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Lapa Neighborhood
Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant and bohemian Lapa neighborhood is the epicenter of the city’s music scene, with an abundance of bars and clubs hosting local samba and forro bands. After dark, revelers spill onto the sidewalks of Rua da Lapa and Rua Joaquim Silva in the heart of Lapa.

The Basics
Even in the daytime, Lapa is an interesting district to explore, with its striking colonial buildings now home to a string of vintage shops and cafés frequented by Rio’s creative types. The area is also home to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Lapa Arches (Arcos da Lapa), an enormous 18th-century aqueduct that towers 210 feet (64 meters) over the central square. The Museum of Image and Sound (Museu da Imagem e do Som), which offers a journey through Brazilian cultural history, and the massive, modernist Metropolitan Cathedral are both located here.

Many general sightseeing tours of Rio de Janeiro make a stop in Lapa. But if you want to explore deeper, you can join a tour (by bike or by foot) that is more specifically focused on the city center, where Lapa is located. These tours typically also include a visit to the picturesque Santa Teresa neighborhood, uphill from Lapa. If you’re interested in nightlife, join a Lapa bar crawl with skip-the-line entrance to top clubs.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lapa is a must-visit for those interested in Brazilian music and nightlife.
  • Top clubs in the area include Rio Scenarium, Arco Iris, and Asa Branca, which are busy most nights—make a reservation, if possible.
  • Cecília Meireles Hall (Sala Cecília Meireles), an important venue for chamber music, is located in Lapa.

How to Get There
Lapa is located on the southwestern edge of Rio de Janeiro’s Centro district, making it an easy add-on to a visit to the downtown area. The closest Metro station is Cinelandia (on line 1), which is a 5-minute walk from the heart of the Lapa district.

When to Get There
Colonial architecture, the cathedral, and the museum bring visitors to Lapa by day, but the neighborhood comes alive after dark, when the clubs fill close to bursting with music-loving revelers. And with its 42 grand arches dramatically lit at night, the Lapa Arches make a popular evening meeting place for cariocas (locals). 

The Selaron Ladder
Lapa is home to many architectural landmarks, none so colorful as the brightly painted steps of the Selaron Ladder. The masterpiece of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron, the 215 steps of the Selaron Ladder are richly decorated with over 2,000 tiles in the colors of the Brazilian flag and mark the way up to the neighboring district of Santa Teresa.
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Pirate free walking tour

Pirate free walking tour

Learn the history of the famous Brazilian Drink: Caipirinha! Test your skills with other guests on our Treasure Hunt. Take part in the challenges along the way and win prizes! Live the history of Rio with the Pirates walking through the city center. Take the opportunity to buy delicious sweets at the COLOMBO BAKERY, get to know the curious story of the King of Portugal's escape to Brazil, travel through the arches of the lapa and finish your tour at the Selarón Steps! Have lunch with us with a special value in the Sacrilegio bar!
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Downtown Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour

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Downtown Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour

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Guided tour of the historic city center. In this tour you will be introduced to Rio de Janeiro in its historical context. Focusing on multicultural architecture and traditions, which define a unique way of being and living for the "carioca". We will walk towards the knowledge and traditions of the City. We will visit squares, churches, and historic sites. There will be the possibility of stopping for lunch, which is not included in the tour price. You will spend a maximum of 10 USD per person. We will stop by souvenir shops where purchase is optional. I look forward to this adventure through the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
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Guided Walk to Lapa and its Surroundings

Guided Walk to Lapa and its Surroundings

The local guide gives more authenticity to the tour, showing that the biggest motivation for tourism in the city is the opportunity to share ways of life, life experiences and no one can provide a more real experience than someone who lives in the region itself. In the Lapa and Surroundings Tour we will see some of the most famous tourist spots in the city such as the Selarón Staircase and the Arches of Lapa, while telling the history of Brazil in an interactive and fun way. In the end, you will see that Rio is much more than a beach! It is also one of the most important cities in the world when it comes to culture, history and economy.
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Walking Historical Tour

