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Bonde de Santa Teresa (Santa Teresa Tram)
Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Great Views, Local Picks, Romantic, Sightseeing, Uniquely Here
Along with the Christ Statue and the beaches, one of the most emblematic images of Rio de Janeiro is the bright yellow bonde - or tram - rattling over the Lapa Aqueduct and through the cobbled streets... Read More
Along with the Christ Statue and the beaches, one of the most emblematic images of Rio de Janeiro is the bright yellow bonde - or tram - rattling over the Lapa Aqueduct and through the cobbled streets of Santa Teresa. Out of action for several years following a serious accident in 2011, the trams are now back in business, with improved safety features (no more free rides for those brave enough to stand on the running boards for the duration of the journey) and more modern trams. The journey remains as much of a thrill as ever, departing from downtown to clatter over the whitewashed Lapa Arches, taking in amazing views of Centro before making the steep climb up into the historic hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
- Romantic Things to Do: "Registered Santa Teresa locals can ride the bonde for free, but for everyone else there's a flat fee of R$20 (roughly $5) for a return trip."
- Sightseeing: "The best place for first-timers to jump off the bonde is at Largo do Guimarães - Santa Teresa's main square. The tram rattles along for an additional stretch, but this is the heart of the action in the neighborhood."