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Santa Teresa Tours

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 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.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 99 Reviews

Don't know what to do with a full day in Rio? How does a visit to Christ the Redeemer, time in Copacabana, and a ride on Rio's last remaining tram sound? Join ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.65
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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 111 Reviews

Visit one of Rio de Janiero's oldest neighborhoods on this Santa Teresa discovery tour! Explore cobblestone streets and admire the neighborhoods’ unique ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Enjoy a private, guided tour of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro. See this great neighborhood accompanied by your guide and go on a trip to the past as you also ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Rio Half-Day Tour: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa District and Hippie Market in Ipanema, Rio de ... 
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Rio Half-Day Tour: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa District and Hippie Market in Ipanema

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Staying more days in Rio? Have you already decided what to do next Sunday? Here is an excellent choice: Visit some "out of the scene" sites: São ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
Santa Teresa Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Santa Teresa Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Leave behind the glitz of Copacabana and discover another side of Rio on this 4-hour walking tour. Follow an expert guide into the cobblestoned hilly ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Full Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Full Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore all of legendary Rio de Janeiro on our full day, 8-hour tour. On your small group tour, you’ll see the city’s most famous sites, like the Christ the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.00
Private Tour: Santa Teresa Photography Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Private Tour: Santa Teresa Photography Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Visit Santa Teresa, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous neighborhoods on this 4-hour private photography tour. Learn about the diverse history and culture that ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Rio de Janeiro Street Art Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rio de Janeiro Street Art Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a unique experience around the streets of Rio de Janeiro and its artistic interventions! A 4-hour tour mentioning major local artists, stopping at ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Food Tour in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Literary, Art & Music Tours
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Food Tour in Santa Teresa

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In this fantastic Santa Teresa Food Tour you will try over 10 samples of Brazilian food/snacks/drinks that we carefully selected... while you visit one of the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.50
Rio de Janeiro: Walk and Ride in the City Center, Rio de Janeiro, Food Tours
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Rio de Janeiro: Walk and Ride in the City Center

Come explore the downtown by foot, light rail, and trolly on this 5-hour small group tour. Get a full experience of one of South America's most iconic downtown ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.99

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