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Itinerary
Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, then hop on the subway with your guide to travel to Santa Teresa the way the locals do. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with engaging commentary from your guide. Hop on a tram (the only one in Rio) or bus for the ride up to the top of the hill where Santa Teresa sits.
This neighborhood is one of Rio's oldest, lined with cobblestone streets and interesting buildings. Learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you wind through the narrow lanes and alleyways. Admire the 18th- and 19th-century buildings that were once home to the city’s elite but now house art galleries, restaurants and bars. Set on a hill, the neighborhood offers great views — visit Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park) for photo opportunities of downtown and Guanabara Bay.
Walk past the neighborhood convent, and then check out Selarón’s Staircase (Escadaria Selarón), a set of 250 steps covered in tiles from all over the world. They were created in the 1990s by artist Jorge Selarón and have been featured in all kinds of productions, from an episode of The Amazing Race to a Snoop Dogg video.
After an engaging 4-hour tour, return to your departure point.
Locations visited
Santa Teresa
Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas
Museu Chacara do Ceu
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Overview
Explore one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, Santa Teresa, on this 4-hour guided sightseeing tour. With a small group of twelve people or less, walk down cobblestone streets among the the district's interesting architecture. Admire sprawling views of greater Rio de Janeiro, climb the Selarón Staircase and explore the Chácara do Céu Museum and Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park).
Highlights
  • Small-group tour of Santa Teresa from Rio de Janeiro
  • Enjoy stunning views of Rio de Janiero from the top of Santa Teresa
  • Learn about one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods from your local guide
  • Visit Chacara do Ceu Museum and Ruins Park
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Best tour guide EVER!

When my husband and I booked this trip, we wanted to make sure we visited the Santa Teresa area so we booked this tour based on the previous reviews. Let me tell you, the tour was all that and then some. If I could give...More

Thank Chiquita W
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile
Amazing Tour; Beyond Amazing Guide

I decided to do this walking tour to get an introduction to Rio on my first day and it turned out to be amazing. Our guide Juliana made me feel at ease and welcomed from the very beginning. She was very detailed, organized, patient and...More

3  Thank Carlie-bee
Nino M, Gerente geral at Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2018

Hello, Thank you for sharing your Best. Day. Ever. here with us. By running small group tours we visit places others just can't go. We loved hearing you had a great time with our local guide Jully Wherever your next trip takes you, we hope...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018
Great way to see the town and experience the trip

This trip was great. Our travel agent booked it for us and we did not know what to expect. We are travelling with 2 small children, 5 and 7. We started by meeting our guide Juliana Matos or Juju and she took us to the...More

2  Thank TrvLov
UrbanLocalManager, Guest Relations Manager at Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Thank you for sharing your Best. Day. Ever. here with us. By running small group tours we take public transit and visit places others just can't go. We loved hearing you had a great time with our local guide Juju trying the best cheese bread...More

Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile
A colorful introduction to Rio!

Juliana was a professional, well informed and enthusiastic guide proving the Urban Adventures motto “the Best Day Ever” to be very true! We experienced some beautiful touristic sites of Rio in the most “local” way possible. We took public transportation, walked, sampled local foods, and...More

2  Thank Tracy L
UrbanLocalManager, Guest Relations Manager at Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for sharing your Best. Day. Ever. here with us. We loved hearing you had a great time with our local guide Juliana. We hope seeing you soon in another Urban Adventures tour around the world. Sincerely, Rio Urban Adventures Team Best. Day. Ever.

Reviewed 3 March 2018
Wonderful Morning in the Artistic Areas

This was a great walking tour made even more enjoyable by the local guide Juliana who knew everything about the area. Includes experience of the Metro, the fascinating Escaderia by Chilean artist Selaron, a memorable vintage tram ride and Santa Teresa itself. Really enjoyable.

3  Thank Jeremy S
UrbanLocalManager, Guest Relations Manager at Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you so much for leaving us your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your time with Urban Adventures and our local guide Juliana. It's great to get to know so much in one day, isn't it? Best, Rio Urban Adventures Team Best. Day. Ever.

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