Pay a Visit to Santa Teresa
A walk through its streets will give you an idea of the significance of this neighbourhood
One of the most well-known neighbourhoods in Río
For many years, one of Río de Janeiro's most popular tourist attractions was the old tram (bonde), which departed from the city centre and traveled to the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. However, a fatal derailment in August 2011, which left several dead and dozens injured, hastened its closure. Río's authorities have announced that it will reopen in 2014, bringing with it a significant restructuring of its infrastructures. Its yellow wagons departed from Largo da Carioca, then crossed over Arcos de Lapa, an old 18th century aqueduct, later converted to a viaduct. The route ended in the highest part of Santa Teresa, a rundown neighbourhood, home to Río de Janeiro's wealthiest inhabitants during the colonial period. It is still possible to imagine the streets lined with period mansions and religious buildings, such as Matriz de Santa Teresa Church or Nossa Senhora das Neves. It is worth taking a look from the viewpoints, from which you can see some of the spectacular sights of Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana or Sugarloaf Mountain. If you're not able to take the tram, at least you can still take a look back at its history in the Bonde Museum on Carlos Brant Street, where there is an extensive collection of photographs, models, objects and uniforms.