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Address: Rua Joaquim Silva, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-120, Brazil
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Rio Urban Art Walking Tour

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Great art!

It's a shame people climb on the walls to take pictures and in some areas the mosaics have fallen. But this is a really amazing street art must when in Rio, very safe to visit.

Reviewed 24 October 2016
Rosmari A
Villahermosa, Mexico
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Villahermosa, Mexico
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It's a shame people climb on the walls to take pictures and in some areas the mosaics have fallen. But this is a really amazing street art must when in Rio, very safe to visit.

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Ibate, SP
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

A lot of people of the world comming to visit this stairs all days. It lead you till Santa Tereza neighborhood, a well-known and visited neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is definitely a tourist trap with lots of vendors selling their goods along the stairs and many tourists around. We did not go on a busy day, but watch out for pick pockets, they can spot a tourist a mile away.

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is definitely a destination for anyone who's never been. Amazing varieties of tiles. Great photo spots.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The artist who did the art work at the staircase is named Selarón and came from Chile to Rio. The staircase leads you from Lapa to Santa Teresa and has many different tiles to observe.

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Norton Lindsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We had not planned to visit here but did so on the recommendation of a couple we met on our travels who said you must see the 'Selarón Steps', the other name for this site. We are pleased we took their advice as it was a bit of a highlight during our trip to Rio. On the face of it,... More 

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Sevran, France
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Nice colourful neighborhood with old houses and loads of nice grafitis. Very colorful stairs. Very lively place.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

As is typically Brazilian this fascinating piece of living artwork(fabulously tiled city staircase) is hidden and not easy to find. There are signs to it but then they stop as the actual street where it begins is unmarked.But you just follow the beat and the noise and you can find it. Extremely popular for all you must add this to... More 

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

These stairs were decorated by a Chilean artist with the cooperation of people from 150 different countries, who sent him tiles. My husband and I had fun looking for a tile from our country (and we did find it!). The dangerous twist is, unless you follow your guide's instructions about safety, this is a place where you could easily get... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

There has been years of work gone into this picturesque staircase. Very popular and worth climbing it to enjoy and be part of history.

Thank Larry M

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Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.
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