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Selarón Steps (Escadaria Selarón) Tours

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Selarón Steps (Escadaria Selarón)
Decorated with more than 2,000 brightly colored tiles in the colors of the Brazilian flag, the Selarón Steps (Escadaria Selarón) is one of Rio de Janeiro's most vibrant and striking landmarks, marking the boundary between the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods. 

The Basics
The work of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, the Selarón Steps are one of Brazil’s most famous pieces of street art, often featured in commercials, music videos, and magazines around the world. Many tours of downtown Rio combine a visit to the staircase with stops at other city highlights such as Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, and the Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico). Neighborhood walking tours, some with a focus on street art, allow you to see the steps up-close. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Selarón Steps are free and open to the public 24 hours a day. 
  • Nearby bars and restaurants in Lapa and Santa Teresa are plentiful; combine a stop at the urban artwork with a meal or drink nearby. 
  • Although the 250 steps are not wheelchair accessible, the view from the bottom of the stairway is excellent. 

How to Get There
The Selarón Steps runs from Rua Joaquim Silva up to Rua Pinto Martins, connecting the neighborhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa in North Rio. While it can be reached by taxi or bus, guided tours often provide round-trip transportation and allow you to explore without the hassle of navigation. 

When to Get There
The steps are typically open to the public year-round, although they may occasionally be closed for filming commercials and movies. The best time to visit Rio is between December and March, when the weather tends to be warm and sunny.

Jorge Selarón
Selarón started work on the staircase in 1990 as a tribute to the Brazilian people and his adopted city, covering the 250 stairs with an elaborate mosaic of tiles. Operating a gallery from his home, the artist resided near the steps from 1977 until his death in 2013. He began renovating the steps on a whim, using a combination of tiles salvaged from the trash, some he hand painted, and some donated by visitors from all over the world. He was known to be seen working on the stairs day and night, interacting with visitors. 
Address: Escadaria Selarón, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch

Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour tour. With a local guide, travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras to board transportation to the top of Corcovado, home of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. 
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  • 8 hours
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US$88.98
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive, full-day tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana Beach, Botafogo Beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras on the way up Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.50
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Private Tour: Rio's City Essentials including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf

Private Tour: Rio's City Essentials including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf

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Tour Rio de Janeiro your way, with a private car and driver, during this fully customizable tour. Choose the landmarks and attractions that you want to visit, such as Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Selarón Steps, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the city's famous beaches. Learn about the food, language, culture and history of the city and its inhabitants from your informative local guide while you explore. Round trip transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$195.75
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Full Day in Rio: Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, Maracanã, Selarón & Lunch

Full Day in Rio: Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, Maracanã, Selarón & Lunch

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Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on this full-day guided tour with lunch. Take the Corcovado train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, take a cable car ride up to the Sugarloaf Mountain, see the famed Maracana soccer stadium, capture beautiful photos in front of the colorful Selaron Steps, and much more. This tour is also inclusive of a delicious barbecue buffet lunch at a local steakhouse.
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  • 8 hours
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Rio Shore Excursion: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Sambodromo

Rio Shore Excursion: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Sambodromo

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See Rio de Janeiro’s top sights in one day on this full-day tour with a guide. See the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain, stop for lunch at a traditional steak house, drive through Tijuca National Park, and get panoramic views of the city from the cable car ride to Morro de Urca and Sugar Loaf. This tour is designed for visitors who are short on time, but don’t want to miss any of Rio’s major sights. See it all in one day.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Rio Sunset Tour Including Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, Cathedral and Selaron

Rio Sunset Tour Including Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, Cathedral and Selaron

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You haven’t experienced Rio until you’ve taken in a Brazilian sunset. Save time as an experienced guide and driver navigates you through the busy streets during this afternoon tour to popular attractions like Christ the Redeemer, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Selarón Stairs. Wrap up a wonderful day of exploration atop Sugar Loaf Mountain as you watch the sun set over iconic Copacabana Beach.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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A flexible itinerary ensures a customizable experience during this private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Your private group can choose to focus on nature or history, with either a driver-guide or a separate guide and driver. Choose from highlights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the Selaron Steps. History buffs can explore the historic city center while nature lovers may opt to visit Tijuca Forest.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Big Five Rio Attractions Private Tour with Tickets and Lunch Included

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Big Five Rio Attractions Private Tour with Tickets and Lunch Included

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Rio de Janeiro is home to world-famous landmarks, natural wonders, and vibrant neighborhoods. Discover it all on this private tour with an itinerary that takes in five of the city’s most memorable attractions. Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado hill, ride the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and take in the views from Praia da Joatinga in the Tijuca Rain Forest. Plus, visit Parque Lage and explore the Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to the colorful Selaron Steps.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: One Day in Rio de Janeiro

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With so much to see and do in Rio de Janeiro, getting around the metropolis can be taxing. Make your sightseeing experience stress-free on an 8-hour private tour. End-to-end transportation from your hotel enables you to avoid sluggish public transit and visit Rio’s main attractions comfortably and quickly. Highlights include guided visits and free admission to Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf. The comprehensive itinerary also includes lunch at an authentic Brazilian restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Exclusive Full Day in Rio from the Sea Port

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See the best of Rio de Janeiro without having to worry about advance planning on a shore excursion that reveals the best of the Marvelous City. Ideal for time-pressed travelers, this hassle-free package transports you between sights in air-conditioned comfort and includes admission tickets for two top attractions.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Explore Rio's highlights and important landmarks with a dedicated guide on this full-day private tour. Visit important sites like Rio's historic downtown area, the Sambadrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Stop at the Colombo tea house for lunch or a snack (own expense). Ascend both Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains with a stop at the Christ the Redeemer statue. Enjoy the flexibility and personal attention that comes with booking a private tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps

