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Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa Neighborhood Free Tour

97 reviews | 899 travellers
Spectacular! Our guide Well explained the historical socio-political context impeccably. It is a pleasure to discover new places with guides who know so much! Thank you!!
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The beautiful bohemian heart of Rio de Janeiro awaits you on this fantastic free tour of the Santa Teresa neighborhood. You'll encounter beautiful mansions, traditional yellow trams, the iconic Selaron Stairs, and numerous murals of urban art.

Santa Teresa Neighborhood Free Tour

Modernity and the past, luxury and art, all come together perfectly in Rio de Janeiro's most bohemian neighborhood. We'll meet up at 11:30 am next to the Cine Santa Teresa to begin our free tour of Santa Teresa.

We'll stroll through the picturesque cobblestone streets as you hear all about the fascinating history of the area. Santa Teresa became known as the bohemium enclave of Rio after a wave of artists moved here in the 1960s. During the tour, we'll also enjoy fantastic views of the popular Christ the Redeemer statue.

Making our way past colonial houses, palaces, and the famous yellow trams of Santa Teresa we'll arrive at Ruins Park. There, we enter the residence of Laurinda Santos Lobo, a colonial palace abandoned more than 50 years ago, which is a perfect example of the splendor of Brazil's belle époque. This completely restored space offers us a spectacular panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and gives us a glimpse of what life was like in the old Empire of Brazil. 

This tour also takes us to some of the neighborhood's main murals of urban art. We'll finish the tour at 1:30 pm at the Selaron Stairs, the wonderful work of art that connects Santa Teresa with the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa.

The beautiful bohemian heart of Rio de Janeiro awaits you on this fantastic free tour of the Santa Teresa neighborhood. You'll encounter beautiful mansions, traditional yellow trams, the iconic Selaron Stairs, and numerous murals of urban art.

Santa Teresa Neighborhood Free Tour

Modernity and the past, luxury and art, all come together perfectly in Rio de Janeiro's most bohemian neighborhood. We'll meet up at 11:30 am next to the Cine Santa Teresa to begin our free tour of Santa Teresa.

We'll stroll through the picturesque cobblestone streets as you hear all about the fascinating history of the area. Santa Teresa became known as the bohemium enclave of Rio after a wave of artists moved here in the 1960s. During the tour, we'll also enjoy fantastic views of the popular Christ the Redeemer statue.

Making our way past colonial houses, palaces, and the famous yellow trams of Santa Teresa we'll arrive at Ruins Park. There, we enter the residence of Laurinda Santos Lobo, a colonial palace abandoned more than 50 years ago, which is a perfect example of the splendor of Brazil's belle époque. This completely restored space offers us a spectacular panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and gives us a glimpse of what life was like in the old Empire of Brazil. 

This tour also takes us to some of the neighborhood's main murals of urban art. We'll finish the tour at 1:30 pm at the Selaron Stairs, the wonderful work of art that connects Santa Teresa with the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa.

Groups

Our free tour does not accept bookings for more than 6 people. If you're part of a larger group, we recommend you book our Santa Teresa and Historic Rio Tour.

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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

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Tours or activities will not consist of more than 14 people per group.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

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Duration

2 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English speaking guide specialized in the history of the Santa Teresa neighborhood.

When to book?

You can book up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Free!

Meeting point

Where does the activity end?

Santa Teresa Cinema

Selaron Stairs

Where does the activity end?

Selaron Stairs