• Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa

Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, Countryside, Cultural Venues, Day Trips

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There's more to Rio de Janeiro than its beaches, and the artistic heart of the city can be found up in the jungle-clad hills of Santa Teresa. Here, pastel-colored colonial mansions have been...  Read More


  • Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: The cobbled streets and grand mansion houses of Santa Teresa make this a lovely spot exploring, and there are lots of options for romantic dining.
  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: The little yellow tram that rattles over the cobbled streets is great fun for kids and adults alike.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This breezy hilltop neighborhood has a small village feel and is home to some of the finest colonial buildings in Rio.
  • Best for Tours and Excursions Because: Coming to Santa Teresa is literally a breath of fresh air - mountain breezes temper the tropical heat in this hipster hangout.
  • Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Santa Teresa is a veritable open-air museum, packed as it is with historic mansion houses.
  • Best for Museums Because: With its cobbled streets and old mansions, Santa Teresa is a living museum showcasing Rio's colonial past.
  • Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Santa Teresa is home to Rio's most impressive colonial architecture.

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