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Santa Teresa (Barrio Santa Teresa) Tours

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Santa Teresa (Barrio Santa Teresa)
This unlikely cobblestoned neighborhood close to the center of Rio de Janeiro has long been a tourist favorite among visitors to this Brazilian city. Santa Teresa (Barrio Santa Teresa) is located on the top of the hill of the same name, and takes its name from a convent built in the 1750s. It has a history as an upper class neighborhood, as some of its larger and more elaborately built mansions can attest. Santa Teresa has become an artist enclave in recent years, and is a great place to spend an afternoon, wandering among eateries, enjoying a cold beer, and checking out galleries and stands where you can buy artists renderings of the Cidade Maravilhosa (amazing city, as Rio is frequently called), or other souvenirs.

There are also a few museums worth visiting, such as the main art museum, the Museu da Chácara do Céu, housed in art collector Raimundo Otoni Castro Moya’s former mansion, that has works from Miró and Matisse, among other greats. Other architectural surprises include the Russian Orthodox Church. For the moment, the only way to experience the famous tramway that brought residents and visitors to the top of Santa Teresa is through the museum, Museu do Bonde, which tells the tram’s story, and shows it crossing the Carioca Aqueduct, at over 45 meters in height. The tram has been out of service since 2011, but plans are afoot to get it back up and running in 2015. For now, visitors take a taxi or the bus up the hill.

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The view over the Guanabara bay at night are not to be missed, and if you can time your visit to June or July, you might overlap with a weekend arts festival called Arte de Portas Abertas, with live music (mostly jazz), art and food stands held in the open air.
Address: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Explore the bucolic neighborhood of Santa Teresa and downtown Ancient Rio during this 4-hour private tour. In Ancient Rio, visit sites like the France Brazil House, Arcos da Lapa, Teles Arches and Praça XV. In Santa Teresa, admire the stately mansions from the early 1900s and view the neighborhood's original tram, built in 1897. Learn about the importance of both of these neighborhoods in Rio's past through commentary from your guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.00
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US$40.00
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Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$36.54
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US$36.54
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Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacabana

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Visit Corcovado Mountain, the bohemian enclave of Santa Teresa on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Get to see some of the many faces of Rio and learn what life is like for some of the city's residents. Walk through Santa Teresa, one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, enjoy sprawling views of Rio and the Christ the Redeemer statue from the top of Corcovado. This small-group tour, led by a knowledgeable local guide, is limited to twelve participants.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$156.05
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US$156.05
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☀️ Lapa + Santa Teresa + Selaron Stairs + Electric Scooter ⚡️

☀️ Lapa + Santa Teresa + Selaron Stairs + Electric Scooter ⚡️

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⭐️ A fun and laid-back tour with electric scooters through the Flamengo Park on a route until the Lapa and Downtown. Let's get the cable car(ticket included) and visit the old and traditional neighbohood Santa Teresa. Interest Points: ⇨ Flamengo Park ⇨ Guanabara Bay ⇨ Marina da Gloria ⇨ MAM ⇨ SELARON STAIRS ⇨ LAPA AQUEDUTS ⇨ Metropolitan Cathedral ⇨ Cinelândia ⇨ Municipal Theater ⇨ National Library ⇨ Santa Teresa Cable Car ⭐️ A way more sustainable and fun to meet the highlights of the city. Let's enjoy the nature, art, architecture, beautiful views and cross many historical spots of the city. Escape the traffic chaos, connect and feel the city close. ⭐️ We will offer the instructions for novice riders of the electric scooters for a safe trip. >>>>>>>>>>>Follow_us: @e.vanmo >> Contact us for request a special date/time to fit in your trip schedule.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.55
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US$40.55

Best of Rio: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf Moutain, Lapa Steps and Santa Teresa

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$124.63
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US$124.63
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Small-Group Classic Rio Tour Including Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Santa Teresa Art District

Small-Group Classic Rio Tour Including Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Santa Teresa Art District

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Get to know the vibrant spirit of Rio de Janeiro during this 8-hour sightseeing tour with a small group. Summit both Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Your small group is limited to 15 people or fewer to ensure your guide's personal attention and an intimate atmosphere. Traditional Brazilian lunch, all entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$140.00
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US$140.00

Special Tour in Rio: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa and Ipanema's Hippie Fair

Special Tour in Rio: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa and Ipanema's Hippie Fair

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Stray from the beaten path and visit some of Rio de Janeiro’s alternative tourists attractions on a 4-hour tour of the São Bento Monastery and the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Ideal for travellers who have ticked off Rio’s main sites already, the tour’s itinerary includes the São Bento Monastery, a gorgeous example of 16th-century Roman Catholic architecture, and the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, replete with haphazard houses and decorated stairways. Visit, too, the Feira Hippie de Ipanema, a market brimming with fabrics, handbags, souvenirs, and Brazilian street food.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.50
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US$54.50
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Christ the Redeemer, Selaron Steps and Santa Teresa Half-day Tour

