Things to do in RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL | Escadaria Selaron, Lapa & Sta Teresa

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Walk with Cham's Brazilian Hairventure at Escadaria Selaron, Lapa & Sta Teresa

The famous Escadaria Selaron Steps

After our Colonial Walking Tour we then proceeded to two of Rio De Janeiro's popular neighborhoods- Lapa & Sta Teresa.

Lapa is a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro located at the center of the city. It is well known for its historical monuments and nightlife.

Escadaria Selaron or Selaron Steps is one of the most famous steps in the world located at Lapa. It is a 250 colorful steps made by a Chilean born Artist, Jorge Selaron who devoted his life on decorating the steps.

One of my fave places in Rio

Jorge Selaron started the renovation the year 1990's and didn't stop until he died on January 2013. He was always seen everyday working on the steps and claimed that 'This crazy and unique dream will only end on the day of my death.' He was found dead on the same steps where he dedicated the last 20 years of his life.

Selaron Steps
 is considered to be a tourist magnet in Rio de Janeiro. The 250 steps are covered in over 2000 tiles collected & donated from different countries around the world. That's why this is one my most favorite tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro. I was kinda hoping that Selaron was still alive when we were in Brazil so I can donate Philippine tiles to him.
The steps is composed of different tiles from different countries like this one

Me and Mama at the famous steps
I still can't believe I sat on the Selaron steps!
Another one with Nilo and Olin pillow

Arcos da Lapa or Carioca Aqueduct was constructed to bring fresh water from the Carioca River to the people of the city in the 18th century and now serves as the bridge of the popular Sta Teresa Tram, the one and only remaining tram in Rio de Janeiro that is popular among tourists.

Arcos de Lapa

When we visited the neighborhood, the tram already ceased its operations because of an accident that happened years ago. Lisa, our tour guide told us that the locals were planning to set a petition to the government of Rio de Janeiro to bring back the tram.
Sta Teresa is a quaint neighborhood near Lapa which is known for the long and winding road going to Sta Teresa Hill. Before, Sta Teresa was a home to upper class Cariocas but now it is considered as home to several artists and art galleries which is now an artistic hotspot for locals and tourists alike.

the long and winding road Sta Teresa is known for

The view from Sta Teresa is mesmerizing and some tourists choose to stay here rather than on the beach area. That's why there are a lot of bed and breakfast hotels in Sta Teresa.


From Sta Teresa you can also have a perfect view of a Favela, Brazil's term for shanty.

view of opulent houses
View of favela from Sta Teresa

Even the favela are famous among tourist

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