Santa Teresa is located strategically in the mild climate of the mountains, between Zona Sul (southern area) and the city centre. One of its main attractions is a stunning view of Rio de Janeiro, with unique views over the natural beauty Rio offers to residents and visitors alike.
The local architecture, with historic 19th century buildings and beautiful colonial mansions, completes the lovely setting of this neighbourhood, where you can experience the local lifestyle in all its aspects: cultural, gastronomic, bohemian, social and more.
Known as a cultural centre, a sort of "Montmartre of Rio", the neighbourhood brings together small museums, cultural centres offering permanent shows and artists' studios. One of the most important events on the city's official calendar also graces the area once a year, the "Arte de Portas Abertas" (Open-Doors Art). The Museu do Açude (Dam Museum), Castro Maya Museum and Benjamin Constant Museum are among other attractions - all boasting rich collections - as well as the Museu do Bonde (Tram Museum) which shows the history of the neighbourhood's iconic transport system, which will be circulating its streets once again in 2015.
During Carnival, the neighbourhood’s streets and hillsides are filled with some of the most important and traditional Carnival groups such as the Carmelitas, Céu na Terra and Aconteceu.
Santa Teresa is also known for its restaurants and bars. It is worthwhile taking a walk through the streets to experience the local people's favourite haunts.