Santa Teresa: A Rio Neighborhood

The guide on our walking tour of Rio was enthusiastic about the Santa Teresa neighborhood. He thought we should have stayed there, rather than in a swanky (and not outstanding) Copacabana beach hotel. I'm not sure he was right, because getting to Santa Teresa is a strenuous climb, and it's not currently served by public transportation. But it certainly is an interesting neighborhood.

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Some buildings are both plain and decorated. The spaces between the buildings give views down to other parts of Rio.


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Here's a view of a favela from the heights. We were promised a tour, but ran out of time.


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Santa Teresa itself has plenty of gritty - but picturesque - aspects.

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Selarón Steps in Rio

One of the most ambitious and best known works of "public art" in the world, the Selarón Steps connect the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. They were the work of a lifetime for the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Colored tiles have been donated from all over the world. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Santa Teresa Murals (2)

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Santa Teresa Murals

Santa Teresa is the "artsy" neighborhood on Rio de Janeiro. Up a steep hill, it's hard to get to but the rents are cheap and the views of Rio are amazing. So are the murals/graffiti, two of which are here. More to come. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Buildings in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

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Petrobras and Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

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The facade of the Petrobras headquarters building pays tribute to the National Cathedral across the street.


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The Rio de Janeiro Cathedral is one of the most impressive modern cathedrals we have seen. Its design is based on that of ancient Mayan pyramids.

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Tijuca National Park - Rio de Janeiro

Scenes from a hike in Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro - claimed to be the largest urban forest in the world. The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is atop Corcovado Mountain in this park. Click photos to enlarge them.

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