Santa Teresa and Lapa Tour with Selaron Steps

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Explore three of Rio de Janeiro's most traditional neighbourhoods on a half-day tour of Santa Teresa, Lapa and downtown. A local guide will tell you about the history of each area, while you see sights such as the Park of Ruins, the famous Selarón Staircase and the largest public square in the city centre called Cinelândia.

You'll board the tram to Santa Teresa and see the Arcos da Lapa on the way. Visit the Passeio Público and the renowned café Confeitaria Colombo.

  • Visit Santa Teresa, Lapa and the city centre on a half day tour.
  • Enjoy a tram ride to the Santa Teresa neighbourhood.
  • Learn about the history of Rio de Janeiro from a local guide.
  • Includes round-trip transportation from hotels in the south of the city

What’s included

  • Half day walking tour of Santa Teresa and Lapa
  • Tram ride in Santa Teresa included
  • Tickets included
  • Local guide

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Visit the most emblematic areas of Rio de Janeiro on a half-day tour of Santa Teresa, Lapa and the city centre with a tram ride and a visit to the famous Selarón stairs.

The activity will be led by a local guide, who will narrate the history and anecdotes that the city holds, while you visit and take pictures of places and points of interest such as:

  • Selarón Stairs: the famous stairs of Rio with an attractive decoration made in 1990 by the Chilean plastic artist Jorge Selarón. They have become an icon of the city.
  • Parque das Ruinas: an iconic park in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood that is characterised by being a point of modernism in the city.
  • Passeio Público: one of the oldest public parks in the country and the first to be built in America.
  • Cinelândia: the largest public square in the city centre where you can see the municipal theatre, the metropolitan cathedral and more.
  • Café Confeitaria: coffee shop located in the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro and was chosen as one of the 10 most beautiful cafes in the world.

You will enjoy a tram ride from the centre to Santa Teresa and pass over points such as the renowned Arcos da Lapa that serve as the entrance to the neighbourhood and the aqueduct that connects the water between Santa Teresa and the centre.

You'll travel in comfort from start to finish with round-trip transfers in an air-conditioned van from hotels in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema and Leblon).


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  • A
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    The tour guide was very informative. He took us off the beaten path to areas with no tourists, which was wonderful.
  • G
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    great tour, an entertaining vision of the jewel of the artist Santa Teresa.
  • A
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    excellent tour, our guide is the best. super recommended, we walked through emblematic places, safe and pleasant.
  • B
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    Absolutely to recommend. The streetcar ride is great. You drive through sweet little alleys and always have a great view of the city.
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