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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

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Alex our guide showed up right on time. Gave us an overview and off we went. Great subway system rocketed us from Copacabana to downtown and around. Fantastic area with the Seleron tiled staircase. Bused up to Santa Teresa and came back down on the tram.
Brought back to Copa by Alex on the subway. I would term the tour moves right along. Note temps. rose to 104ºF that
day and we are in our 70s. A little tired but got water and breaks along the way. Pretty cool deal and great value!

Blaine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A must-do for any visitors to Rio. Definitely a different experience than the beach or other tourist sites. The trolley ride alone is worth it--hopefully they will expand the service of this trolley again one day.

Mark H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fun and informative subway/van/trolley/walking tour. Highlights were the trolley ride and Selaron staircase. Great way to see this part of Rio.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Despite the short time span of this tour, I really enjoyed this tour Especially Escadaria SelarónSelarion Steps
Our Tour guide Gabriella was very Knowledgeable and deserves a lot praise in making the tour memorable.
Thank you Gabby and keep up the good work.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Such a fun and entertaining tour. Danny was an excellent guide. He took his time to explain everything, including general things about Rio. Highly recommended...small-group walking tour.

Tiffany T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My friends and I loved this tour! Our tour guide Daniel was very friendly and knowledgeable. Tried the best Pao de Queijo we had in Rio. We especially enjoyed the beautiful views of the city, tram ride, and walking down Escaderia Seleron. Must do this tour while in Rio!

Jeremy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great walking tour of Santa Teresa. The trip started with a trolly trip and narration by the guide. It was followed by a good walking tour of the favela. The town is hilly so be prepared for a little exertion. We stopped at a little cafe for the best cheesy-balls in Rio as well as visited a local artist store. There were some great panorama views of sugar loaf and Corcovado Mtn. The tour ended walking down the famous steps. The pace of the tour was casual and our guide was very patient while we took photos. i would definitely recommend.

Sally M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Daniel, our tour guide was outstanding. He was articulate and knowledgeable and presented the tour in a comfortable intimate fashion. It was obvious he knew the area.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Daniel was my guide and he was amazing! Really gave great commentary. He was so good I stayed on for the second part of the tour to the Santa Marta Favela. This was an amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone.

Steven P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Anderson was our guide, a lovely pleasant person. He was very informative about the places we visited as we were a small group. So he could give his attention to us, better than being in a much larger group We were lucky to go with him on Corpus Christie bank holiday, We got to see the Cathedral pavements decorated in biblical pictures that the community do.

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