Walking Historical Tour

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We started our discoveries in the Cinelândia square, where one of the most important buildings of 20th century art and culture is located. Following the footsteps of the water, we arrive at Aqueduto da Carioca, visiting the steps of Selaron and Metropolitan Cathedral. Leaving on the other side we head to Largo da Carioca and visit Cafeteria Colombo. Stop for coffee. Return to the metro station.
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Sugarloaf, Maracana, and Sambodromo Carnival Parade Private Tour

Sugarloaf, Maracana, and Sambodromo Carnival Parade Private Tour

Travel around Rio de Janeiro to see some of the city’s most impressive sights during this private tour that includes lunch and round-trip transport. First take a cable car up to see Sugarloaf Mountain, and then make your way over to catch sight of the two main stadiums where the annual Carnival parade happens, Maracana and Sambodromo. Then, visit the neighborhood of Lapa, and stop by the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Selaron Steps.
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Rio Top 4 Attractions - 7 Hours Private Tour

Rio Top 4 Attractions - 7 Hours Private Tour

Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains, Santa Teresa District and Selaron Steps in one day. Take a 7-hour, private tour to the 4 most visited attractions in Rio with a private local guide. Ideal for those who have limited time in Rio, see Christ the Redeemer and the southern beaches of Rio; then take a Swiss-made cable car up to the impressive Sugarloaf. Visit Santa Teresa district. To wrap the day we’ll visit the colorful and famous Selaron’s Steps. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from the location of your choice in Rio. Tour can be conducted at your pace and adapted to your needs.
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Alternative Viewpoints 4 Hours Private Tour

Alternative Viewpoints 4 Hours Private Tour

This tour you take you to 4 off the beaten path viewpoints in Rio and give you a real perspective of the city. You’ll be able to see the best view in town staying away from the crowds that flock to the main attractions. Perfect for those who love landscapes but don’t want to stand in lines at the main attractions. I’ve carefully selected the top 4 admission free vantage points in Rio. Parque do Penhasco Chinese Pagoda Mirante Dona Marta Parque das Ruinas Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your accommodation in Rio, cruise port or airport.
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Promo Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado With Maracanã + Sugar Loaf With City Tour

Promo Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado With Maracanã + Sugar Loaf With City Tour

On the first day, we will visit the magnificent Corcovado Hill. We will climb through the lush Tijuca forest to the peak of Corcovado where is the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. After this visit, we will stop to visit the Maracanã stadium and then the Sambadrome, the stage of the largest Carnival party in the world. On the second day, we will visit the Sugar Loaf. We will take the cable car that takes them to the top of the hill where we will enjoy the 360 view of the entire city of Rio de Janeiro. On this day we will also visit Rio's historic center and the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa.
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City Tour Rio de Janeiro -Essential- Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf with Lunch

City Tour Rio de Janeiro -Essential- Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf with Lunch

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Complete your Rio de Janeiro bucket list in just 8-hour on a small-group sightseeing tour. Complimentary end-to-end transportation from your hotel allows you to reach the city’s top attractions comfortably and quickly. Visit Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain, Tijuca National Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, Sambadrome, and more. Every moment has been carefully planned to maximize your limited time in Rio. The tour also includes a buffet lunch at a traditional restaurant.
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Excursion in Rio de Janeiro with visit to the Samba School

Excursion in Rio de Janeiro with visit to the Samba School

In a jeep without a roof, you will head towards Guanabara Bay, where you will be dazzled by the panoramic view of Pão de Açúcar, the beaches of Urca, Botafogo and all the beauty of Aterro do Flamengo and its gardens, in addition to the view of Niterói , across the bay. Running in a Jeep without a roof, you will pass through the Historic Center, observe the details of the historic buildings, transformed into cultural centers. We will also pass by centuries-old monasteries, churches and squares. Walk along Boulevard Olímpico, up to mural by artist Kobra, passing by Paço Imperial and visit the São Bento Monastery. In the city of samba, you will get to know the backstage of the carnival, understand how the floats are made, you can dress up the costumes and samba with the dancers. The tour continues with a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral and ends on the colorful steps of the Selarón Staircase, where you can experience the beauties of various places gathered in tiles.
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