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Santa Teresa Discovery Tour – Rio de Janeiro

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Santa Teresa Discovery Tour – Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa Discovery Tour – Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa Discovery Tour – Rio de Janeiro


  • Visit Santa Teresa, the Montmartre of Rio de Janeiro
  • Stunning views and photo-opportunities
  • Admire the world-famous artwork – Selaron’s Staircase
  • Knowledgeable local guide to lead you


Jump on the last tram line/bus in Rio de Janeiro and set off to explore the lovely district of Santa Teresa.

Once the haunt of Rio de Janeiro's elite, this enchanting neighborhood is now the center of an artists' community and has been dubbed ' the Carioca Montmartre'.

Explore the cobblestone streets of Santa Teresa on foot and discover beautiful architecture, art galleries, restaurants and local costumes. See stunning views of Rio and the ocean.

View an amazing artwork in progress – 'Selaron’s Staircase', a set of steps decorated with ever-changing mosaics in vivid colors. There's a chance you may also meet the artist himself – Chilean-born Jorge Selarón. Make sure you get some photos of this world-famous masterpiece.


For your Santa Teresa Discovery Tour – Rio de Janeiro, you should meet your guide at the magnificent and classic Copacabana Palace Hotel. Please arrange to arrive at the meeting point well before the departure time of 9.00 am.

Take the subway downtown (other transportation might be used for safety reasons whenever necessary) and learn how to use this excellent means of transportation in Rio, a great way to orientate yourself with this large city. Hop off at Carioca Station and wander through the Financial District, home of huge companies such as Petrobras and BNDES. Visit Carioca Square, once the main source of drinking water in Rio, transported in by the Aqueducts of Lapa.

Climb on a tram/bus for the journey up to Santa Teresa, a 20 minutes ride over the aqueducts which are now used as the tram route. This is the last tram line in Brazil used for transportation purpose. Santa Teresa, situated high on a hill overlooking Rio is one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods and enchants locals and visitors alike with its cobbled streets and eclectic architectural styles. The views of the city center and the bay are stunning. Previously, it was a neighborhood dominated by the elite, but with their departure to more modern suburbs of Rio it has been transformed into an artistic center with many artists choosing the area as their preferred place of residence.

Among the attractions in Santa Teresa are the Chacara do Ceu Museum, the Ruins Park and the gorgeous view over Rio de Janeiro Downtown and Guanabara Bay. Many visitors compare the neighborhood to the bohemian district of Montmartre in Paris. During the Carnival, many street bands perform on the streets and the most famous one is 'Bloco das Carmelitas', which is named after the local Convent.

On the way back towards Lapa District you will drop by the Carmelitas’ Convent and clamber down the picturesque Escadaria Selarón ('Selaron’s Staircase').

Escadaria Selarón is a world-famous set of steps decorated with brilliantly colored tiles, ceramics and mirrors by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón. No sooner than the stairway is 'finished', than Selarón starts work on another section, constantly changing it so that it is an ever evolving piece of art.

On this tour you will see the masterpiece and probably meet its maker as well!

The tour ends back at the starting point in front of the H Stern Store at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.

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  • Exactly what we wanted

    We all met at Cobacana Palace - a nice easy place to meet and we even waited an extra 30 mins as some people were running late. What was great is that the whole time it didnt...

    Miss Sarah Maia
  • Santa Teresa Discovery Tour

    Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about Rio. We also did a bus tour for 10 hours, on which we learn quarter of the information we received on our 4 hour walking tour. ...

    Joanne M Trathen
  • Excellent tour and friendly guides

    Really enjoyed the walking tour. Guides were not in a rush, and provided fun local information. Highly recommended....

    Christopher Kirwin
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?



4 hours

Start time


Meeting point

In front of the H Stern Store at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends back at the starting point

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  • English-speaking guide
  • Round trip subway ticket
  • Tram ride fare (bus fare while tram is not running)


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


Wear comfortable shoes, light clothes, hat and sunscreen and make sure you bring the camera. Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered

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Please note

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

The bus to Santa Teresa will be the transportation option if the tram is not running for any reason.

Instead of subway downtown other transportation might be used for safety reasons whenever necessary.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • If you are happy with the services provided, then a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry in Latin America. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this trip.
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