Christ the Redeemer, Selaron Steps and Santa Teresa Half-day Tour

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Visit the one of the 7 wonders of the World: the Christ Redeemer Statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain, then drive through the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa with is cobbled streets and hills before getting to visit the work of art made by Chilean born artist, Jorge Selarón, the Selaron Steps! Enjoy the colorful surroundings and don’t miss a chance to take as many pictures as possible before heading back to the hotel or continue exploring on your own for the rest of the day.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$59.00
Price varies by group size
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US$59.00
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Rio de Janeiro City Tour

Rio de Janeiro City Tour

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When you’re short on time in Rio and don’t want to waste the hours figuring out how to get from place to place, explore the famous sights on a tour. This 5-hour itinerary includes visits to Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado; Santa Teresa and the Lapa steps; the Metropolitan Cathedral; and Sugar Loaf. The van’s maximum capacity is 19, making it easy to follow the guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.00
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US$86.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$189.19
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US$227.03
US$37.84 savings
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US$189.19
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US$227.03
US$37.84 savings
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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
Price varies by group size
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Rio de Janeiro Main Landmarks Tour Including Christ the Redeemer and Selaron Steps

Rio de Janeiro Main Landmarks Tour Including Christ the Redeemer and Selaron Steps

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See Rio's most important sights, including Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, during this comprehensive 5-hour guided tour. Visit Sao Conrado beach, a popular landing spot for hang gliders taking off from Pedra Bonita, to watch the gravity-defying adventurers soar high above the beach. Travel through Tijuca National Park's rainforest to the Christ the Redeemer statue, enjoying spectacular views over the city. Descend into the Santa Teresa neighborhood to visit the Escadaria Selaron and have lunch (own expense). Choose to return to your hotel or be dropped off at Sugar Loaf Mountain to view the sunset.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.00
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US$40.00
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Discover Rio de Janeiro: Santa Teresa e Lapa half day tour

Discover Rio de Janeiro: Santa Teresa e Lapa half day tour

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Explore two vibrant neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro with this half-day guided tour. Learn about the city’s art and culture while strolling through Lapa and Santa Teresa. Walk along cobbled streets, peek into local restaurants, and hear Brazilian music. Visit several landmarks including a theater called Sala Cecília Meireles, a historic aqueduct called Arcos de Lapa, and the Museu Chácara do Céu art museum.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.00
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US$68.00

Private Rio de Janeiro City Tour

Private Rio de Janeiro City Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history, culture and beauty of Rio on this 8-hour private tour with a dedicated guide. Travel in a private vehicle to some of the city's most important landmarks, including Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer Statue standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Travel through downtown Rio's historical center and into the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Visit the famous Selarón Steps (Escadaria Selarón), created by South American artist Jorge Selarón over the course of 20 years. Enjoy flexibility and personal attention on a private tour, which includes round-trip transportation from your accommodation in Rio and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$300.00
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US$300.00
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Plant-based Brazilian Flavours Cooking Class

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Plant-based Brazilian Flavours Cooking Class

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Coming to our cooking classes is a unique opportunity to learn how to prepare (and eat) delicious, traditional food that also happens to be whole-food, plant-based, and to discover interesting aspects of the history and culture of Brazil. It is also a great opportunity to meet young world travelers and expats living in Brazil and see this country and its amazing rich culture through our eyes. For a start I prepared a short introduction to give you the background of the influences that shaped Brazilian cuisine. We then start by mixing the best Caipirinha you will probably drink in Brazil. Be warned! I will ruin you for the Caipirinhas at the beach or in the streets ;) After that we start preparing our food. Learn how to make Feijoada and Moqueca, Acarajé and Vatapá, Farofa and other Brazilian delicatessen. At the end we will enjoy our meal in our patio under the Mango tree.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.67
US$69.60
US$13.93 savings
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US$13.93 savings
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Santa Teresa: the staircase, bohemia and culture

Santa Teresa: the staircase, bohemia and culture

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Actors perform directly to your headset. The convent of Santa Teresa was built in the 1950s and gave origin to this charming neighborhood of narrow streets that attract travelers and artists located on the top of Santa Teresa Gil. Learn some of the stories of colonial times Rio de Janeiro, as you walk around one of the most popular hang outs in town.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
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US$6.99
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Colonial and French Architecture - Santa Teresa The Artistic Heart of Rio!

Colonial and French Architecture - Santa Teresa The Artistic Heart of Rio!

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This tour is special because the breezy hilltop location of Santa Teresa neighborhood in the middle of the downtown city of Rio de Janeiro is very unique. It was not by chance, that it was the first choice for wealthy settlers in Rio, back in time. The neighborhood’s cobbled streets are lined with some of the finest examples of colonial and French architecture of the time, mansions that were once home to the city’s wealthy elite, and today function as artists’ studios, restaurants, and guesthouses... The neighborhood is also known as the artistic heart of Rio. Strolling around the neighborhood is a pleasure in itself, and the views offered from the top are awesome. Besides, Santa Teresa is a top destination for foodies, as the neighborhood is one of the best places in the city to sample traditional dishes from across Brazil and the best caipirinhas in town.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$260.00
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US$260.00
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Santa Teresa Discovery Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Santa Teresa Discovery Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Located on the top of a hill, the Santa Teresa neighborhood is famous for being home to several artists. This half-day tour is perfect for those who enjoy history, culture and wish to visit the bucolic neighborhood. We can walk through the streets, see the little shops and buy one of a kind and authentic arts craft. We can have a look at the small bars and restaurants and stop by for a drink. We also visit the Parque das Ruínas to have a spectacular view of downtown Rio and check on the exhibitions they have inside.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.00
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Santa Teresa Private Tour & Photo Shoot Experience - Unlimited Digital Album

