Full day "Secrets Of Old Rio & Santa Teresa" visit. (6 hours)
Rio’s downtown has a mixture of antique and modern architecture as it has historical constructions together with new buildings. Walking along its streets a great way to discover the interesting stories of the city.
This walking tour visits important sites for the history of Rio, such as São Bento Monastery, Candelaria Church, XV Square, Travessa do Comércio (street market), Imperial Palace, French-Brazil House, Ouvidor Street and Gonçalves Dias Street, where the traditional Colombo Café and the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center are located. The tour continues to Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
A very charming district, Santa Teresa is culturally and historically important to Rio, as it has well preserved characteristc of the Old Rio. With big houses and historical constructions, it tells stories from the past, hosting handicraft galleries and the traditional trolley, known as “bondinho”. Bohemian artists influenced the district and gave its cultural and architectural charms.
The tour starts at the district of Cosme Velho, then passes by Castelinho, where the comandant Antonio Valentim have lived in the nineteenth century. Guests also visit the Ruins Park to enjoy a spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro. Afterwards, the Chácara do Céu Museum, which hosts an interesting collection of Brazilian and European arts, highlighting works of Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Matisse and Modigliani. The tour continues to Largo do Guimarães, considered the heart of the neighborhood, where are located several bars and restaurants.