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  • Address: R. Murtinho Nobre, 169 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20241-050
  • Hours: Open Tuesdays - Sundays, closed on Mondays
Don’t let the name fool you—Ruins Park, or Parque das Ruinas in Portuguese—isn’t just some abandoned relic of a bygone era. Well, the venue had been the mansion of a well-known Rio socialite, Laurinda Santos Lobo, whose early 20th-century balls were legendary. After her death in 1946, the house fell into disrepair, only to be salvaged by the city government in the 1990s and turned into this increasingly popular exhibition space and live music venue, complete with an al fresco café and one of the best views in the city.

Perched high atop one of the quieter hillsides of Santa Teresa, the restored complex features a beguiling mash-up of 19th- and 20th-century architecture, with an exposed brick façade and colonnaded veranda standing warmly next to Modernist metal and glass accents. During the summer, the outdoor concert series includes local jazz and samba bands, as well as children’s performances that add a decidedly familial air to an otherwise romantic ambiance. Be sure not to miss the marvelous weekend brunch served up with a stunning panorama of the marvelous city.

Practical Info

Admission to the complex—and the concerts—is free and the center is open every day of the week except Mondays.

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Private Tour: Christ the Redeemer with Lapa and Santa Teresa Neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Private Tour: Christ the Redeemer with Lapa and Santa Teresa Neighborhood

This private tour will take you to Christ the Redeemer, one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. Next, visit Santa Teresa, a charming neighborhood ...  Read more

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

From USD $147.00
Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain and Santa Marta Favela, Rio de Janeiro, ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain and Santa Marta Favela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 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 $110.60
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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Visit one of Rio de Janiero's oldest neighborhoods on this Santa Teresa discovery tour! Explore cobblestone streets and admire the neighborhoods’ unique ...  Read more

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

From USD $46.20
$66.00 Save $19.80
Santa Teresa Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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Santa Teresa Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 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
Private Tour: Santa Teresa Photography Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Santa Teresa Photography Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Visit Santa Teresa, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous neighborhoods on this 4-hour private photography tour. Learn about the diverse history and culture that ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00

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