Of all the neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa was the most creative. It is home to local artists, students, and internationals who have taken to the streets to formalize their political, cultural and social opinions. But through art.
The cobblestone roads wind up from Lapa where the Carioca Aquiduct (Aqueduto da Carioca) and Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro (Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião) are located. Thursday through Saturday nights, the streets of Lapa are lined with vendors, musicians, dancers, and people watchers. During the day, however, there’s a soothing charm to wandering around in Santa Teresa and experiencing another mode of living.
The Escadaria Selarón is a tiled staircase that stretches 250 steps from Joaquim Silva Street to Manuel Carneiro Street. It was created by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón in 1990 and has been visited by famous persons and organizations worldwide. Over 2000 tiles were all donated from people around the globe who wanted to contribute to Selarón’s work.