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Santa Teresa and Historic Rio Tour
Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa and Historic Rio Tour

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Beautiful tour and Darío, the guide, nice, kind and very professional. 100% recommended!
10 Anonimo
  • English English
  • 4 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Delve into the most bohemian side of Rio with this tour of the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, with its captivating antique tramway and beautiful mansions. You will also tour Rio’s historic city centre.

Santa Teresa and Historic Rio Tour

We will collect you from the hotels in Rio at the arranged time and then we head to one of the most famous and beautiful hills in the city. Following a brief trajectory, we will arrive at the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa.

We start our tour by learning about the history of this zone of Rio. Did you know that this neighbourhood experienced its golden heyday at the beginning of the 20th century? You can see evidence of this in the elegant mansions nestled in the hillside woodlands. The colourful streets and their beautiful little palaces are an enchanting sight.

Our route will take us to the most iconic locations of this vivid corner of Rio, such as the Selaron Steps, which are a symbol of the bohemian life which characterizes this district. In fact, it is often referred to as the ‘Carioca Montmartre’. We will also cross the Lapa Arches, an 18th-century aqueduct that still today serves as a boundary between the neighbourhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa.

During the tour of the neighbourhood, you will also see the striking yellow trams, another of Santa Teresa’s iconic features. You should return one afternoon on your trip, when it as at its liveliest, to climb aboard one and explore the neighbourhood further.

To finish, we will head into the centre of Rio de Janeiro, where we will encounter November 15 Square, located in an area that was totally revitalized for the 2016 Olympic Games.

At the end of the tour, we will return you to your hotel.

Hotel pick up

This activity only includes hotel collection from certain parts of Rio de Janeiro: city centre, Flamengo, Botafogo, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. If your accommodation is not located within these areas, please tell us when making your reservation, so that an alternative meeting point can be arranged. You can also enjoy this service from the cruise port. 

Important information

In the case that the itinerary is affected during Carnaval celebrations, the local tour provider will contact you to inform you of any possible changes.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
  • Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
  • At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 30% of the total maximum capacity.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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Adults Children from 4 to 11 years old Children under 4 years old
Tour in English
US$ 44.20
US$ 22.10

Tour in English

  • Adults

    US$ 44.20
  • Children from 4 to 11 years old

    US$ 22.10
  • Children under 4 years old


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4 hours.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.


Hotel pick up and drop off.

Guide in English.


When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the previous day (12:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

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.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


Yes (imperative to point out when the booking is made).

US$ 44.20
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts


Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.