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Praca Pres. Aguirre Cerda

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Free

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

This hilly bohemian district boasts an eclectic array of art and architecture. Strolling along Santa Teresa's cobblestone streets, you'll be enchanted by sidewalk mosaics, palatial mansions and artsy galleries. Conveniently situated just southwest of Lapa, this neighborhood offers traditional Brazilian restaurants, bars and craft stores.

Travelers say the beautiful neighborhood showcases the best of what is left of colonial Rio de Janeiro, with vibrant street life and a charming atmosphere that's safe to explore at night.

One of the most famous parts of Santa Teresa, the bonde, or tram, has been closed since a tragic accident in 2011. It has been under renovation since 2012 and sections are expected to reopen before the 2016 Olympic Games, with full service being reinstated by 2017. 

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