This is my favourite borough in Rio. Before the tunnels to the south zone were inaugurated, it used to be the fanciest area in Rio, so all the rich people used to live here. You can admire views of the city and old colonial architecture.
A small tram used to pass this neighborhood and it also crossed above the Arches in Lapa. Unfortunately, it is no longer running, but there are murals of it, sculptures in the old stations and an artist`s workshop organized in one. I believe this is the symbol of Santa Teresa.
On the top of the hill you can visit Las Ruinas, a museum inside an old abandoned house. From the last floor a 360 degree view opens. Right next to it there is the museum Chacara de Ceu, that is free on Thursdays.
There are many workshops, souvenir shops, restaurants, hostels and bars. Bar do Gomes is the oldest bar in Rio as it opened its doors in 1919.
This is a district that cannot be missed! It`s very different from the rest of Rio, it`s boheme and classy. Definitely a must see!