A strong contender for Rio’s most charming neighbourhood, Santa Teresa is characterized by elegant colonial mansions set along cobbled streets and surrounded by the tropical jungle of the Tijuca forest.
Its impressive architecture dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when Rio’s aristocrats built magnificent mansions up in the hills above the commercial hub of downtown, to capitalize on the cool breezes and spectacular views over the city that still astound at every turn.
Now, this Old-World heritage combines with a vibrant bohemian vibe thanks to the many musicians and artists who have chosen the laid-back, intimate neighbourhood as their home. Stroll the atmospheric streets on the weekend, when artists throw open their ateliers to welcome passers-by, while roaming samba bands strum lilting rhythms to locals and visitors, who spill out onto the streets to mingle after long lunches at some of the city’s top restaurants.
A cultural hub, the neighbourhood encapsulates both scenic parks and cultural institutions.
While just 15 minutes by car from the tourist bustle of Ipanema beach, Santa Teresa’s authentic, village atmosphere feels a world away.
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