For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.Aldous Huxley
Dec 12-14 2016
During our second stay in Rio de Janeiro we explored the Centro (downtown), Lapa, and Santa Teresa neighborhoods. We stayed in the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood for a couple of nights, away from the beaches and most tourists, we were able to get a different feel in a much older and historic part of the city.
We saw a lot of really neat street art, and enjoyed wandering into many of the shops in the hills of Santa Teresa while checking out some of the sites in Lapa and Centro down below.
For our one full day in the area we first set out for the famous tiled Escadaria Selaron stairs, an evolving work created by the eccentric Chilean artist, Jorge Selaron. We then wandered through Lapa a bit, passing the Carioca Aqueduct (now used for the Santa Teresa trolley), many of the bars and Samba clubs that make the area famous, and the city Cathedral.
Maggie had to run nearby into the U.S. consulate (as slow and bureaucratic as the DMV) to get a document notarized for her work. We then grabbed lunch before heading to the downtown waterfront (along a bay). Here we visited Olympic Park, which was the home to some gigantic and really amazing pieces of street art commissioned for the ’16 games. The area was part of an abandoned port which was recently transformed into a public art and museum space
After taking in all of the art work we hoped aboard the free lift over Rio’s first favela, Morro da Providencia, dropping us off back in Lapa where we made the steep hike back up to Santa Teresa. That evening our AirBnb host mixed us traditional Caipirinhas as we talked the night away.
The next morning we grabbed breakfast and then packed our things before heading back to the airport to catch our flight, completing our visit to Brazil, and ready to spend our next month in Chile.