• Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Explore one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, Santa Teresa, on this 4-hour guided sightseeing tour. With a small group of twelve people or less, walk down cobblestone streets among the the district's interesting architecture. Admire sprawling views of greater Rio de Janeiro, climb the Selarón Staircase and explore the Chácara do Céu Museum and Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park).


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Bohemian district of Santa Teresa

Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, then hop on the subway with your guide to travel to Santa Teresa the way the locals do. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with engaging commentary from your guide. Hop on a tram (the only one in Rio) or bus for the ride up to the top of the hill where Santa Teresa sits.
This neighborhood is one of Rio's oldest, lined with cobblestone streets and interesting buildings. Learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you wind through the narrow lanes and alleyways. Admire the 18th- and 19th-century buildings that were once home to the city’s elite but now house art galleries, restaurants and bars. Set on a hill, the neighborhood offers great views — visit Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park) for photo opportunities of downtown and Guanabara Bay.
Walk past the neighborhood convent, and then check out Selarón’s Staircase (Escadaria Selarón), a set of 250 steps covered in tiles from all over the world. They were created in the 1990s by artist Jorge Selarón and have been featured in all kinds of productions, from an episode of The Amazing Race to a Snoop Dogg video.
After an engaging 4-hour tour, return to your departure point.

Customer Reviews

Ricardo United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I felt safe with the company of our Tour Guide, highly recommended if it's your first time in Rio !

mallory v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

AMAZING guide.

Floriane Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had a great morning with our Guide Juliana in Santa Teresa. The place is just amazing and it was really nice to walk around there. She explained us a lot of things about the neighboorhood but also about Rio and about Brasil in general. We also had the chance to take the smal tram to go up, wich was very charming...


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour. Great Guide, very informative!

Mark J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had done a full day of the Rio the day before sure we were a little unsure about doing this as we thought it might be a lot of the same. Let me tell you it was not! We were all so glad we did this. This tour was probably one of the top tours we have ever done.! It is a 100 must tour of Rio. Ivan was by far one of the best tour guides I have ever had. Hands down!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Urban Adventures is a great travel agency in Rio de Janeiro I was lucky to come across during my Rio exploration.
I had a big pleasure to meet Juliana and spend half day on our Santa Teresa tour.
From the very beginning Juliana was able to put smile on my face even though I was robbed on the street 2 days earlier. She was very smiley, optimistic and full of energy.
Our tour was well organized. We were well taken care of. Our guide was very knowledable. We were provided with first hand information, some interesting personal stories as well.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I don't remember our tour guide's name but he was fantastic. Our tour group was very small only my friend and I and another guy it was very intimate. It felt like 4 friends walking around Santa Teresa I'm also glad it was early in the morning because by noon it started to get crowded when we completing our tour.

Christopher H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Juliana was a great guide on this half-day tour through Santa Teresa. I recommend including this tour as part of your Rio itenerary. Aside from a ride on the iconic street car, you see the historic architecture and laid-back vibe of this quaint neighborhood. We stopped at a locally run shop that featured local artists' work. I purchased a small painted soapstone box. Juliana also took us to a small cafe that serves arguably the best pao de quiejo in all of Rio, and serves the most refreshing acai smoothies. We also saw the Selaron staircase, which is another Rio landmark.

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour. Juliana was awesome. Saw a lot and learned way more than I would have on my own.

Julie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Julianna was a friendly and Knowledgable host. We learnt a lot about the area and she took us to her favourite café for the most amazingly tasting cheese balls. There was plenty of time to take in all the sites of Santa Teresa. Thank you Julianna. You made our trip so very special. Thanks also for sharing the photos of us during our tour.

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