Called the little Montmartre of Rio, with its plentiful stairs and colorful houses scattered along winding cobblestone passages, the historic neighborhood of Santa Teresa is located on top of a hill, south of “Centro” – downtown Rio. It was slowly built up since the XVII century around a convent of the same name, wealthy merchants vacationed there to escape from the pollution and heat of the city. They built their homes in all different styles, of which many were French-inspired, surrounded by gardens with plunging views over Guanabara Bay. In 1850, it was occupied by a population fleeing the yellow fever epidemic that decimated the city.
Today, Santa Teresa remains somewhat isolated from the rest of the city, a bohemian refuge for many musicians, artists, and intellectuals. At night, its cafés and restaurants are taken by storm by crowds that are frequently young and trendy. Its old colonial homes and small, interwoven streets conserve its unique charm, marked by nostalgia. A necessary stopping point for seeing Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado and the national park of Tijuca, the largest urban tropical forest of the world, it offers a path with impressive views of the bay of Rio and the favelas, including the sprawling “Favela dos Prazeres.”
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Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro