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Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

1. Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa, the aqueduct used to connect water from Santa Teresa to Downtown and one of Rio’s most traditional postcards. At Santa Teresa, you will experience an interesting local atmosphere. Walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. Located on a hillside, Santa Teresa has become a district of cultural interest because of its architectural value and prime location, famous for its winding, narrow cobblestone streets and a favourite spot for artists and tourists. A flair similar to Montmartre, in Paris. You will visit the Ruins Park, a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. (Please note that Ruins Park is closed on Sundays.) Take a minute to enjoy the city’s landscape, in particular the Downtown area and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with the most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Among many remarkable constructions in the area, you will notice the Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro’s most traditional theatre and opera house, as well as the Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil’s most important library. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo, a permanent member of all must-see cafés rankings around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decoration with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks – such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’) – or desserts – such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in what was one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th Century. (Please note that Confeitaria Colombo is closed on Sundays.)

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Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

2. Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, head to the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. Consisting of centuries-old buildings and roads, the historic center of Rio best illustrates the most important chapters of Brazil’s history.  See the contrast of new and old architecture at XV de Novembro Square. Continue to Cinelândia Square until you reach the famous Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos de Lapa) in Lapa. Admire the historic beauty as you continue to Santa Teresa by car. Enjoy the winding narrow streets and colorful buildings of bohemian Santa Teresa, famous for its bars, galleries, ateliers, and the 19th-century Santa Teresa tram. From the top of Santa Teresa Hill, enjoy some of Rio’s finest views and look across Guanabara Bay.  Take in the panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas, located in the ruins of an old mansion belonging to Laurinda Santos. The mansion has been partially restored and is now used as a cultural center hosting various exhibitions and events.

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Rio de Janeiro: 7-Hour City Highlights Tour by Bus

3. Rio de Janeiro: 7-Hour City Highlights Tour by Bus

See the best of Rio de Janeiro from the comfort of a tour bus featuring a live guide. Take advantage of opportunities to walk around during stops at important sites and neighborhoods. Marvel at the 98-foot Art Deco statue, Christ the Redeemer, an iconic symbol of the city. Learn about the famous pyramid-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. Stop off at some of the hot spots and shops that are popular among locals, including nightlife hub, Lapa. Purchase tickets to ride the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain for beautiful sunset views of Guanabara Bay and Copacabana Beach. Get helpful tips from your guide on how to make the most of your remaining time in the city.

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Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

4. Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

Ride the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and allow yourself to be enchanted by the colorful tiles of the Selarón Staircase in the same day on this tour of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy convenient pick-up from your hotel in south Rio and start your tour with a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Take in the atmosphere of the famous Maracanã Stadium and continue on to the Sambadrome, where the biggest festival on the planet takes place. Marvel at the stained glass windows of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Discover the colorful tiles of the Selarón Staircase in Lapa before breaking for a delicious buffet lunch. Ride the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain and get some spectacular views of the city before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Carioca Aqueduct

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 111 reviews

The driver and tour guide was very prompt came on time to pick and drop us. The guide was very informative, proactive and very interesting to listen to he spoke in 3 languages. St.Theresa, Lapa and the steps was a really beautiful place to visit. Food and drink is not provided, however, the tour guide considered taking a break and let us get refreshments in between.

It was easy to book and the meeting point was very easily found. The tour itself was informative and fun. Our guide Camile was friendly and funny which made the walking tour a breeze. The highlight was the Ruins Park and Selarón Steps. The Ruins Park had magnificent views of Rio!

A fantastic trip (out of four) to leave on - good hillside views of the city; inspiring to hear story behind those beautiful Selarón steps; but, most importantly, benefited from a first class leader who was fun, knowledgeable, and a brilliant people guide.

Great tour, thanks to a great guide Manuela. They were on time on a pick up spot, everything went smooth, Manuela is smart, interesting and easy going. And she made this tour so good.

Carla our guide was fantastic. Friendly, knowledgeable and very capable. Everything was well organised and Carla was waiting for us ahead of pick up time.