Santa Teresa Tour
Santa Teresa is on the leafy neighborhood that clings to the jungle-clad hillside above downtown Rio. Its breezy hilltop location made it the destination of choice for wealthy settlers in Rio, and the neighborhood’s cobbled streets are lined with some of the finest examples of colonial architecture.
Therefore the neighborhood is known as the artistic heart of Rio, it’s cobbled streets are lined with rambling mansions that were once home to the city’s wealthy elite, and today function as artists’ studios, restaurants, and guesthouses.
Strolling around the neighborhood is a pleasure in itself, and the views offered from the top and restaurants there are nothing short of spectacular.
Santa Teresa is also a top destination for foodie visitors to Rio, as the neighborhood is one of the best places in the city to sample traditional dishes from across Brazil and the best caipirinhas in town.
Highlights of Santa Teresa:
Parque das Ruinas – A small park housing, a ruined mansion home with terrific 360-degree views from the top floor.
Eat at some of its regional restaurants: Northeastern dishes; Minas Gerais meals; Amazonian taste; Surprising tasty seafood and also French-Brazilian food.
You name it! That’s Santa Theresa experience
we start our tour at Cinelandia Square in downtown Rio where you’ll be able to admire the greats monumental buildings of the Brazilian Belle Epoque Period around the area:
• City Counselors’ Chamber
• Municipal Theater
• Fine arts Museum
• National Library
After Cinelandia, walking towards the tram station to reach the 17th-century neighborhood of Santa Teresa crossing over the ancient 42 Lapa arches aqueduct from 1731. The Neighborhood, born as a desire of 2 sisters to become nuns and it developed mostly during the 18th century and until nowadays maintains its bucolic atmosphere.
A short walk along the neighborhood between shops and typical restaurants and enjoy unprecedented views of the Guanabara Bay and downtown from Parque das Ruinas and Chacara do Ceu Museum.
Then move down the Selaron’s stairs, or take the bus or tram to return to the main square of Lapa and walk towards the Confeitaria Colombo with its Stained-glass windows, brocaded mirrors and marble countertops that creates a lavish setting for coffee with cakes and pastries or a nice meal. Dating from the late 1800s, the Confeitaria Colombo serves desserts – including a good pastel de nata (custard tart) – befitting its elegant decor an icon style in the city.
Then we will take the Light Railway Tram to enjoy one of the most important venues of downtown Rio with its architecture and the Olympic Boulevard until the “Parada dos Navios” where we get off the tram to see one of the largest murals of Brazil: “The ethnicities Mural” – Painted by a Brazilian artist Kobra for the Summer Olimpic Games 2016 hold in Rio.
We leave the Olimpic boulevard walking towards Maua Square to admire the new museums of the region (works of art even outside) – The legacy of the Summer Olympics.
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