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

Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Visit one of Rio de Janiero's oldest neighborhoods on this Santa Teresa discovery tour! Explore cobblestone streets and admire the neighborhoods’ unique architectural styles while taking in stunning views of the city. Visit the Chácara do Céu Museum and Ruins Park before stopping by the famous Selarón Staircase.


  • Small-group tour of Santa Teresa from Rio de Janeiro
  • Enjoy stunning views of Rio de Janiero from the top of Santa Teresa
  • Learn about one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods from your local guide
  • Visit Chacara do Ceu Museum and Ruins Park

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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy discovering the neighborhood of Santa Teresa on this discovery tour from Rio de Janeiro! Get a feel for how locals get around the huge city of Rio as you take the subway downtown with your local guide. Wander through the financial district and visit Carioca Square, once the main source of drinking water in Rio. Then, hop on a tram (the only one in Rio) and head to the neighborhood of Santa Teresa on a 20-minute ride to the top of the hill (Note: The tram is under construction so you will take a bus up to Santa Teresa until the tram is complete).

Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa as you wander by foot through the winding, narrow cobblestone streets. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now an artistic hotspot. Admire beautiful architecture learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below.

As you make your way back down the hill, drop by Carmelitas’ Convent and walk down the famous Selarón Staircase, created by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We when on a small group tour 2 couples and the guide around Santa Teresa and Rio de Janeiro's downtown by foot. The guide, Yvan from the tour company, a native from Santa Teresa. Has been more than great! Ask for him to get the most out of your trip!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a great walking tour through the downtown, using the subway, and the interesting bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Make sure you have Brazilian Reals, and be prepared to walk a few miles in the lively streets of Rio.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was outstanding nd the tour guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was quite good. The guide was very knowledgeable and we went round the city. It is worth taking the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We really enjoyed this tour, the pace, and the scenery. Our guide could speak English very well and was interesting. It was just my husband and I so we could hear all that was said and stop and take our time at the different sights. I would recommend this tour if you have time. There is a lot of walking so be sure to wear good comfortable shoes, the pavement is uneven and there a lot of ups and downs. I would not wear flip flops.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My tour was led by Daniel, who was fantastic! Only one other person was on the tour with me, so it was basically like a private tour. You can tell how much Daniel loves his home town and how excited he is to share his experience in this unique city. His English is flawless and the tour was really relaxed yet informative. I'm glad I was able to experience Santa Teresa with a true local!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very nice walking tour! Daniel was very friendly and informative! I really enjoyed taking the subway and getting to see another side of Brazilian life and culture!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Santa Teresa is must see especially if the tram start working end of this year as it's under renovating. But the famous Selaron steps was the high light with its history.
I must mention our tour guid Daniel who had good knowledge and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We had an excellent private tour. It was just two of us. The guide was very friendly, spoke good English and was very knowledgable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A great tour with a great tour guide. I very much enjoyed the tour. It was a mixed walking, subway, and bus tour and a very good way to see more of Rio than you usually would. The murals on the tour were very interesting and the walk down the tiled steps, Selaron's Staircase, was great.

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