Pinto Martins, connecting the neighborhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa in North Rio. It can be reached by taxi or bus 409 or 433 from Rio Centro. It is open to the public.

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Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain and Santa Marta Favela

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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 $157.99

Small-Group Biking Adventure from Rio de Janeiro

Take part in this bicycle based 7-hour tour of the South Zone and Old City of Rio de Janeiro. See popular beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema before viewing ...  Read more

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

From USD $88.63

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