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
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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Apr 2018
I felt safe with the company of our Tour Guide, highly recommended if it's your first time in Rio !
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...
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!
Enjoyable trip through the neighborhoods. The steps are not to be missed. Getting to ride the subway and the tram are added bonuses. A bit too much walking for me, but other than that, a very good tour.
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.
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.