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Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa. Then, walk along the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. You will visit the Ruins Park (closed on Mondays), a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in the South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo (closed on Sundays), a permanent member of all “must-see cafés” rankings around the world.
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  • 4 hours
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City Tour Rio de Janeiro -Essential- Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf with Lunch

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Complete your Rio de Janeiro bucket list in just 8-hour on a small-group sightseeing tour. Complimentary end-to-end transportation from your hotel allows you to reach the city’s top attractions comfortably and quickly. Visit Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain, Tijuca National Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, Sambadrome, and more. Every moment has been carefully planned to maximize your limited time in Rio. The tour also includes a buffet lunch at a traditional restaurant.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Tour: Explore Rio creating your own Itinerary

Private Tour: Explore Rio creating your own Itinerary

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Be free to choose you itinerary! We know that there is nothing better than taking a tour freely, with availability of time and going to the places you want, without following a certain established itinerary, which may be has places that do not get your attention. Well, this tour gives you that possibility On this tour, we can visit what you most want and have interest or curiosity, because you are the one who create the tour. The Tour Guide that will go along with you will tell you the stories, details and particularities of the places that are visited, and will give you suggestions of places to visit, as well as tips to make your stay in the city really enjoyable. The car and the guide will be at your disposal throughout the tour, so you can take the most advantage of your experience in the city and take a wonderful memory of Rio de Janeiro! Note: You can choose doing this tour in the morning or in the afternoon, depends on the availability Do you join this experience? Let´s go!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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9 in 1: Get to know Rio in one day!

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Have a unique one day experience in Rio (9 in 1), something most tourists don't have access to, have a local guide all day exploring the city and explaining the culture, problems and beauties of the city that just a stroll Exclusive can give you unlimited time with total flexibility to take your photos, enjoy the city and choose where you want to spend time, totally different from time-limited group tours and generalized information. Only really made in 1 day.
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Full-Day City Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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With a full day to spend in Rio de Janeiro, you can visit major locations during a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Let a guide take you to the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Steps), the Sambódromo where Rio’s Carnival takes place, Maracanã stadium, the Metropolitan Cathedral and more. With minivan capacity capped at 20, you’ll find it easy to follow your guide. Buffet lunch included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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A day in Rio de Janeiro

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Know all the main sights of Rio de Janeiro in a single day. Transportation with air conditioning and guides registered at Embratur. Our tour is done in a humane, fun and safe way; Free buffet lunch. Guides in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Full-Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Visit Rio de Janeiro's main sights with local guides who have preferential access to Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. Together we will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral whose architecture is inspired by a pyramid, the Selaron Staircase in the Historic Center of Rio de Janeiro and we will visit the Rio de Janeiro Carnival catchway. Embark on a wonderful tour with a team prepared to give you the best experience with comfort, responsibility and safety!!!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Express River: Christ the Redeemer + Sugar Loaf Mountain + Selarón Staircase

Express River: Christ the Redeemer + Sugar Loaf Mountain + Selarón Staircase

This express city tour is designed for people with little time to complete the full day tour "A Day in Rio de Janeiro". Visiting sights is faster and there is no stop for lunch. The tour lasts an average of 05 hours. If you have more time to enjoy the city, opt for the "One Day in Rio de Janeiro" tours. The tour includes visit to the following sights of the city: Christ the Redeemer Sugar Loaf Selarón Staircase Tickets Included: Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Approximate Duration: 5 Hours Boarding Time: 8:30 am and 1:30 pm Boarding Place: South and Central Zone Hotels (consult) Transport Type: Van Frequency: Daily
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  • 5 hours
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Best of Rio: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf Moutain, Lapa Steps and Santa Teresa

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With so much to see and do in this a vibrant and bustling metropolis, Rio de Janeiro can be a bit overwhelming. Take the stress-free route with this full day tour and hit all the best spots. Starting atop Corcovado Mountain next to the city’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, you’ll get your bearings before exploring Rio’s best neighborhoods including Santa Teresa, Lapa and Urca. Finish the tour with a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, with views of Copacabana Beach.
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  • 6 hours
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Rio Historic Center Walking Tour with Typical Brazilian Lunch

Rio Historic Center Walking Tour with Typical Brazilian Lunch

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This stroll will give you an excellent overview of the Historic Center of Rio, which combines Baroque churches, colonial buildings and modern buildings as it is also the business center of Rio. The visit is made on foot at your own pace and ends with a lunch on Cinelandia square included in the service.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Custom Half-Day Layover tour Must-Sees in Rio

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Private Custom Half-Day Layover tour Must-Sees in Rio

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This customizable private half-day tour is the perfect way to see Rio in that laid-back Brazilian kind of way. Pick-up is when and where you want it, and then its ‘choose your own adventure’ time. Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema Beach, the Selaron Steps, Sugarloaf Mountain, or some combination, it's up to you. And when you're hungry, stop for a delicious Brazilian lunch to refuel.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$147.03
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US$183.79
US$36.76 savings
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Full-Day Tour Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

Full-Day Tour Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

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Tick off all the attractions on your Rio de Janeiro must-see list on this full-day tour. With transportation included and a guide in the lead, you'll make good time on visits to the city's highlights, including the Selaron steps, the main Rio cathedral, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Gondola ride and lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

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Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$63.00
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