We had such a great time in Rio! The people are warm and generous (even when I did the whole “charades” thing…) and the food soooo good. There are so many things to do and we had about 5 hours before I actually had to buckle-down and get to work…so, we hired a driver and visited the city of Santa Teresa.
Santa Teresa is located on top of the Santa Teresa hill and presents a magnificent view of the city. It is one of the few neighborhoods to resist development in order to retain its colonial charm. It is famous for its winding, narrow streets and for being an artistic hotspot. The construction of the Santa Teresa in the 18th century convent marked the beginning of the development of this neighborhood. Its natural scenery, the pleasant atmosphere and easy access to downtown Rio make this an attractive neighborhood. It is currently a popular tourist site as the area has its fair share of restaurants with live music, cultural centers and other attractions. Its bars and nightclubs are popular with both natives and tourists. This neighborhood has the only remaining streetcar line so make sure to go for a ride. Hiring a guide is recommended, as Santa Teresa is not easy to master.
This little town is so charming and FULL of personality. If you have a chance, hire a driver for a bit and go visit!
HAVE YOU BEEN TO SANTA TERESA? RIO? WAS IT HOT,HOT,HOT??? JK, I FEEL LIKE A SWEATY MESS FULL-TIME…NOTHING LIKE LEAVING ARID COLORADO AND DIVING RIGHT INTO 73% HUMIDITY:)