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Praca Pres. Aguirre Cerda

Price & Hours

Free

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1

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  • 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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#1 Christ the Redeemer

This iconic landmark is a must-see attraction in Rio. Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this statue of Jesus Christ stands with arms outstretched to the city from above Corcovado Mountain's staggering 2,330-foot elevation.

Started in 1922 and completed in 1931, the monument — made of concrete and covered in soapstone mosaic tiles — stands 125 feet tall as a religious and cultural symbol of the Brazilian people's warm and welcoming culture. The monument rests atop Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca National Park and is the most famous attraction in Rio de Janeiro, visited by nearly 2 million people each year. Recent travelers recommend visiting on a day with clear skies since the vantage point is the best in the city.

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