Santa Teresa Bondinho Tour: Rio's Bohemian Enclave

Explore the neighborhood's eclectic artistic scene and homes from a bygone era
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Tour Details
About the Tour
Art, History
3 hours
Rio de Janeiro
Photos & Highlights
  • Tour of Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood led by an artist or historian
  • Gain an understanding of Rio’s Belle Epoque era and its current art scene
  • Bondinho Tram Ride, Santa Teresa Neighborhood, and Parque das Ruinas
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7 Reviews (4.77)

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Carlos is superb. An urban planner and teaches in law school while working on his doctorate. Makes it sound like he’s old but he isn’t, just experienced and knowledgeable as well as personable. There was a problem with the tour but it didn’t relate to Carlos. We had a confirmed reservation from Early Dec 2018. We got-to the designated starting point 5 min early. We waited. After about 20 min we called the Context number in NY. Seems that they had cancelled our reserved, pre paid tour and had called Carlos telling him that he didn’t have a tour. What I haven’t said is that we had agreed to pay for three people so thar the tour would happen even though there were only 2 of us. A return phone call said that Carlos had been reached but it would be 40 min before he could meet us which he did. We were told that the charge would be adjusted. We announced that the charge would be cancelled. They agreed. A lot of unnecessary confusion but Carlos gave a superb tour.
It was great. It may have been a bit much to combine Santa Teresa with Lapa. We were pretty tired by the end. Our guide for Santa Teresa (don’t have his name with me right now) was great. Exactly what we have come to expect from Context and the very reason we keep on coming back Personable, knowledgable, well versed in the city and in the specific areas of the tour. We would definitely request him specifically the next time we come back to Rio.