Santa Teresa Private Tour & Photo Shoot Experience - Unlimited Digital Album

Visit one of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular neighborhoods, Santa Teresa, on this private, 4-hour photography walking tour. Along with a professional photographer guide, learn about the diverse history and culture while witnessing a neighborhood full of squares and cultural spaces. Visit the famous Escadaria Selarón (Selarón Steps), Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park) and Museu da Chácara do Céu, featuring European & Brazilian art. Afterward, receive a high-resolution digital photo album from the tour and a printed souvenir photo. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$129.73
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US$129.73

Santa Teresa and Downtown Private Tour & Photo Shoot - Unlimited Digital Album

Santa Teresa and Downtown Private Tour & Photo Shoot - Unlimited Digital Album

Combine the artist enclave of Santa Teresa with the historic city center on this private tour of Rio. A professional photographer serves as your personal guide and captures images of popular landmarks. See the Escadaria Selarón (Selaron Steps) and preserved mansions, then stroll past the Metropolitan Cathedral, Confeitaria Colombo, Municipal Theatre, Tiradentes Palace and Paco Imperial (Imperial Palace) in the Centro. Receive a digital high-resolution album as a souvenir. Your 6-hour tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$162.17
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US$162.17

Santa Teresa and Tijuca Park Private Tour & Photo Shoot -Unlimited Digital Album

Santa Teresa and Tijuca Park Private Tour & Photo Shoot -Unlimited Digital Album

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Tour the hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa and visit the lush Tijuca National Park on a private 6-hour tour from Rio. Stroll through the historic neighborhood of Santa Teresa, filled with narrow alleyways, town squares and colonial mansions. Continue to Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world. Learn about the native flora and fauna endemic to the Atlantic rainforest through your guide's informative commentary. Travel round-trip in an air-conditioned private vehicle with a professional photographer to capture images of your adventure. End your adventure with a souvenir photo and a digital photo album on a high-resolution DVD.
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  • 6 hours
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US$140.55
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US$140.55

Full Day Tour in Rio: Pepino Beach, Tijuca Forest, Corcovado and Santa Teresa

Full Day Tour in Rio: Pepino Beach, Tijuca Forest, Corcovado and Santa Teresa

What makes this tour unique is the fact that it includes most of the important sites to see in Rio, like Pepino beach in São Conrado, right where hang gliders land, as well as the famous Tijuca Forest (largest urban forest in the world), Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado mountain (elected one of the new 7 wonders of the world) and Santa Teresa ( the bohemian neighborhood) with its old houses, charming streets and its iconic Selaron Steps. All of these tour spots for very affordable price, since it also includes the corcovado entry fee. We use from air conditioned 4 passenger cars, to vans that can transport up to 14 travellers. We do not use big 45 seats buses in this tour. We prefer to work with smaller groups and give more attention to our clients.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$74.60
Price varies by group size
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US$74.60
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Tijuca Forest & Santa Teresa - Private Tour

Tijuca Forest & Santa Teresa - Private Tour

Tijuca Forest with Santa Teresa This combination will make you experience totally different atmospheres: the nature and silence of the Tijuca Forest and the picturesque Santa Teresa neighborhood. In 5 hours you will see a big amount of the Tijuca National Park and Santa Teresa. We will visit: - Chinese View: from this chinese pagoda you will see a view with a different perspective of the city. - Taunay Waterfall: waterfall painted several times by french artist Taunay. - Dona Marta viewpoint: the closest viewpoint from Christ statue. - Selaron steps: beautiful tiles project made by the artist Selaron. - Santa Teresa trolley: you will take a quick ride on it. - Largo dos Guimarães square: main area of Santa Teresa. - Ruins Park (this attraction does not open on mondays, so I will take you to another special attrction): ruins of the house that was the home of the great patron of Belle Époque carioca, Laurinda Santos Lobo. - Drop-off at your place (in the south or central zone).
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$100.89
Price varies by group size
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US$100.89
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Jeep Tour Corcovado With Tijuca Rain Forest And Santa Teresa

Jeep Tour Corcovado With Tijuca Rain Forest And Santa Teresa

We invite you to take a different tour on a well equipped jeep that will allow us to observe even better the attractions that we will visit during the excursion.  The CORCOVADO HILL + TIJUCA FOREST + ST. TERESA - JEEP TOUR begins with a visit to the traditional neighborhood of Santa Teresa, and from there, to the Tijuca National Park, where the Cerro Corcovado is. At its top is located the monument Christ the Redeemer, a typical postcard of Rio, and our tour offers the possibility to climb to its top, to admire a stunning view. 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.00
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